Costs of a rental car with driver in Indonesia
To, for example, hire a Renault Grand Scenic in Paris, you easily pay around 150 euro a day, without driver and without the costs of the fuel. Obviously, prices in Indonesia are not so high, even for a rental car wíth private driver and fuel included.
What are the costs of a driver on Java and Bali?
Depending on the size of your travel group (and therefore the size of the car) and the distance to be traveled, you will pay on average about 60 euros (between 50 and 90 euros) per day (for your travel group, not per person).
If you hire Dadang Supardi (Pardi) the price includes:
- your rental car, with air conditioning,
- the fuel,
- his expenses and accommodation,
- his compensation,
- parking costs, and
In short; all the costs of your transport by car!
For longer distances, there may be “empty run” days (drive empty back or forward to the begin or from the end of your itinerary).
Not included are:
- entrance fees,
- your own accommodation,
- if applicable the ferry to and from Bali,
(depending on the size of your car these costs are about 20 euro- 40 euro)
- your other expenses.
Please feel free to get in contact via Email, WhatsApp, or the contact form on the website for a price quotation and/or advice on your itinerary.
A holiday without stress?
During your holiday you do not want to leave too late, get lost, or feel unsafe in traffic. A good driver makes the difference. Do not put your holiday at stake, but ensure yourself of an experienced, reliable and good English speaking driver.
With your private driver you create your own journey. A holiday entirely tailored to your own wishes.
Pardi and his wife Dwi live in Yogyakarta. Pardi has been working as a driver in the tourist sector on Java and Bali for more than 20 years. Together with his wife and his team, he has enabled individual tours on Java and Bali for many years and for many guests.
His guests are more than satisfied.
One of the characteristics of the Javanese culture is that people work and live with passion for everything they do. Working is more than making money. Pardi and Dwi follow this principle. They do their work with pleasure and dedication and are only satisfied when you are.
Their main goal is to provide you with the best service possible. Pardi and Dwi consciously choose for a personal approach and high quality at a competitive price.
How does it work?
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Booking and confirmation
When you decide to book your trip, you will receive a confirmation and Pardi and Dwi will prepare your trip carefully on the basis of your wishes. They will make sure that your driver welcomes you at the agreed time and place so your journey can start.
Payment and guarantee
When confirming your booking, you will also receive a link to Paypal so that you can make a down payment (30%) on the agreed travel amount.
Because Paypal offers extra guarantees especially for online bookings, and protects your privacy at best, Pardi and Dwi have applied for a Paypal account. Their business account has been approved by Paypal. Not only is your payment via Paypal insured and safe, this also prevents the hassle with ATM withdrawals or taking along cash amounts.
On arrival you pay the second part of the agreed amount (40%) to your driver. (If you have agreed on not making a down payment with Paypal you pay 70% of the amount to your driver on arrival.)
The last 30% of the travel sum can be paid to your driver at the end of your trip.
If you not only book a driver, but also ask Pardi to arrange excursions, admission tickets, a train trip or overnight accommodation, he will let you know how much the down payment will be. This depends on the policy of the hotels and organizations where he has to make the reservations.
Pardi and Dwi ask you to inform them in time when you change your plans. Because they have a small business, it is important for them to be able to make good use of their possibilities. You can cancel without any problems up to three weeks before arrival. If due to unforeseen circumstances you have to cancel your trip within three weeks before departure, they ask you to inform them as soon as possible and declare 50% of the agreed travel amount with your cancellation insurance.
(If you additional also booked excursions, admission tickets, a train trip or overnight accommodation, cancellation is only possible if it fits within the policy of the hotels and organizations where the reservations are made).
Final check 3 weeks before your arrival
Three weeks before your arrival you will receive an e-mail to double check your arrival date, location and time and your contact details (also for when you are on the way) and to answer your last questions. With this last information Pardi and Dwi have arranged everything that has been agreed upon with you, for your trip in Indonesia.
You can also book within three weeks before arrival, but because more and more people are discovering the convenience of a private driver, it is wise to get in contact in time to avoid disappointment.
Pardi and Dwi will remain available to answer all your questions, not only prior to your trip but also during your entire journey. If, for example, there are unforeseen circumstances, they are at your service and take pride in making your holiday into a success.
