Sukabumi is a city in West Java. It is located at the southwestern edge of West Java. The name Sukabumi may refer to two different administrative divisions. The first one is Kabupaten Sukabumi (Regency), which capital is in Palabuhanratu. The second one is Kota Sukabumi (City) which is surrounded by the regency. City of Sukabumi is located approximately 60 km south of Bogor and 30 km west of Cianjur.
Sukabumi currently has no airport so land land transport is the only available transport to get there. Moreover, even though Sukabumi is not a metropolitan area, it has a good score regarding to transport facilities. To visit Sukabumi, you can take direct transportation either from Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, or even Denpasar (Bali).
If you travel from Jakarta, it is easier for you to start the journey from major Bus Terminal. You can either go to Kampung Rambutan Terminal, Kali Deres Terminal or Lebak Bulus Terminal. There you may ask the officers how to get to Sukabumi, by just saying "Sukabumi?". He will understand what you mean. To make sure, every bus has their destination route written on the front. For now, the common bus companies that serve Jakarta-Sukabumi route are Parung Indah, Langgeng Jaya, or Pandu Jaya. Most of them are economy class. The ticket fare for Jakarta-Sukabumi buses is about IDR 15000 to IDR 30000 (USD 1.75 to USD 3.50) depends on the class. The journey will take about 3-5 hours, depends on the traffic. You also can go by train. From any train station in Jakarta, try to make a journey to Bogor station, then continue to another train that directs to Sukabumi.
From Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng
From Jakarta International Airport, take a DAMRI bus to Bogor. It will cost you about IDR 30000 (USD 3.50) then follow the instruction on how to get to Sukabumi from Bogor. The journey will take about 1 hour.
If you travel from Bogor, there are several alternatives to reach Sukabumi. The most common and practical transport is what they called Kol. It refers to L300 Colt Mitsubishi minibuses that exclusively serve Bogor-Sukabumi journey. You can hop on to a Kol either around Baranangsiang Terminal or Botanical Square. Botanical Square is where you hop off from DAMRI buses from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Kol will cost you about IDR 20000 (USD 2.35). The journey will take about 2 hours. Another alternative if you are an adventurer, you may try the train. It is called "Bumi Geulis" train. The journey will take about 2 hours and 45 minutes, but the scenery you can capture from this train is beautiful.
From Bandung, you can reach Sukabumi by bus. There are plenty bus companies that serve this route, such as MGI, Sangkuriang, Langgeng Jaya, Hiba Utama, etc. Just make sure you start the journey from major bus terminal, such as Leuwi Panjang Terminal. The bus will cost you about IDR 30000 (USD 3.50). The journey will take about 2-3 hours.
From Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang
From Yogyakarta and other cities in Central Java, you may use buses or trains. There are several bus companies that serve this route, such as Rajawali and Kramat Jati. It will cost you about IDR 150000 (17.55 USD). The journey will take about 12 hours, directly to Sukabumi terminal. Trains will only take you to Bandung, then from Bandung, you may continue to Sukabumi by bus.
From Bali and Surabaya
From Bali, you can take Kramat Djati bus from Denpasar to Sukabumi. The journey will take 2 nights and will cost you about IDR300000 (USD 35). Currently, there is no direct connection between Surabaya and Sukabumi. All you have to do is to go by plane or bus to the cities that has been explained before, either Yogyakarta, Semarang, Bandung or Jakarta, then continue to Sukabumi.
Common transport in Sukabumi is called Angkot (Angkutan Kota), however there are several options such as delman, ojek, and buses for distant places. The town is located in the higher area, closer to Gede-Pangrango mountains, so if you want to go there, you may take Angkot for IDR 6000-10000 (USD 1). However, if you want to go to the beach, Pelabuhan Ratu or Cimaja, then you have to take a two hours journey using small-sized bus such as MGI for IDR 15000-20000 (USD 2).
- Tea plantation at Halimun Hills, Pondok Halimun, Pangrango Mountain. A panoramic view of tea farm, with Sukabumi city view as its background. You may stop at a local traditional coffee or tea cafe to enjoy the fresh and natural mountain breeze, or do jogging around the tea plant.
- Surfing at Cimaja Beach, Palabuhan Ratu. The Palabuhanratu area, a favorite weekend surfing destination for expatriates and a growing number of Indonesian surfers based in Jakarta, is the most crowded of West Java's surfing grounds due to sheer ease of accessibility. Most of the surf pounded beaches in the Palabuhanratu resort area-also called Samudra Beach are just that: pure beachpound, featuring vicious riptides and big walls of water with nowhere to go. Most surfers skip this non-directional stuff and head a few kilometers due west to the sleepy fishing and rice-growing village known as Cimaja, or Cimaja Beach. The Cimaja break, a right that rises off a rocky reef, is reached by walking about 300 meters from the main road through beachfront sawah (rice paddies). This spot is consistently surf able because it has a solid and angular rock bottom perfectly attuned to south and southwest swells rising out of the Indian Ocean. Its rights peel off in front of a cobble-stone and boulder strewn beach that clatters like a series of giant castanets every time a wave set rolls in.
- Mochi Lampion cake, Jalan Bhayangkara. Mochi is a type of food, originated from Japan cuisine. Sukabumi is famous for its sukabumi-style mochi cake.
Sukabumi culinary is typically not different with other cities in West Java. Mostly are Sundanese style, but there are several typical traditional food in Sukabumi which are very famous, such as Mochi, Bangket, Pavinder cake, Martabak Bandung and nutmeg candy. Sukabumi chinese food such as Mie goreng also worth a taste.
If you need to stop overnight in Sukabumi town, there are some cheap places available not far from the bus terminal, just ask the people around, or ojek drivers near the bus station who will be happy to transport you there for Rp 5,000-10,000. Expect to pay around Rp 50,000 for a basic fan (air conditioning is not needed anyway, as nights in Sukabumi may be quite cold) room.
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