Yogyakarta Travel Guide (Itinerary + Budget) Blog

This is a detailed Yogyakarta Travel Guide with Yogyakarta itinerary, sample budget, top tourist attractions and budget hotels, ideal for first-time tourists here.

Yogyakarta is one of my favorite backpacking destinations in Indonesia because it’s cheap and it’s packed with things to do. It is a warm whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells and tastes.  Yogyakarta being the soul and culture of Java is still headed by its Sultan. It is thronging with traffic and brimming with temples, palace, traditional markets, and Javanese art scene. It is highly recommended for first-timers in Indonesia who want to have a glimpse of the Javanese way of life, arts, and traditions.

 


YOGYAKARTA AT A GLANCE


Yogyakarta is the capital of the Special Region of Yogyakarta situated in Central Java. First time tourists and backpackers usually stay in the area near Tugu Train Station (Yogyakarta Station) and Malioboro Street in the city center, peppered with affordable hotels, guesthouses, eateries, and restaurants. Two of the most popular choices as base in Yogyakarta are: Sosrowijayan area where Gang I and Gang II are located (this is where I usually stay), and Jalan Prawirotaman (see more details on the Where to Stay in Yogyakarta section below).

Most of Yogyakarta’s tourist spots are located around the Royal Palace Complex (kraton). The most popular attractions though like Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko, Merapi Lava Tour, and Borobudur (which is located in Magelang), are quite a distance from the city center, but can be done as a day trip via group or private tours, commuting by bus, or car rental.  I’d usually go for a tour whenever I am in Yogyakarta since they are reasonably-priced and widely available.

Here’s a detailed Yogyakarta Travel Guide with sample Yogyakarta itineraries and budget to help you plan your trip.

YOGYAKARTA PALACE 


YOGYAKARTA PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE


 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT YOGYAKARTA : Best time to visit Yogyakarta is from April to October, the dry season.  It’s still possible to pay a visit outside the rainy season though, just check the weather updates.  Hotel are also cheaper during the lean season, and you can expect lesser crowd.

INDONESIA VISA:  If you are a Philippine Passport holder, you are entitled to a non-extendable 30-day visa-free short visit permit in Indonesia. Other countries with visa-free entry includes: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.

30-day or 7-day Visa on Arrival (VOA) is granted to 52 countries, including Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Cambodia, The Netherlands and most Schengen member countries. See full list HERE.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BRINGS: 

Passport with a validity of at least 6 months before it expires.

Onward or return ticket.

YOGYAKARTA TIMEZONE: GMT + 7 Hours (1 hour behind Manila)

YOGYAKARTA CURRENCY AND MONEY EXCHANGE:  Like the rest of Indonesia, Yogyakarta uses Indonesian rupiah (IDR), you can exchange at the airport or at money exchange centers near your hotel. However, the best rate is still the bank’s rate.  I prefer withdrawing from ATMs scattered near my hotel or at the airport.

Current exchange rate is IDR 14,470 = ₱52 = $1

MODE OF PAYMENT: Most establishments accepts cash only (Indonesian Rupiah), but some major hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants accepts credit cards.

YOGYAKARTA ELECTRICITY: Type C and F, 230 Volts, 50Hz.

YOGYAKARTA SIMCARD AND WI-FI: Pick up your simcard upon arrival at Yogyakarta Airport (Adisutjipto International Airport) and enjoy staying connected online with your 3G/4G connection.

RESERVE HERE

 

 


YOGYAKARTA TRAVEL GUIDE


HOW TO GET TO YOGYAKARTA

YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY

JAKARTA TO YOGYAKARTA

 

By Train

Train fare: Executive Class – Starts at IDR 300,000 (₱1,087/$21/SGD 28)

Travel time: 8 – 9 hours

Schedule: 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 4:30 PM, 5:40 PM, 8:15 PM, 8:45 PM

If you have the luxury of time, you can travel by train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta for about 6 – 8 hours.  I have tried this route a few years back (via Gambir Station), the executive class train ride is just okay, pretty much like a bus ride.  You can book your tickets in advance online at tiket.com

Take note that there are 2 train stations for the trains en route to Yogyakarta:

From Gambir Station (Jakarta), executive class trains to Tugu Station (Yogyakarta Station)