In the busy periods, it is possible that Pardi is already fully booked. In this case Pardi and Dwi can appeal to their (experienced and appreciated) colleagues Unggul, Yuli, Andi, Amri or Bakti.
Bakti lives in Bandung. The others live, just like Pardi, with their families in Yogyakarta.
No matter which colleague drives for you, Pardi and Dwi only work with specially selected drivers who fit their company philosophy and who meet their high standards. Quality is leading. This means that these colleagues, like Pardi:
- speak English well
- drive absolutely safely through the busy traffic
- know their way around
- can tell you a lot about the rich culture of Java and Bali
- are service providers in heart and soul
- have al lot of experience and are very much appreciated
- are members of the professional organization for drivers in the tourist sector
- are in possession of a driver’s license for passenger buses of all sizes.
Also his colleagues enjoy their work and are proud of the kind reviews they received:
“We booked a one day tour of Borobudur temples and traditional village. Very impressed our driver Andi was on time and very helpful. Local guides to the temple and village was included which was very helpful as they spoke good english were very knowledgeable about the sites and had a good sense of humour. The lunch was delicious. We learnt a lot about the history of the temples and village. Our one day tour was perfect.”
Denise from Switserland, February 2019
“We had 4 nights in Central Java arriving via Yogyakarta. I found Pardi via a TripAdvisor recommendation and emailed him the rough itinerary of what we wanted to do. We needed a good flexible driver who could take us to the requested sites and we definitely found the best company. Pardi responded promptly and had it all organised quickly at a reasonable cost.
He was busy driving another customer when we were in Indonesia so we had another driver, Unggul, who I can highly recommend. He was punctual, courteous, funny, spoke perfect English, drove safely and happily accomodated our minor changes in programming. He was able to provide lots of information on where we were going and Indonesia in general. He went out of his way to make sure everything was just right and as we wanted it. He organised ticket entries, guides and meals at local lunch spots. A parting Indonesian gift was a lovely surprise.
Just to let you know our itinerary: We had 2 nights in Boroburdur at Rumah Dama hotel, 2 in Yogyakarta at Gallery Prawiromatan hotel. We did Boroburdur at sunrise, Candirejo village, Parwon & Mendut temples, Setumbu lookout sunrise ( 2nd day), Mt Merapi Jeep tour, Prambanan temple, Plaiosan temple, Ramayana ballet, Jomblang cave, painful river tubing, sultan palace, water palace & bird market. We could not have done all this in 4 days and smoothly without Unggul who was an absolutely perfect driver and a pleasure to drive with. We hope to return to Java again sometime and will request Unggul again ( or Pardi who we didn’t meet but runs a great tour company) . A pleasure to deal with you both.”
Anne from Australia, February 2019
“We, a group of 4 Austrians, did a 9-day trip from Yogyakarta to Ubud at the end of November 2018. Our driver was Unggul – a quite well-experienced, perfectly English-speaking and extremely sympathetic guy who lives with his family in Yogyakarta. It was obvious that Unggul did similar tours already numerous times in the past – his knowledge about the country and the people was amazing, no matter what we were asking, he always had some interesting stories to tell. He was extremely obliging, always offered to negotiate with local guides (e.g., at Mt. Ijen or at the Madakaripura Waterfall) in order to arrange everything for our convenience. Not to forget some “hidden” places he showed us where definitely no other tourists would stumble upon (e.g., the unforgettable family-run coffee farm in the Kabupaten Banyuwangi area) as well as the local snacks he bought each day to share with us while driving.
All in all, the 9 days traveling with Unggul were extremely enjoyable, not least also because of his fine sense of humor, his timeliness and his safe driving style – maybe the most important quality in Indonesia’s partly chaotic traffic situations. A big thanks also to Pardi who made all this possible with a perfect and smooth overall organization. Finally, it is by no doubt that Pardi AND Unggul would be our first choice whenever we return to Java!”
Werner from Austria, November 2018
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“We had an awsome tour with Unggul (driver of Pardi’s group). We started in Yogjakarta and went via Solo, Mt. Bromo, Ijen to Permuteran. Unggul is probably one if the best drivers you can find in Java. His driving is superb, his Engish very good and his knowledge about Java exceptional. He was excellently prepared for every day and had always hints to show us fantastic hidden places. His knowledge about nature were also incredible. He had simply an answer to all our questions. Unfortunately we could not extend our trip through Bali with him, as he had other arrangements. I can fully recommend Unggul to any other travel group.
