Bandung travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bandung

Maybe it's the cool, pleasant climate, the cultured atmosphere that comes with being Indonesia's intellectual center, or a layout replete with gardens and elegant boulevards, but Bandung fully deserves its title as the "Paris of Java."

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bandung

1. A Fantastic Selection of Museums

Bandung is a serious cultural center. Check out the fossils in the Geology Museum and Gedung Merdeka, where the famous Bandung Conference of world leaders was held in 1955.

2. Superb Views of the City

If you climb Dago Hill, Bandung will be laid out before you. This magnificent vantage point has waterfalls, an outdoor theater, and regularly witnesses astonishing sunsets.

3. The Wackiness of Jeans Street

Bandung's prosperity was once based upon textiles, and Jeans Street commemorates this heritage with wild, colorfully decorated store fronts (and great prices for apparel too).

4. Watch Sundanese Cultural Perfomances

If you want to see Sundanese theater, Jaipongan dancing, or spectacular martial arts like Pencak Silat, Bandung is a great place to do so.

5. It's a Souvenir Shopper's Paradise

Aside from textiles, you can also snag some incredible gifts like beautiful wayang golek puppets or masks, and you can see them being carved at the Cupu Manik Puppet Factory.

Where to Eat in Bandung

Sundanese cuisine is a highlight of trips to Bandung. Try the oxtail soup at Dapur Dahapati or the sate at Maulana Yusuf, while the views from Lawangwangi Creative Space are incredible. Meals will cost around Rp30,000-50,000.

When to visit Bandung

Bandung in September
Estimated hotel price
£13
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bandung in September
Estimated hotel price
£13
1 night at 3-star hotel

The "dry" season tends to be the best time to go, which stretches from June to September. The mild temperatures make Bandung a fantastic Indonesian destination for those who aren't keen on 90+ degrees of heat.

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How to Get to Bandung

Plane

You can fly to Husein International Sastranegara Airport (BDO) from Jakarta. The airport is only around three miles from the center of town, and a taxi will cost about Rp30-40,000.

Train

PT Kereta Api trains run from Jakarta to Bandung, taking around three hours (the cheapest seats are Rp95,000).

Car

If you are driving from Jakarta, take highway 1 eastbound, then turn onto highway 4 and follow it all the way to Bandung.

Bus

Air-conditioned express buses run every day from Jakarta to Bandung's Leuwi Panjang bus station. There are also shuttle bus companies like Baraya Travel, who charge around Rp50,000 for the trip.

Airports near Bandung

Airlines serving Bandung

United Airlines
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Iberia
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Emirates
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Finnair
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Air Europa
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Where to stay in Bandung

Reliable, upscale hotels in Bandung include the Crowne Plaza Bandung, the Aryaduta Bandung, and the Trans Luxury Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Bandung

Alun Alun - translated as "city square", Alun Alun is the center of town. It's a useful point of orientation, and is close to most of the major attractions.

Jalan Diponegoro - one of the city's major streets, Jl. Diponegoro is home to the Geology Museum and the beautiful Gedung Sate, a colonial administrative palace.

Jalan Braga - located in the south of the city, Jl. Braga is Bandung's nightlife strip, offering all-night dance venues and great bars like North Sea Bar.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bandung

Most booked hotels in Bandung

Hilton Bandung
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£74+
Crowne Plaza Bandung
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£48+
Intercontinental Bandung Dago Pakar, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£85+
De Java Hotel Bandung
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£24+
Lembang Asri Resort
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£26+
Grandia Hotel
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£34+
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How to Get Around Bandung

Public Transportation

The only public transportation in Bandung is via Angkot (minibuses). Prices vary by destination but range from Rp2,000-5,000.

Taxi

Taxis are a more reliable option and should cost Rp7,500 for the meter drop, then Rp6,000 for every mile traveled.

Car

You can also rent a car from companies like Cipaganti, Prambanan, and MPV Rentcar, with prices starting at around Rp60,000 per day.

Car hire agencies in Bandung

The Cost of Living in Bandung

Shopping Streets

If you want to buy some gorgeous Bandung textiles or clothes, Jeans Street (Jl. Cihampelas) is the place to go. You can also buy hand-crafted puppets at Toko Sin Sin on Jl. Braga.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include LotteMart and Giant Ekstra, and prices are low. For example, you can expect to pay about Rp20,000 for 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
£1.06
A pair of jeans
£30.45
Single public transport ticket
£0.31
Cappuccino
£1.29
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