From Pasar Senen Station (Jakarta) to Lempuyangan Station (Yogyakarta) you can ride the economy class trains

Jakarta Airport to Gambir Station (beside Monas): Take the Damri Bus to Gambir Station. Fare is around IDR 46,600 (₱169/$3.2/SGD4.41)

NOTE: The new Jakarta Airport Train (Soekarno-Hatta Airport Train) passes by Manggarai, Surdirman Baru, Duri, Batu Ceper and Soekarno-Hatta Stations. I’ve yet to try this though. The Jakarta Airport train schedule from Jakarta airport to Jakarta city center is from 4:40 AM to 12:40 AM.  Travel time is about 54 minutes.

 

By Bus

 Bus fare: start at IDR 190,000 (₱688/$13/SGD 18) to IDR 230,000 (₱833/$16/SGD22)

Travel time: 12 hours

Schedule: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:50 PM depending on the bus company

From Jakarta Barat bus station, you can take a Pahala Kencana VIP bus to Terminal Giwangan in Yogyakarta for about IDR 150,000. With 25 kg bag allowance.  Departs at 4:50 PM in Jakarta and arrives at 05:20 in Yogyakarta.  That’s about 12 hours travel time. You can at pahalakencana.co.id.

Alternatively, other buses like Santoso, Maju Lancar,  from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (Terminal Giwangan) depart at Jakarta Selatan from 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM up to 4:00 PM.  Fare starts at IDR 190,000 (₱688/$13/SGD 18) to IDR 230,000 (₱833/$16/SGD22). Travel time is about 12 hours.

 

By Plane

There’s no regular flights from Manila (Philippines) to Yogyakarta (Indonesia), but you can fly to Jakarta with a layover in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).  Airasia Indonesia has regular flights between Jakarta and Yogyakarta daily, fare starts at ₱1,487 (IDR 388,000/$28/SGD 38) one-way.

BOOK HERE:  Airasia.com

 


YOGYAKARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER


 YOGYAKARTA CITY

By Bus

Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport  (JOG) is situated about 6 km east of Yogyakarta city. It is well-connected to the city center by public transportation.

If you plan to stay along Sosrowijayan area near Jalan Malioboro, the cheapest way to get there is by 1A Bus, get off at “Garuda’ shelter or tell the driver you are heading to Jalan Malioboro. Bus fare is about IDR 3,600 (₱14 /$0.25/SGD 0.34).

If you will be staying at Prawitoraman area, ride the 3B Bus.  Tell the driver you are getting off at Jalan Prawitoraman.

 

By Train

From Maguwo Train Station (Yogyakarta Airport Train Station), you can get to the city center by train to Tugu Station (Yogyakarta Train Station) near Malioboro Street.  At Yogyakarta airport, walk to the tunnel to get to the train station. Here are the rates:

Pramesk Train –  IDR 8,000 (₱30/$0.60/SGD 0.76)

Sriwedari Train – IDR 13,000 (₱45/$ .90/SGD 1.23)

Madiun Jaya – IDR 22,000 (₱75/$1.5/SGD 2)

 

By Taxi

If you have a big luggage and you just want a hassle-free transfer to your hotel, you can go by taxi.  But prepare to pay around IDR 150,000 (₱549/$10/SGD 14).

 


GETTING AROUND YOGYAKARTA


 

Yogyakarta Train Station

BY CAR RENTAL

 A convenient way to get around Yogyakarta at your own pace is by hiring a car with driver (fuel cost included).  It’s cheap and you can pick the places you want to visit. Price usually starts at IDR 440,000 (₱1,602/$31/SGD 42). Entrance fees to temples and tourist attractions, meals, parking fee + toll fee are NOT included. 10 hours max. Good for 2- 5 persons.

  RESERVE HERE

 

BY BUS

Trans Jogja, the bus rapid system is the most popular mode of transportation for the locals around Yogyakarta and nearby regencies

 Fare (within the city): IDR 3,500 (₱ 13/$ 0.24/SGD 3.31)

Fare (outside the city): IDR 15,000 (₱ 53/$1/SGD 1.42) to IDR 29,000 (₱ 105/$ 2/SGD 3)

Schedule: 5:30 AM – 9:30 PM

There’s also a direct Damri bus from Yogyakarta Airport to Prambanan Temple and Borobudur Temple.

