This section provides you all information you need to know in regard to Bandung transport, to answer your questions on How to get in and get around Bandung.
How to get in?
Travelling from Jakarta to Bandung
From Jakarta to Bandung can be travelled by either via the toll road or railway 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.
Travelling to Bandung by flight
Bandung’s Husein Sastranegara (IATA: BDO) airport has a difficult location among the mountains and has only limited services with narrow-body airplanes.
It is located at the end of Jalan Pajajaran (Pajajaran street), and is about 4 km away from the city centre. The metered taxi is not available from bandung airport, and the official taxi of the airport didn’t use meter. The airport taxi only serves those with a taxi ticket showing the amount you have to pay to the driver. You can get the ticket at the taxi booth near the international arrival exit gate, with Rp 40,000 (about USD5) minimum charge.
It is handy if you have your hotels booked in advance, as most hotels provide a free airport transfer services, but make sure to arrange it when you are making a reservation.
Airlines serving Bandung:
Air Asia : operates thrice daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and twice daily from Singapore, Denpasar (Bali), Surabaya and Medan and once a day from Pekanbaru. (no-frill airline)
Garuda Indonesia : operate daily flight from Surabaya,Denpasar (Bali), Batam.
Lion Air : operates twice daily from Denpasar, and Surabaya, daily from Banjarmasin, Batam and Medan.
Silk Air : operates 5x weekly flight from Singapore.
Wings Air : operate daily flight from Yogyakarta and Semarang
The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre mostly cost around Rp 40,000 as mentioned above that it is relatively close.
Again, please note that it is wise to purchase the ticket for a taxi at the official counter if you don’t to be ripped off by taxi ‘mafia’.
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport is about 3 hours away (plus any traffic jams). A number of companies offer direct shuttle services; see the next section for details.
Travelling to Bandung by bus
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).
Travelling to Bandung by shuttle bus
With 6-12 seater minivans leaving every fifteen minutes up to every 1 to 2 hours depends on the providers, 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 USD50-75, or point to point from a terminal to another, for under US$10. Many companies offer both. Most shuttle providers use Isuzu Elf minivan (similar with Toyota Hiace, but bigger & more spacious) and some companies offer more luxurious options using Toyota Alphard or Hyundai H-1 with a higher fare and distinct routes, but some routes are deleting, because the high price fare after high increase of diesel fuel made consumers use lower grade of shuttle bus.
Bandung shuttle providers
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), Phone: +62 21 7063 6868 atau 6386 4005. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas and Pasteur), Phone+62 22 7063 6868. Rp 90,000 for a share ride.
Cipaganti – Probably the biggest name in the business, they serve over a half a dozen points throughout Jakarta and its suburbs from their various terminals in Bandung, such as Bandung Trade Center (BTC) on the western side of the city (Pasteur), Cihampelas, and many more, with shuttles leaving every 30 min or so on most routes. Rp 100,000 for a shared ride (Note: special discount rates apply for students), Rp 700,000 for a point-to-point charter.
Star Shuttle – This is belong to Cipaganti Group to compete with Baraya. Phone : +62 21 700 500 000 and +62 21 700 500 000. Same as with Cipaganti, you have to mention that you will use Star Shuttle.
Baraya – The ticket fee is only Rp 70,000 for a shared ride. Phone : +62 21 7244 999 and +62 22 253 3456.
Primajasa Bus – Phone:+62 22 607 3992 (Bandung), +62 21 800 9545 (Jakarta). Direct shuttle service from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport to Batununggal but they don’t stop at Bandung Super Mall anymore. The trip takes c. 3h and the cost is c. USD8.50/person or Rp 75,000. Schedule: once every half hour from 00:30-16:00. Their buses feature a smoking room and toilet at the back. From Lebak Bulus bus terminal in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, the Primajasa costs Rp 50,000. There will be a numerous other buses running the route from Lebak Bulus, and Kampung Rambutan bus terminal – it is possible to get an economy bus for Rp 20,000, although it will be full of people smoking, non air-conditioned, and probably less secure. Ask around, but always be cautious in bus terminals in Indonesia – especially at night.
