Yogyakarta Travel Guide


Yogyakarta Travel Guide covers the city that is considered by many to be the cultural heart of Indonesia. Close to Yogyakarta are the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The Javanese performing arts of traditional dance, the puppet play and the gamelan orchestra have evolved over the centuries at the palaces of Yogyakarta and nearby Surakarta.

Especially formative were the years of Dutch intervention when the traditional rulers were deprived of absolute power and so had more time to cultivate and develop the performing arts and batik design.

Also known as Jogja, this city is a magnet for tourists, Westerners and Indonesians alike. They are attracted by the Arts, the architecture, batik, silver and the temples at Borobudur and Prambanan.

Jogja is very much a student town, and this includes many Westerners who study gamelan, batik, traditional dance and the Indonesian language. There is a lot to do in and around Jogja, including trips to the various temples, Parangtritis Beach and the Dieng Plateau. Food and accommodation is cheap, so it’s a good place to stay for a week or two.

The Division of Central Java

In 1754, after several years of internal palace rivalries, Central Java was formally divided, with Prince Mangkubumi being given the title of Sultan Mataram. Prince Mangkubumi was allowed to establish a separate sultanate based at Yogyakarta, 100 km south of Surakarta. Surakarta was still ruled by Susuhunan Pakubuwono III, a nephew of Prince Mangkubumi.
In 1757, Prince Mangkubumi received the title of Hamengkubuwono I. The lineage of the current ruler of Yogja dates back to this time.
Construction of the Jogja Kraton started in 1755, and was completed in 1756. The Taman Sari Water Castle was built between 1755 and 1792 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I and II, on an existing spring.
The Jogja Kraton is better known than the Surakarta Kraton these days, because during the struggle for Indonesian Independence in 1949, the Sultan of Jogja sided with and aided the rebels, so was allowed to keep his kingdom, which later became the Yogyakarta Special Administrative Area, whereas the Surakarta Kraton had most of the land and other possessions nationalised, with the exception of the area bounded by the walls of Surakarta Kraton.



G.P.O                                      Jln Senopati / Trikora

Tourist Info                             Jln Malioboro 16

Internat. Phone                        Jln Trikora 2

Immigration                            Jln Adisucipto (km 9)


R.S. Bethesda                         Jln Sudirman 70/Jln Wahidin

(24 hour emergency)  Tel +62 274 586708

R.S. Panti Rapih                    Jln Cik Di Tiro No.30, Caturtunggal,

Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman. Tel +62 274 563333


Kimia Farma                           Jln Malioboro 179

Kimia Farma                           Jln Malioboro 123

Apotik Marlioboro                  Jln Malioboro 141

Apotik Merapi                         Jln Mangkubumi 109

Apotik Babasari                      Jln Adisucipto 273

Apotik Ratna                           Jln Parangtritis 56

Banks :

Bank B.N.I. 1946                    Jln Ahmed Dahlan / Jln Trikora

Bank Central Asia                  Jln Adisucipto 63

Bank Dagang Negara            Jln Sudirman 67

Bank Mandiri                         Jln Sudirman 7

Bank BRI                              Jln Katamso 23

Money Changers

Alif International                   Jln Pasar Kembang 19

Dewat Giri                              Jln Malioboro 72 (Hotel Garuda)

Intan Biru                                Jln Malioboro 18 (Hotel Mutiara)

Win & Son                              Jln Parangtritis 47


Mid-range places to stay are found near the Jalan Malioboro shopping area, along Jalan Sastrowijayan and Jalan Dagen, and also around Jalan Prawirotaman which is south of the kraton palace.

The Jalan Prawirotaman area has wider streets, fewer street sellers and touts, better food and travel agents. Lots of places to stay that cater to different budgets. The visitors vary from backpackers to families

A few km out of town towards Solo are the upmarket Ambarrukmo and Sahid Garden Hotels.

Budget travellers and back-packers tend to congregate around the Pasar Kembang / Jalan Malioboro area , especially on Jalan Sastrowijayan, Jalan Dagen and Gang (Lane) Sastrowijayan 2 that runs between Jalan Sastrowijayan and Jalan Pasar Kembang.

However, the Jalan Sastrowijayan area is getting a bit run-down and noisy. Most of the tourists in the area now are locals, so the area is now reverting to the way it was in the 1970’s when the first backpackers arrived and put Jogja on the hippie trail between England and Australia – a cheap place to stay near the railway station.

Up-Market Hotels

Air con/hot shower/room service TV / pool

Royal Ambarrukmo                 Jln Adisucipto (km 6)

Sahid Garden                        Jln Babarsari, off Jln Adisucipto (km 6)

Inna Garuda                          Jln Malioboro 60

Yogyakarta Marriott              North Ring Road

Sheraton Mustika                 Jln Adisucipto ( km 8.7)

