Traffic in the city of Bandung can be quite congested, especially on weekends or long holidays, due to a large number of tourists from neighboring cities, especially from Jakarta, who flock to fill their vacation time. If you stay in the downtown area, you can enjoy the beauty of Bandung on foot.
Wherever you walk, you need to pay extra attention to local motorcyclists and riders. As previously stated, it is not uncommon to observe motorists giving way to pedestrians, and individuals usually cross the road wherever they like. If you find it difficult to cross a very busy road, ask the local people, who are usually happy to help one another, to help you cross the street.
Many sidewalks or pedestrian paths in Bandung are not stroller friendly. Even though some may think it’s still manageable, some others may think it’s tough to go by stroller. Some of the pictures of walking trails here may provide you with information.
Now Bandung provides bicycles intended for tourists to explore every corner of the city of Bandung. A community in the city also established a “Bike Sharing” where they have five bicycle ‘shelters’ throughout the city. To be able to drive it, you can come to Ir. H. Juanda (Dago). They operate from 8 am to 4 pm daily and cost Rp. 3,000 a day. Visit the community’s social media pages for the latest advice and more information about Bike Sharing Bandung.
You can also have a different experience in exploring the city of Bandung by trying local transportation called Becak. The cost you have to pay if you use a Becak varies, depending on how far you are traveling. We recommend that you haggle with the driver first to get the right price. As a benchmark, the distance is about 1.5 km which is taken in approximately 7 minutes, the price is Rp. 10,000. It might be an interesting experience to try!
Public buses can be an economical option for those who want to reduce their vacation spending budget. Generally, the rate set is Rp. 4,500 per trip. However, you need to know that public buses do not cover a large area in Bandung, and among the main considerations, if you need to ride this, you have to be patient because it takes time to wait for the bus to come to pick you up. Bus drivers can wait for a full load before departing. How long do they have to wait? Nobody knows the specific time, except the bus driver himself!
If you want to experience what it is like to be a local, you can try taking an Angkot. You can observe this angkot in several colors: green, pale blue, pale brown, yellowish, etc., and the fare really depends on the space you are traveling to. As an illustration of the calculations, a short distance of about 1-2 kilometers, such as a Jalan Cihampelas to Bandung Indah Plaza / Hotel Hyatt, may cost only IDR 2,000, while a longer trip is generally around IDR 4,000.
Give cash to the driver every time you get off. Not many public transportations have air conditioning, plus there are no doors that close the vehicle. 10 Passengers can be pinched in this small minivan, seated opposite each other, generally with four on either side of the minivan and six on the right side of the minivan. If you have a very high body posture, then you will be less comfortable in this vehicle.
However, when the roads are free of congestion, this angkot can save you time. Angkot drivers have the habit of honking the horn to get the focus of the passenger/person and everyone standing on the side of the road. It so happens that you can hop on and off wherever you want, just provide a code and say “Stop” or even “Left” to get off the vehicle. Asking the local people can help you in choosing the ideal angkot direction.
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