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Living in Yogyakarta

* All the prices mentioned here are based on the assumption that $1 = Rp 14.150,00


The living cost in Yogyakarta is considered to be lower than most of the cities in Indonesia. You will only spend about Rp 500.000,00 - Rp 800.000,00 (± $35.33 - $56.52) per month for renting a modest room in a boarding house. Such a room includes a single bed, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom. If you want an air-conditioned room, you will be charged about Rp 1.200.000,00 (± $84.8) per month. However, some boarding houses ask for two or three months' rent at once. It is not only the price for renting a room that is inexpensive, but food prices are also low. For a meal, about Rp 20.000,00 (± $1.41) is sufficient. 

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You do not have to worry about transportation thatv you can take when you are in Yogyakarta.
There are so many kinds of transportation: becak (pedicab), andong (four-wheeled carriage drawn by two horses), GO-JEK or GRAB (ojek online), taxis, and Trans Jogja buses. Of course you can rent a bicycle, motorcycle, or car if you want to. For your information, the roads in Yogyakarta are busy, especially in business hours. Many Yogyakarta people ride motorcycles to get to their destinations. Some others certainly prefer to drive their cars.


Fare (Rp)

Operating Hours



Open to bargain

(according to distance)




Open to bargain

(according to distance)



GO-JEK (ojek online)

Rush hour
Rp 2.500,00 (± 18 cents) per kilometer

Non-rush hour
Rp 1.500,00 (± 11 cents) per kilometer

(according to the distance and hour)

24 hours

You can download the app on Google Play, Play Store, App Store, etc.


Rp 20.000,00 (± $1.42) (primary rate) + Rp 3.000,00 (±22 cents) per kilometer


Make sure you ask the driver to activate the fare-meter

Trans Jogja bus

Rp 3.600,00
(± 26 cents)

7 am - 10 pm

If you have to change bus, do not leave the bus shelter once you enter it until your next bus comes. You will be charged Rp 3.000,00 for reentering the bus shelter.

Go-Car (Online)

Minimum Tarif:
Rp 10.000,00

(according to distance)

24 hours

You can download the app on Google Play, Play Store, App Store, etc.


According to Distance

24 hours

You can download the app on Google Play, Play Store, App Store, etc.

The followings are the list of  some of the taxi services in Yogyakarta:

Taxi Services

Telephone Numbers

Asa Taxi

(0274) 545 545

Rajawali Taxi

(0274) 512 976

Setia Kawan Taksi 

(0274) 522 333

Centris Taxi

(0274) 544 977, (0274) 512 548

Jas Taxi

(0274) 373 737

Pendawa Taxi

(0274) 447 231, (0274) 563 111



Yogyakarta is known as Student City as there are so many public and private universities. That is why a large number of people from all over Indonesia come to Yogyakarta to get a better education. As a result, Yogyakarta is considered to be a multicultural city as the diverse people gather bringing with them their own cultures from their hometowns. In Yogyakarta, people are famous for their warmth, hospitality, and their smilling faces. You will love how they smile a lot at you.

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You do not need to bring thick clothes to Yogyakarta for the climate is quite warm and pleasant throughout the year. The average daily temperature is between 26⁰C to 28⁰C (79⁰F to 82⁰F) with 18⁰C (64⁰F) as the minimum and 35⁰C (95⁰F) as the maximum, while the average humidity is from 65% to 84%. The wet season is between October to April, while the dry monsoon is between May to September. Usually there is no rain fall between May and August. Thus, the weather is hot and humid during the day and cool in the night and early morning.

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You will not get bored when you are in Yogyakarta as there are so many tourism spots that you can visit. Click here for further information.

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Generally, people in Yogyakarta do not wear tank top, hot pants, or mini skirts in public areas especially in offices, governmental institutions (e.g. Immigration Office), educational institutions, and religious places since it is considered disrespectful. Also, do not wear shorts or sandals when you go to such places. Collared shirts, knee-length skirts, trousers, and shoes will be acceptable. Jeans will be fine as well. Try to adjust yourself with the local dress code so that you can blend in well with the local people.

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Indonesia has three different local times: east (WIT), central (WITA), and west (WIB). Yogyakarta belongs to the Western Indonesia Time (GMT + 7 hours). Generally, office hours are between 8 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday. However, several offices are closed earlier on Friday. Markets are open since early morning (± 5 am) until 6 or 7 pm, while shops are open from 8 am to 9 pm. You can also find minimarts which are open 24 hours a day. Local restaurants are usually open from 7 am to 10 or 11 pm.

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