Fare: Around IDR 58,000 (₱ 211/$4/SGD 5)

Schedule: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

 

 BY TAXI

Taxi is cheap in Yogyakarta, as long as you insist on using the meter. Rate starts at IDR 21,600 (₱78/$1.5/SGD 2)

 

BY TOURS

 A popular way to get around Yogyakarta is by joining a group tour.  And honestly, whenever I am there, I just join group tours because it is more convenient and they’re pretty cheap! You can book in advance below so you don’t have to worry about it once you arrive in Yogyakarta.

 

       Borobudur Sunrise Tour:   DISCOUNTED HERE

       Borobudur + Prambanan Temple Tour:   DISCOUNTED HERE

       Borobudur Sunrise, Prambanan Temple + Merapi Lava Tour:   DISCOUNTED HERE

        Merapi Lava Tour:    RESERVE HERE

Jomblang Cave Tour:   RESERVE HERE

 


WHERE TO STAY IN YOGYAKARTA


 

Yogyakarta Backpacking street

Sosrowijan Area (Gang I)

Yogyakarta is a backpacker’s haven, it has a range of guesthouses and hotels with cheap rates.  A popular backpacker area is Sosrowijayan, and most of the cheap accommodations called losmen is situated in Gang I and Gang II, a maze of alleys. This backpacker street is conveniently located near Yogyakarta Train Station and walking distance to Malioboro Street, the shopping mecca of Yogyakarta. This is where I stayed when I first solo backpacked Yogyakarta back in 2010 and on my recent trip, I went back there alone to check how it looks like now. The area is pretty safe, though it’s a bit dark at night, because generally, the locals living here are quite protective of the tourists. Watch out for my YouTube video about it.

Another popular area is Jalan Prawirotaman with a wealth of mid-range to cheap guesthouses as well as a growing number of boutique hotels.

 


YOGYAKARTA BUDGET HOTELS


 

 

Emersia Malioboro Hotel

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station and Malioboro Street)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Hotel Bladok Yogyakarta

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station and Malioboro Street)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Hotel Neo Malioboro

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station and Malioboro Street)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 The Cabin Hotel

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station and Malioboro Street)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Fave Hotel Maliboro

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station and Malioboro Street)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 Adhisthana Hotel Yogyakarta

Location: Jalan Prawirotaman II, Yogyakarta (near Kraton Yogyakarta)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Greenhost Boutique Hotel

Location: Jalan Prawirotaman II, Yogyakarta (near Kraton Yogyakarta)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Ayaartta Hotel Malioboro

Location: Yogyakarta City Center

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

THE 1O1 Yogyakarta Tugu Hotel

Location: Yogyakarta City Center (near Tugu/Yogyakarta Train Station)

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 Satoria Hotel Yogyakarta

Location: near Yogyakarta Airport

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

We stayed at The Phoenix Hotel during our last trip. It’s a 5-star hotel located in the city center, Malioboro and Tugu Station can be reached on foot from here.

 

YOGYAKARTA HOTELS

The Phoenix Hotel

Location: Yogyakarta City Center

 CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 


YOGYAKARTA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


 

PRAMBANAN TEMPLE

 

Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

 

The elaborately designed Prambanan Temple is composed of soaring shrines with piercing ratna (the temple’s pinnacle).  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia, honeycombed with over 508  stone temples (both ruined and well-preserved) in sundry shapes and sizes.

 Entrance Fee: Adult – $25 (₱ 1,447/ IDR 400,000/SGD 38), Child $15 (₱ 790/ IDR 218,000 /SGD 21)

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

 

How to get there:

 From Tugu Railway Station and Yogyakarta Airport (Adi Sutjipto Airport):

Take Route 1A Trans Jogja Bus and alight at Prambanan shelter. Fare is IDR 4,000 (₱14/$ 0.27/SGD 0.38).

 

From Giwangan Bus Terminal:

1.Take Trans Jogja Route 3A bus and alight at Airport Shelter.

2.Switch to Route 1A bus and alight at Prambanan Shelter. Fare is IDR 4,000 (₱14/$ 0.27/SGD 0.38).

