There's no problem traveling around Bandung. There're plenty of taxis to choose from. However, the one n only cab that uses meter is the Blue Bird taxi. Unfortunately, Blue Bird is kinda new in Bandung...there're only about 200 of them...so sometimes it's a bit difficult to wait for one...another option is to ask the hotel to call them for u. Well, if u don't mind spending more...it's ok to just take any other cabs...they always charge more n they don't use meter.
Angkut is another type of transportation in Bandung. It's very famous among the locals. It's cheap n there're plenty of them. However, taking Angkut is a bit uncomfortable...the driver usually will try to fit in as many passengers as possible.
I was a bit skeptical about angkut previously...but after a few times being cheated by a few cut throat cab drivers there...I thought why not give it a try. Surprisingly, it's not that bad at all...and in fact I save a lot compared to keep on taking cabs to move around. However, I haven't had the chance exploring Bandung on Angkut yet...the far I got on this transport was along Jl. Riau and Jl. Dago only. A single trip cost me about Rp3000, at times Rp5000 for two persons.
From Jakarta Gambir train station, take an ArgoGede train or a Parahyangan train.
This train only stops at the departure/destination stations, Gambir (Jakarta) and Bandung. All coaches are air-conditioned and classified as Executive Class. You get a small pillow to use during the ride, and a box of snack & drink. You can also order some food like fried rice etc. on board. The price from Jakarta to Bandung is Rp 75,000 (one-way), that is less than US$10 per person, and it takes about 2.5 - 3 hrs.
Stops at many train stations along the way, so it takes more time to get to the destination (about 2-3 hours). Economy and Business class coaches available. You can even get a ticket without seat - that means you stand during the ride. Ticket price is of course cheaper than Argogede.
Another mode of transportation in Bandung is trishaws. Well, the thing that I don't like about it is the fact that the driver has to really struggle to cycle when heavy ppl onboard n especially when going up a hill. The other thing is they like to charge extra...even for a short ride.
Well, one thing that I like about taking trishaws is that I get to see things closer rather than taking cabs that go so fast n miss so many interesting stuff along the way.
Interior of the Argo Willis. From Bandung to Yogyakarta by train (kereta api in Indonesian), part of our thirty day journey through Indonesia, May 2006. One of the more intriguing aspects of travelling on the Argo Willis is that you can enjoy a complete Indonesian meal including rice and vegetables - Westerners would call it 'dinner' - from about 8.00 am onwards!
For those going to Bandung via Air Asia flights, you have to get to the LCCT airport. It can be a bit troublesome to get to LCCT, there's no train from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. However, you can take the Skybus from KL Sentral which goes directly to LCCT airport non-stop. Bus fare is RM9 per person per way. Tickets can be purchased online (for those booking Air Asia flights) or just got the bus terminal at KL Sentral and purchase the tickets on the bus. Journey to LCCT is only about 1 hour via the Maju Expressway (MEX).
We caught the Air Asia that flies directly to Bandung from Kuala Lumpur -
flight takes 2 hours. Merpati air flies in from Singapore as well,
There are lots of Jakarta folks that travel to Bandung during the weekend - it takes about 2 hours from Jakarta via the highway...so weekend you will see lots of B car plated cars and many will crowd the hotels and hotel pool.
The airport departure tax is 60,000 rupiah for international departure and for foreigners.
If you want to rent a car in Bandung, here are a couple of choices.
About US$40 per 24 hours for a diesel Toyota Kijang, without a driver.
Phone: (+62-22) 756-6517
About US$45 per 24 hours with a driver (car unknown). This rental company does not allow you using their car without their driver.
Phone: (+62-22) 203-3413
We two went to Bandung from Jakarta by mini van which was an adventure, we spent six hours sat in this car, three of them from the exit of Jakarta toward Bandung and the other three hours just moving around in the same point in Jakarta looking for a hotel where the driver had to pick some passengers up but the driver didn't know where it was even is very known was the Park Lane, my God...was a nightmare and also the traffic jam!!!. I don't remember the name of this company, obviously was not Blue Bird, was other with an encounter very very small at the airport too.
