Transportation - Get In
Bandung is located in the central highlands. It can be reached from Jakarta via the toll road or by train. When using the road, there are many small buses connecting Jakarta and Bandung. An alternative to the toll road is the winding and mountainous roads through Puncak (=Peak). The route through Puncak is quite scenic but on weekends and public holidays the traffic is congested.
Bandung's Husein Sastranegara Airport has a difficult location among the mountains and has only limited services with narrow-body airplanes. The airport is located at the end of Pajajaran Street, 4 km from the centre of the city. There's no metered taxi available from inside Bandung Airport. The official taxi of the airport (a monopoly) didn't use meter and will only drive with a taxi ticket (the ticket shown the amount you have to pay to the driver) which can be bought at the taxi booth near the international arrival exit gate for a minimum of Rp 40.000. Most hotels provide a free airport transfer services.
All of Indonesia's major airlines are present at Bandung Airport, offering frequent connections with most of Indonesia's major cities, with at least daily flights to 13 destinations including Surabaya (East Java), Medan(Sumatra), Makassar (Sulawesi) and Bali. There is no scheduled flight connection with Indonesia's capital Jakarta, as the distance between both cities is a mere 125 km only. In addition to the wide range of domestic destinations, AirAsia connects Bandung with multiple daily flights to Malaysia (Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore. Also Malindo Air has daily flights from/to Kuala Lumpur, and Silk Air five weekly from/to Singapore.
Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta International Airport airport is 2.5 hours away (plus any, often significant, traffic jams) from Bandung. A number of companies offer direct shuttle bus services to Bandung, including a convinience Primajasa big bus; see the next two sections for details.
Bus services connect Bandung and smaller surrounding cities. Several long-route buses are also available from major big cities. The most convenient way is the air-conditioned bus with the express or non-stop tag. The main bus terminals in Bandung are Leuwipanjang, serving buses from the west (Bogor, Jakarta, Merak, Pandeglang, Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi,Cikarang, Cibinong and Sukabumi.) and Cicaheum, serving buses from the east (Cirebon, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Banjar, Pangandaran, Indramayu, central Java cities, eastern Java cities and also from Bali Island).
It is also possible to take a bus to Cileunyi, 16 km to the east of the city. Though it actually passes Bandung, it does not stop there, so you must take an angkot to Cicaheum and then to Bandung.
By shuttle bus
With 7-10 seater minivans leaving every few minutes, the shuttle bus market between Jakarta and Bandung is fiercely competitive. Roughly speaking, services can be categorised as either door to door in a chartered car or van that takes your group exactly where you want to go, for around US $50–75, or point to point from its pools to another, for under US $10. Many companies offer both.
Bandung shuttle providers
- 4848 Taxi. Jl Prapatan 34, Jakarta. +62 21 381 4488, +62 21 386 4848. The service is great, reliable and safe. Price: approx. US $25/car (4 persons). One destination only in a small area in Jakarta, so you have to ask which area in Jakarta they serve.
- Arnes Shuttle. Hourly from Superindo Pancoran Statue, in the hook of North-East intersection from 04:00 to 21:00, except from 09:00 to 15:00, when they run every two hours. Jakarta: 0822-1669-1117, 0878-2260-1009, Bandung at Balubur Town Square (Baltos): 0858.6000.3868 (indosat), 0821.2112.12.93 (telkomsel), 0878.2439.8501 (xl). Passengers can 'transit' at Baltos, RS Hermina, BTC and Rest Area of Pasteur Toll Gate and take Arnes Shuttle to Jatinangor, a place with many big universities, every 15 minutes for additional Rp 20,000 from 05:30 to 18:00 and then every 30 minutes from 18:30 to 23:00, except for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, when it runs every 30 minutes. Jatinangor at Jl. Raya Jatinangor 190 Desa Cikeruh, next to Bank Tabungan Negara, before Sayang intersection, if coming from Sumedang. +62 22 933.636.97, 0858.6000.3686 (indosat), 0821.2112.12.39 (telkomsel).
- DayTrans (Indonesian-language only) Jakarta (Blora, Sarinah, Fatmawati, Karet, Mall Senayan City, FX Plaza, Meruya-Intercon, Kebon Jeruk-Binus, Grogol, Atrium Plaza, Hotel Acacia, Cempaka Putih Pulomas, Tebet/Pancoran and Jatiwaringin), +62 21 7063 6868 or 6386 4005. Bandung (Cihampelas and Pasteur), +62 22 7063 6868. They have the best pilot seats amongst all shuttle providers. Price between Rp 90,000 to Rp 110,000 per passenger depends on seat location.
