Transportation - Get In
- Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport , . Jl. Solo km9. 8 km east of the city, it is a small but busy mostly-domestic hub. There are near-hourly connections to Jakarta(50 minutes) and Denpasar, while other domestic airlines service major cities in Java, Sumatra,Kalimantan and Sulawesi. For international services, AirAsia connects Yogyakarta to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore & SilkAir to Singapore as well.
There is a tourist information desk, ATM and taxi stand in the arrival hall. Official airport taxis are available for around Rp 50,000 depending on your destination, pay at the taxi desk in arrival terminal and then head for the official taxi rank. Give the receipt to your driver, there is no need for any additional payment. It is about half the price to use a taxi dropping passengers off at the departure terminal - insist on using the meter, do expect to pay the Rp 2,000 airport entrance fee, even though this has already been paid by the previous passenger on the way in. A departure tax of Rp 35,000 (as of January, 2011) is charged for domestic flights and Rp 100,000 for international flights.
Yogyakarta airport is also connected to the city by rail. Those arriving from the airport can take a Prambanan Ekspres regional train to/from Kutoarjo (west of Yogyakarta), Palur (just east of Surakarta) and several stations in between, including Tugu (just off Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta) and Solobalapan station at Solo. The station at the airport is just a few minutes walk from the terminal, with an air-conditioned underpass leading all the way to the platform for trains into Yogyakarta.
Trains to Jakarta take between 7-12 hr from the main Yogyakarta station, commonly called Tugu Station. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu andArgo Dwipangga) are the best of the lot being the most comfortable and fastest Rp 375.000(~8 hours, including mineral water and snacks). Taksakais almost as good Rp 350.000. These express services connect Yogyakarta and Jakarta in 7–8 hours, either at daytime or overnight. Price and schedules are available online . The line between Kroya and Prupuk, where the railway crosses the main backbone mountains of Java, is scenic. Business (Eksekutif) class trains to Jakarta (514 km, 8 hours) now cost from Rp 180.000. and to Surabaya from Rp 110.000. A ticket on a 3rd class train from Yogyakarta to Jakarta costs from Rp 85.000 and to Surabaya Rp 50.000. The Eksekutif class fare from Surabaya to Banyuwangi (Ketapang, the port for Bali) is now Rp 115.000.
Passengers to/from Bandung should take the Argo Wilis or Lodayaexpresses which traverse a scenic part of Java during daylight hours, with rice fields and mountains (although there is an overnight Lodaya and theTurangga from Surabaya also travels overnight. The fare is Rp 260,000 including mineral water and snacks.
Passengers to Surabaya are served by the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in the morning and afternoon.
Yogyakarta and Solo are connected by several Prambanan Ekspres trains. Despite the name, the train does not stop at Prambanan station, and even if it does make an unscheduled stop, the station is rather far from the temple complex of Prambanan. The Prambanan Ekspres does stop at Maguwo station (for the Yogyakarta airport) making it easy for travellers to change modes.
- Tugu Railway Station (Stasiun Tugu), Jl. Mangkubumi 1, . This is the main central station, serving big city destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Solo. To buy tickets, enter on Jl. Pasar Kembang (i.e., from the east end) and get a queue number from the stand facing the ticket windows. Then go to the opposite side of the room and fill out a ticket request slip, consulting the timetables on the wall to your left. You will be called to the appropriate ticket window, the announcement will be called (in Indonesian only) and displayed on the electronic sign on the wall.
- Stasiun Lempuyangan (Lempuyangan Railway Station), Jl. Lempuyangan. Serves economy class trains and small city destinations.
- Terminal Penumpang Giwangan (Giwangan Bus Terminal), Jl. Imogiri, Giwangan, , fax: . The main bus station is Giwangan, 4 km to the southeast of the centre. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (9 hours), Bandung (6 hours), and Surabaya (8 hours).
There is also a bus station inside the airport which is part of the Trans Jogja Busway System. From there you can get to any one of the many bus stations in their system. It costs Rp 3,000 for a ticket.
If you are going north, to Borobudur temple or Semarang for example, head to Jombor terminal located just above the northern Ringroad. Expect to be ripped off on any bus to Borobudur, the going rate for westerners at the moment is Rp 15,000-25,000 (local Rp 7,000).
If you are planning to come to Yogyakarta from Bandung then you need to go to Cicaheum Terminal in Bandung to get bus. If direct bus is not available then take bus to Purwokerto (6-7 hr, Rp 45,000). From Purwokerto there are regular buses available for Yogyakarta (4-5 hr, Rp 30,000).
