Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

TRANSPORT to Ijen

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There are 2 public transport to Ijen from Yogyakarta:

1. Train
2. Bus

Usually backpacker choose train because it cheap and can see panorama or rice field from the train. Here the detail of those transport.

1. Train

There is only 1 train to the close city to Ijen crater. You will arrived at Ketapang, Banyuwangi station. Sri Tanjung is the name of train. it’s economic class (Rp100,000). After arrived in Banyuwangi Baru Karang Asem Railway Station, you have to take travel agency or rent a car or motorcycle to Ijen.

*) Don’t surprise if you found some person coming close to you and offering taxi, motobike, minibus, etc in the bus station/railway station. Yes, sometime it’s bothering you. Just abandon them, smile and say No, thank you if you don’t want to use their service.

TRAIN:                DEPARTURE TIME:      STATION:              ARRIVAL TIME:        STATION:
Sri Tanjung          7.15 am                         Lempuyangan        9.00 pm            Banyuwangi Baru Karangasem

*) I found that Banyuwangi (Karangasem) train station is more near to Ijen, about 1 hour trip. Better you booking and stop in this train station (Banyuwangi, Karangasem). Then you rent scooter about IDR 75K-100K.

**) In front of the station you will found free-stay house. You can stay here for free, also you will meet other backpackers from around the world. Just go out of the train station, then turn left about 15 meter. You will found it.

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Source image: https://akichi2212.wordpress.com

*) Don’t compare to the hotel. It just simple house. At least it will save your money, get new experience and meet new friends. Really appreciate to the owner, Mr. Rahmat. Best wishes for you, i hope god save you and your family cause your kindness. Damn! i always wanna cry when found this kind of human.

BOOK THE TRAIN TICKET VIA OFFICIAL WEBSITE NOW:
https://tiket.kereta-api.co.id/

*) Translation words:
Tanggal = Date
Stasiun Asal = Departing Railway Station
Stasiun Tujuan = Destination Railway Station
Dewasa = Adult
Infant = Baby (Under 3 years)
Tahun = Years
Tampilkan = Show Information
Cek kode booking = Check Booking Code

*) The booking term: You can booking the ticket 90 days until 2 days before departing date. You can’t  book 1 day before departing date, you should go to buy the ticket on the railway station.

**) You can also buy train ticket on Indomaret shop, after that you can print the ticket on Train Station. The price should be more expensive Rp20,000 than normal price.

***) If you failed when booking via official website, you can book via Tiket.com. It always working. Here:

LEMPUYANGAN RAILWAY STATION IN THE NIGHT

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HOW TO GET TO THE LEMPUYANGAN RAILWAY STATION?
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 Lempuyangan halte (halte Lempuyangan). Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. 🙂

From Malioboro or Sosrowijayan street (backpacker street):
please take Route 2A – Stop in Flyover Lempuyangan Shelter, then take a walk to the station.
From Prawirotaman street (backpacker street):
please take Route 4A at Tamansiswa street – Stop in Hayam Wuruk Shelter, then take a walk to the station.

3. Bus

Sorry. Not updated yet.

*) Use a bus as a trip is not recommended. Too many broker, unsafe and not comfort. You know our traffic and sometime crazy driver.

HOW TO GET THE AIRPORT or RAILWAY STATION or BUS STATION:

http://www.yogya-backpacker.com/category/transport-point/

BLUE FIRE

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*) Blue fire actually is a vapor/steam of hot sulphur liquid that contain phosphor. That’s why you can only see it in the night without light.

9 thoughts on “TRANSPORT to Ijen

  1. John Badge

    I will be in Yogyakarta from the 2nd to the 9th of September 2018 and I wish to travel to Kalibiru National Park, Jomblang Cave (Goa Jomblang), climb Merapi Volcano (Gunung Merapi) and travel through Pindul Cave (Goa Pindu) by tube and raft.
    Is it cheaper to do all these things individually or does someone do a package deal to take in all these sight and if so what should I expect to pay ?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,
      Sorry, you put your question in the wrong topic actually.
      Well, you can combine Jomblang cave and Pindul cave in one day.
      The other sights you can do in the next day.

      All these sights paid per person per sight, not per group.
      So, it doesn’t matter if you’re alone or on the group.
      What you need to concern is the transport to the location.
      Sharing the transport cost with other traveler is a good idea.
      You can check our schedule, join and share the transport cost with other travelers.

      Here our schedule 2017:
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N_iaOB9nqNrzQmAUnwcXuOtKKoAhc_pGw1z3d0fnDyM/edit#gid=1005208703
      Sorry, schedule for 2018 is not available yet.

    2. Yudi

      Hi…my name yudi. I lived in bondowoso.
      Just add information, if you want to Ijen by Bondowoso, i can help acommodation or read transportasi on. You can start from Bondowoso with stay on my house.
      For next information you can ask question to my what app number at +62 82331 576 900.
      Thanks Mr. Rony.

  2. Elie

    He Roni ,
    Can you tell me please how to go from Probolinggo to Bondowaso( how many kilos is it ) ?

    Because I really don’t know how to do by public , is there any train ? Is there any other possibilities ?

    We would like to go from Probolinngo to Kawah Ijen by thewest side ..
    Tmks 🙂

    Regards

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      He Elie,

      I visited Ijen crater through west side road three times and use my own and friend’s car.
      I never see any public transport along the west side road to Kawah Ijen.
      This road so small, quiet and pass some nice forest and plantation.

      If you really insist to take west side road,
      then you can take a bus from Probolinggo city to Bondowoso city.
      At Bondowoso bus station (Terminal) take unofficial transport to Sempol.
      This kind of transport signed as black plate number and there is no timetable here.
      It just available in the morning till mid day.
      Prepare for the worst scenario because this transport will be full loaded by passenger.
      After you arrive Sempol village, you can take a scooter taxi service to Paltuding.
      This scooter taxi called as Ojek by local people.
      This kind of transport not always exist,
      You have to talk and ask to the local people for ‘Ojek’ services.
      The scenario of taking the west side road to Ijen by public transport is tiring trip and frustrating.
      Waiting the transport which has no timetable and also limited services can impact to your plan or schedule.

      Otherwise you can take southeast road.
      Take Sri Tanjung train from Probolinggo and stop at Karangasem, Banyuwangi.
      Then rent a scooter to reach the spot.

      Have a nice trip, Elie!
      Good luck!

      1. Elie

        Thank you Roni .

        Of course I really appreciated the time you take to make me understand that go from Bondowoso it’s not the good choice .

        So we will take the southeast road , by train and stop in Karangasem .

        Thank you for your advices 🙂

        Elie

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