Indonesian Roads and Speed Limits

Understand the different types of road and speed restrictions in Indonesia...

In urban areas roads and highways are fairly well maintained and may have two to three lanes on each side.

Road conditions are generally poor in more rural areas and many roads are narrow. Most rural roads have two lanes, but do not have lines in the centre indicating lanes, shoulder markings, lights or guard rails.

Road signs

Road signs are only found in larger cities, and there are very few traffic lights and stop signs.

Toll roads

Toll roads are rare and are only found in urban areas. In Jakarta, for example, the trip to and from the airport is possible on both toll and non-toll roads. Toll roads are generally less crowded.

Road maintenance

In urban areas, roads are well maintained, but this is not the case in rural areas. Road maintenance varies from region to region and depends on how developed the area is. For example, highways in Bali and West Java are generally better maintained than those in the remote areas of Kalimantan or Papua.

Natural disasters are a feature of the country's geography, and torrential rains often result in floods and landslides. Also, the tropical climate means that roads require frequent repair. Sink holes, for instance, are a problem.

Speed Limits

There are few road signs providing information about speed limits, and drivers generally do not obey limits.

The following speed limits are in place in Indonesia:

  • Built-up areas: 50 Km per hour
  • Highways: 100 Km per hour for motorbikes and cars; 60 to 80 Km per hour for trucks
  • Roads: 80 Km per hour

Drivers are expected to drive slower in wet weather.

Traffic Check Points

Police regularly set up check points or road blocks. Local custom is that when a driver is pulled over for a traffic infraction, they should pay the fine to the policeman. If a driver does not pay, then a ticket will be issued with a date to appear in court. Indonesians avoid going to court as further payments will have to be made.