Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
You can drive if you want to, but it is not needed. In fact, most locals choose not to because of the accident risks. And, many expatriates prefer to employ a driver rather than attempting to drive in the crowded streets, so you may want to look into that option. You can expect to pay anywhere between US$100 to US$200 a month for a driver, depending on their experience. If you need your driver to work late at night and/or on Sundays, you will have to pay them overtime.
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How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
To legally drive, you must obtain an Indonesia driver’s license, a SIM (Surat Izin Mengemudi) or hold an International Driver's License. To get an Indonesia license, you do not need to take a test. All you need to do is show up at the police department and show your KITAS and home country driver's license.
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What side of the road do people drive on?
Similar to the United Kingdom, people drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you are not familiar with this, take your time and be extra cautious.
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Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Types of transportation that can be found in the city:

  • Taxi: Mawar Taxi, Kalung Mas, Borneo
  • Angkot: (mini van)

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Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Yes, although this is possible via bus systems, most expats and locals prefer to use rental cars.
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In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Become acquainted with local roads and freeways as well as the local traffic rules. Always follow these traffic rules and always drive with the flow of traffic. For more information, contact your local consulate or embassy or contact Crown Balikpapan.
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Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
You can purchase these at any public transportation station or you can pay in cash when boarding.
Most drivers do not carry a lot of change, so it is wise to have the exact amount.
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