Upon arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport from overseas, some visitors do not have enough local money, or Rupiah. Some other are ready by bringing some Rupiah from their countries. The problem come when you want to change your money at the airport, but the rate is poor. If you are not satisfied with the rate because you want to change lot of money, I suggest you to change it at the best money changer in Jakarta city center, VIP. Yes, the name of money changer is VIP money changer. VIP stands for Valuta Inti Prima. Located in Menteng District, Central Jakarta.
What you need to prepare for changing money at VIP is your passport or other ID and your patience. Yes, you have to be patient because VIP is very popular for changing money causing a lot of people want to change their money here. They have complete enough stocks for currencies and provide good rate, even best rate in town. To check the current rate, you can visit their website: https://www.vip.co.id/en/
If the rate you are looking for is not listed on the website, you can call them to check the current rate. Here are their phone number: +62 21 3190 7777 and +62 21 390 4444. You can call them during opening hours.
Here is the business profile of VIP Money Changer.
Jl. Menteng Raya No.23, Kebon Sirih, Kecamatan Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat. The location is not far from Monas or Merdeka Square and US Embassy. You can follow the direction provided by Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/7jTV6
Open daily from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 AM until 17:00 PM. Closed on weekend (Saturday – Sunday) and on national/public holiday. If you need to change your money in the weekend, you have to see another money changer or ATM machine.
They have no transaction limit but they only accept paper money, not coins. You have to conduct at the office to change money, but they can transfer the money to your Indonesian bank account if you don’t want to bring a lot of money in your pocket.
Upon arrival, you have to take your queue number. They separate the queue line by the amount of money the guests want to change: Below one thousand USD and Equal/above one thousand USD.
They have many cashiers to serve you. There are about 15 cashiers. 10 of them are used for transaction. The other five are for taking the money after transaction.
Tips for Changing Money at VIP
- It is recommended to visit VIP in the morning. Earlier is better to beat long queue.
- If you bring a lot of money to be changed, group the money by the amount. Give them gradually to the cashier and count together to avoid miscalculated.
- Don’t stay too far from the cashier you are waiting for. They will call you, but manually without microphone.