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Car Hire Guide: Indonesia

Whether you plan to snorkel, swim, or chill out on the beach, car hire in Indonesia can give you the freedom to get around this wonderful country. Internationally recognised car rental agents like Avis are well represented in Indonesia, plus we also work closely with reputable local car rental company TRAC Astra Rent A Car.  

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is a land of vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes, and intricate temples. Renting a car here can provide you unparalleled freedom to explore its diverse islands at your own pace.

1. Driving Regulations:

  • Driving Side: Indonesia follows left-hand drive.
  • License Requirements: While an International Driving Permit (IDP) is highly recommended, some car hire companies might accept national licenses from certain countries.
  • Age Restrictions: Typically, you must be at least 25 years old to rent a car, with at least one or two years of driving experience.
  • Seatbelts: Mandatory for all passengers.

2. Road Conditions:

  • Urban areas like Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali have well-maintained roads. However, more remote islands might have challenging and uneven road conditions.
  • Due to frequent rain, some roads might be prone to flooding or landslides. Check the weather forecast and local advisories.

3. Traffic and Navigation:

  • Traffic congestion is common in major cities. Early morning or late evening drives are preferable to avoid peak hours.
  • GPS is invaluable. It's advisable to have both a digital and physical map.

4. Parking:

  • In popular tourist areas, you'll find designated parking areas. Often, there will be parking attendants who will guide you and expect a small tip.

5. Fuel:

  • Fuel stations, known as "POM," are widespread in urban areas. However, on remote routes, ensure a full tank and perhaps carry a spare jerry can.

6. Hire Car Types and Climate Considerations:

  • For city drives, compact cars are sufficient.
  • If you're exploring rugged terrains or mountainous regions, an SUV is recommended.
  • Indonesia is tropical; vehicles with good air conditioning will enhance comfort.

7. Safety and Emergency:

  • Emergency Number: 112.

8. Local Customs and Tips:

  • Honking is common and is not always a sign of aggression. It’s often used as a signal while overtaking.
  • Be wary of motorcycles; they weave through traffic frequently.
  • Respect local customs, especially in religious areas.

Must-Visit Driving Routes:

  • Bali's Coastal Route: Drive around the island, passing through Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud, and Lovina for a mix of beaches and culture.
  • Java's Volcanic Route: Start in Jakarta and drive to Yogyakarta, passing multiple volcanic peaks, including the famous Bromo.

Conclusion:
Renting a car in Indonesia allows you to uncover hidden gems at your own leisure. While challenges exist, the scenic beauty, cultural treasures, and local interactions make it a worthwhile adventure. Ensure you respect local customs, drive safely, and most importantly, enjoy the unparalleled beauty that Indonesia offers.

Most popular car hire pick-up locations in Indonesia


Cheapest car hire in Indonesia

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.67 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 298.74 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.69 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 452.87 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.69 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 452.87 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.69 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 452.87 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.87 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 636.09 EUR from 18/03/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.87 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 636.09 EUR from 18/03/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Innova

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.87 EUR/day
Toyota Innova

7 Days rental at 636.09 EUR from 18/03/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Indonesia

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Indonesia, speed limits are in Km/h
  • Indonesia has a zero tolerance approach towards alcohol and driving, don't drink any alcohol if driving
  • Roads in major towns and cities are generally in very good condition but rural roads can be very poor, we recommend an SUV or 4x4 if planning to drive in rural regions
  • Collecting a rental car directly from the airport on arrival is the most popular option in Indonesia
  • Understand Insurance Coverage: Review insurance options thoroughly, considering additional coverage for comprehensive protection against accidents and theft.
  • Traffic Awareness: Familiarize yourself with local traffic regulations, road conditions, and driving customs to navigate safely and confidently.
 

Popular car hire destinations in Indonesia

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Indonesia

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    IDR  15161.91/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    IDR

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Indonesia

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Eazy
1
8.9/10
25
€ 42.67
 Avis
10
8.8/10
54

Car rental agent statistics in Indonesia

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    8.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    EAZY
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    8.8/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    79
    Total number of reviews in
    Indonesia
  • Most Locations Icon
    9
    Most Locations in Indonesia:
    AVIS
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    1
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    3
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Indonesia

ItemPercent
January
February
March€ 46
April
May
June
July
August
September€ 52
October€ 54
November€ 45
December€ 50
ItemPercent
January€ 43
February€ 42
March€ 43
April€ 42
May€ 50
June€ 50
July€ 49
August€ 52
September€ 49
October€ 45
November€ 43
December€ 47
ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 62
March€ 62
April€ 62
May€ 63
June€ 63
July€ 62
August€ 63
September€ 63
October€ 63
November€ 64
December€ 64
ItemPercent
January€ 76
February€ 75
March€ 77
April€ 78
May€ 77
June€ 72
July€ 72
August€ 73
September€ 76
October€ 78
November€ 78
December€ 79
ItemPercent
January€ 39
February€ 30
March€ 35
April€ 38
May€ 40
June€ 42
July€ 42
August€ 43
September€ 43
October€ 41
November€ 40
December€ 42
ItemPercent
January€ 61
February€ 67
March€ 71
April€ 71
May€ 68
June€ 58
July€ 57
August€ 58
September€ 63
October€ 64
November€ 64
December€ 65
ItemPercent
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Indonesia

DieselUnleaded
Nov , 2022

€ 1.20

€ 0.87

Dec , 2022

€ 1.17

€ 0.87

Jan , 2023

€ 1.01

€ 0.79

Feb , 2023

€ 1.04

€ 0.86

Mar , 2023

€ 0.98

€ 0.86

Apr , 2023

€ 0.94

€ 0.86

May , 2023

€ 0.91

€ 0.87

Jun , 2023

€ 0.84

€ 0.80

Jul , 2023

€ 0.81

€ 0.78

Aug , 2023

€ 0.87

€ 0.80

Sep , 2023

€ 1.03

€ 0.90

Oct , 2023

€ 1.04

€ 0.91

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Oct , 2023 1.04 0.91
Sep , 2023 1.03 0.90
Aug , 2023 0.87 0.80
Jul , 2023 0.81 0.78
Jun , 2023 0.84 0.80
May , 2023 0.91 0.87
Apr , 2023 0.94 0.86
Mar , 2023 0.98 0.86
Feb , 2023 1.04 0.86
Jan , 2023 1.01 0.79
Dec , 2022 1.17 0.87
Nov , 2022 1.20 0.87

Car rental price statistics in Indonesia

  • Average Price Icon
    € 298.69
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 64.69
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Innova
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    17
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    9
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Avanza
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    3
    Location with most cars:
    Bali - Airport - Denpasar
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 42.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    EAZY - Bali - Airport - Denpasar
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€41.3
 
 
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Surabaya
€41.3
 
 
5 seat minivan 5 5 2 from €41.3 per day
7 seat minivan 5 7 4 from €50.9 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €45.6 per day
Yogyakarta Airport
 
 
5 seat minivan 5 5 2 from €41.3 per day
from € per day
7 seat minivan 5 7 4 from €50.9 per day
Denpasar Airport
€41.3
 
 
5 seat minivan 5 5 2 from €41.3 per day
7 seat minivan 5 7 4 from €50.9 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €45.6 per day