- Cipaganti — Probably the biggest name in the business, they serve over more a dozen points throughout Jakarta and its suburbs from their central point at the Bandung Trade Center (BTC) on the western side of the city and the other points, with shuttles leaving every 15 to 30 min or so on most routes. Rp 700,000 for a point-to-point charter. Price Rp 110,000 per passenger.
- Star Shuttle — This belongs to Cipaganti Group to compete with Baraya, but has different point(s) than Cipaganti. In Bandung the point is in Balubur Town Square (Baltos) to limited routes only. +62 21 700 500 000 and +62 21 700 500 000. The phone numbers are same as Cipaganti, so you have to mention that you will use Star Shuttle. The price is Rp 80,000, the cheapest among all shuttle providers.
- Baraya — The ticket fee is Rp 85,000 per passenger for a shared ride with abundant routes. +62 21 7244 999 and +62 22 753 1415.
- Primajasa Bus, +62 22 607 3992 (Bandung), +62 21 800 9545 (Jakarta). Direct shuttle service from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport to Batununggal, so they don't stop at Bandung Super Mall anymore. And no stop alomng the route, so passengers can only exit at destination point. The trip takes approx. 3 hr and the cost is approx. US $8.50/person or Rp 75,000. Schedule: once every half hour from 0:30AM-4PM and the rest is every hour. Their buses feature a smoking room and toilet at the back.
- Silver Bird Van Taxi (Blue Bird Group), Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya 60, South Jakarta. +62 21 798 1234. Price: Rp 750,000 door to door, plus toll fee Rp 50,000.
- X-Trans, Jl. Blora 1 AB, Central Jakarta, +62 21 315 0555. Price: approx. US $55/car maximum 10 persons for point-to-point charter. Price Rp 100,000 per passenger.
- CitiTrans, Jakarta (Fatmawati, Bintaro, Sudirman, Kelapa Gading, Pasar Pagi, Central Park), 08041111000. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas Walk, Pasteur), 08041111000. 7 or 10-person (depends on the point) shuttles with separate seats.
Due to competition, all shuttles now only have 2 prices, for 8-11 seats Rp 80,000 (Star Shuttle) to Rp 85,000 (Baraya) and for 6-7 seats Rp 90,000 to Rp 110,000 in a minibus.
Bandung is two hours away from Jakarta by car, thanks to the new Cipularang toll road that completes the inter-city highway between Jakarta and Bandung, thus it is now faster to travel by car than by train from Jakarta. However during the rainy season, parts of the road may be closed because of landslides, and bewildering because of possible high winds or blinding fog and downpours. While most cars would exit the system at Pasteur, the first exit to Bandung with excellent connections to Lembang, it is very congested during the weekends so it is highly encouraged to enter the city at the less congested tolled exits instead: try Pasir Koja, Kopo, Moh. Toha, and Buah Batu. If you still wish to exit at Pasteur so bad, note that only a car with a minimum of 4 people can use the exit on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00!
One alternative route is by the slower, but enjoyable, route via the Puncak area. If you travel by car using this route, be sure to stop at the Puncak Pass, the tip of the highland just on the outskirts of Jakarta, for a view of tea plantation and fresh air. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels out there.
State operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia offers frequent services between Jakarta and Bandung with Argo Parahyangan, as well as other towns on the southern rail route. Though even the fastest services take more than three hours from Jakarta, the comfortable trains, and the scenic mountains and paddy fields makes you forget time. There are two classes for each train: Executive class, near to slightly over Rp 100,000 per ticket for air conditioning, reclining seats and a foot rest and Business class for Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 less offers air conditioning and comfortable seats, though without recliners or foot rests.
If you do travel by train, get off at the Bandung train station, which is located right at the city center and offers excellent transportation connections to the city's places of interest. The station has two faces — the old entrance (from Jakarta is the right of the train) and the newer entrance (from Jakarta is the left of the train); to go to the parking lot and find taxis more easily, take the newer entrance, but if you want to take angkot you should go to the old entrance, there are a small terminal 100 meters in front of the station.
Transportation - Get Around
Travelling around in Bandung can be quite complex and frustrating, especially to newcomers, because there is no mass rapid transit system. Locals travel using small public minibuses, known asangkot fromangkutan=transport andkota=city.
This option has only origin and destination names on top, sometimes with a description of which street they pass if there is more than one angkot route for a certain origin-destination route.