 

I usually go for a hassle-free, cheap tour that includes the entrance fee, pick-up, and drop-off to hotel:

DISCOUNTED TOUR HERE

 

For combined Borobudur + Prambanan tour RESERVE HERE

If you want to create your own itinerary, you can rent a car (entrance fee not included): RENT A CAR HERE

 


RAMAYANA BALLET

RAMAYANA BALLET

 

There are several venues to watch the Ramayana Ballet in Yogyakarta, but nothing beats the show at the open air stage on Prambanan Temple complex.  Ramayana Epic in Javanese version consists of four episodes divided into: The Abduction of Dewi Sita, Hanuman on Fire, Death of Kumbakarna and Rama Meet Sita. But we only got to watch the condensed performance not the episodic show. During the show, over 200 performers clad in traditional costumes retell the Ramayana Story through expressive movements of classical Javanese dance accompanied by traditional gamelan music. Needless to say, the show rendered me speechless!

 

Entrance Fee:

VIP – IDR 350,000 (₱ 1,275 /$ 24 /SGD 33)

Special Class – IDR 300,000 (₱ 1,093 /$ 21 /SGD 28)

Class 1 – IDR 200,000 (₱729 /$ 14 /SGD 19)

Class 2 – IDR 125,000 (₱ 455 /$ 9 /SGD 689)

 

If you want to join a group tour, includes the entrance fee, hotel-pick up and drop off, you can book below:

  RESERVE TOUR HERE

 


 

LAVA TOUR MERAPI

 Merapi Lava Tour

 

A thrilling adventure tour in Yogyakarta is the Merapi Kaliadem tour where you’ll experience a wild ride via 4×4 jeep through the rocky and muddy trail.  If the weather is okay, it’s a great spot to view Mt.Merapi.

It’s quite complicated to go there by commute for a first timer, since you have to go by bus (usually 2 transfers) and hire a jeepney by yourself ( 3-4 people minimum) at the jumping off point. So, if you are a solo traveler or a party of 2, your best bet is to join a group tour that includes hotel pick up and drop off. Book below, it’s cheap!

  RESERVE TOUR HERE

 


 

RATU BOKO

RATU BOKO

 

Proudly standing on top of hill, overlooking the Prambanan Temple, is another important archaeological site that houses the ruins of an ancient kraton (palace) – Ratu Boko.  A key discovery here is an Abhayagiri Vihara inscription dating back to the 792 CE, which mentioned a Buddhist monastery on top of a hill.  Because of its strategic location, it is also believed to have been used as a fortress during the struggle for power of the Mataram Sultanate. Ratu Boko is a great spot to catch the scenic Yogayakarta sunset when the weather is okay.

 

Entrance Fee: Adult – $25 (₱ 1,447/ IDR 400,000/SGD 38), Child $15 (₱ 790/ IDR 218,000 /SGD 21)

Open Hours: Daily 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Gatak, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

How to get there:

From Tugu Railway Station or Yogyakarta Airport: Take Route 1A Trans Jogja Bus and alight at Prambanan shelter. Fare is IDR 4,000 (₱14/$ 0.27/SGD ). Then walk or take ojek (motorcycle) to Ratu Boko. There’s also a free shuttle bus between Prambanan and Ratu Boko.

 

From Giwangan Bus Terminal:

1.Take Trans Jogja Route 3A bus and alight at Airport Shelter.

2.Switch to Route 1A bus and alight at Prambanan Shelter. Fare is IDR 4,000 (₱14/$ 0.27/SGD 0.38).

3.Walk or take ojek (motorcycle) to Ratu Boko or  better yet, take the free shuttle between Prambanan and Ratu Boko.

 


 

KRATON YOGYAKARTA (ROYAL PALACE)

 YOGYAKARTA KRATON

 

The Royal Palace is a sprawling complex of pavilions, built entirely on ancient beliefs.  It was designed to reflect the Javanese cosmos; facing directly north towards Mt. Merapi, while its back is pointing towards the south where the Indian Ocean is located, which is believed to be the dwelling of a key Indonesian sea spirit. Even the placement of pavilions and trees all have symbolic meanings based on ancient Javanese world view.

Today, the Royal Palace is not just the home of the Sultan and his family, but it also serves as the setting of important ceremonial and cultural functions.  Visitors can explore its pavilions and get up close with some of the essential historic collections kept in glass boxes, such as antique weapons, glassware, ceramics, statues, furniture, royal carriages, and photographs.  