The Phoenix Hotel                Jln Sudirman 9

Hyatt Regency                     Jln Tentara Pelajar

Medium Priced Hotels –  Jalan Malioboro area

air -con/fan/ hot shower

Hotel Pyrenees                       Jln Sosrowijayan 1

Kartika Hotel                           Jln Sosrowijayan 8

Grage Ramayana                     Jln Sosrowijayan 33

Zen Rooms Marlioboro          Jln Sosrowijayan

Grand Puri Saron                   Jln Sosrowijayan 70

Grage Jogja                           Jln Sosrowijayan 242

Whiz Hotel                              Jln Dagen 8

Blue Safir Hotel                       Jln Dagen 18

Peti Mas Hotel                         Jln Dagen 27

Marantha Grand Hotel            Jln Dagen 76

Jentra Dagen Hotel                Jln Dagen 85

Ibis Styles Hotel                     Jln Dagen 109

Amaris Hotel Marlioboro       Jl. Pajeksan 10

Hotel Arjuna                           Jln Mangkubumi 44

Mutiara Hotel                         Jln Marlioboro 18

Puri Artha                               Jln Cendrawasih 36

Srimanganti                             Jln Urip Sumoharjo 101

POP! Hotel Marlioboro          Jln Gandekan 92

Medium Priced Hotels –  Jalan Prawirotaman area

Hotel Grand Rosela                Jln Prawirotaman 28

Eclipse Hotel                          Jln Prawirotaman 35

Pandanaran Hotel                 Jln Prawirotaman 38

Kiraman Hotel                       Jln Prawirotaman 45

Hotel Indraloka                     Jln Tirtodipuran 30

Hotel Neo+ Awana                Jln Mayjend Sutoyo 52

Duta Garden Hotel                Jln Timuran MG III/103

Dusun Jogja Village Hotel    Jln Menukan 5

Budget Priced Hotels – Jalan Malioboro area

cold. shower/ Indonesian-style bathroom.

Indonesia Hotel                    Jln Sosrowijayan  Block 9

Hotel Rama                          Jln Sosrowijayan 16

Hotel Kartika                        Jln Sosrowijayan 8

Wisma Gembira Hotel         Jln Sosrowijayan 35

Merbabu Hotel                    Jln Sosrowijayan 33

Bladok Inn                          Jln Sosrowijayan 76

Packers Lodge                    Jln Dagen 3

Wisma Persada                   Jln Dagen 6

Cabin World                       Jln Gandekan 2

Ratna Hotel                         Jln Pasar Kembang 17A

Sweet Home                       Jln Dagen

Budget Places to Stay on Gang Sosrowijayan 2:
Andrea, 1001 Malam, Virgo 2, Joglo Duyung Superman, Pego Homestay.

Budget Priced Hotels –  Jalan Prawirotaman area

Duta Guest House              Jln Prawirotaman 20

Holland Guest House         Jln Ngadinegaran 144

There are also lots of budget priced places to stay on Jalan Gerilya, which is the first road south of Jalan Prawirotaman ( going away from the city centre).

Jalan Prawirotaman


Local  Food:  Local dishes include  Nasi Gudeg, lesehan, sate, nasi uduk,  mie goreng, gado-gado, ayam goreng and  Padang.

Jalan Malioboro / Pasar Kembang Area

In the Jalan Malioboro / Pasar Kembang area, Superman’s on Gang Sosrowijayan 2, and the Legian Garden Restaurant, on the corner of Jalan Malioboro and Jalan Perwakilan, have been around since the late 1970’s – early 1980’s, and are still serving good food. The Legian Garden has an upstairs outdoor area, and further south along Jalan Malioboro is the Malioboro Mall which has restaurants, Western fast food and a food hall.

There are many other smaller restaurants and stalls on Jalan Pasar Kembang, Jalan Sosrowijayan and Jalan Dagen, including:

Lumpia Jaya – Jln Malioboro 18, Sate Padang – Jln Malioboro 79, Warung Sate Tegal – Jln Pasar Kembang, Gudeg Jogja – Jln Pasar Kembang 42, Rumah Makan Surya – Jln Pasar Kembang 55, Goebog Sambal and Steak – Jln Pasar Kembang 17A, RM Palito Alam – Jln Pasar Kembang 74 and RM Padang Minang – Jln Pasar Kembang 7B.

Batik Resto – Jln Sosrowijayan 10, Warung Wedang Komelan – Jln Sosrowijayan 45, Tulip Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 23, and Catharina Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 41.

Pempak on Top – Jln Dagen 9, Yani’s Kitchen – Jln Dagen 107, Streats Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 109, and Nasi Balap Melenuk – Jln Dagen 29. Mahkota Chinese Restaurant – Jln Pajeksan 25 .

Places to Eat on Gang Sosrowijayan 2: Salam Kopi, Joglo Duyung,  Superman

Evening Food Stalls

Each evening street-side food stalls serving Javanese specialities such as gudeg, burung dada (quail), kepiting/kerang (crabs and mussels) and susu segar (fresh hot milk) are on Jalan Malioboro near the Tourist Information Office. Stalls serving similar food are on Jalan Sudirman outside the Bethesda Hospital.

Jalan Prawirotaman Area

The southern side of Jogja has a better range of places to eat, especially on Jalan Prawirotaman, Jalan Tirtodipuran, Jalan Parangtritis, Jalan Katamso and Jalan Panjaitan.

Cinema Bakery           Jln Prawirotaman 2

Move On Gelato        Jln Prawirotaman 10

Gading Resto            Jln Prawirotaman 9

Cafe Janur                Jln Prawirotaman 12

K Meals                    Jln Prawirotaman 20

Yam Yam Thai           Jln Prawirotaman 3a

House of Sate          Jln Prawirotaman 29

Tempo Gelato           Jln Prawirotaman 4b

Aglioo Pizza             Jln Prawirotaman 43

Via Via                     Jln Prawirotaman 30

Kedai Kebun           Jln Tirtodipuran 3

Lotus Mio               Jln Tirtodipuran 10

Bu Ageng               Jln Tirtodipuran 13

Asmara                   Jln Tirtodipuran 24

Mediterranean Restaurant     Jln Tirtodipuran 22

Mouton Slice & Grill              Jln Tirtodipuran 67

Papricano Mexican                Jln Tirtodipuran 44

Blenger Chinese Restaurant  Jln Parangtritis 128

RM Sinar Lestari      Jln Katamso 184 ( Chinese Food)

Pubs and Bars in Jogja

At the corner  of Jalan Prawirotaman and Jalan Parangtritis there is a collection of bars and pubs.




