Indonesia’s natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance have made it a popular vacation destination for many years. Making the most of your time in this massive archipelago depends on how well you plan your travels. Find out how to travel across Indonesia using the many modes of public transportation available to you, from planes to ferries. Taking the bus, subway, or train instead of a cab or tour bus will save you money in the long run. Prior to boarding, you should determine if you will be paying the driver directly or if you will need to purchase a ticket in advance.
Buses and minibuses
The bus is a cheap and convenient option because it is simple to book and departs at regular intervals. On the downside, they are slow, and distressing. Since taking the bus isn’t always the quickest method to get somewhere, you’ll get to see more of the city than you would have if you took a cab. To top it all off, figuring out where to get off will push you to pay closer attention to your surroundings, allowing you to take in more of your surroundings and have a better understanding of the city’s layout.
Where services are uncommon, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets at least a day in advance, either at the place of departure or the bus company headquarters. Give the driver your particular address in case door-to-door delivery is an option.
Minibusses operating in urban areas are called angkots (also bemos, oplets, and microlets), and they go on predetermined routes that can be changed to accommodate riders’ needs. Once on the move, they may outpace buses in both speed and price, and tickets are collected at the door. Tourist shuttle buses are a more comfortable substitute for larger buses and angkots. Air-conditioned cars are far more expensive than local services, but they will get you where you need to go as fast as possible. Perama is Bali’s and Lombok’s oldest company.
Trains in Java are frequently more convenient and pleasant than buses, with most stops located in the heart of the city. Self-service ticket machines are available at some convenience stores like Indomaret and Alfamart, or you may purchase tickets through the railway’s official website or the more user-friendly agency Tiket. It is recommended that you be at the terminal at least an hour before your scheduled departure time in order to exchange your booking confirmation for your boarding pass.
Ferries and boats
Regular ferry service is provided by the government between the islands that are physically close to one another, such as between Sumatra and Java, Java and Bali, and Bali and Lombok. There are tourist boat services and long-distance bus and boat options in places that get a lot of visitors.
Visit the local Pelni office for up-to-date route information and to purchase tickets (usually sold out until two or three days before departure). You might also hire a service in advance and pay them to hold tickets for you.
There are often two or four tiers of cabins available on board, with the most costly offering a double bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, and plenty of storage space for suitcases. If the bunks are taken, passengers will have to find other places to sleep, such as the halls, stairwells, or deck.
In and of itself, taking public transportation may be an exciting experience. Most individuals using public transportation are just going about their regular lives, such as traveling to and from work, visiting friends, or eating out. However, there may be some criminals around who are out to rip you off, so be aware of your surroundings and keep a watch on your stuff.
It’s an adventure in and of itself to take public transportation. Don’t pass it up in favor of the safer bet.