 

 Entrance Fee: IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

Open Hours: Saturday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday 8:00 – 11:00 AM

Location: Jalan Rotowijayan Blok No. 1, Panembahan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Getting there:

From Tugu Train Station or Yogyakarta Airport: Take Trans Jogja Bus 2 A and get off at Vredeburg  Fort Shelter. Then walk or take motorcycle (ojek) to Taman Sari.

 From Giwangan Bus Station: Take Trans Jogja Bus 3A and alight at Pojok Beteng Wetan Shelter.  Then take Trans Jogja Bus 2B and get off at the Post Office. Walk or take a motorcycle (ojek) to Taman Sari. 

 


 

TAMAN SARI (WATER PALACE)

 

WATER PALACE

 

Entrance Fee: IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

Open Hours:  Saturday to Thursday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Jalan Nogosari No.6, Patehan, Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa

 

Getting there:

 From Tugu Train Station or Yogyakarta Airport: Take Trans Jogja Bus 2 A and get off at Vredeburg  Fort Shelter. Then walk or take motorcycle (ojek) to Taman Sari.

 From Giwangan Bus Station: Take Trans Jogja Bus 3A and alight at Pojok Beteng Wetan Shelter.  Then take Trans Jogja Bus 2B and get off at the Post Office. Walk or take a motorcycle (ojek) to Taman Sari. 

 


 

 MALIOBORO STREET

 

 

In the olden days, Malioboro Street was an important road where the Sultan usually pass on his way to the Royal Palace. Today, it is a popular shopping street in Yogyakarta, dappled with shops selling batiks, handcrafts, antiques, souvenirs, etc.

 

Entrance Fee: FREE

Getting there: From Yogyakarta Airport, take 1A bus, fare is roughly IDR 3,600 (PHP 14 /USD 0.25).  From Tugu Station (Yogyakarta Train Station), it’s about a 5-minute walk, use Google Maps.

 

 


 

BATIK MAKING

 

batik making

The mere mention of Indonesia conjures images of batik, a technique of wax resist dyeing applied to a cloth. In fact, Indonesian batik was designated as a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

 

There are several places in Yogyakarta where you can try batik making, but recently we tried it at Omah Kecebong. Here, craftswomen teaches visitors how to draw intricate patterns using canting and wax that are kept heated in a small pan. You can even buy hand-painted batiks starting at IDR 150,000. Cheaper than the ones sold at Malioboro Street. You can also book batik tours through the link above.

 

Location:

Omah Kecebong

Jl. Sendari, RT.02 / RW.41, Dusun Sendari, Tirtoadi, Mlati, Sendon, Tirtoadi, Mlati, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

 


 

JOMBLANG CAVE

 

JOMBLANG CAVE

 

A rising adventure tour in Yogyakarta is spelunking at Jomblang Cave, best known for its mystical “Light of Heaven” that can be reached by descending 60 meters deep into the cave.

 

Location: Jl. Ireda No.65/139, Keparakan, Mergangsan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

Entrance Fee: IDR 500,000 (₱1,821 /$ 35/SGD 47)

  RESERVE TOUR HERE

 


 

KOTAGEDE

 

kotagede silver making

Entrance Fee: FREE

Getting There: Take Bus 3A or 3B

 DISCOUNTED TOURS HERE

 

Kotagede is typically visited because of its silver jewelry. The history of the silver craft here dates back to 18th century when the Mataram Sultanate employed Kotagede as a silver handicraft center for the palace needs.  Sometime in 1930, the silver craft of Kotagede  made its mark internationally when the wife of the Dutch Governor ordered large quantities of hand-crafted silver products and had it shipped to the Netherlands.  Many of the ancient silver jewelry made in Kotagede from 1929-1932 are reportedly displayed at the Dutch Tropen Museum in Netherlands.

 

Overtime, silver craft jewelry in Kota Gede shifted to mass-produced goods due to economic crisis and to meet the locals and tourists demands for affordable silver products.  You can visit one of the shops dappled around Kotagede to watch and learn how to create a silver jewelry.