Yogyakarta Travel Guide


Jogja is situated near the south coast of Central Java about halfway between Bali and Jakarta. One hour by plane or 14-18 hours by overnight express bus to either destination.

Around Jogja by Becak

One way to travel around town, shopping and seeing the sights such as the Kraton and Water Castle, is by ‘becak’, the 3-wheel pedal-taxi (and now also motorized). Be sure to agree to a price before sitting down ! Some becak drivers are offering hourly prices, waiting for you while you eat, shop or sightsee.

Becak prices vary with up or downhill and whether one or two passengers. Two adults do not fit.

The becak price from Jalan Prawirotaman to Malioboro Mall, via Jalan Katamso, and then left into Jalan Perwakilan should be around Rp 25,000.

From Jalan Prawirotaman to the Kraton should be around Rp 20,000.

From Jalan Prawirotaman to Jogjatronic Mall should be Rp 15,000.

Because there is a downward slope in the reverse direction, you may be able to push for a lower price. ( But why bother – Rp 5,000 / 50cents makes a big difference to the becak driver).

Jogja to Borobudur by Taxi

The easiest and quickest way to Candi Borobudur from Jogja is by taxi. The one-way fare is around Rp 350,000.

Most drivers will not want to wait for you for 2-3 hours. There are public buses that cater  to local tourists, but you will waste half the day doing it that way.

Public Transportation in Jogja

TRANS JOGJA – Around Jogja By Bus

Trans Jogja is a bus rapid transit system that operates in Yogyakarta which has 8 different routes. Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM.

Ticket costs on Trans Jogja are trip based. Passengers pay for one trip and can go any distance along the bus route. Changing buses is free providing it is done within one hour from the start of the first trip.

TransJogja Ticket Types

 Single-Trip Ticket

Can be purchased at any stop for Rp.3,600 per trip.

Regular Ticket 

Can only be purchased at POS locations. Each trip using a Regular Ticket costs Rp.2,000. The Regular Ticket, unlike the Single-Trip Ticket, can be reloaded with Rp.15,000, Rp.25,000, Rp.50,000, or Rp.100,000 at a time.

Regular Ticket (Student)

Each trip using this student version of the Regular Ticket costs Rp1,800. These can only be obtained through an educational institution, and are for local students.

Regular tickets can only be purchased from the point-of-sale (POS) at the following locations:

Halte Bandara Adisucipto – Halte Terminal Jombor – Halte Laksda Adisucipto (Ambarrukmo Plaza) – Halte Terminal Giwangan – Halte Senopati – Taman Pintar Yogyakarta – Halte Tentara Pelajar SAMSAT – Halte Jl. Kaliurang Kopma UGM – Halte Sudirman Bethesda


Trans Jogja Bus 1 A

Bus Stops : Candi Prambanan – Bandar Udara Adisutjipto – Jembatan Layang Janti – Ambarrukmo Plaza – UIN Sunan Kalijaga – Saphir Square – Bioskop XXI, Jl. Solo – Rumah Sakit Bethesda, Toko Buku Gramedia, Hotel Novotel – Hotel Santika, Pizza Hut Tugu Jogja – Kantor Kedaulatan Rakyat – Stasiun Tugu Jogjakarta – Jalan Malioboro (3 stops) – Kantor Pos Besar, Kraton, Alun-Alun Utara, Monumen 1 Maret, Benteng Vredeburg – Taman Pintar, Taman Parkir Bank Indonesia, Pasar Beringhardjo, Gondomanan – Pasar Sentul (Jl. Taman Siswa) – Taman Makan Pahlawan Kusumanegara – Balaikota Jogjakarta – Kebun Binatang Gembira Loka – Jogja Expo Center – Jembatan Janti (kembali ke arah Kalasan, Bandar Udara Adisutjipto sampai Terminal Prambanan)

Trans Jogja bus 1 B

Bus Stops : Terminal Prambanan – Kalasan – Bandara Adisucipto – Maguwoharjo – Janti (lewat bawah) – Blok O – JEC – Babadan Gedongkuning – Gembira Loka – SGM – Pasar Sentul – Gondomanan – Kantor Pos Besar – PKU Muhammadiyah – Pasar Kembang – Badran – Bundaran SAMSAT – PingitTugu – Gramedia – Bundaran UGM – Colombo – Demangan – UIN Sunan Kalijaga – Janti – Maguwoharjo – Bandra Adisucipto – Kalasan – Terminal Prambanan

Trans Jogja bus 2 A

Bus Stops : Terminal Jombor – Monjali – Tugu – Stasiun Tugu – Malioboro – Kantor Pos Besar – Gondomanan – Jokteng Wetan – Tungkak – Gambiran – Basen – Rejowinangun – Babadan Gedongkuning – Gembira Loka – SGM – Cendana – Mandala Krida – Gayam – Flyover Lempuyangan – Kridosono – Duta Wacana – Galeria – Gramedia – Bunderan UGM – Colombo – Terminal Condongcatur – Kentungan – Monjali – Terminal Jombor

Trans Jogja bus 2 B

Bus Stops : Terminal Jombor – Monjali – Kentungan – Terminal Condong Catur – Colombo – Bundaran UGM – Gramedia – Kridosono – Duta Wacana – Fly-over Lempuyangan – Gayam – Mandala Krida – Cendana – SGM – Gembira loka – Babadan Gedongkuning – Rejowinangun – Basen – Tungkak – Joktengwetan – Gondomanan – Kantor Pos Besar – RS PKU Muhammadiyah – Ngabean – Wirobrajan – BPK – Badran – Bundaran SAMSAT – Pingit – Tugu – Monjali – Terminal Jombor

