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Getting to Bandung

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Travel to Bandung: Options for getting around the city and enjoying the shopping!

After your visit to Bandung, how do you get around the city? There doesn't seem to be any good time for travel in Bandung city except very early in the morning (before 6.00 am) or late in the evening (after 9.00 pm).

The traffic conditions, made worse by the lack of road repairs in busy areas, can turn a 30 minute trip into a 2 or 3 hour journey. At the weekends it can be even worse as visitors arrive in the thousands to enjoy the cool climate, shopping and entertainment. On public holidays and long weekends the mass of traffic brings popular thoroughfares to a virtual standstill.

In Jalan Setiabudhi for instance, the home of Rumah Mode and other popular factoy outlets, the traffic starts building up around 10.30 am on Saturdays and Sundays and continues until about 7.00 pm. The main traffic management has for a number of years comprised a length of string dividing the two opposing lines of traffic but now includes the positioning of advertising boards placed strategically to deter cars and angkots from travelling on the "wrong" side of the road. These boards and the string do nothing, of course, to deter motor cyclists from utilizing whatever space is currently unoccupied.

The problems are obvious for all to see but what is needed is a fundamental review of the problems and an imaginative long term solution - perhaps even the re-location of these popular factory outlets to a new development park on the outskirts of the city, with incentive rent conditions, an efficient park and ride bus system etc etc.

Travel by Taxi

The easiest way to get around Bandung is by taxi. Until recently there were few metered taxis but since the start of the metered Bluebird taxi services with new vehicles other taxi companies have improved the quality of their taxis and followed the Bluebird example of metered fares. Occasionally a taxi driver will want to agree a price beforehand but metered fares are becoming the norm.

Local Bandung Taxis - a selection from many companies available.

Company

Address

Telephone

4848

 

Jalan Suniaraja Tmr 39

022 4234848

Bandung Raya

 

Jl Dr Setiabudi 177

022 201 4018

Blue Bird

 

Jl Terusan Buah Batu 194

022 7561234

Centris Taxi

 

Jalan Soekarno-Hatta 606-A

022 7512100

Gemah Ripah

Jalan Gudang Selatan No. 22

022 4217070

Kota Kembang Taxi

Jalan Kiara Condong No. 338

022 7312312

Tirta Taxi

Jalan Dursasana No. 18

022 6037737

 

Getting around Bandung by City Bus

Damri is the name of the city bus company. You will see these predominantly old vehicles criss crossing the city, many emitting foul black smoke from their exhausts. Not really suitable for short city journeys.

Getting around Bandung by Motor Cycle or Scooter

The most efficient and quickest way around Bandung is definitely by motorcycle or scooter where you can zip in and out of the traffic, ignore traffic signals, drive on the wrong side of the road, on pavements/sidewalks, up 'no entry' streets etc which, although technically illegal, will rarely entail being stopped because everyone does it! Renting a motor cycle,however, in Bandung is not so easy as renting one in say Bali or Pangandaran. The alternative is the wonderful ojeg - the motor cycle taxi who can drive just like the others but with you on the back as a passenger. The ojeg will even sometimes lend you a helmet.

Getting around Bandung by Angkot

Another solution is the angkot, a privately operated minibus. There are thousands of them operating probably hundreds of different routes across Bandung. Finding the correct angkot for where you want to go is an art form and may involve 2 or 3 changes to finally arrive at your chosen destination. Don't look for angkot bus stops since they operate Travel by Angkotmore like taxis and will stop anywhere when asked - just say 'kiri', 'kiri-kiri' or 'stop'. Fares are cheap - typically Rp 2,000 for a km and Rp 3,000 for 2 km. If you don't speak Indonesian and want to avoid any embarassment just offer Rp 5,000 for any journey length.

Drivers fill their angkots to capacity + some more so don't be surprised if you find yourself being increasingly squashed between passengers. To avoid this, try to get the seat in the front next to the driver although you may be expected to share this also.

Make sure that you carry some 'small' money (Rp 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 denominations) to pay the fare. Drivers don't have time and perhaps not the cash to give change for larger denominations.

Also be aware that angkots can be frequented by pickpockets. Be careful of the dropped coin trick! Having said that, don't miss travelling by angkot!

Bicycle Biking along Jalan Dago in the sunshine

You will also occasionally see some strange individuals on bicycles gambling with their lives in the traffic. These contrarians are the early pioneers and the hopeful future for a more civilised way to travel around Bandung. Give way!

 

Walking

The final solution to getting around Bandung is by walking but be aware of the sometimes huge potholes in the pavements/footpaths and the motor cycles that use these pedestrian facilities as an alternative to queuing in the traffic. Do not for a moment think that you can safely step out of any shop without being hit by one of them.

By Car

For complete convenience to get around Bandung you can rent a car or a car with driver. Car with driver has the wonderful benefit of leaving the parking problem with the driver. Simply call him on his handphone when you are ready to go on to your next destination and he will appear magically a few minutes later!

Local Bandung Car Rental - a selection from many companies available.

Company

Address

Telephone

Mandiri Rental Car

http://www.mandirirental.com

Jalan Galaxy I No. 88 Margahayu Raya Barat, Bandung

022 753 53 02 / 701 44 533 / 813 21 74 8823

Jack Tour

http://rental.total.or.id

Jalan Bukit Dago Selatan No. 53B, Bandung

022 250 7050

Cipaganti

http://www.cipaganti.co.id/?cat=3

Jalan Cipaganti 84, Bandung

022 204 1916

Dirgantara Car Rental

Jalan Lamping 7, Bandung

022 22 2035050

Lysan Rent Cars

Komplek Mitra Dago Parahyangan Bl I/11

022 7217070

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