 


 

ULLEN SENTALU MUSEUM

Ullen Sentalu Museum

 

Museums are sprinkled around Yogyakarta, one of the most interesting here is the Ullen Sentalu Museum, located at the foot of Mt. Merapi.  Haryono family who founded this grew up in the batik industry, and for the conservation of ancient batik, batik-lovers chose to display their works here. It’s easy to get lost in its maze-like corridors, housing a variety of exhibitions from age-old photographs of the royal family, including 3-dimensional paintings of Sultans and Princesses, to intricately designed gamelan. But I particularly enjoyed the poignant hand-written poems and letters of Gusti Nurul to her lover – her cousin. She is known as the desired Princess of Solo because she is beautiful, smart, and talented, yet she opted not to marry a royal because she refused polygamy, instead, she married a soldier (her cousin) and lived away from the public eye in Bandung.

 Entrance Fee: Adult IDR 50,000 (₱3/$182/SGD5) , Children IDR 30,000 (₱2 /$ 109/SGD 3)

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday

Location: Jalan Boyong KM 25, Kaliurang Barat, Hargobinangun, Sleman, Kabupaten

 


YOGYAKARTA DAY TOURS


 

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE

 

In the fertile volcanic plains of Kedu Valley in Magelang, lies a gigantic Buddhist temple, built around the 18th to 19th century during the reign of Syailendry dynasty. From Yogyakarta, Borobudur is a popular side trip. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of 9 platforms; the upper three are circular while the lower 6 are square in form. The colossal Borobudur temple is embellished with over 2,000 gorgeous relief panels of Buddhist elements and over 504 Buddha statues. But perhaps its most distinct features is the recurring stupas – the dome shaped monuments housing a variety of Buddhist relics. The best time to visit Borobudur is during sunrise when the rising sun and the fog carpeting its surroundings slowly reveals its majesty. You can do this DIY style, but if you need to catch the temple at sunrise, best to book a Borbobudur sunrise tour.  I usually just book tours in Yogyakarta since it’s cheap, hassle-free, and I could maximize my time (because it includes a visit to other  attractions as well).

 

Entrance Fee:

Borobudur – $25 (IDR 364,000/₱1,317/SGD 34)

Sunrise Borobudur via Manohara Resort – $42 (IDR 450,000/₱1,628/SGD 42)

Combo ticket for Borobodur + Prambanan – $40 (IDR 582,000)/ ₱2,107/SGD 54)

*Bring your passport or a copy of it, they will scan it. Bring IDR as they no longer accept USD.

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

 

How to get to Borobudur Temple:

1.Take Trans Jogja Bus B to Jombor Bus Terminal. Fare is IDR 4,000 (₱14/$0.27/SGD 0.38) and travel time is 10 minutes.

2.At Jombor Bus Terminal, take bus to Candi Borobudur. Fare is IDR 25,000 (₱90/$1.72/SGD 2.35) and travel time is about 1 hour.

I usually go by tours to Borobudur for a hassle-free trip since entrance fee, pick up and hotel drop-off is included.   DISCOUNTED TOUR HERE

 


 YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY + BUDGET (3 Days 2 Nights)


 

YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY

 

Here’s a sample Yogyakarta itinerary for 3 days 2 nights.  If you are pressed for time, I hope the 2 days 1-night Yogyakarta itinerary below helps.

*Airfare + hotel + snacks + shopping not included in the budget breakdown. You can get a room in Yogyakarta City Center near Malioboro Street and Tugu Train Station from ₱ 450 (IDR 123,000 /$9/SGD 12).

  

 

DAY 1

 

YOGYAKARTA CITY TOUR + RATU BOKO

 

05:45 AM

ETD Jakarta via Airasia flight

06:55 AM

ETA Yogyakarta

07:30 AM

ETD hotel.

Bus 1A to Sosrowijayan area. IDR 3,600 ( 14 /USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

Bus 3B to Jalan Prawirotaman. IDR 3,600 (14/USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

08:00 AM

Hotel check-in or leave luggage at reception/concierge

08:30 AM

Breakfast. IDR 9,000 ( 33 /USD 0.62/SGD 0.85)

09:00 AM

Kraton (Royal Palace). IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

 

11:00 AM

Taman Sari (Water Castle). IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

12:30 PM

Lunch/Food trip  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

 

01:00 PM

Shopping at Malioboro Street

03:30 PM

Hotel check-in. Freshen up.