Although there is an official price for angkot from Organda (the local regulator of these private city transport), it is usually based on how far you travel. It's better to ask the driver or kernet (driver assistance) about the price to go to a location. To ask for an angkot to stop and pick you up, just raise your hand. When you're inside and want to stop, just ask the kernet to stop or say 'kiri' (kee-ree) or simply 'stop'. It used to be easy to find a bell that you could press to stop, but not anymore. Most angkot fares range from Rp 4000 and Rp 8000 for the longest routes, but are usually about Rp 3000 to Rp 5000. For very short distances below 1.5 kilometers, Rp 2000 is enough.
The official angkot routes are listed on Bandung's City Government website.
Some angkot have same destination, but have different routes, such as Angkot No. 01, which runs from Cicaheum to Kebon Kelapa through Bandung Super Mall, whereas Angkot No. 02 goes through Aceh.
If you don't know which angkot routes to take, you're much better off taking a taxi. Metered taxis may take you out of your way to get more money or run the meter first before you enter the taxi, in case of phone orders. The fare for trips within the city is usually between Rp25,000 and Rp75,000. At most big streets, taxis can be hailed at malls and big hotels, but as in most cases, ordering by phone is the safest bet, although there is usually a minimum payment for phone orders.
Allow plenty of time for the journey, as traffic congestion is common, especially in weekends. Short trips of under 10 km may take over an hour in the rush hour and in weekends.
Almost all taxis in Bandung require a minimum payment of Rp 25,000 except for Blue Bird, which requires none. Besides the flagfall for the first kilometers, the tariff for next kilometers is Rp 4,500 and waiting time is Rp 45,000/hour (is also charge when the taxi trap in traffic jam or stop behind the red light).
List of taxi companies in Bandung:
- AA, . Flawless vehicles with non-smoking drivers, maybe better than BlueBird, but they use a high tariff with flagfall of Rp 8,500 for the first kilometer. Minimum payment of phone order: Rp 30,000.
- Bandung Raya, .
- Blue Bird, . Good reputation and reliable; this is the premium taxi company in Indonesia. Call centre staff can speak English. Most hotels will gladly call the taxi to pick you up. Rp 35,000 minimum payment for phone order. Use application (including order by phone) and GPS, the nearest taxi within one kilometer radius from the passengers will pick up in 5 minutes.
- Centris Taxi, .
- Cipaganti Taxi, .
- Gemah Ripah, . Second choice after Blue Bird: Rp 25,000 minimum payment, but no additional charge for phone orders. Their taxis frequently arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before the time you requested on the phone and run the argometer while the taxi is waiting for passengers.
- Kota Kembang, . Old vehicles, a last resort, mainly for orders by phone.
- Putra, . Old vehicles, a last resort, mainly for orders by phone.
Using a car is probably the easiest and the most convenient way to travel around Bandung and surrounds. If you don't have a valid driving licence, then you can also rent a car with a chauffeur, which is very common for western travelers. Perhaps it is even better to rent a car from Jakarta. Rental cars are available from numerous outlets, including major international brands, for an average of Rp350,000 per day for 12 hours, Rp500,000 for travel outside Bandung such as to Tangkuban Perahu.
While it is generally required to travel by car, especially to the outskirt mountains, the horrendous weekend and rush hour traffic jams can put your trip up to an hour behind schedule, so be sure to plan ahead by starting early and look for alternate routes! The major roads that are often crowded are the roads leading up to Lembang (Jalan Sukajadi), Dago, Cihampelas, and the corridor from Pasteur toll exit to Pasupati overpass that connects these streets. On the weekends, especially long holidays, hoards of cars from Jakarta head over to this part of the city for a getaway, resulting in even uglier drive times. Be aware that many streets, especially the small ones, typically go one-way but sometimes poorly indicated!
For cars from outside Bandung be aware of local rule that every car should provided with trash bin or will be penaltized and has been done with penalty Rp 250,000 and lose the time to visit the court.
There are a number of bus companies but they don't cover the whole city due to many narrow streets in Bandung. City buses, called Damri, usually cover long routes across the city from end-to-end; for example, from the north to the south (Dago or Setiabudi to Leuwi Panjang Central Terminal) and from the west to the east (from Cibeureum to Cicaheum and then to Cibiru). The intersection of north-south routes and east-west routes is Alun-alun Central Park and intersection of Astana Anyar and Asia Afrika.
Buses can be stopped anywhere, not just at the bus stops. The ticket price for all routes in the city is Rp 2,000 for without air-con and Rp 3,500 with air-com.
Damri buses also serve outer Bandung (from April 1st, 2015), to areas such as Alun-alun Central Park Bandung to Ciburuy (near Padalarang), and Elang to Jatinangor. All buses will use air conditioning. The additional buses to serve Dago to Leuwi Panjang Central Terminal will also use air conditioned buses.
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