Trans Jogja bus 3 A

Bus Stops : Terminal Giwangan – Tegalgendu – HS-Silver – Nyi Pembayun – Pegadaian Kotagede – Basen – Rejowinangun – Babadan Gedongkuning – JEC – Blok O – Janti (lewat atas) – Janti – Maguwoharjo – Bandara ADISUCIPTO – Maguwoharjo – Ringroad Utara – Terminal Condongcatur – Kentungan – MM UGM – Mirota Kampus – Gondolayu – Tugu – Pingit – Bundaran SAMSAT – Badran – Pasar Kembang – Stasiun TUGU – Malioboro – Kantor Pos Besar – RS PKU Muhammadiyah – Ngabean – Jokteng Kulon – Plengkung Gading – Jokteng Wetan – Tungkak – Wirosaban – Tegalgendu – Terminal Giwangan

Trans Jogja bus 3 B

Bus Stops: Terminal Giwangan – Tegalgendu – Wirosaban – Tungkak – Jokteng Wetan – Plengkung Gading – Jokteng Kulon – Ngabean – RS PKU Muhammadiyah – Pasar Kembang – Badran – Bundaran SAMSAT – Pingit – Tugu – Gondolayu – Mirota Kampus – MM UGM – Kentungan – Terminal Condong Catur – Ringroad Utara – Maguwoharjo – Bandara Adisucipto -Maguwoharjo – JANTI (lewat bawah) – Blok O – JEC – Babadan Gedongkuning – Rejowinangun – Basen – Pegadaian Kotagede – Nyi Pembayun – HS-Silver – Tegalgendu – Terminal Giwangan

Trans Jogja bus 4 A

Bus Stops : Terminal Giwangan – SMK Muhammadiyah 3 – Museum Biologi UGM – Hayam Wuruk – SMPN 5 – Puro Pakualaman – Taman Siswa – Universitas Ahmad Dahlan – Terminal Giwangan

Trans Jogja bus 4 B

Bus Stops : Terminal Giwangan – SMK Muhammadiyah 3 -Kusumanegara 3 – SGM – STPMD 1 – UIN Sunan Kalijaga 1 – Gedung Wanita – LPP – Sudirman 1 – SMPN 5 – AA YKPN – De Britto – UIN Sunan Kalijaga 2 – STPMD 2 – SMKN 5 – Kusumanegara 4 – Pasar Seni – Universitas Ahmad Dahlan – Terminal Giwangan



Leaving Jogja By Bus

Giwangan Bus Terminal

Giwangan is the main bus station for buses going to Jakarta (12 hr), Bandung (10hr) and Surabaya (8hr). Giwangan is located 4km to the southeast of the centre of Jogja, on the corner of Jalan Imogiri and South Outer Ring Round (or Jalan Nasional 3).  Telephone: +62 274 378288, +62 274 7482222 (fax: +62 274 7483333)

From Jogja to Jakarta by Bus

From Giwangan Terminal, direct over-night express buses from Jogja to Jakarta leave at around 6pm and arrive at Pulo Gabung (or Pulo Mas) Terminal in Jakarta at around 3am (8hr). Fares range from Rp 200,000 to 255,000 , depending on the level of comfort.

Bus companies include Rejeki Baru, Putra Remaja, Maju Lancar, Santoso and Handoyo.  Book tickets from a travel agent or at the terminal.

Tickets to Bandung range from Rp 100,000 to Rp 180,000 .

 From Jogja to Bali by Bus

From Giwangan Terminal, many of the overnight buses to Bali and Malang go via Surabaya, which makes it a rather long trip. The direct trip from Jogja to Mengwi or Ubung Terminal in Bali takes around 17 hours, leaving around 3pm and arriving around 8am. Try to get a seat near the front – less bumpy and away from the toilet at the rear.

Buses depart Giwangan terminal at 7pm and arrive at Surabaya Bungur Asih Terminal at 4am (all intercity buses from Yogya arrive at Bungur Asih in Surabaya.

Tickets to Surabaya range from Rp 105,000 to 150,000.

Tickets to Malang range from Rp 120,000 to 180,000.

Tickets to Bali range from Rp 270,000 to 300,000.

Bus companies include Safari Dharma Raya, Mira, Eka, Lorena, Kartika Travel, Bali Indah, Puspa Sari, Panorama Travel, Agung Express, Bhayangkara, Rajawali Travel. Most have similar departure and arrival times. There are travel agents on Jalan Sosrowijayan and Jalan Prawirotaman.

 Jombor Bus Terminal

Jombor Bus Terminal is located on the northern side of the Jogja Ring Road North, on Jalan Magelang Km 5.4. Buses to Semarang, Solo and Borobudur leave from here. Fare to Borobudur is around Rp 20,000.

 Jogja Bus Terminal

There is also a bus station inside the airport which is part of the Trans Jogja Busway System. From there you can get to any one of the many bus stations in their system. It costs IDR3,000 for a ticket.


Joglosemar Shuttle Bus

Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang) is a shuttle-bus system that connects the three Central Java cities of Jogja, Solo and Semarang.

The one-way fare is Rp25,000 to Solo and Rp45,000 to Semarang.

Telephone: +62 274 623 700

Day Trans, Purawisata, Jln. Brigjen Katamso, Tel +62 274 385 9900 . Rp 50,000 to (Semarang).

Cipaganti, Jln. Magelang Km 5.6. Tel +62 274 919 4777 / 9124 888.

Central Java Transporter,

Tel: +6285225993574 (thejavatransporter@gmail.com), whicht operates 5 seaters and 7 seaters cars and vans.

Leaving Jogja by Train

Trains to Jakarta take between 7-12h from the main Yogyakarta Kota station, commonly called Tugu Station. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best choice (7.5 hours, Rp380,000 including mineral water and snacks). Taksaka is also good at Rp 235,000-265,000. These express services connect Yogyakarta and Jakarta in 7-8 hours, either at daytime or overnight

To Bandung take the Argo Wilis or Lodaya. There is also an overnight Lodaya and theTurangga from Surabaya. (Rp 150,000).

