How to go to Semarang By Bus
Many bus companies offer daily service from Jakarta to Semarang. You can choose to go in the day time with air conditioned (A/C) from Pasar Rebo Bus Terminal in East Jakarta, Kalideres Bus Terminal in West Jakarta or from Lebak Bulus Bus Terminal in South Jakarta. The overnight bus with A/C are also available with good services. You can choose bus operators such as: “Nusantara”, “Rosalia Indah”, “Raya”, “Kramat Jati”, “Safari Dharma Raya” as the good reputed bus serving Jakarta to Semarang. Sometimes the bus route is Jakarta to Solo via Semarang. You can choose them too, but please remind the bus driver’s assistant, (The person who checks your ticket on-board the bus) to wake you up in Semarang!
There is also the executive-class tourist bus Joglosemar, that connects Jogjakarta, Solo and Semarang (hence the name). Joglosemar picks up tourists from specific hotels and provide snacks and water for your trip. Considerably pricier than other executive buses, it is more comfortable and provides a friendly service throughout the journey.
From Sukarno Hatta Airport you we suggest you to take DAMRI Airport bus with the last destination of either PULOGADUNG bus terminal, LEBAKBULUS bus terminal, or RAWA MANGUN bus terminal. It costs IDR 20.000 and takes about 1 hour.
- From PULOGADUNG bus terminal
- From LEBAKBULUS bus terminal
- From RAWA MANGUN bus terminal
You may take any brand of bus; just make sure that you take executive or super executive class. It takes about 8-10 hours by bus. It costs about Rp. 200.000 or less. Your destination is SEMARANG, and your stop in Semarang city is COYO KALIBANTENG. Once you arrive there you will see a big banner of PKBI Jateng, about 10 meters high in the left side of the street, follow this banner, because that is the building where IIWC office is.
We can recommend you one trusted night bus it is NUSANTARA. It has morning bust from Jakarta to Semarang depart at 07.00 AM and night bus depart at 04.00 PM. It costs Rp. 150.000. You may check the website at http://www.nu3tara.com/
After arriving in Semarang from COYO Kalibanteng bus stop then you can follow the below direction:
Once you arrive there you will see a big banner of PKBI Jateng 50 meters turn left, about 10 meters high in the left side of the street, follow this banner, because that is the building where IIWC office is.
How if the bus do not stop at COYO KALIBANTENG.
All the bus from Jakarta/Bandung will pass Terboyo Bus Terminal (the biggest bus terminal in central java). You may ask to stop in this station. Then please find bus with destination Terboyo-Mangkang. From here, ask the driver to stop in COYO KALIBANTENG. Once you arrive there you will see a big banner of PKBI Jateng in other side. Please cross the street, about 10 meters high in the left side of the street, follow this banner, because that is the building where IIWC office is (blue ones).
There are Volunteer House that the volunteers can use for transit if they arrived early or depart late (after voluntary activities end)
PS. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN LUGGAGE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN ANY AIRPORTS, TRAIN STATIONS, OR BUS TERMINALS IN INDONESIA, OTHERWISE, THE INDONESIAN PORTERS WILL EXPECT SOME MONEY/ EXTRA TIPS FROM YOU. IN CASE YOU NEED A PORTER, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THE TIPS NOT MORE THAN 1 USD (IDR 10.000).
What if your flight arrives quite late in Jakarta? Where should you stay?
In case your flight arrives in Jakarta quite late, you can stay in the airport hotel or you can go to Jalan Jaksa for cheap accommodation. The transit hotel in Jakarta airport will cost you arround US $ 40. In Jalan Jaksa, you can get the place to stay from the range of Rp. 60.000,- up to Rp. 180.000,- for one night.
To go to Jalam Jaksa, catch “Damri” bus to Gambir for Rp. 20.000,- and take traditional orange cab called bajaj for Rp. 10.000,- from the station to Jalan Jaksa. You can find room easily there and just ask the bajaj driver to take you to some hotels and guess houses available. Be aware with your luggage. Make sure that you do not scatter it on your trip.
Then, if you need to go to the PULOGADUNG or RAWAMANGUN bus terminals (the close one) the following day, just take the bus with destination of that terminal. Please consider the time because it is quiet long distance and traffic jams occur in day time.
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