Bengkulu is easily accessible by land and air transportation. You can catch regular buses from Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang or Jakarta. There is one airport in the city (Fatmawati airport / BKS), and there are daily domestic flights from/to Jakarta served by Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air.
A counter at the airport offers rental cars and taxis rides for Rp. 60,000 into downtown. Alternatively, walk down to the road in front of the terminal building to the main road and turn to your right as you exit the airport and then take a white public city transport locally known as “angkot” (Rp. 3,000) to Terminal Panorama, then take another angkot either yellow or green angkot (Rp. 3,000) to the downtown. This alternative way is much more cheaper than taking regular airport taxis.
The most fun way to get around is by angkot (public city transport). You should tell the driver where you’re going before get on. All rides cost Rp. 3,000 regardless of the distance. It is strongly recommended to give extra Rp. 2,000 or Rp. 4,000 to the driver if you bring a lot of luggage with you.
SAN Travel (Jalan MT. Haryono 18, Bengkulu next to Vista hotel) services a wide range of destinations;
Bengkulu - Jakarta (dep 08:30 executive class for Rp. 250,000). Bengkulu - Bukittinggi (dep 10:00 business class Rp. 135,000). Bengkulu - Padang (dep 12:00 executive class Rp. 150,000). Bengkulu - Pekanbaru (dep 11:00 executive class Rp. 165,000). Bengkulu - Bandung (dep 09:00 executive class Rp. 280,000). Bengkulu - Solo (dep 13:00 business class Rp. 325,000).
SAN Travel official representative in Jakarta:
Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Pulomas Blok 12 No.10 telp (021) 4705502
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Lion Air operates 3 times departure flights daily from Jakarta to Bengkulu (09:30, 13:30 & 17:15). Departure flights from Bengkulu to Jakarta (10:20, 15:00 & 18:20).
You can book your flight through several convenient e-payment methods like online payment using your VISA or MasterCard, ATM payment and Internet banking. All you need is your Booking Code (PNR) and the Payment Code. 24/7 Information & reservation service at 0804-1-778899. Hope it helps.
Hiring a car and driver is a convenient way to get around Bengkulu and its neighbor cities. The hire of self-drive car is rarely available in Bengkulu especially for foreigners. It is more common and a better option to hire a car plus driver, which saves a lot of inconvenience. General rates for a 6-passanger-van start from Rp. 250,000 (about USD 25) up to Rp. 450,000 (about USD 45) per day, all rates exclude fuel and the driver’s meals. Car hire rates in Bengkulu are more expensive than rates in Java and Bali.