Sukabumi is a region in Western Java, Indonesia.
The city of Sukabumi is located in the southwest of the province of West Java, about 75 km south of national capital Jakarta and 75 km west of provincial capital Bandung, as the crow flies. The independent city (kota) of Sukabumi is surrounded by the regency (kabupaten) of Sukabumi. The capital of the regency is Pelabuhan Ratu on the south coast.
The history of the city of Sukabumi and the surrounding region is closely related to the development of plantations for coffee, tea, and rubber during the colonial time. The city is just south of the volcano Mount Gede and the Mount Gede Pangrango National Park.
Sukabumi Regency is the second largest regency in Java, after Banyuwangi Regency. And it also has a plethora of tourist locations when compared to other regencies, from mountain national parks to waterfalls, beaches, viewing hills and a UNESCO geopark. Mostly are natural, but only several locations can be accessed easily by car and the rest should be accessed use motorcycle or even by foot.
The nearest airports to Sukabumi are in Jakarta and Bandung. From both these cities, travelling to Sukabumi usually takes more than 3 hours.
Sukabumi is along National Road 3, also known as the Southern Java Route, between Pelabuhan Ratu to the west and Cianjur to the east. To get to Sukabumi from Jakarta, you can take the toll road to Bogor and then the trunk road further south to the town of Cibadak, where this road connects to the aforementioned National Road 3. Driving from Jakarta to Sukabumi takes 2h 30m if traffic conditions are good, but often much longer because of major traffic congestion, especially in the Greater Jakarta area. From the other side, from Bandung, the drive (via Cianjur) takes at least 2 hours, but usually about 3 hours.
1 Sukabumi bus terminal serves a range of buses from various destinations. There are frequent buses to and from various terminals in Jakarta, including Kampung Rambutan terminal in East Jakarta. A one-way ticket is commonly Rp25,000 for an economy class bus with airconditioning. The journey will take about 3-5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. During weekends and holidays, there is usually significant traffic congestion, and the journey may take longer.
If you travel from Bogor, the most common and practical transport is a Colt (referring to a Mitsubishi L300/Colt minibus). These minibuses exclusively serve the Bogor-Sukabumi route. You can hop on to a Colt either at Baranangsiang Terminal or at the Botani Square shopping mall (which is where the DAMRI buses from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport arrive). A one-way ticket Bogor-Sukabumi with a Colt is Rp20,000. The journey will take about 2 hours.
From Bandung, there are highly frequent buses from several bus companies from Bandung's Leuwi Panjang bus terminal (usually with a stop in Cianjur). The bus will cost you about Rp30,000. The journey will take about 2-3 hours.
There are also frequent buses to and from Pelabuhan Ratu at the Indian Ocean coast (Rp25,000). From other cities the buses are not as frequent. However, there are at least two buses per day from major cities in Central Java such as Semarang, Solo, and Yogyakarta. One-way tickets on these long-distance services are about Rp150,000. Travel times are commonly in the range of 10 to 15 hours (depending on traffic and number of stops on the way).
In the middle of the city is 2 Sukabumi railway station. The station is served by three daily trains to and from Bogor (about 2h 15m, economy and executive class), and three daily trains to and from Cianjur (about 1h 30m, economy class only). In Bogor, trains to Sukabumi depart from Bogor Paledang railway station, which is about 200 metres from the central Bogor railway station (where trains from Jakarta arrive).
A common way to get around in Sukabumi is by angkot (public minivan). Angkots follow a fixed route (there are various routes throughout the city and surrounding areas), but there is no fixed schedule and there are no fixed stops. To get on, simply raise your hand. To get off, simply shout "Kiri!" to the driver, so he will pull over on the left (Indonesian: kiri) side of the road. The price of an angkot ride within the city is usually about Rp2,000 to 5,000. It is best to ask a local which angkot route to take, and how to recognise the location you want to get off.
Other options to get around include ojek (motorcycle taxi) and delman (horse carriage).
- 1 Pondok Halimun (plantations area), Mount Gede Pangrango National Park (about 10 km north of Sukabumi). At the mountainside of Mount Pangrango, you can find panoramic views of tea farms, with Sukabumi city as the 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 plantations. There are also several other plantations in the area, such as for tomatoes and chilli peppers.
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 is also worth a taste.
- 1 Mochi Lampion, Jalan Bhayangkara No. 19, ☏ . Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00. Here in Sukabumi you can find a Sukabumi-style 'mochi', Japanese rice cake.
You can't find drink easily in this area, and you are not allowed to drink in public, otherwise you'll get arrested by Police. You can get drink in some modern hotels, bars, and cafes in the city.
In Sukabumi city
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 Rp5,000-10,000. Expect to pay around Rp50,000 for room with a basic fan (air conditioning is not needed anyway, as nights in Sukabumi may be quite cold).
- 1 Horison Hotel Sukabumi, Jalan Siliwangi No. 68, ☏ . Hotel with outdoor swimming pool and spa. Double rooms from Rp600,000 per night.
In the surrounding mountains
- 2 Kampoeng Padi Boutique Villa, Desa Pawenang, Nagrak, ☏ . Covering three hectares of land, including lush paddy fields, Kampoeng Padi Resort overlooks Mount Gede. Private villa accommodations with resort-like ambience complemented by traditional Sundanese and Balinese decor.
- Nearby beaches along the Indian Ocean coast: Pelabuhan Ratu, Cimaja, and Sawarna.
- Or into the mountains to Mount Gede Pangrango National Park.