Most likely you will travel from Jakarta. Can travel by air, but go by rail instead you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, the tea plantation, some locals harvesting, etc. The station that I always go to is Stasiun Gambir (Gambir Station) in Jakarta Pusat (Center Jakarta). There are 3 types of seat. Economy (Ekonomi), Business (Bisnis) and Executive (Eksekutif). Notice how some Indonesian words are similar with English?
I never sit economy class before (I'll never try and wouldn't reccomend you to do so). The only difference between business and executive is air conditioning. And it does matter! There was this one time me and my mom bought Business class, sat there, boiling like crazy, because the fan refused to do its job, and the train attendant walked around offering hot tea. There's not much price different. Hungry? Try the fried rice for $1, not bad, I always have it everytime I travel... the price hasn't change for two years.
There's a website with all the time table and price. It's in Indonesian, but you can tell which one's the departure time, price, etc etc. It has the contact and addresses of each stations.
Here's the translations:
Ke = To.
Nama Kereta = Name of Train.
Berangkat = departs.
Tiket = (literally means ticket) but here it means price.
AC = Air conditioning.
Note = Note (here they mentioned about operating days) It's all the abbreviations of days.
Sab=Sabtu = Saturday.
Ming=Minggu = Sunday.
Rute = Route.
Tiba = arrive.
Ps Turi= Pasar Turi (station name in Surabaya).
Gambir= Station name in Jakarta.
Obviously, to know which class is better, just see the price. More expensive = better class.
Some tips when you go and buy the ticket yourself in the station. If you're lucky you can just go to the station and get a ticket for that day. But, not always. Buy the ticket at least a week in advance. The booking fee for having ticket in advance is only around 20cents. Peace of mind. You'll buy the ticket at the price you should pay. Otherwise, you might need to buy from the 'calo' (=people who buy a large sum of ticket and sell it at exorbitant prices, at least twice) They will approach anyone and offer anyone. If you want to buy from them, check with the selling booth first, whether it's really sold out or not. You can bargain with them.
HOW TO GET THERE
Husein Sastranegara domestic airport Iinks Bandung with Jakarta and most major cities in Java. Services are provided by Merpati Sempati and Bouraq.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (about 40 minutes)
Monday - Saturday 9 times flight :
at 7.00 am, 8.00 am, 10.00 am, 12.00 noon, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.00 pm.
Special for Sunday 7 times flight:
7.00 am, 8.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.00 noon, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 5.00 pm.
Executive : Rp. 90.700,-
Business : Rp. 87.500,-
Economy : Rp. 65.000,-
8.00 am - 8.50 am, 16.15 pm - 17.05 pm.
Price : : Rp. 65.400,
By TrainThe best way to get to Bandung from Jakarta is by train, taking the beautiful scenery enroute. Regular departures leave Jakarta's Gambir station. The executive class is recommended. The trip takes around three hours. From Bandung trains also travel to Yogyakarta
Parahyangan Train (it takes about 3 hours)
Everyday :Departure at 5.05 am, 5.30 am, 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 9.30 am,10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 13.30 pm, 14.30 am,15.30 pm, 16.30 pm, 17.30 pm, 18.30 pm, 19.30 pm,20.30 pm, 21.30 pm.
Executive : Rp. 26.500,-
Business : Rp. 15.000,-
Argo Gede Train
Departure at 9.00 am - 11.20 am, 18.00 pm - 20.20 pm.
Price : Rp. 33.000,
The best way to get around Bandung is by taxi or minibus hired via your hotel . The city center can be comfortably discovered on foot Jakarta - Bandung via Puncak Rp. 6.500,-- Jakarta - Bandung via Cikampek / Subang Rp. 6.500,-
Local: Most roads in the centre of town are one way. This makes it quite a struggle getting around town.
Bus: city buses go north-south or east-west, 250Rp.
Taxi: 4 companies run metered taxi services. Taxis can also be chartered by the hour.
Air: Bandung's airport is 4 km from the city.
Train: The station is in the centre of town behind the bemo station. Regular connections with Jakarta's Kota and Gambir stations
Night train departs in Bandung at 7 pm and arrives in Yoygakarta around 3 am the next morning.
We paid 120.000 Rps each for the Execuiv and had very comfortable seats, free kroupouk and a free meal (chicken with nuggets).
You get a blanket and you need it because of the airco
You can fly from Jakarta to Bandung but it is preferable to go to Bandung by train. Upon arriving at the Soekarno-Hatta airport at Jakarta, take the Dambi (or is that Damdri?) bus to Gambir. Cost is Rp 5,000. And take the train to Bandung. The train has only two class, Business (Bisnis) and Executive. Executive class is airconditioned and Bisnis is not. Other than that, no other difference between the two class. Cost for the Bisnis class is Rp20,000 and Executive is higher.
Again and again, I have to recommend the angkot but then you can also take the bus which is more expensive and the taxi.
I been told it will be a good experience if you take the train to/from Jakarta to Bandung... but, you NEVER take the train from Bandung to Jakarta if you need to catch another mode of transport out from Jakarta... It takes additional few hours to reach Jakarta Station as scheduled.
At the end, I have to re-book a taxi all the way to Jakarta Airport from Bandung or I will miss my flight if I shall believe the train will arrive in Jakarta on time...
Bandung is easy to reach, Getting to Bandung by Train is an experiences Trip. We can see the view of Priangan Land from the train's window. Stasiun Bandung is the main gateway train station in Bandung.
From Jakarta - Bandung by Argo Gede Train(executive I class with TV, Air Conditioner) and Parahyangan Train (executive I and bussines class). The trip takes 3 hours
From Semarang - Bandung by Harina (executive I class) the trip takes about 8 hours.
Depart & Arrival Bandung -Gambir, Jakarta :
0530 -0810, 0625-0807, 0730 -10.10, 0915-1155, 1025-1307, 1210-1452, 1425-1710,1620-1900, 1805-2045.
Friday, Sat, Sunday and Monday.
Cost RP 75,000
Argo Willis ready for departure at Bandung railway station bound for Yogyakarta. Spectacular sights along the way!
Angkot or Angkutan Kota means Public transportation. its will take you going anywhere destination. There are several main angkot terminal such as, Ledeng, Cicaheum, Leuwipanjang, Kalapa.
Enjoy pasundan's wind by Becak, for short destination. specially if ya know the direction, at least rough direction. Need to bargain on the price. normlly start on Rp 2000, for about 1 km long.