Thanks again Unggul. You made our trip really special. Thanks.”
Joe from Germany, August 2018
“Dadang Supardi is definitely worth 5 *****. We came in contact with Dadang Supardi because of his website. After consulting Pardi, we have been assigned a driver. He himself was already occupied. Our driver was Unggul. It was our first trip to Indonesia. Our experience with Unggul was very good. He is an experienced driver. He is very relaxed, friendly and serious. He thought along about the possibilities for our trip. He speaks good English. This made it possible to talk to him about different topics. He explain us well about the values, norms and lifestyle in Indonesia. We have enjoyed traveling with him for 12 days. Nothing was too much for him. Unggul is a driver I can recommend to everyone. The next time I will definitely use the services of Dadang Supardi again. Unggul thanks for everything and that you have made our trip so enjoyable. Unggul is simply more than just a driver. We also had the opportunity to get acquainted with Pardi himself for half a day. Also about him I can only speak praise. Unggul Terimah kasih, sampai berjumpa lagi .. Sampai tahun depan.”
Chantal and Roy from the Netherlands, August 2018
“We traveled with friends on Java for 9 days and had booked Andi as our driver. We started in Yogyakarta and had indicated in advance where we wanted to go. Andi also came up with suggestions for excursions and they were all awesome! Andi was a calm driver who drove calmly and brought us safely anywhere.
Everything was arranged perfectly in advance with Pardi, with whom we frequently were contact by mail. I can recommend everyone to make your wishes known and then everything will be perfectly arranged.”
Nancy and Frank Regeer, Pierre and Angelique van Kolck from the Netherlands, July 2018
“From 19 June to 5 July we have made a special trip with driver Unggul from Dadang Supardi.
Start in Jakarta and then via Bogor, Bandung, Cirebon, Pekalongan, Semarang to Yogyakarta. Exhausting in the end, but Unggul guided us everywhere passing through the best routes, with a lot of humor. He brought us to unsuspected places via sometimes uncommon roads, avoiding too busy tourist routes. We did not want to miss his thinking-along guidance. We have seen and experienced much more than we could have hoped for and expected. Great trip with an excellent guide.”
Mieke and Paul from the Netherlands, June 2018
“The first contact with Mr Pardi was immediately very pleasant. He responded quickly to my emails and was able to communicate well in English. Because the price was also in line with the market, I had sufficient confidence to book two drivers via Mr Pardi; one for me and my wife, and one for my parents. Mr Bakti was our driver and Mr. Unggul the driver of my parents. In the end we had 5 fantastic days with Mr Bakti. He is not only a driver but also a very nice guide at the same time. Everywhere we came he knew the way, he had informative facts, he knew nice sights and restaurants. In addition, he is a great and friendly man. He immediately gained our trust. Just great !!!
My parents and Mr. Unggul had a 15-day trip. They also had a great time with Mr. Unggul. Because my parents are already quite old (74), they also needed some extra help. He saw what my parents needed and helped them without my parents having to ask for it. He even went to the Borobudur with them to accompany them on the stairs. Because our relationship with both drivers was so good, Mr. Pardi wanted to meet us. In the end we, with my parents and together with Mr. Unggul and Mr. Pardi, had dinner together in Yogyakarta. It was a “cherry on the cake” to meet such beautiful people during the holidays. Mr. Pardi, Unggul and Bakti thank you for your great care. You are wonderful people. I hope that you can continue your work for a long time and make many people as happy as we were.”
Koos from the Netherlands, June 2018
“Our driver from Yogyakarta was Andi. The contact was made quickly and easily via WhatsApp.
We were picked up very punctually in our hotel. Andi was very accommodating and super friendly!
He suggested additional sights and we felt very safe during the ride.
It was pleasant that the car was air conditioned, especially in the hot weather.
We would recommend Andi to anyone and certainly book again.
Julia and Jana from Germany, May 2018
“Excellent Guide and driver
My wife and I visited Indonesia for the first time in May 2018 and had planned an extensive schedule that took us around most of Java with a drop off in Bali for the last few days of our vacation. We had the pleasure of having Amri accompany us as our guide and driver for six wonderful days travelling between several sites and cities.
