Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

RATU BOKO PALACE/TEMPLE (Kraton/Candi Ratu Boko) + SUNSET

RATU BOKO TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Ratu Boko Temple/Palace –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT RATU BOKO TEMPLE?

CHEAP
The entry ticket is $13 for adult and $7 for kid –> $25 for adult and $15 for kid.
To get more cheap, you can pay for sunset ticket Rp110,000 –> Rp175,000 or you can show your student ID.
*) Not include Parking Car/Motorcycle or Transport to the site.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visit EXOTIC PLACE , RATU BOKO TEMPLE located in the top of the hill. As a palace in the past time, you can imagine the luxury and the victory in the past.The temple architecture are mix budhist and hindus.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time/moment to visit this temple:
RATU BOKO TEMPLE in quiet/little visitor in early morning. Better you arrived at 6.00 A.M when the gate open.
Watch SUNSET at RATU BOKO TEMPLE. Better you arrived before 5.00 P.M or the gate will closed.

CLOSE TO OTHER TOURISM SITE
This place are close to UNMAINSTREAM site. Such as, PRAMBANAN TEMPLE, PLAOSAN TEMPLE, IJO TEMPLE, BINTANG HILL, NGLANGGERAN ANCIENT VOLCANO. You can combine to visit these place.

RATU BOKO TEMPLE

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT RATU BOKO TEMPLE/PALACE?

The best time/moment option to visit this temple:

BEST TIME:

1. RATU BOKO Early Morning (quiet/little visitor/fresh air/not hot).
Start at 6.00 am from official gate.
2. RATU BOKO SUNSET
Catch sunset at Prambanan temple.
3. RATU BOKO SUNSET + Ramayana Ballet
Catch sunset at Prambanan temple and then continue watch Ramayana Ballet.

*) Ratu Boko sunset around 5.20 PM.

**) Watch Ramayana Ballet at 8.00 pm after watching Ratu boko sunset + dinner.

WHAT TIME RATU BOKO TEMPLE OPEN?

OPENING HOURS:
6.00 A.M – 3.00 P.M (Ratu Boko Regular)
3.00 P.M – 5.30 P.M (Ratu Boko Sunset)

RATU BOKO SUNSET

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WHERE IS RATU BOKO TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Bokoharjo
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Prambanan
Regency (Kabupaten): Klaten
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

DISTANCE:
About 20 km or 40 minutes east of downtown Yogyakarta or about 2 km south of Prambanan temple.

MAP OF RATU BOKO TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO RATU BOKO TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop/Shelter of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Prambanan halte. Then, you can take a walk or use taxi motor to the Ratu Boko about 2 km to the south.

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
Then, please take a walk or take a taxi motorcycle to the temple
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
Then, please take a walk or take a taxi motorcycle to the temple
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Airport(bandara) Shelter,
then please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
Then, please take a walk or take a taxi motorcycle to the temple
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2B – Stop in Condongcatur Shelter,
then please take Route 3B – Stop in Airport Shelter,
then please take Route 1A – Stop in Prambanan Shelter
Then, please take a walk or take a taxi motorcycle to the temple

From Prambanan Shelter :
Take a walk or use taxi motor to the Ratu Boko about 2 km to the south.

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

**) It’s free if you change the bus to Prambanan. Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. :-).

Old school bathtube:

*) I’m curious how they have water in the top of the hill to fulfill their daily needs such as for drink, cooking, washing and bathing in the past time. There was no pump or even electricity in the past time, right?

HOW MUCH IT COST?

RATU BOKO TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE:

1. RATU BOKO ONLY:

1. RATU BOKO REGULAR (6.00 am – 3.00 pm):

Adult:
USD $25 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 375K —> IDR 350K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 362.500 —> IDR 375K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 350K —> IDR 362.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 337.500  —> IDR 350K per 9th May 2018
IDR 325.000 —> IDR 337.500 per 10th October 2017
IDR 252.000 —> IDR 325.000 per 1st May 2017.

*) You need to pay in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) at ticket window, not in USD. The price of Ratu Boko regular always fluctuating. It depend on the exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to USD.

Children/Student:
USD $15 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 225.000 —> IDR 210.000 per 1st July 2019
IDR 217.500  —> IDR 225K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 210K  —> IDR 217.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 202.500 —> IDR 210K per 9th May 2018.
IDR 195K —> IDR 202.500 per 10th October 2017
IDR 195K per 1st May 2017.

