My wife needed to go to Yogyakarta to give a talk, so I decided to follow her and to bring along the kids. Normally we’d fly but thought it would be interesting for the children to experience the almost eight hour long train journey through the beautiful scenic landscape of West Java and Central Java. Our train departed Bandung at 7.20am on Monday morning and was scheduled to arrive in Yogyakarta at 3.12pm. We planned to return on Thursday morning so with one day for my wife's talk, that gave us slightly more than two days for our quick getaway. This is an account of our journey.
The name of our train was "Lodaya". This was one of the older trains and while still fairly comfortable certainly showed it's age. The trains with names that begin with "Argo" such as the one we had booked to return trip back to Bandung on are a newer train and nicer.
My wife booked the entire trip. The tickets were bought online and at Bandung Station we exchange the confirmation for the actual tickets. Identification documents are required for adults such as a Passport, IC, Kitas, Kitap or driving license etc.
The cost of the tickets for Eksekutif was between Rp250k to Rp350k per person for each way, the cost depending on which train you take. There is no charge for children under four years of age.
The train was scheduled to stop at several station along the way. This is the route that we took. There were actually a couple more stations where the train would stop.
The route shown on a map of all Java Island.