Silver Bird Van Taxi (Blue Bird Group), Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya 60, South Jakarta. Phone +62 21 798 1234. Price: Rp 750,000 door to door, plus toll fee Rp 40,000.
X-Trans, Jl. Blora 1 AB, Central Jakarta, Phone +62 21 315 0555. Price: approx. US$55/car maximum 10 persons for point-to-point charter or Rp 90,000 for a share ride.
CitiTrans, Jakarta (Fatmawati, Bintaro, Sudirman, Kelapa Gading, Pasar Pagi, Central Park), Phone 08041111000. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas Walk, Pasteur), Phone 08041111000. Rp 90,000 single-trip, non-stop, on 7 or 10-person (depends on pool) shuttles with separate seats.
Due to competitions, all shuttles now only have 2 prices, for 6-10 seats about Rp90,000-Rp100,000 and for 10-12 seats about Rp60,000-Rp70,000 in a minibus. While Taxis use car with maximum 4 passengers, excluding the driver.
Travelling to Bandung by car
Bandung is two hours away from Jakarta by car, but again it depends on the traffic. The good news is that the new Cipularang toll road that completes the inter-city highway between Jakarta and Bandung has been very helpful. It is now faster to travel to Bandung by car than by train from Jakarta.
During the rainy season, parts of the Cipularang toll road may be closed because of landslides. On weekends, traffic jams often occur near the toll gates in the Djunjunan/Terusan Pasteur area.
One alternative route is by the slower, but enjoyable, route from Jakarta – Puncak – Cianjur – Bandung. If you travel by car using this route, then make sure to stop at the Puncak Pass, the tip of the highland just on the outskirts of Jakarta. From here, the view of tea plantation with fresh air can be enjoyed. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels out there.
There is also a beautiful safari park/zoo in Puncak: Taman Safari Indonesia, Jl. Raya Puncak No.601, Cisarua, Bogor. Phone +62 251 250 000, Fax +62 251 250555. .
Travelling to Bandung by train
State operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia offers frequent services between Jakarta and Bandung, as well as connections onward to Surabaya. Even the fastest services take more than three hours, making this a slower option than the shuttle buses, but the scenery between Jakarta and Bandung is beautiful. The railroad passes mountains and padi terraces. Don’t miss this view when traveling by train. Use the AC (air-conditioned) coach if you cannot cope with the tropical heat. Most hotels in Bandung provide free transportation from train station to the hotel.
Unlike most other countries, Indonesia do not use number for their train service. As a rule of thumb, the highest standard will be given by ‘Argo’ class train.
The ticket can be bought online or you can get only the booking code and pay at the stations, post offices, train ticket agents, Indomaret group, Alfamart group and Railcard & Railbox. You can also directly buy tickets without booking code at these online ticket distributors.
Bandung transport : how to get around Bandung
Now, you know how to get to Bandung, and your next question maybe, what are Bandung transport mode options to travel around Bandung? This sections provides you all Bandung transport options to travel around Bandung.
There is no uniform color, but each route has the same 2-color scheme, even the same model of minibus (some routes may mix Kijangs and minibuses). There may be custom variations to the vehicles because they are privately-owned.
Usually an angkot is a modified ordinary minibus. The 10 seat minibus becomes 18 seats. This is possible by lining passengers side by side. It might be a bit awkward for the first-time users.
Don’t be nervous about touching other passengers,; the cramped seating often makes it unavoidable. Do be aware that some pickpockets operate on angkots. Be very careful if you see someone acting sick or odd.
To stop the Angkut, just raise your hand, and when you need to get off, just shout ‘kiri !!’ (pron: kee-ree), translated left in English. It is a request for the driver to pull aside to the left.
The most comfortable and safest seat is usually the front-window, next to the driver.
