Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is located on the northern coast of Java. It is the seat of the national and provincial governments and also represents the centre of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. Over recent years, Jakarta has experienced a rapid expansion. Despite this city of 9+ million’s reputation as “the world city with the worst traffic”, Jakarta is a fascinating place to visit due to its diverse culture, history and buzzing atmosphere. Those looking for the best spots for running in Jakarta will have to contend with density, traffic, bad air, and heat — but there are many hidden gem running routes and a welcoming running community. Our thanks to Josephine Anselin, an expat runner living in Jakarta, for her help in putting together this guide!
In central Jakarta, near where many visitors stay, the best spots are the National Monument Complex, the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, and Surdiman Rd. (on Sundays). The loop around Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta is very popular. The most scenic, extensive off-road run is the Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, with paths past a recreational complex and a seaside promenade. For wonderful trail running, head to the Sentul Highlands, about 50 km south of Jakarta.
Though cars and taxis are still the main form of transportation, public buses, “metro-minis,” and a commuter rail also offer service in the main part of the city, though they can be crowded and unreliable. For some of our further-flung running routes, a car is your best bet.