The airports in South-East-Asia are really huge. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta in Indonesia is one of the biggest as it serves not only the capital of the country, but also connects international flights to pretty much all destinations in Indonesia. The airport got three terminals and is a hub for several airlines. In 2013 the airplane served close to 60 million passengers.
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta is an interesting airport in several regards. The three terminals are not that big, but the airport serves 60 million passengers a year anyway. The terminals 1 and 2 do look really small and they also are. When finished in 1991, they were to serve 15 million passengers a year. Nowadays, there are 60 million passengers in the same period.
Due to that, the government decided to upgrade the facilities at terminal 1 and build a third terminal. That one only serves low-cost-carriers at the moment. Terminal 2 is used for international flights and a few domestic flights operated by Garuda Indonesia and Terminal 1 is the main terminal for domestic flights. The airport got two runaways and serves flights 24 hours a day. Anyway, only few flights are departing from 12 am to 6 am.
Flights departing from Terminal 1: Domestic Flights (all but Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantra Airlines)
Flights departing from Terminal 2: International Flights and Domestic Flights operated by Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantara Airlines
Flights departing from Terminal 3: Domestic and International Flights operated by Air Asia and Lion Air (only Bali)
When it comes to shopping, the Jakarta International Airport offers many different shops. Travelers are able to either buy tax free goods when on international flights or normal products when traveling domestic.
The choice of shops is huge, but not comparable to some airports in Europe. Also, there is a huge choice of options for eating. Apart from several small shops, there are also restaurants that serve either breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Guests departing after midnight should consider that most shops and restaurants close around 11 pm. At Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta there are Indonesian, Asian and International brands for food and shopping alike. Sadly, there is no good overview about all shops and eating options at the airport, but you can expect to have a good choice, especially at the international terminal.
Usually, airports do offer a nice choice of sleeping options. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport does not. By today, there are only two airport hotels, the Sheraton Bandara and the FM7 Hotel. The other airport hotel, named Jakarta Airport Hotel, closed in 2013. The Sheraton is located close to the terminal, but is not known to be a really good hotel (many bad traveler reviews). The prices meanwhile are pretty high in comparison to the prices in the city center. The FM7 Hotel meanwhile is modern and offers a good value for the money (several good traveler reviews). If you have a stopover in Jakarta, you may also consider staying the heart of the city. The choice of hotels for a fair price is huge, the connection to the airport is good when there is no rush hour.
Moreover, guests may consider an overnight stay at the airport itself. Sadly, there are no sleeping facilities, so you may just have a rest on one of the chairs provided. Light is not dimmed for the night, shops are closed. At least, there is free WiFi all over and there are reading corners in the waiting rooms. Apart from that, travelers departing or arriving at Jakarta International Airport may enjoy some golf at the golf course located right next to the airport.
Guests flying Business or First Class or hold a membership in a frequent flyer program, may be able to access one of the several lounges at the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport.
The biggest and modern one is the Garuda Indonesia Lounge located at Terminal 2. It usually only serves Garuda guests, but is used by Etihad passengers departing after midnight as well. Most of the other lounges are also located at Terminal 2, where all international flights are departing.
Lounges at the airport:
One of the most important aspects of airports is the transportation system. In Jakarta, it is pretty tough for foreign visitors, to get along with the complicated system. By today, the inter-terminal transportation is done by shuttles. In 2015, a new railway system shall take over. For transportation to the city center or other parts of Jakarta, there are buses available. International guests not speaking Indonesian will have problems communicating and buying tickets. Different companies are offering several bus routes to the city center. The prices are really low, the buses usually take more than one hour to reach the center. A railway connection to the center of Jakarta is planned, but will not be finished before 2016.
Apart from that, travelers may decide to take a taxi to Jakarta. The choice of different taxis is huge, yet only Blue Bird and Silver Bird taxis are recommended for international guests. The trip to the city may take between 30 and 90 minutes depending on traffic. The price for a taxi ride to Jakarta is about 150.000 IDR (~ 10 euro or 12 us-dollar) including highway toll for normal taxis and is about 250.000 IDR (~16 euro or 20 us-dollar) when taking an executive taxi.
Note: When arriving Jakarta, you have to pay 35 US-Dollar for a tourism Visa. When leaving the city, you moreover have to pay 150.000 IDR departure tax.