*) The children/student need to show their Passport or student ID at ticket window to make sure they have rights to buy child/student ticket.

**) The price of Ratu Boko regular always fluctuating. It depend on the exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to USD. The fixed price is USD 25 for adult and USD 15 for child/student. But, you still need to pay in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) at ticket window, not in USD.

2. RATU BOKO SUNSET (3.00 pm – 6.00 pm):

Adult:

IDR 375K —> IDR 350K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 362.500 —> IDR 375K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 350K —> IDR 362.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 337.500  —> IDR 350K per 9th May 2018
IDR 325.000 —> IDR 337.500 per 10th October 2017
IDR 110.000 —> IDR 175.000 per 1st May 2017.

Child/Student:

IDR 225.000 —> IDR 210.000 per 1st July 2019
IDR 217.500  —> IDR 225.000 per 5th October 2018.
IDR 210K  —> IDR 217.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 202.500 —> IDR 210K per 9th May 2018.
IDR 195K —> IDR 202.500 per 10th October 2017
IDR 55K —> IDR 87.500 per 1st May 2017.

*) Since 22nd June 2017 cheap Ratu Boko sunset ticket not applied anymore. You will pay USD $25 for adult and USD 15 for child/student to watch sunset at Ratu Boko and have a free dinner if you buy ticket on the ticket window.

2. COMBINE (COMBO) TICKET :

1. RATU BOKO & BOROBUDUR (Regular, no Borobudur sunrise):

Adult:
USD $40 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 600K —> IDR 630K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 580K —> IDR 600K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 560K —> IDR 580K per 20th July 2018.
IDR 540K —> IDR 560K per 9th May 2018.
IDR 520K —> IDR 540K per 10th October 2017.
IDR 520K per 1st May 2017.

*) You need to pay in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) at ticket window, not in USD. The price of Ratu Boko Combined ticket always fluctuating. It depend on the exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to USD.

Child/Student:
USD $25 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 375K —> IDR 378K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 362.500  —> IDR 375K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 350K  —> IDR 362.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 325K —> IDR 350K per 9th May 2018.
IDR ?K —> IDR  325K per 10th October 2017.
IDR ?K per 1st May 2017.

*) If you want visit Ratu Boko temple and Borobudur temple, better you buy 1 ticket for 2 temples (Combine/Combo ticket). It more cheap than you buy each temple ticket.

**) Combine/Combo ticket for Ratu Boko & Borobudur valid for 2 days, but it can not applied as Borobudur sunrise ticket.

***) The children/student need to show their Passport or student ID at ticket window to make sure they have rights to buy child/student ticket.

****) The price of Prambanan Combine Ticket always fluctuating. It depend on the exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to USD. The fixed price is USD 40 for adult and USD 25 for child/student. But, you still need to pay in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) at ticket window, not in USD.

2. RATU BOKO & PRAMBANAN (Regular, no Ratu Boko sunset):

Adult:
USD $40 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 600K —> IDR 630K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 580K —> IDR 600K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 560K —> IDR 580K per 20th July 2018.
IDR 540K —> IDR 560K per 9th May 2018.
IDR 520K —> IDR 540K per 10th October 2017.
IDR 520K per 1st May 2017.

Child/Student:
USD $25 per pax.

Equal:

IDR 375K —> IDR 378K per 1st July 2019.
IDR 362.500  —> IDR 375K per 5th October 2018.
IDR 350K  —> IDR 362.500 per 20th July 2018.
IDR 325K —> IDR 350K per 9th May 2018.
IDR ?K —> IDR  325K per 10th October 2017.
IDR ?K per 1st May 2017.

*) If you want visit Ratu Boko temple and Prambanan temple, better you buy 1 ticket for 2 temples (Combine/Combo ticket). It more cheap than you buy each temple ticket.

**) Combine/Combo ticket for Ratu Boko & Prambanan valid for 1 day only, but it can not applied for Ratu Boko sunset ticket. Except you arrive Ratu Boko before 3 PM.

***) The children/student need to show their Passport or student ID at ticket window to make sure they have rights to buy child/student ticket.

****) The price of Prambanan Combine Ticket always fluctuating. It depend on the exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to USD. The fixed price is USD 40 for adult and USD 25 for child/student. But, you still need to pay in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) at ticket window, not in USD.

