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Java transport: need local expertise

Los Angeles...
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Java transport: need local expertise

I'm hoping someone who's familiar with Java transportation options can help.

On an upcoming trip to research family history, we will fly into Surabaya and spend a few days. Then we need to stop in a town in the Indramayu region called Cilegeh. Then Bandung. Then onto Bali.

I can't find any info on Cilegeh, except its general location, apparently NE of Bandung and near some train lines. Should we take the train from Surabaya towards Jakarta, getting off at the station closest to Cilegeh? Or fly to Jakarta and go by train from there? (There's a Cirebon-bound train and a Kroya-bound one) Or should we go to Bandung, then arrange ground transport to Cilegeh?

Finally, I imagine we'll fly from Jakarta to Bali.

Though we are cost-conscious, in this case our main concerns will probably be speed and comfort.

Thanks!

Malaysia
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1. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Hi correfoc

Indramayu is located at west Java,closer to Jakarta.

Bundung is also 2-4 hours from Jakarta.

Surabaya is in East Java.it would be further if you were to travel from Surabaya to Indramayu

Indramayu is at the far top right of the map

indonesia-tourism.com/west-java/map/westjava…

goto www.airasia.com,a budget air lines

for flight from Jakarta to Bali

Cheer

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Train lines connect Jakarta - Surabaya.

So you may start from either Jakarta / Surabaya.

Indramayu, tough, is closer to Jakarta than Surabaya.

Train line official web :

infoka.kereta-api.com/jadwal_dan_tarif/

PS: train = kereta api = KA.

Train options :

- KA Bima: you stop at Cirebon, then continue via land transport

- KA Gayabaru: you stop at Cirebon or Jatibarang, then continue via land transport

- KA Kertajaya: you stop at Cirebon Prujakan, then continue via land transport

- KA Tawang Jaya: same as Kertajaya

- KA Tegal Arum: you stop at Haurgeulis, then continue via land transport

Land transport could be rent a car / motorbike.

Recommended hotel in Indramayu is Flamingo Hotel.

flamingo@centrin.net.id

Hope they can arrange land transport for you.

If you had time, try to see some of their cultural show: Mask Dance, Sintren Folkarts, Ronggeng (must see!). The must-eat is Manggo fruit. The must-buy is Batik.

Shanghai, China
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3. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Wow! That's a really complicated question. Here are some options.

1) Fly from Surabaya to Bandung. From Bandung take the train or bus to Cirebon (I think that's where you mean). From Cirebon take the train to Jakarta and then fly to Bali.

Con: There aren't many flights SUB-BDO so it won't be cheap.

2) Fly from SUB to Jakarta. Take the train to Bandung and then the train or bus to Cirebon. From Cirebon take the train back to Jakarta and then fly to Bali.

Con: Transiting Jakarta twice.

Pro: Flying SUB-CGK will be cheaper.

3) Take the train to Bandung. Then go on to Cirebon by train and then train to Jakarta to fly to Bali.

Pro: Trains are comfortable and relatively cheap.

Con: SUB-BDO by train is a long trip, maybe 12+ hours.

Los Angeles...
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4. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Thanks, everyone, for the advice. This is really helpful. Flying to Jakarta, then train, then local transport may be best. This option will take 1 day.

Would you advise a night train from Surabaya towards Jakarta? This would save a day, and put us near Indramayu around 6 a.m. Any security concerns? (traveling with camera, laptop computer, etc)

The place we're searching for is Cilegeh...I can't find any info about it online. Maybe just a village. We only know my friend's mother was born there, and may have family there.

Malaysia
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5. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Hi correfoc

Going by public transport has its risk.Secure your belonging tightly and do not expose them to public eyes,have them lock up when at train terminal and during asleep on the overnight trip .

Train and bus terminal is alway crowded at all parts of Indonesia.

Pick pocket go for small items,cash,camera but not bulky luggage.Got it???

Take care

Shanghai, China
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6. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Hi Correfoc,

Just take the same precautions you would take anywhere in the world.

Executive class on the train is fine. There is allocated seating and people aren't allowed to stand.

The Argo Bromo Angkrek is the best train between SUB and JKT but you'd have to check where it stops.

Los Angeles...
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7. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

This is extremely useful information; thanks!

One more question: We're looking for family connections in this small village that our mother left as a child. But we don't speak Indonesian and I'm sure there are no hotels nearby (about 8 km from Haurgeulis/30km from Pegadenbaru) Do you think we'd find any English speakers in a place like this? (even kids?) Or would we be better to hire a driver/translator in a larger town nearby? Would we need to go to a place as large as Cirebon or Bandung to find such help?

Malaysia
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8. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Correfoc

Contact the nearest school,at the village some teacher has learn the English language they would be your best bet

Cheer

Shanghai, China
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9. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

English is very limited here Indonesia but Indonesians are helpful people overall.

I imagine they'd be able to find someone who speaks a little English to help you.

You may want to consider getting a driver through your hotel in Cirebon but even then English may be limited. Peolpe ideas of how much English they have and reality is often different. Hehe

What exactly do you need to do in the village?

Los Angeles...
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10. Re: Java transport: need local expertise

Thanks for this further good advice.

Camsean: in the village we'll be asking what became of our grandmother...last contact was in 1944...or any of her family/children. (She was a young concubine.)

Best case: we'll meet half-uncles/aunts/cousins we never knew existed. Or, if nothing else, we'll bring back video and info of interest to older relatives in the US and will learn a lot on an interesting trip.