04:00 PM

ETD Raku Boko.

1.Go to Tugu Railway Station (Yogyakarta Train Station)

2. Ride bus 1A. Tell the driver you are getting off at Prambanan shelter IDR 4,000 (₱15/$0.28/SGD 0.38)

3.Take ojek or walk to Ratu Boko.

05:30 PM

Sunset watching at Ratu Boko. Dinner included.

 

IDR 360,000 (₱1,447/$25/SGD34)

07:00 PM

Dinner.  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

07:30 PM

ETD hotel.

1.Motor taxi to Prambanan shelter (bus stop)

2. Take Bus 1A to Sosrowijayan area.

IDR 4,000 (₱15/$0.28/SGD 0.38)

3.Walk or becak to hotel.

09:00 PM

ETD hotel. Sleep.

 

DAY 1 EXPENSES:

 

IDR 510,600 ( ₱2,002/$34.43/SGD 48.79)

  
  
 

DAY 2

 

BOROBUDUR SUNRISE + PRAMBANAN TEMPLE

 

03:30 AM

Borobudur sunrise tour. Hotel pick-up.

IDR 440,000 (₱1,602/$31/SGD 42)

DISCOUNTED CAR RENTAL HERE 

04:30 AM

Transfer to Borobudur

05:30 AM

Borobudur Sunrise.  IDR 450,000 (1,628/$42/SGD 42)

07:30 AM

Transfer to Prambanan Temple.

08:30 AM

Prambanan Temple.  IDR 400,000 ( 1,447/$25/SGD 38)

12:00 AM

ETD hotel.

01:00 AM

ETA Yogyakarta.

01:30 PM

Lunch. IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

02:00 PM

Food trip + shopping at Malioboro + Becak ride.

06:00 PM

Back to hotel. Freshen up.

06:30 PM

Hotel pick up. Ramayana Ballet Show. *Optional

 DISCOUNTED TOUR HERE

07:30 PM

Ramayana Ballet Show.

09:45 PM

End of show. ETD hotel.

11:00 PM

Sleep.

DAY 2 EXPENSES

 

IDR 1,340,000 (₱4,859/$101/SGD 127)

  
  
 

DAY 3

 

MERAPI LAVA TOUR

06:00 AM

Hotel pick up.

Lava tour. IDR 196,000 ( 714 /$14/SGD19)

DISCOUNTED TOUR HERE

07:00 AM

Transfer to Merapi Kaliadem. Start of Jeep tour.

08:30 AM

End of Jeep tour.  Return to hotel.

09:30 AM

ETA hotel.

10:30 AM

Lunch  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

12:00 PM

Hotel check-out.

 

Fly back to Jakarta or proceed to next destination.

 

DAY 3 EXPENSES

 

IDR 246,000 (₱896/$17/SGD 24)

  
 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 

 

IDR 2,096,600 (₱7757/$183.43/SGD 199.79 )

  

 


YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY + BUDGET (2 Days 1 Night)


Yogyakarta Indonesia

 Sample Yogyakarta Itinerary 1

 

 

DAY 1

 

YOGYAKARTA CITY TOUR + MERAPI LAVA TOUR

05:45 AM

ETD Jakarta via Airasia flight

06:55 AM

ETA Yogyakarta

07:30 AM

ETD hotel.

Bus 1A to Sosrowijayan area. IDR 3,600 ( 14 /USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

 

Bus 3B to Jalan Prawirotaman.IDR 3,600 (14/USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

08:00 AM

Hotel check-in or leave luggage at reception/concierge

08:30 AM

Breakfast. IDR 9,000 ( 33 /USD 0.62/SGD 0.85)

09:00 AM

Kraton (Royal Palace). IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

11:00 AM

Taman Sari (Water Castle).

IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

12:30 PM

Lunch/Food trip  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

01:30 PM

Lava Tour.   IDR 196,000 ( 714 /$14/SGD19)

DISCOUNTED TOUR HERE

02:30 PM

Transfer to Merapi Kariadem.

03:30 PM

End of jeep tour.

04:00 PM

ETA hotel. Freshen up.

05:00 PM

Shopping at Malioboro Street

07:00 PM

Dinner.  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

09:00 PM

ETD hotel.