We chose this company because was very much cheaper than Blue Bird; it cost Rp.180.000 while in Blue Bird cost Rp. 900.000. But never again, never!!!. Next time we'll take the train both ways.
The train was fabulous. We took it when we came back to Jakarta, was in the executive train called Argogede, it cost RP. 85.000 (we bought the ticket in the hotel but in the station cost Rp. 75.000). The seats were very comfortable, very pleasant and the view beautiful!!!; and just took two hours and fourty five minutes; no traffic, not charge for extra luggage, no nothing. I definitely recommend this trip by train.
The only thing that I didn't like it was that when we got out of the car in the station, appeared like ten men to carry the luggage, and we couldn't say not because when we realized this guys were far and also they snatch our bags and everything, one bag or luggage per man, were five finally, and was another long story with the tip.......... another nightmare!!!.
When you get in Bandung, Car rental is one of your solution for your trip in this city...
Cipaganti and Total Car Rental are providing this service.
Many of my fried used Total Car Rental, their price is reasonable, and they can be our guide also in this city. for holiday, i suggest to book car rental couples days before. Its better to see their offer first on their website.
TRANZLINK, the newest shuttle just launched last March 07, using All-NEWTravello Deluxe Limited Edition, black executive-look limousine, reclining-seat w/arm rest, Video-entertainment inside, max. 8 pax only, Rp 60.000,-/pax for Jakarta-Bandung.
Departing Points from Jakarta :
JaCC Kebon Kacang/Tn.Abang, Kafe Olivo (behind WTC)/Mall Ambassador Casablanca, ITC Fatmawati, ITC Mg.Dua, Mall Ciputra.
Arrival Points in Bandung :
HyperPoint (Giant) Pasteur, Riau FO Centers.
Also available from Bandung to S.Hatta Airpot and rent-a-car.
Show your ticket and get a discount at Fashion Outlet STOCK CENTER, Simpang Raya Asia Afrika, Kafe Olivo. Now many banks, insurance groups, MLM, travel agents, collaborating and becoming loyal customers to Tranzlink.
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Bandung is reachable by car, from Jakarta it takes about 2-3 hours. You can take the Puncak or Sukabumi or Jonggol routes. You'd better go by car with someone who knows the way.
Now there is the new Cipularang toll road to Bandung from Jakarta.
On your way, you might be stuck in a traffic jam. Be aware of people offering an alternative way, trying to direct you through a small street. Again, you should be with someone who really knows the field, because that might not be a better way to go. And those people expect some money in return.
Traffic jams are most likely in Padalarang, a small town near the Bandung city.
Also be careful of scams on the road especially during traffic jams. Someone might try to do something with your car tire, for example, then 'lure' you to their workshop and try to drain your pocket by unreasonably high service cost.
But other than that, you are likely to see beautiful view along the way.
Its a train route Jakarta - Bandung. Only about US$ 7, and you will be delivered to Bandung in time. With Air Conditions, and comfortable seats, 3 hours journey wouldn't feel that long. Check out the pic.
it's easy to get on a bus from jakarta airport to gambir train station. the damri bus is just on the left side of the arrival door exit. make sure u board a bus stating GAMBIR sign at the front of the bus. cost is just Rp15,000. upon arriving the gambir station, board an executive coach, ARGOGEDE. good news to the regular passenger, now argogede has reduced its rate to Rp45,000 instead of Rp75,000 with same service. reason being that there're too many competitors offering cheap transportation to bandung.
No time? Don't like views? Ok,... you can get there by air. It's a 40 minutes flight. They don't fly from the main airport (Soekarno-Hatta) but from Husein Sastranegara domestic airport. Services are provided by Sempati, Merpati and Bouraq airlines. They run the service 9 times a day except Sunday, 7 times only. Price ranges from $6-9. Differences are in seat types.
Further information check this website: http://asiatravel.com/bandinfo.html