To Surabaya take the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in the morning and afternoon.

Yogyakarta and Solo are connected by the Prambanan Ekspres which runs several times each day. This is usually the quickest way to travel between Jogja and Solo – misses the traffic jams on the narrow road. It also stops at Maguwo Station near the airport.

Schedule For Trains Leaving Jogja

To Jakarta

KA 51 Kereta Api Taksaka Pagi (Eksekutif) leaves 8 am, arrives Gambir 4 pm

KA 53 Kereta Api Taksaka Malam (Eksekutif) leaves 8 pm, arrives  Gambir 4 am

KA 117 Kereta Api Fajar Utama Yogyakarta (Bisnis) leaves 7 am, arrives Senen 3 pm

KA 119 Kereta Api Senja Utama Yogyakarta (Bisnis) leaves 5.45 pm, arrives Senen 2 am

To Surabaya

KA 84 Kereta Api Sancaka (Eksekutif & Bisnis) leaves 6.45 am, arrives Gubeng 11.30 am

KA 86 Kereta Api Sancaka (Eksekutif & Bisnis) leaves 4.40 pm, arrives Gubeng 10 pm

To Malang

KA 94 Kereta Api Malioboro Ekspres (Eksekutif & Ekonomi AC leaves 7.45 am,arrives 4 pm

KA 96 Kereta Api Malioboro Ekspres (Eksekutif & Ekonomi AC leaves 8.45 pm, arrives 4 am

Tugu Central Railway Station

Tugu Central Railway Station at Jln Mangkubumi 1. Tel +62 274 589685; serves destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Solo. To buy tickets, enter on Jln Pasar Kembang and get a queue spot, then fill out a ticket request slip, consulting the timetables on the wall. You will be called to the appropriate ticket counter, the announcement will be called (in Indonesian only) and displayed on the electronic sign on the wall. You can also buy tickets up to 90 days before departure.

Lempuyangan Railway Station

Lempuyangan Railway Station on Jalan Lempuyangan serves economy class trains with several destinations, including Jakarta Gambir Station (Rp85,000-120,000 – 8 hours night train) and Surabaya Gubeng Station (Rp50,000-60,000 -6 hours)

Jogja to Solo by Train

There are 10 train journeys each way, each day, between Jogja and Solo. The trip takes about one hour and twenty minutes.
From Jogja to Solo the first is at 5.30 am, and the last at 8 pm.
From Solo to Jogja the first is at 7 am, and the last at 7.30 pm
There are two classes of tickets. The Sriwedari costs Rp 13,000 one-way (4 times daily), and the Prameks costs Rp 8,000 one way (6 times daily)
This train can also be used to get to Yogyakarta Airport. The Maguwo station is next to airport, though it is a long walk to the terminal, especially if carrying much luggage.

Leaving Jogja by Plane

 Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Citilink, Batik Air and Air Asia fly each morning and afternoon to Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya, as well as to other cities in Indonesia and overseas. One-way fares are around US$ 70-100, depending on time of day and day of the week.

Motor Bike and Bicycle Rental

There are several rental offices along Jalan Pasar Kembang near the Railway Station, and on Jalan Prawirotaman.

Pertamina Petrol Stations

Pertamina                               Jln Parangtritis, cnr Jln Jogokaryan & Jln Menukan

Pertamina                                Jln Sultan Agung (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Letjen Suprapto (open till 10pm)

Pertamina                              Jln Prof Ins Yahannes No 1 (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Wonosari (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Am Sangaji No 14 (open 24 hr)

Tours and Travel Agents :

Satu Dunia Holidays             Jalan Prawirotaman I No. 44.

Tel: +62 274 414 43    Hotline: +62 822 2054 2888  Email: satudunia_yogyakarta @yahoo.

Lotus Java Holidays             Banyumeng, Banyuraden 13/04, Gamping, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55293

Phone / WhatsApp / SMS:+62-8222-080-0473    Email : lotusjavaholiday@gmail.com

Dewata Tours & Travel        Jln Prawirotaman 27   Tel : +62 274 384389

Freight Forwarders:

M.S.A.                                    Jln Parangtritis 51

Puspa Sari                               Jln Sosrowijayan 15

Rajawali                                  Jln Mataram 31

Titipan Kilat                            ln Mangkubumi


The main commercial area of Jogja extends from the entrance to the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton), past the Taman Sari Water Castle, left at the G.P.O., past Beringharjo Central Market, up Jalan Malioboro (against the one-way), across the railway line opposite the Garuda Hotel, does a right turn at the Tugu monument into Jalan Solo, here known as Jalan Sudirman/Jalan Urip Sumoharjo/Jalan Adisucipto as far as the Ambarrukmo Hotel at Km 6.

The shops and stalls along Jalan Malioboro sell clothing, handicrafts and souvenirs, imported goods and daily necessities. Just to be confusing, the road known as Jalan Malioboro actually has three names. It is Jalan Malioboro at the northern retail end starting from the railway line and the Garuda Hotel. Then it changes name to Jalan Margo Mulyo in the area near the Beringharjo Market, and then Jalan Ahmed Yani at the southern end near the government offices and Dutch colonial buildings.

 Pasar Legi, Kota Gede

Pasar Legi is said to be the oldest traditional market still operating. There are many silver handicraft and jewelry workshops in the surrounding streets. It is on the eastern side of town.

