Route details for Yogyakarta to Jakarta
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We decided to do this leg by train, buying the tickets was really easy. We just headed to the train station which was at the top end of town and bought the tickets at the ticket office the day before we were due to travel.
We bought luxury tickets for 380,000Rp for an air-con carriage, the train seemed full so I’m glad be bought the tickets in advance. There was a decent amount of legroom and a TV with played several Indonesian films. However, we were in seats 1a and 1b so we only had a small broken window to look out of. The seats further back had bigger windows. We were also under the air-conditioning unit which water pooled and then poured onto us when the train went around corners. But don’t let that put you off I really enjoyed this leg of our overland journey as we got to see how beautiful Java is as we passed one massive solitary maintain after another, each home to a volcano. Shadowed by the mountains were the paddy fields, most of the farmers seemed to have little or no machinery. As we passed by it gave us a glimpse into how hard their farming lives must be as we saw them cut the rice plants by hand and beat them to remove the grain.
We passed though several towns and villages where people came and went but without exception we went through the same ritual at every station as the touts jumped on the train to try and sell food, drink, clothes, whatever. For once they seemed to give the local travellers more hassle than us. For some reason there was only one other western couple on the train, not that we really noticed them until it was time to get off in Jakarta. After passing through such beautiful countryside what met us in Jakarta was a bit of a shock. The train passed through one massive shanty town where the train tracks seemed to be the lavatory!
Once at the station we followed the crowd and soon found our way to the front doors where we were met by a rowdy crowd of taxi drivers. After our bags had been in and out of the chosen taxi and then back in again we finally agreed a slightly less than unreasonable price to take us to our hotel after some stiff haggling.
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