Payment is by direct cash only, but preferably in small denominations. An average single trip fare costs Rp 2,000~5,000
The door is typically removed, so don’t be scared if it is missing. For tall persons, you’ll need to bend over to get in and the bench seats are really small in size.
Request an angkot to stop.
Travelling around in Bandung is quite complex and frustrating, especially to newcomers. There is no mass rapid transit system, metro nor tram in Bandung. Locals travel using small public minibuses, known as angkot from angkutan=transport and kota=city.
This city transport has only origin and destination names on top. Sometimes with via description if there are more than one angkot route for a certain origin-destination route. There is no route description anywhere. For locals, it is somewhat amazing that they only memorize where and how the route of each angkot route.
Although there is an official price for angkot from organda (the local organization of these private city transport), sometimes price is based on how far you travel. It’s better that you 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 and they will stop. When you’re inside and want to stop, just ask the kernet to stop. Or say ‘kiri’ (key-ree) or simply ‘stop’ out loud. It was easy to find a bell that you can press to stop but not anymore. Most angkot fare are ranging from Rp 2000-5000, it depends on the route and distance.
The official angkot routes are listed on Bandung’s Info Kota website. A local startup KIRI computes which angkot to take when getting around the city.
An unofficial, yet very helpful, website is Mau Kemana, which literally means something like “Where are you going?”. It shows the actual routes with Angkot prices.
Travelling around Bandung by taxi
If you don’t know which angkot routes to take, then you can take a taxi. Officially, taxis use meters, but some taxi drivers may refuse to use meters and will charge you a fixed price instead. Don’t be afraid to refuse and walk away, even locals are annoyed by this behaviour. Metered cabbies may also take you the long way to get more money. So be careful when traveling by taxi. The most reliable taxi company in Bandung is Blue Bird. Bluebird drivers will almost always use the most appropriate route and will always use the meter. Competing directly in the premium range with Blue Bird, Cipaganti Taxi has started their operation with a red colored car. Gemah Ripah is a third ranking taxi service that seems to be improving their service.
In Bandung, taxis are less common waiting on roadsides, due to the multitude of small roads and lack of space to wait. For this reason, ordering a taxi by phone is usually the simplest and safest bet. The taxi will drive up directly in front of you (ask for its number on the phone for identification), and there is no extra charge (sans a cheap cancellation fee, if necessary).
Alternatively, ask a uniformed security guard or policeman nearby to either flag down a nearby taxi, or point in the direction of a nearby taxi waiting area.
Taxi drivers off the street, or booked by telephone are usually polite and friendly, chosing to charge you by meter but watch out for those mentioned below.
Do allow lots of travel time in Bandung, although the city is small. A short trip that is about 8km will take you 45 min to an hour through the heavy traffic during peak times (morning 8-9am, evening 5-6pm). A short trip from Dago factory outlet areas to The Valley just a few km up north took almost 50min when travelling at 6pm.
Travelling around Bandung by bus
There are also some bus lines, but they don’t cover the whole city. City buses usually cover long routes across the city from end-to-end; for example, from the north to the south and from the west to the east. The city bus is called DAMRI.
Travelling around Bandung by car
Using your own car or renting 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. You can stop for one night in Puncak, Bogor or Sukabumi.
Rental cars are available from numerous outlets, including major international brands. Note that traffic in Bandung is quite complex and the city administration likes to experiment with the traffic management. There is often a lack of traffic signs and directions. Many major roads are one-way, which makes it difficult to turn around if you are lost. Be careful not to enter a street that may a one-way street from the opposite direction but be lacking a prominent no-entry sign. There may be a watchful policeman hiding somewhere, he will pop up instantly to stop you and then you may have to pay him some money.
Renting a car is about Rp500,000 per day (12 hr), or Rp600,000 (12 hr) excluded gasoline, parking and toll for travel outside Bandung e.g. to Tangkuban Perahu volcanic area.
Hopefully this Bandung transport information is useful and helps you to decide which is the best transport mode for you. Enjoy Bandung!
Read the complete Bandung Travel Guide here.