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Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus YOGYAKARTA - How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Although flying is cheap, for about 20 euro per person you will be in Yogya, traveling with the bus is even more cheap, without having to do it with the luxury of flying if you ask me. Yes indeed you are spending more time traveling, but if you take a direct bus that does not stop in every darned village you will be able to travel with some 45 kilometers per hour on average to Yogyakarta.

The bus departed at half past six in the evening, less than half an hour behind schedule. Normal that is. Around nine in the evening we had a belated dinner somewhere in the countryside of Subang. The normally very average food of prasmanan restaurants was confirmed here again. A big hall with white lights, plastic chairs and some music. However the bihun was tough as rubber, the chicken tasted good enough to take two or three pieces.

After de departed from the restaurant we continued our trip over the Pantura ('highway along the northern coast') via Cirebon - and it's toll road - and Semarang - also with it's small stretch of toll road. From there we turned south on the two-lane road that would bring us to Yogya. In some cities and towns there are some stretches of four lanes, but that is about all for that piece of 'highway'.

At dawn we traveled through the fog-covered hills and low mountains before the city of Ambarawa. I had traveled here from Yogyakarta on the motorcycle on one Sunday morning. We passed a number of volcanoes like the Sumbing and later on the already dead Merbabu and the still very alive Merapi. Yeah, that was something of a homecoming to be honest.

From door to door we spent the following for the trip for two: 230,000 for two bus tickets, 20,000 Rupiah for the ojek to the bus stop, 17,000 for a box of martabak, 5.000 for two bottles of mineral water, 11,000 for a bag of M&M-like chocolates. That is something like 300.000 Rupiah for two persons, while taking the airplane would cost about double that.


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Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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