****) They have free shuttle bus from Prambanan temple to Ratu Boko temple and the way back. The shuttle bus departing every 15 minutes. The last departure is on 2:30 PM. It’s not applied for Ratu Boko sunset (3.00 pm – 6.00 pm).

*****) All those price for International visitor not for local.

RATU BOKO IN DRY SEASON

*) You can see the Merapi volcano on the north side.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your cell phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There is only one recommended cafe.

*) For foreigner i recommend: Don’t drink with ice cube in any restaurant or street food in Indonesia, because indonesian ice cube made from not boiled water. It contain bacteria (E. Coli) that can makes stomach problem or diarrhea. Indonesian intestine become immune (adapted) to this bacteria, but not for foreigner (american and european especially).

**) Free dinner at the resto if you buy ticket at the ticket window. You can choose between nasi goreng (fried rice), fried noodles and fried banana crisp. The drinks you can choose tea or coffee. Probably this is the delicious fried rice with nice sunset view i ever had.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better you bring your own tissue.

GRAND EVENT ON RATU BOKO TEMPLE:

Ratu Boko Festival 2018

WATCH HISTORY ABOUT RATU BOKO TEMPLE FROM DOCUMENTARY VIDEO:

*) Actually this is the resident of King and Queen in the past time. You will found the luxury and charming architecture of the temple and also luxury sunset from the top of the hill. 🙂

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR RATU BOKO TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Ratu Boko temple:

1. Prambanan temple + sunset.
2. Plaosan temple (twin temples surrounded by rice field).
3. Abhayagiri restaurant + sunset view.
4. Sojiwan temple.
5. Bebek Bacem restaurant (fried sweetened duck).
6. Ijo temple.
7. Ramayana ballet performance (in the specific day only).
8. Opak resto.

RATU BOKO SUNSET

HOW TO ARRANGE A DAY TRIP TO RATU BOKO TEMPLE/PALACE?

If you need transport, you can contact me.
My old brother is a driver, he drive so gently and can speak english very well.
All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Ratu Boko sunset and any other destination = Rp550.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car for 12 hours.
Here my number: +628122770029 (Whatsapp)

Check the schedule to get more cheap by join and share the tour with other traveler:

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10 DESTINATION THAT MOST VISITED BY INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER IN YOGYAKARTA AND AROUND:

Find other gems in Jogja and around that you never knew existed. Here they are:

1. Borobudur temple
2. Prambanan temple
3. Jomblang cave
4. Ramayana ballet
5. Merapi volcano (Hiking)
6. Merapi volcano (Lava Tour by Jeep)
7. Sultan palace and Water castle
8. Timang beach + Gondola
9. Ratu Boko temple
10. Malioboro street

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24 thoughts on “RATU BOKO PALACE/TEMPLE (Kraton/Candi Ratu Boko) + SUNSET

  1. Pammie

    Hi! Me and my friend have a plan to visit this place thia coming august. also,we are students. Can we avail the discount if we show our student ID?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, you can get half price (US$7) if you show your student card.
      But, it is not apply for sunset ticket.
      You have to pay Rp110k for sunset at Ratu Boko temple and get free fried rice.

  2. rohaizan

    hi. if we buy combo ticket which includes shuttle bus, is it possible for them to drop us at masjid an nurumi (we’ll walk to prambunan) and going home by same bus after sunset?

    thanks. x.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      I think it’s not possible for the shuttle bus to drop off you at An Nurumi mosque.
      Because the location is out of the way Prambanan and Ratu Boko temple.

      You’re welcome.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      You can buy Ratu Boko temple entry ticket by credit card.
      But, your credit card must with ‘Visa’ or ‘Mastercard’ logo.
      Not ‘Maestro’ logo.

  3. Hazel Jumat

    Hi, just wondering if we buy the combo ticket for Prambanan + Ratu Boko (US$25), do we still have to buy the sunset ticket to watch the sunset?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      It’s depend on the time that you arrive at Ratu Boko temple.
      If you arrive before 3.00 pm, you can use Combo ticket.
      If you arrive after 3.00 pm, you can not use Combo ticket.
      You have to pay for sunset ticket at Ratu Boko temple.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yup. It’s halal foods.
      Unlike Bali, most of Yogyakarta people are moslem (islam people).
      So, you don’t have to worry about that.

