North Jakarta (Indonesian: Jakarta Utara) is one of the municipalities of the Indonesian capital, along the Java Sea coast, and the location where Jakarta began to take shape. The colonial Dutch legacy still lives on at the Old Town (Kota Tua, at the border with West Jakarta) and the Sunda Kelapa harbour. When you are done with history, find amusement at Ancol, great food at Pluit or Kelapa Gading, and vibrant shopping destination at Mangga Dua. It is also the gateway to the Thousand Islands, and the location of Indonesia’s busiest port, Tanjung Priok. Almost 2 million people, many of whom are of Chinese descent, call this part of the city home.
There are only three railway stations in North Jakarta, at Tanjung Priok, Ancol, and Kampung Bandan. All three of these stations are on the commuter rail network’s (KA Commuter Jabodetabek) pink line, which connects to Kota station in West Jakarta. In addition, Kampung Bandan station is on the yellow line, with a direct connection to Depok and Bogor. For most long-distance trains, you will need to go to Gambir or Pasar Senen stations in Central Jakarta.
The 1 Tanjung Priok port is not only a container port, but also has a large passenger port terminal. All ferry ships to other areas across Indonesia dock there. Ferries operated by PELNI connect Tanjung Priok to all major ports, from Sumatra to Bali, and from Kalimantan to Papua. Obviously, taking a ferry is only a good option if you have a lot of time, as it takes several days to reach most other major islands.