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Help booking train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta online

  • Shoshana

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    Hi all
    I'm trying to book a train from Jakarta to Yogy online - I land in Jakarta very late on the 28th June, and want to travel on on the 30th June and I'm wary that I may not be able to get a ticket in person because it's Ramadan and peak travel season.
    First, a question of where to travel from? My book claims that cheaper less comfortable trains go from Pasar Senen, or more expensive more comfortable trains from Gambier - is there that much of a difference that I should pay more??
    I am using the website kereta-api.co.id. The options for arrival at Yogyakarta are Brambanan, Lempuyangan, Sentolo, Wates or Yogyakarta. My travel book says I want to go to Tugu, but this isn't an option. So am I right in selecting Yogyakarta?
    Finally, once I have input my options I see different options for different prices. Can anyone explain from these screenshots what the differences are between trains/carriages, and recommend an option?

    [img]http://s1318.photobucket.com/user/ShoahanaTravel/media/ScreenShot2014-06-14at132921_zpscd8514c3.png.html[/img]
    [img]http://s1318.photobucket.com/user/ShoahanaTravel/media/ScreenShot2014-06-14at131404_zpsfdaeb2ba.png.html[/img]

    Many many thanks.
    Just unsure what to book and can't find any good translations.

    #1 Posted: 14/6/2014 - 07:34

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  • nzhamsta

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    Hi Shoshana,
    The best train is the number 10, Argo Dwipangga. It cost me 432K ($NZ53) rupiah last year and I could book online with my NZ credit card. You do need to convert the email booking document into a real ticket at the station before departure (there is a dedicated window for that and the station staff will show you where it is). The train itself was quite comfortable with videos being shown and rather grubby windows that are not great for photos. They served lunch at your seat (about 25k rupiah or $NZ4) and water etc is available. The main station in Yogjakarta is called Tugu but is shown as Yogjakarta on the booking engine.
    Regards,
    Glynn

    #2 Posted: 14/6/2014 - 19:29

  • captainbkk

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    the main crush is AFTER Rmd has ended. Not during.
    The kereta api ex Gambir (where one of the dirct airportbuses ends right beside) are now all ekseketip. Read seat61 for info re train classes. Its an AC, probably a bit dated, but wide bis-class seats, reclining.Prices DIFFER per date and that can mean up to 25% less till 50% more as base. Kelas bisnes is non-AC, double seats, mostly like they have in NZ on Wellington local trains, varies per train how clean or kotor. In nearly all major cities, stations=stasion are now divided between higher and lower kelas trains (ekenomi). The fares are the same anyway for nearby destinasi, so that does not matter much.

    #3 Posted: 15/6/2014 - 04:05

  • mooball

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    Trains shouldn't be a problem at that time because it's Ramadan and as captainbkk says, it's no big deal. As you get closer to D-day, then you begin to have massive problems. But Ramadan itself is not a problem per se.

    My advice is to get a train from Gambir if possible. Much better than those cheaper ones from Pasar Senen. Arrive in Yogya... that will be the main station.

    The differences in fares you see I have no idea about and a local I asked also has no idea. If I was going to book, I'd just get the cheapest. The letters are a reference to subclasses and may simply be the age of the carriage or something, but I'm not sure.

    If you don't like the official website, ticket.com is a good alternative. More english on that site.

    #4 Posted: 17/6/2014 - 22:30

  • jodiegallag-
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    Sorry to bump this after so long, but I'll be arriving in Jakarta at a similar time this year and I was hoping to get a train to Yogya on the 13th July. I've been looking on the kereta-api website and there are option to book up to the 10th July and then they disappear until the 19th.

    Is it possible they're already full booked on the 13th/14th, despite it not being the end of Ramadan until the 18th? Or am I just struggling with the poor translation?

    Thanks :)

    #5 Posted: 6/5/2015 - 08:03

  • mooball

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    I think you're right. The trains would normally be booked that far in advance. You are going to need to find alternative transport on those dates.

    #6 Posted: 6/5/2015 - 08:30

  • jodiegallag-
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    Thanks for the reply, I'll have to look in to flights.

    It's just strange because from the 19th July onward they are available again, looks like I need to be more organised but I've only just booked flights!

    #7 Posted: 6/5/2015 - 08:35

  • mooball

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    So Idul Fitri is on about the 17th this year. At that time of year, people go back to their villages. So the direction of travel is most definitely more weighted towards a Jakarts exodus... You should find the opposite to be true from just after the 17th onward.

    Of course. People have moved from their villages to all sorts of big cities such as Bandung, Surabaya & Yogyakarta... So people flock away from those places too as part of their ritual of returning to their home village. It's madness for a couple of weeks and then it's all over.

    #8 Posted: 6/5/2015 - 10:58

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