From the moment we met Amri we felt an immediate bond. An excellent driver and a great English speaker, we soon learnt that he was incredibly friendly, very knowledgable, always on time with a big smile, a great guide on local Javanese cuisine & culture and extremely patient with us while we took our time photographing incredible sights.
We would like to thank him again for making our trip much more enjoyable. We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to Pardi who had arranged for Amri to be our guide/driver. We highly recommend both Amri and Dadang Supardi Tours to anyone wishing to explore the great island of Java with an excellent guide!”
Cargi from Turkey, May 2018
“After researching many blogs, we found Dadang’s website and contacted him to obtain his services during our trip in Indonesia. We sent him our 6-day program, from Yogyakarta to Bali. When we arrived in Yogya, we were welcomed by his very friendly colleague Unggul. We had a lot of fun with Unggul as our driver. The trip went very well: according to the program, a safe and experienced driver and a comfortable car. We thank Dadang for his efficient organization and Unggul for his sympathy, his communicative laugh and his experience! We highly recommend their services.”
Laura from France, November 2017
“Yuli drove me around for 10 days on Java and Bali. He did a very good job: punctual, careful, and pleasant. He knows Java very well and found all the hotels without any problem. Since he was less familiar on Bali, he asked a local friend to accompany him. A good initiative.“
François from Switserland, November 2017
“We drove from Surabaya to Jakarta with Mr. Unggul Hartanto, a friend of Mr. Supardi. Mr. Hartanto is an excellent driver with a good vehicle. He is patient and calm even when faced by the chaos of roads jammed with all sorts of vehicles. Mr. Supardi himself was easy to do business with. We highly recommend both Dadang Supardi Tours and Mr. Hartanto.”
Mrs. Hariatmi from the USA, November 2017
“We called upon him to transport us to Java. We had a great week with one of Pardi’s guides; very professional good driver, always smile, showed us great places, good advice. I highly recommend him!”
Sylvie from France, October 2017
“We planned a 4 days trip in Java with Dadang Supardi, but stay 10 days for visiting Java and Bali with Unggul, a friend of Pardi. Really flexible, sweet, patient and really helpful: he just was the perfect driver and friend for 10 days. Thanks again Unggul and have a beautiful life!”
Marjorie & Guillaume from France, September 2017
“We have had a great time in Indonesia through Unggul.
For Unggul nothing was too much and we enjoyed his company.
Again, the compliments for Unggul.”
Fred from the Netherlands, August 2017
“We have got a very good experience with Unggul. He is an excellent and very experienced driver. He provided to us very good advices. For a next trip to Java we will request Unggul as driver. He is very reliable.
Thanks a lot Pardi for your help in order to prepare our trip . We have also appreciated to see Unggul to our arrival at Yogyakarta Airport. It was good to discuss with him before to start our trip.”
Family Lassure from France, July 2017
“Yuli was perfect!!
He was on time, friendly and he showed us everything we wanted to see and even more. Thank you!”
Vanessa from Belgium, July 2017
“We had a very good time with Unggul as our driver and guide. It was also very pleasant that his English was very good, that made that he was able to explain more things about Indonesia. Next year we want to come back because your service is very good and the car we had was good also!!! If we have the date for next year we will let you know as soon as possible. Thank you very much for the wonderful time.”
Kees from the Netherlands, August 2016
Advice and inspiration
All the different options you find on the internet can be overwhelming and can make you lose track.
Pardi and Dwi understand. For all your questions, for example about hotels, which sights you can visit the best, or if you have specific wishes that match your interests (eg culinary desires, photography, birding, cycling, “go local” experiences) you can get in contact for free advice and make sure your holiday will meet all your expectations.
Java and Bali offer you so many possibilities.
Take a jeep tour over a volcano, climb up to the crater, visit mysterious temples, get to know the Javanese cuisine, sail among dolphins in the sea, go snorkeling in clear blue water, let a guide take you to the hidden neighbourhoods of the city and enjoy the hospitality of the Indonesian people.
Plan your holiday as you wish.
Also for children, a round trip in Indonesia is a memory for life.
Your interests, wishes and feedback are very important for Pardi and Dwi.