Since Yogyakarta is in close proximity with Semarang and Solo, there's also a shuttle bus that operates between these cities, called Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Rp 45,000 to Semarang, and Rp 25.000 to Solo
Joglosemar (Joglosemar), Jl. Magelang Km 5.5, .Rp 25,000-Rp 45,000.
Day Trans, Purawisata, Jl. Brigjen Katamso, . Rp 50,000 (Semarang).
Cipaganti, Jl. Magelang Km 5.6, .
Transportation - Get Around
Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so travelling around town should not be too expensive. If you are travelling on foot, note that a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street. The Tourism Authority has maps in English that can be obtained from its offices next to Hotel Mutiara on Jl. Malioboro, at the airport and the train station. Beware that these maps are not to scale.
Yogyakarta's taxis are metered and nowadays most taxi drivers are trustworthy, however some of them still refuse using argometer or using argometer, but the tariff is decided in advance, usually 1.5 to 2 times than using argometer, mainly in school holiday seasons. In low season, refuse the taxi, if the taxi driver don't want to use argometer and get the another one with argometer easily. After the November 2014 fuel hike, all taxis in Yogyakarta have a flagfall of Rp 7,000 for the first kilometre and then Rp 4,250 for every subsequent kilometre. Most trips around the centre of town should not cost more than Rp 20,000. If by chance you find a taxi driver that you feel comfortable with and consider trustworthy, ask for his cellular phone number so that next time you need to travel you can call him directly. Most taxi drivers are more than happy to do this.
Traditional three-wheeled and pedal-powered cart, known as becak(pronounced beh-chak), which can be found in most part of Yogyakarta.Haggle furiously before getting into the becak. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a one-way or return (pulang) trip and if you want the driver to wait whilst you conduct your shopping or business. The journey from within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost more than Rp 10,000.
By horse cart
Traditional horse-pulled carts, known as andong, or dokar, wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro.Haggle furiously. The traditional route is from Jl. Malioboro to Keraton, and this is where you'll find most andong. Usually, andong opt to take you to shop for fake Dagadu t-shirt in Ngasem area with hefty prices. Then, andong will take you back to your initial journey. The cost for one round trip for andong is Rp 20,000. Usually they ask for Rp 30,000 but they may settle for less. Andong can accommodate up to 5 adult passengers.
Medium and small size buses are the main public transport in Yogyakarta.
There are two kind of bus: regular and patas. Patas buses, known as TransJogja operate from 06:00 to 22:00 and stop only at designated shelters. Unlike regular buses, TransJogja is air-conditioned and generally safer. Tickets can be purchased directly at the kiosks, and the cost for single trip is Rp 3,000. Passengers may purchase regular trip cards which cuts per trip cost to Rp 2,700, and allows transit to other shelter. There are six routes, and route maps can be downloaded .
Regular buses normally operates from 06:00 to 17:00, and some long routes extend their operation until 21:00. Don't bring anything valuable on public buses as pickpockets are common. Cost for single trip is Rp 3,000 regardless of distance (within the city). Usually on a bus there will be one driver and one helper who will hang from the side of the bus and handle money and try to get passengers. The helper will usually tap you on the shoulder to indicate you should pay him. If there is no helper you can pay the driver directly. When you are ready to get off a bus, tell the driver or helper "Kiri," which means left. Animated bus route maps are available at Transportation Agency of Yogyakarta website
By car or motorbike
There are several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station, on the street that runs east-west just south of the station.
A near new semi-automatic (clutchless) motorbike can be rented for Rp 50,000 per 24 hr; older bikes may come for less, and fully automatic bikes such as a Honda Vario or Yamaha Mio may sometimes cost Rp 5,000-10,000 more.
Toyota Avanza or Daihatsu Xenia (6 passengers) can be rented for around Rp 250,000 for 24 hr, or Rp 175,000 for 12 hr. A driver can be hired along with the car for another Rp 50,000-Rp 200,000/day. A new Low Cost Green Car, Toyota Agya or Daihatsu Ayla can be rented for Rp 150,000 for 24 hours. Rental car with driver prices may vary due to fuel inclusion for a set distance or itinerary. Prices are always subject to negotiation and may increase or decrease due to local demand, type and age of vehicle and your individual requirements at the time.
If renting ensure you are familiar with both the applicable licensing requirements and vehicle use in the prevailing conditions.
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