Batik process – applying wax to block dye
Batik process – filling Canting with wax
Batik process – immersing waxed material into dye vat

Batik Cloth

There are many shops selling batik clothing and cloth on Jalan Malioboro / Jalan Ahmed Yani as far as  the Beringharjo Market. For traditional batik cloth try the market itself or the stalls outside the entrance to the Sultan’s Palace on Jalan Polowijayan.

Shopping for Batik near Jalan Prawirotaman:

Batik Raradjonggrang – Jln Tirtodipuran 18
Batik Plentung – Jln Tirtodipuran 48
Batik Winotosastro – Jln Tirtodipuran 54 (batik tulis)

Other high quality batik brands include Batik Semar, Batik Keris, Batik Danar Hadi, Batik Iwan Tirta and Batik Parang Kencana.  These brands usually have their own fixed-price retail stores.

Batik Designs

Particular designs have traditionally been associated with local festivals and specific religious ceremonies.
Certain areas are known for a predominance of certain designs. Central Javanese designs are influenced by traditional patterns and colors. Batik from the north coast of Java, near Pekalongan and Cirebon, have been greatly influenced by Chinese culture and effect brighter colors and more intricate flower and cloud designs.

Batik process – batik cap or stamp process
Collection of batik cap or stamps

Batik Factory Tours

If you are interested in finding out how batik is made, join a Batik Factory Tour. Factories in the city are Batik Plentong at Jalan Tirtodipuran No.48, and Batik Winotosastro at Jalan Tirtodipuran No. 54.

Also on Jalan Tirtodipuran is Batik Roro Djonggrang at No. 18.

Jalan Tirtodipuran is close by Jalan Prawirotaman.

Batik Painting

The Water Castle/Taman Sari and the roads surrounding it have many shops selling batik paintings. There are studios down most lanes that lead off Jalan Ngasem and Jalan Ngosari.

Leather Goods

Jalan Pasar Kembang and Jalan S. Parman near the Railway Station have many leather shops.

Jogjatronik Mall

For everything electrical, digital, cameras, computers or phones visit the Jogjatronik Mall at Jalan Brigjen Katamso No. 75-77, Prawirodirijan.

The mall opens from 10am to 9pm daily.

The mall is on the southern side of Jogja, between Jalan Malioboro and Jalan Prawirotaman

 Shopping Malls

 Ambarrukmo Mall                              Jln Solo, Km. 6

Jogja City Mall                                    Jln Magelang No. 16, Km 6

Malioboro Mall                                  Jln Malioboro 60


Supermarkets in Indonesia include Carrefour, Hero, Lotte Mart, Hypermart.

The most common mini-marts / convenience stores are Indomaret and Alfamart.

Near Jalan Prawirotaman:

Mini-market Maga Smalayan         Jln Panjaitan cnr Jln Tirtodipuran

SuperIndo Supermarket                 Jln Menukan cnr Jln Parangtritis

Gading Traditional Market

On the corner of Jln Panjaitan & Jln Sutoyo is a small traditional market for the local neighbourhood, next to the police station. It is a bit run down, but the shopkeepers and customers are friendly. It is situated opposite the Plengkung Gading archway that leads to Alun-alun Kidul ( South Square). To get from Jln Prawirotaman, head along Jln Tirtodipuran, turn right into Jln Panjaitan and walk as far as the traffic lights. Ganding market is on your right, and the Plengkung Gading archway is straight ahead.

Homeware and Kitchen Utensils

Toko Progo                                         Jln Suryotomo 29

Refleksi Massage

Kartika Sari Spa                                Jln Prawirotaman 49
Refleksi Ayodya                                Jln Sutoyo 22a


Periplus                                               Malioboro Mall, Jln Malioboro 60

Gramedia                                            Jln Sudirman 70, cnr Jalan Suroto

Gunung Agung                                   Jln Diponegoro / Mangkubumi

Sari Ilmu                                             Jln Malioboro 119

Nirmala                                               Jln Malioboro 171

Music Shops

Kota Mas                                             Jln Malioboro 187

Podomora                                            Jln Malioboro 30

Sampurna                                            Jln Malioboro 43

Setia Budi                                           Jln Malioboro 59 (gamelan)

Traditional music CDs are available at a few music shops in Jogja. The range includes gamelan, classical dance, Dangdut, Joged, jazz-rock and modern pop.


Classical Dance

Sultan’s Palace                       Jln Polowijayan

Asti Academy of Dance        Jln Colombo each morning

Bagong K. School of Dance  Jln Martadinata 9

Gamelan Orchestra

Sultan’s Palace                      Jln Polowijayan

Wayang Kulit – Leather Puppet Shadow Play

Agastya Art Institute             Sasono Hinggil (South Palace Square)

Wayang Golek – Wooden Puppet Play

Agastya (as above)

Wayang Orang – Dance Drama

Dalem Pujokusuman            Jalan Katamso  (Bintaran Kidul)

Ramayana Ballet

Sasono Suko

People’s Park (THR)            Jln Katamso

Galeri Senisono                   Cnr Jln Ahmed Dahlan / Jln A. Yani

Prambanan Roro Jonggrang Open Theatre

This epic drama is staged over four nights at the time of the full moon during the months May to October at the Prambanan complex.

Kraton Solo dancers at Prambanan Theatre

Kraton Jogja Diagram


The Government Tourist Office at Jalan Malioboro 16 is very helpful:

Tourist Information Centre

Opening Times: The Sultan’s Palace (Kraton) is open daily between 9am and 2pm. Most museums are open Sundays, but closed Mondays.

