Car-maggedon in Jakarta is real. Though we love the pulse of the Big Durian, simple tasks can sometimes be a bit of an adventure. Enter Go-Jek, originally a courier and transport service, it has now expanded to personal shopping. We thought we were resourceful and efficient before, but Go-Jek is helping us take it to another level.
Go-Jek has been around since 2011, but just launched their app earlier this year. Using mapping, Go-Jek can track your location and dispatch an affordable personal ojek straight to your door – even when macet is at the worst and your corner ojek stand is price-gouging. Go-jek drivers arrive with a hair cover, facemask and (decently) clean helmet to take you wherever you want. This is the ojek version of Über! The minimum payment is Rp 25,000, so picking up a bajaj or ojek off the street might be better for quick trips, but we’re grateful not to have to go through lengthy negotiations every time we need a ride.
Our all time favourite feature from Go-Jek is their shopping aspect. As long as your shopping is less than Rp 1 million, you can name a shop, market or grocery store, and give your Go-Jek personal shopper your list and they handle the rest. We can’t attest to their skills at picking produce, but we’re not complaining about the overall experience.
In addition to their ojeks, Go-Jek also offers courier services. With an incredibly reasonable pricing scheme, Go-Jek can transport your documents or small items across the city. We’ve sent items all over the Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi with an average price of about Rp. 75,000. We think those few hours saved are more than worth it!
Go-Jek takes payment by cash, credit via bank transfer, or company pin. The Go-Jek app is available for free for Android and iOS platforms. We haven’t had any issues ourselves, but we’ve heard of a few glitches that they are working out. Despite that, Go-Jek is one of tools that make life in the Big Durian just a little bit easier, and who doesn’t like that?