Route for low cost travellers from Malaysia
For route to Jogja from Malaysia, there are 2 ways by mean of air. First thru Malaysia Airlines or Garuda (which is more expensive) and secondly by Air Asia. But, the catch is, Air Asia only operates from KL to Solo.
I took the 2nd option recently. Air Asia can get cheaper if you book online early and try to get the flight day in the middle of the week.
The flight reach at Adisumarno Airport, Solo at around 7pm (Indonesia sunset begins around 6.30pm). Normally we have to spend one night in Solo before we could get a taxi or train to Jogjakarta. You can go direct but normally the taxi will charge more since it is night time already. (well, at least you can know Solo better)
Taxi will charge you US$10 for route Solo-Jogja or cheaper by train (around US$4). Train leaves Solo Balapan station every hour to Tugu Station in Jogja.
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Tugu train station to Sosro
On arrival at the Tugu train station, it's about IDR5k by becak to Sosro losmen or you can exit through the side exit to the south of train station and it's only about 5 mins walk to your chosen losmen.
You will continually be accosted by becak drivers around town who may offer special deals for the day or take you to batik factory. They tend to overcharge for tourists so I normally walk or take a metered taxi.
Solo to Jogja
If you travel like me on Air Asia from KL to Solo, you can get to Balapan train station by taxi from airport (IDR50k) for teh 11.30am train (IDR7k) which takes only 1 hour (train name Prameks). There are 7 daily departures. Else, try a minivan pickup from your hotel for about IDR30k.
From Singapore to Yogyakarta
Update: As of 26 May 2006, flights from Singapore's Changi Airport to Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport ( 8 km east of the city) have been cancelled owing to the earthquake ( See Singapore's Channelnewsasia website). Flights have been diverted to the neighbouring city of Surabaya.
If you are travelling from Singapore to Yogyakarta, chances are you'll hop unto Indonesia's national carrier ( Garuda) to take a short flight from Changi Airport to Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport . Alternatively, you can take Singapore's Silkair service to the neighbouring city of Solo and travel to Yogya by cab ($20). Either way, the journey is comfortable. Just remember to save about $8 in cash when you do return to Singapore, that's for the departure tax at the airport.
Horsing Around Yogya
Now if you walk down the busy streets of Malioboro, you'll see traditional horse-pulled carts, known as the dokar, all along the sidewalks. Just bear in mind that if you do decide to sit on one, the locals would immediately know you're a tourist ( It is the equivilent of taking a horsy ride around Central Park, New York) . But what the heck, you are, aren't you? Just go with the flow, take the traditional route from Malioboro to the Sultan's Palace (Kraton) for 20,000rp( round trip). The dokar can accommodate up to 5 normal-sized Asian passengers or 3 weight-challenged tourists.
From/To Yogyakarta there are convinient train connections, which allow you to watch the landscape of Java. This is the train form Yogya to Surabaya. The station is located in the citycentre of Yogyakarta. In order to book a train ride you need to fill out some forms then you recieve a seat reservation subject to availability. On holidays trains can be quite full, on the other hand during the ramadan weekend we made a special deal, since it was not crowded.
Most trains do have a food service similar to a flight, so enjoy the food and beverage!
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This guy we met and liked, because he -as an autodidact- studies German by himself, by books and trying to use it with German speaking tourists. He painted his customer philosophy onto his becak. At the "Made bar" we met him, ask for him if you happen to come to Yogyakarta.
If I came to Yogyakarta the next time, I think I would consider taking him as a tourguide and drive around with him, simply because he was so innovative. Unfortunatly I lost his name.
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It was very handy to get parceled into a Becak when it started to rain. We also got lost within the Kraton area therfore it came handy...
The Becak is the traditional Taxi for short distances in the city. Enjoy!
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Seeing Yogya by Becak
If HoChiMin have their cyclos and Yogya have their becaks. Unlike the former, the becak is more reasonably priced since the it's the main form of transport among the locals. Even with the tourist, the starting fare is usually 10,000Rp but you'll get an occasional bold 50,000Rp proposition from becaks loitering outside the hotel. Avoid those hotel becaks. Take the ones found in the main thoroughfares and bargain for a more reasonable fare: Rp4,000-5,000 is a fair deal. Your becak driver will persuade you to take the return trip back or to several of your destination. If you do so, be prepared to pay about 20,000Rp or more.
It is better to book a taxi driver for your tour as i can't find any taxi at Ratu Boko (if you are going there). Remember to negotiate. For reference, below was my itinerary: -
For airport to prambanan to ratu boko and then to town
- Took a ticket from the taxi counter at the airport which costed me 90000
Stay overnight in town
Took a taxi (with help from the tourist information centre in malioboro street) to go to Manohara Hotel at 120000
Stay overnight in town
Proceed to the airport for 150000 (same driver who sent me to the hotel) If you ask the hotel to book for you, it will be 200000
From the airport
After leaving the airport. Porceed to the taxi counter (the last counter) and tell them that you are going to Malioboro. The price is 35000 rupiah. For me, i told them that i'm going to prambanan first then to the town. It costed 90000 rupiah.
Adisutjipto International Airport
Adisutjipto Int'l may not offer all the amenities a pretentious, unimpressed traveler may yearn for, but having a couple of internet stations and a couple of decent souvenir shops is good enough for me. actually, one of the better, more compact airports I have been to, whether in Asia or wherever.
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So my flight from Jakarta to Yogya roundtrip cost me 820,000 IDR (That's around $85USD). I bought that flight upon my arrival at Soekarno international airport.
I contacted the Garuda office in NYC and my exact flight --- for the same exact seat ---- cost $150USD! (A big difference in price, no?)
You might say that had I bought the ticket in NYC, at least I guaranteed myself a seat on the plane.
One point I'll add for Jakarta-Yogya flights is there are ALOT of them during the day. Thus, there were some empty seats on both the to/return trip.
My tour guide advised me to take LionAir next time. It's a locally owned airline that flies from/to select cities. The scheduling is not as accomodating, but it's stll cheaper. How cheap? I have no idea.
traveling in java
i guess the best way to travel around java is by train.the train good.comfortable, and on time.and for group if there are 4 person with u...try hiring a whole van.it is inter cities..u can save a lot of time.1 van can take up 6 person.that can really save up a lot