Sultan’s Palace (Kraton)             Jln Polowijayan

Water Castle (Taman Sari).         Jln Polowijayan

Art Museum Sono Budoyo         Alun-alun Utara (North Palace Square)

Asri Academy of Fine Art           Jln Martadinata

Asti Academy of Dance               Jln Colombo

KONRI Conservatory

of Classical Dance                       Jln Agus Salim

Gajah Mada University                Jln Cik Ditro

GKBI Batik Research and

Development Institute                 Jln Sultan Agung(Museum)

Zoo                                              Jln Gembira Loka

Kota Gede                                    Pasar Legi and Silversmiths

AGASTYA Art Institute            (South Palace Square)

Dalem Pujokusuman                   Jln Katamso, (Bintaran Kidul)

Museum Vreeburg Fort               Jln Ahmed Yani

Governor’s Residence                Jln Ahmed Yani

Pakualaman Museum                  Jln Sultan Agung

Pendopo Taman Siswa               Jln Taman Siswa

Bagong Kussudiharjo                 Jln Martadinata 9

Dance school

Ullen Sentala Museum               Jln Boyong, Kaliurang

Affandi Museum                        Jln Adisucipto 167

Panggung Krapyak                    Jln Ali Maksum

Panggung Krapyak
At the corner of Jln Tirtodipuran and Jln Panjaitan, turn left and 1.5 km away along the mystical north-south axis is Panggung Krapyak – an early sultan’s 2-storey hunting lodge which used to be surrounded by forest, and wild animals.

Penobatan Ceremony at Pakualaman Palace
Kota Gede building 1842

Dutch Colonial Buildings in Yogyakarta

The Dutch presence in Yogyakarta became permanent with the construction of the Benteng Vredeburg Fort in 1776-78. The fort was built on the road running north from the Sultan’s Palace, which is now known as Jalan Margo Mulyo (and continues north to become Jalan Malioboro).

On the corner of Jalan Trikora, Jalan Senopati and Margo Mulyo are three imposing buildings built around 1912-1921 – Post Office, Bank Indonesia and Bank BNI 1946. This intersection was, and still is, point zero for distances from Jogja.
Just past the Post Office and Bank Indonesia buildings, at Jalan Senopati 22, is the St Fransiskus Catholic Church, built in 1871.
From point zero heading north the Benteng Vredeburg Fort is on the right, and opposite it is Gedung Agung / Presidential Palace on Jalan Ahmad Yani which was built in the 1820’s.
Next on the right is the Beringharjo Market. The current buildings were renovated by the Dutch in 1928. Also on the right are Government Offices still used by the local government administration.
Continue along Jalan Malioboro, past the Malioboro Mall, and also on the right before the railway line at No. 60, is the Inna Garuda Hotel. The original central section of this hotel was built in 1908 as the Grand Hotel De Djokja. After independence it was renamed the Merdeka Hotel.

Kota Baru or New Town

One kilometre north of the Garuda Hotel along Jalan Mangkubumi is the small Tugu monument in the centre of the intersection of Jalan Mangkubumi and Jalan Sudirman.
Turn right at Tugu and on the left at Jalan Sudirman 9 is the Phoenix Hotel. The original section was built in 1912. Continue along Jalan Sudirman on the right-hand / southern side, cross the bridge over the Code River, and take the first right turn into Jalan Faridan M Noto – (If you reach McDonalds you have gone too far).

You are now in the suburb of Kota Baru. The Dutch started construction of the new township in 1920 because there was no further room for expansion in the “Logi Kecil” area south of the Beringharjo Market. Kota Baru is also known by the Javanese name of Gondokusuman.
Kota Baru encompasses the area south of Jalan Sudirman from the bridge to the Bethesda Hospital (1 km) on the corner of Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Dr Wahidin Sudrohusodo. The eastern boundary is Jalan Dr Wahidin Sudrohusodo (1 km), the western boundary is the Code River, and the southern boundary is the Lempuyangan Railway Station, built in 1872, which is the Jogja freight terminal.

Walk Around Dutch New Town – Kota Baru Yogyakarta

The starting point is the corner of Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Faridan Noto, with the Code River on your right-hand side. 100 metres on, at the V intersection, keep right along the river. The brown brick building on your left is the Sandi Musueum. Next door at Jalan I Dewa Nyoman Oka 34, is the Gedung Balai Bahasa or Jogja Language Hall.

Stay right on Jalan Ahmed Jazuli ( continuation of Jalan Dewa Nyoman Oka), then turn left at Jalan Abu Bakar Ali.

You will see a bridge on your right, the  St Ignatius College and the Santo Antonius Church on your left. Turn right into Jalan Yos Sudarso.

The market is on the left and next to it the Umbang Tirta Swimming Pool. Legend Premium Coffee is on the right.

Turn left into Jalan Suroto. Klinik Mata is on your right. Turn left past the pool into Jalan Sajiro, and complete the loop around the football field. Go straight past the tugu into Jalan Ungaran. Then left into Jalan Dewa Nyoman Oka.

From here you can catch a taxi back to your hotel, or turn left into Jalan Abu Bakar Ali, cross the river and continue west-wards along Jalan Kleringan which leads to Jalan Mangkubumi. Turn left into Jalan Mangkubumi, walk over the railway line and you are back onto Jalan Malioboro.


Beaches Near Jogja

The south coast of Java has many beaches.Most with white or dark sand, and they all have big waves, strong undercurrents and rips, and generally they are not patrolled by lifeguards. This makes them dangerous for the locals and visitors from places where the waters are calm.

To the south-west of Jogja, in the Kulon Projo district are Pantai Baru, Pantai Goa Cemara. Avoid Pantai Glagah as it is covered in cement blocks to reduce beach erosion.

While in Kulon Projo you can also visit Kedung Pedut Waterfall, Kembang Soka Waterfall and the  Mangrove Forest.

To the south-east of Jogja, two hours by car (65 km) , are, the following beaches: Baron, Kukup, Krakal, Sundak, Ngandong, Indrayanti and Sandranan (known for snorkeling and coral). Avoid Baron, as it is often crowded with locals on tour buses.

