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Cilacap is a town and regency in the southwest of Central Java, Indonesia.


Cilacap is on Central Java's south (Indian Ocean) coast. The island of Nusa Kambangan, known for its high-security prison, is off the coast, and is part of the regency.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Cilacap is about 25 km (16 mi) south of the main Southern Java Route trunk road, halfway between Bandung (225 km (140 mi) to the west) and Jogja (180 km (110 mi) to the east).

Although Cilacap is just 40 km (25 mi) east of the well-known beach town of Pangandaran as the crow flies, there is no road along the coast, and the 120 km (75 mi) trip is about 4 hours.

By train[edit]

1 Cilacap railway station is served by one executive class train a day from Jakarta Gambir station, via Cirebon, Purwokerto, and Kroya. The train leaves Jakarta at 22:15, and arrives in Cilacap at 05:15. The return journey departs at 14:30 and arrives in Jakarta at 21:23.

The nearest major railway station is Kroya, about 40 km (25 mi) to the northeast. It serves a wide range of economy, business, and executive class trains to Jakarta, Jogja, Bandung, Surabaya and others.

By plane[edit]

Cilacap is served by the small Tunggul Wulung Airport (CXP IATA), with daily flights on small Cessna planes operated by Susi Air, to and from East Jakarta's Halim Airport.

Get around[edit]





The town's pleasure beach at Teluk Penyu has a strip of seafood restaurants.




Go next[edit]

  • Banjar — the nearest city in West Java province.
  • Pangandaran. If you are feeling adventurous, it is possible to get to the resort town of Pangandaran to the west by hiring a small boat to take you through the mangrove forests of Segara Anakan bay and dropping you at Kalipucang, from where you can jump on the next passing bus down into Pangandaran. Allow plenty of time, ideally starting in the early morning from Cilacap - just wander down to the harbour and talk to the boatmen. Crossing the bay takes about three hours. In Kalipucang ask someone where to wait for the buses, and stick out your hand when one passes.
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