DAY 1 EXPENSES:

IDR 311,000 (₱1,296/$22.87/SGD 33.03)

  
  
 

DAY 2

BOROBUDUR SUNRISE + PRAMBANAN TEMPLE

03:30 AM

Borobudur sunrise tour. Hotel pick-up.

 

 

IDR 440,000 (₱1,602/$31/SGD 42)

DISCOUNTED CAR RENTAL HERE

04:30 AM

Transfer to Borobudur

05:30 AM

Borobudur Sunrise.  IDR 450,000 (1,628/$42/SGD 42)

07:30 AM

Transfer to Prambanan Temple.

08:30 AM

Prambanan Temple.  IDR 400,000 ( 1,447/$25/SGD 38)

12:00 AM

ETD hotel.

01:00 AM

ETA Yogyakarta. Hotel-check out.

 

DAY 2 EXPENSES

 

IDR 1,290,000 (₱4,677 / $98/SGD 122)

  
 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 

IDR 1,601,000 ($5,973/$120.87/SGD 155.03)

 

 Lava Tour Merapi

 

Sample Yogyakarta Itinerary 2

 

 

DAY 1

 

Arrival

 

04:45 PM

ETD Jakarta via Airasia flight

06:05 PM

ETA Yogyakarta

07:30 PM

ETD hotel.

Bus 1A to Sosrowijayan area. IDR 3,600 ( 14 /USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

Bus 3B to Jalan Prawirotaman. IDR 3,600 (14/USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

08:00 PM

Hotel check-in.

08:30 PM

Dinner.  IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

09:00 PM

Back to hotel. Sleep.

  
 

Day 1 Expenses:

 

IDR 536,000 (₱196/$3.25/SGD 5.34)

  
 

Day 2

 

Borobudur Sunrise, Prambanan Temple + Merapi Lava Tour

03:30 AM

Hotel pick-up for tour.

 

IDR 1,176,000 (₱4,283/$81.55/SGD 111.19)

RESERVE HERE

03:45 AM

Transfer to Borobudur.

04:30 AM

Borobudur sunrise

07:30 AM

Transfer to Merapi Kaliadeam

09:00 AM

Merapi Jeep tour

10:30 AM

Transfer to Prambanan Temple

12:00 PM

Prambanan Temple

02:00 PM

End of tour

03:00 PM

Back to hotel.

04:00 PM

Hotel check-out

 

Fly back to Jakarta or proceed to next destination.

  
 

DAY 2 EXPENSES

 

IDR 1,176,000 (₱4,283/$81.55/SGD 111.19)

  
 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 

IDR 1,712,000 (₱ 4,479/$84.8/SGD 116.53)

 

 


 

YOGYAKARTA EXPENSES (BUDGET BREAKDOWN)

 yogyakarta budget

Here’s a list of the possible expenses for a Yogyakarta trip.

 

Kraton (Royal Palace)

IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

Taman Sari (Water Castle)

IDR 15,000 (₱57/$1/SGD 1.42)

Borobudur Sunrise Entrance Fee

IDR 450,000 (1,628/$42/SGD 42)

Prambanan Temple

IDR 400,000 ( 1,447/$25/SGD 38)

Food budget (per meal)

IDR 50,000 (182/$3/SGD 5)

Lava Tour

IDR 196,000 ( 714 /$14/SGD19)

Hotel

IDR 125, 247 ( ₱452 /$9/SGD12)

Bus from Airport

IDR 3,600 ( 14 /USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

Bus to Airport

 

IDR 3,600 ( 14 /USD 0.25/SGD 0.34)

 

 


 

YOGYAKARTA TRAVEL TIPS + REMINDERS


 

Mt. Merapi

 Bring your passport or a copy of it, they will scan it when visiting Borobudur or other temples. Bring IDR as they no longer accept USD.

 

If you are visiting both Prambanan Temple and Ratu Boko, you can save if you buy the combo ticket. Same with Prambanan Temple + Borobudur combo ticket.

 

Kids need to show their passport or student ID to avail of the entrance fee for children or student.

 

If you’re doing the Merapi Lava Tour, bring extra clothes because you will most likely get wet.  Bring dry bag for your gadgets.

 


 

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