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How To Go To Bandung
by: Emma Kwee

Bandung 's train station is located conveniently in the center of the city, and is, surprisingly perhaps, one of the most well-organized and clean train stations of Indonesia . The building itself, stemming from the colonial ages is a white plastered architecturally-pleasing hall that can be entered from a North entrance that leads to the South gate. Also leading to the parking lot where transport is easily arranged, for you that is, because as everywhere taxi drivers can be overly enthusiastic in their approach of potential customers. City transportation can be found in all shapes and sizes, but as anywhere, a Bluebird taxi is the most reliable choice.

In the main hall, a slightly outdated tourist information office can be found that spurs at least three brochures of activities in the surroundings of Bandung . It may not be your best source of information but at least they provide free maps of the city. Also, handy train schedules can be obtained at the travel information counter, free of charge. An ATM is located on the outer right side in the South hall, but it's a BNI branch, which doesn't support all foreign banks. A more reliable Bank BCA can be found 1-kilometer to the left after exiting the South side parking lot. The Bandung airport is at a mere 3-kilometer Northwest of the train station.

There are basically three main destinations connected through the Bandung railroad hub namely Jakarta which is approximately two and a half hours away, Yogyakarta/Solo, which will require a 9-hour sit in, and Surabaya, at over 10 hours away. Tickets can be booked as far as three weeks in advance, either at the counter or through telephone.

There is always a choice of executive class or business class. Both options are decent enough with a lot of leg space, but executive class offers a sometimes freezing air-conditioning and a small cardboard box with bread rolls and cake, while in business class, you'll have to make do with a rattling overhead fan and buy your snacks from street vendors who will hop on at various stages, loudly notifying you of their inventory (so be prepared to have your nap disturbed by people shouting ‘Aqua, aqua, aqua' or ‘Tahu, tahu, tahu' in your eardrums).

Overall, train connections from and to Bandung are surprisingly comfortable and trains run more or less on time. However, a certain sense of ‘jam karet' (rubber time) will make it easier to deal with unexpected delays. Sitting back and enjoying the often breathtaking views of the green rice fields will make traveling by train in Indonesia a comfortable experience. Remember: it's the journey that counts, not its destination.

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Address : Bandung Train Station,
Jalan Stasiun Selatan No. 1, Andir, Bandung

About The Author

Emma Kwee

Emma is a Dutch born and bred Indonesia lover who after years of traveling stranded and lost her heart to the same country her father was born in.

Emma writes for Streetdirectory Indonesia. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

She is currently living the good life in Bandung, writing for streetdirectory.com while sipping fresh coconut juice under a palmtree, she's planning on staying put for a while.

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