Hello Jakarta experts,
I'm just wondering if there is any new information regarding layovers in Jakarta airport as the previous threads I found are from some time ago. I am currently planning trip from Sydney to Amsterdam and have found a great fare on Garuda. However, the downside is that it will involve a 9 hour layover in Jakarta airport. The itinerary I'm looking has me arriving in Jakarta at 3.55pm on a Friday and departing again at 12.55am. I am assuming my luggage will be checked through so I will only have carry-on with me. Would it be practical to leave the airport given my arrival & departure times on a Friday? I've read that this is a particularly bad day for traffic. (not sure exactly where I would go though if I were to leave the airport? haha)
Otherwise is there anything at all to do at the airport? e.g. Is there a transit hotel or spa/massage facility located within the terminal where I can kill a few hours? The thought of an extra 9 hours of mind numbing boredom is the middle of a long Sydney to Europe flight is concerning me. Otherwise, I may need to just stump up the (significantly) extra cash for a much shorter layover via Singapore, KL or Hong Kong.
Thanks in advance for your help!