Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bengkulu, Getting There and Away

Last updated: February 2nd 2017

Bengkulu, Getting There and Away

     The city of Bengkulu is easily accessible by land and air transportation. You can catch regular buses from Palembang, Padang, Bukittinggi, Pekanbaru, Bandung or Jakarta. At the time of writing, there are daily flights from Jakarta only which served by Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air.

Lion Air operates 3 times departure flights daily from Jakarta to Bengkulu (09:30, 13:30 & 17:15). Departure flight from Bengkulu to Jakarta (10:20, 15:00 & 18:20). You can book your flight through several convenient e-payment methods like online payment using your VISA or MasterCard, ATM payment that is only applicable in Indonesia at Bank Niaga, Lippo Bank, BII Bank, BNI Bank, Permata Bank, BRI Bank, Mandiri Bank, Panin Bank and Bank BCA, and Internet banking through Lippo Bank, Mandiri Bank, BNI Bank and Klik BCA. All you need is your Booking Code (PNR) and the Payment Code. 24/7 Information & reservation service at 0804-1-778899.
Call Center Numbers:
(+6280) 4177 8899
(+6221) 6379 8000
Customer Care
Phone: (+6221) 633 8345
SMS: (+6281) 9222 9999
Fax : (+6221) 633 5669

Bus Companies to/from Bengkulu

SAN Travel services a wide range of destinations. Bengkulu - Jakarta (dep 08:30 executive class for Rp. 250,000). Bengkulu - Bukittinggi (dep 10:00 business class Rp. 135,000). Bengkulu - Padang (dep 12:00 executive class Rp. 150,000). Bengkulu - Pekanbaru (dep 11:00 executive class Rp. 165,000). Bengkulu - Bandung (dep 09:00 executive class Rp. 280,000). Bengkulu - Solo (dep 13:00 business class Rp. 325,000).

Headquarters: Jalan MT. Haryono 18, Bengkulu (next to Vista hotel)
Phone: (0736) 21811
Mobile: 085267982121
SAN Travel official representative in Jakarta: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Pulo Mas Blok 12 No.10 phone (021) 4705502

Other optional long distance bus services: 
Putra Rafflesia (headquarters address Jalan MT Haryono 12; phone 0736-20313 and Jalan S. Parman No.19 Tanah Patah phone 0736-26162/24098) services a wide range of destinations: Bengkulu, Lampung, Palembang, Jakarta, Bandung. Tanjung Indah (headquarters Jalan MT Haryono 108 Bengkulu) runs minivans to Palembang and other destinations.

Public city transport in Bengkulu

Bengkulu Getting Around

    A counter at the airport offers rental cars and taxis rides for Rp. 60,000 into downtown. Alternatively, walk down to the road in front of the terminal building to the main road and turn to your right as you exit the airport and then take a white public city transport locally known as “angkot” (Rp. 3,000) to Terminal Panorama, then take another angkot either yellow or green angkot (Rp. 3,000) to the downtown. This alternative way is much cheaper than taking regular airport taxis.
Beware and don't get ripped off! The most fun way to get around Bengkulu is by angkot (public city transport). But the angkot drivers sometimes tend to overcharge westerners. To avoid this unacceptable overcharging, you should tell the driver where you’re going before get on. All rides cost Rp. 3,000 (updated Feb 2017) for one route regardless of the distance and anything the drivers may tell you. It is strongly recommended to have exact change for the fare. Give extra Rp. 10,000 to the driver if you bring a lot of luggage with you.

Hiring a car in Bengkulu
One of rental vehicle types in Bengkulu
    Hiring a car and driver is a convenient way to get around and its neighbor cities. Toyota Kijang (a type of 4WD) is a common type of rental vehicles. The hire of self-drive car is rarely available in Bengkulu especially for foreigners. It is more common and a better option to hire a car plus driver, which saves a lot of inconvenience. General rates for a 6-passanger-van start from Rp. 250,000 (about USD 25) up to Rp. 450,000 (about USD 45) per day, all rates exclude fuel and the driver’s meals. Vehicle types may vary depending on location. Car hire rates in Bengkulu are more expensive than rates in Java and Bali.

Happy travels!

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