Pantai Sandranan, Wonosari

All beaches should be avoided on weekends and public holidays due to traffic congestion around the beaches, and also when driving back to Jogja on Sunday afternoons.

Indrayanti and Sandranan have simple bamboo cottages for daily rental. ( A flash-back to the 1970-80’s).

Parangtritis Beach, which is the closest beach to Jogja, was once the favourite beach for travellers, but unfortunately now it is crowded and dirty, with rubbish strewn all over the place.

How to Get There

  1. Via Bantul, Panggang, Pulebener to Baron and Indrayanti, and then along Jalan Pantai Selatan Jawa ( the Java Southern Beaches Road);
  2. Via Wonosobo, Bintaos to Indrayanti.

Between each beach the coast road heads inland for 2-3 km, and then meets the coast again at the next beach as you travel east.


Temples and Monuments Near Yogyakarta

Borobudur – showing terraces


Borobudur, the largest Buddhist stupa in the southern hemisphere, is 40km from Jogja near the towns of Muntilan and Magelang. It was constructed by the Sailendra Dynasty, and was completed in the year 825 AD.
On the upper levels are 72 perforated stupas, each containing a statue of Buddha. There are nearly 2,700 bas reliefs, and pilgrims can start at the bottom and walk around the temple in a clockwise direction and make their way to the top level of Buddhist cosmology follow the story of the Buddha.
After centuries of abandonment, it was rediscovered in 1814 under the directions of Governor General Stamford Raffles, during the British occupation of Java. Raffles had heard about the existence of a large stupa in the area, and sent a team which cleared the forest and excavated the top half of the stupa which was buried under volcanic ash and other debris. In 1835 the whole stupa was finally unearthed.

Waisak Ceremony at Borobudur

Borobudur Restoration

Candi Borobudur underwent a UNESCO sponsored total restoration project that lasted from 1973 to 1983. Weather and drainage problems had caused the earth core under the stupa to expand, pushing the walls outwards. Some parts were in danger of collapsing.
During the restoration, the whole stupa was dismantled, and a new tiered concrete base was built on top of the existing hill. Over one million stones, slabs and panels were disassembled, numbered and laid aside to be cleaned, catalogued, and later reassembled like a giant Lego construction.
Borobudur’s surroundings have also been improved, and are now more befitting such a grand monument. Before restoration stalls and hawkers congregated at the base. The whole area has been cleared and replaced with landscaped gardens and the Borobudur Study Centre.
Borobudur was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1991.

Borobudur Relief

Borobudur’s surroundings have also been improved, and are now more befitting such a grand monument. Before restoration stalls and hawkers congregated at the base. The whole area has been cleared and replaced with landscaped gardens and the Borobudur Study Centre.

Waisak Ceremony at Borobudur

Pawon and Mendut Temples

Within 3km of Borobudur are Candi Pawon and Candi Mendut, sister temples of Borobudur and built around the same time in the early 9th Century. A beauti­fully relaxing way to travel between the three temples is by becak (trishaw). From the bus terminal and carpark, negotiate a return trip fare or one way. From Mendut you can catch a local bus to Muntilan and another to Jogya.

Candi Pawon is a stupa 1 km from Borobudur. It is in a quiet cool location off the main road. From Pawon you cross the Progo River over a Dutch era bridge. In the wet season the water level can reach the road.

Another 2km towards Muntilan is Candi Mendut. There is a Buddhist Monastery in a tranquil setting opposite the temple and inside Mendut is a 3-4 metre high stone statue of the Buddha teaching two disciples. Each year on the May full-moon Javanese Buddhists conduct ceremonies here. The Pohon Dewata tree in the grounds of Candi Mendut is said to be 150 years old.

100 metres before Mendut is the Elo River. There is a swimming pool at the junction of the Mendut and  the Borobudur/Muntilan road called Kolam Renang Taman Mendut.

Prambanan Temple Complex

The towering Loro Jonggrang temple at Prambanan, which is devoted to the Hindu God Visnu, is visible from the main Jogja-Solo road. During the dry season on the nights of the full moon, a four night long Ramayana dance drama is performed in an open-air auditorium in the temple grounds. A must if you’re in Jogja between May and October.

Prambanan Temple

Ratu Boko – Prambanan

On a hill overlooking the Prambanan temples, the Kraton Ratu Boko ruins are believed to date back to 792AD, built around the time of the Saliendra Dynasty.
The ruins include the Paseban (Public hall) and the Pendopo (Audience hall). At the northern part from pendopo, isolated from the rest of the site, lies the Ascetic Cave, which was probably used for meditation.

Dieng Plateau

Further afield on the Dieng Plateau, in a world of freezing misty nights and hot bubbling geysers, are scattered the remains on an 8th Century Hindu society who were subjects of a God-King (Deva Raj). Inside the small stone structures on a sinking highland valley the former kings and their priests became God.

To get to Dieng take a bus to Wonosobo (via Magelang) and change to another bus that clings to the cliff as it makes the steep climb onto the plateau.

Candi Sukuh

The turnoff to Candi Sukuh, an Aztec style temple perched on the slopes of Mount Lawu is 10km before Tawangmangu, 30km from Solo.

Temple Restoration

In recent years, many of the temples of Java have been fenced off, to prevent vandalism and theft. Although this may detract from the setting, it has been necessary in a land where such temples no longer play a role in the peoples’ normal religious life, and so are largely ignored. Fortunately, the value of these monuments and their art is now appreciated by the Indonesian Government and throughout Java restora­tion works are in progress. With continued co-operation between the Indonesians and the foreign agencies concerned, many more of the Hindu-Buddhist temples may rise again out of the rice fields of Java.

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