  4. Yoko

    Do you know about shuttle bus between prambanan to Ratu boko?
    What time is the last bus from Ratu boko to prambanan?
    I’d like to see sunset,after sunset Can I get any transportation from Ratu boko to bus stop(trans Jogja)?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Sure, i know everything about Yogyakarta. 😀
      Shuttle bus from Prambanan to Ratu Boko is free if you buy the combine ticket.
      The shuttle bus departing every 15 minutes.
      The last departure is on 2:30 PM and it’s not applied for Ratu Boko sunset.
      It means you have to walk to Trans Jogja bus stop (in front of Prambanan temple) after you watched Ratu Boko sunset.
      Or you can hire a motorcycle taxi from Ratu Boko temple to Trans Jogja bus stop.

        1. kunzyogya Post author

          After the Ratu Boko sunset it will be quiet.
          So, i think there is no taxi or motorcycle taxi at Ratu Boko.
          I think better you take a walk to Prambanan (Trans Jogja bus stop).

  5. Phoebe

    Hi,were planning to go to prambanan temple and around then end it with a sunset tour at rato boko,do you have any idea of the iterinary and how much it will cost us for two people.it will be on aug thanks

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,
      You will have much spare time if just visit Prambanan & Ratu Boko in one day.
      You can add some other destination.
      IDR 550K per day. Not per person.
      Include: Car, gas, driver, pick up and drop off.
      Exclude: Entrancee, meals, car parking fee.
      You may copy the itinerary from the travelers from our schedule.
      You can also join and share the transport cost with other travelers.
      Check it out:
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N_iaOB9nqNrzQmAUnwcXuOtKKoAhc_pGw1z3d0fnDyM/edit#gid=1822508046

  6. Wani

    Hi, we are group of 9 and will be arriving at the Tugu Station at 3 pm. We plan to check in first at our hotel in Jalan Sartono and go to Prambanan and enjoy the Ratu Boko sunset afterwards. Do you think it is feasible with the time that we have? And we plan to only use public transport (since we will only rent car the next day), what the cheapest mode of transport we can take for these? Really appreciate your advise. Tq!

  7. YuHeng

    Hi, I’ve read on your site the Sunset ticket is no longer available. If I intend to visit Prambanan and Ratu Boko in the afternoon, and Borobudur the next morning, what combination of tickets will give me the best experience / price? I have an international student card.
    Thanks!
    YH

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Yu Heng,

      You can buy Borobudur regular ticket in the morning: USD 15 (= IDR 195K)
      Then, buy Combine (Combo) ticket for Prambanan & Ratu Boko in the afternoon: USD 30 (= IDR 390K).
      That’s the wise choice and the cheapest price for student.
      Don’t forget to bring your student ID and show it at ticket window.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,
      Well, usually we will give discount for this kind half day tour.
      But, you have to book our services at least three consecutive days.
      Otherwise, you can join & share the transport cost with other traveler.
      You can check it in our schedule here:
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dALvwsMKU3D4gr7MMMjU6oAAQ_ncgw5Uyz87dIwp3ag/edit#gid=232980006

      Text me via Whatsapp if you want to join & share the transport cost with other traveler.
      Here my Whatsapp number:
      +628122770029

      The other option, you can take Trans Jogja bus route 1A to reach Prambanan temple & Ratu Boko temple.
      Cheers.

  8. Mei Yi

    Hi! We are a group of 4. We plan to visit Prambanan temple in the morning followed by Plaosan temple and lastly Ratu Boko for sunset. What ticket combination would give us the best deal and experience?
    As for the transportation, should we take trans bus or hire a private car? What do u suggest?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,
      For the best deal and wise choice,
      you can buy Combine (combination) ticket for Prambanan + Ratu Boko at ticket windows.
      It will be cheaper price.
      Also you will get free shuttle bus from Prambanan to Ratu Boko.

      For the transport, you can take Trans Jogja bus if you are in budget traveling.
      But, after Ratu Boko sunset there is no free shuttle bus.
      The last departure of free shuttle bus is on 2.30 PM.
      So, after Ratu Boko sunset you have to walk to Prambanan Trans Jogja bus shelter/halte.
      It’s about 2.1 km or 30 minutes walking.
      Some spot along the way will be dark because of no lights or no houses.

      Well, it’s up to you actually.
      It’s all about your choice and decision.

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