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Malang (Malang) is one of the largest cities of the island of Java in Indonesia, the second largest in East Java after Surabaya, its population is more than 1.2 million people. This is not a beach resort, it is located 70 kilometers from the nearest coast (Malang on the map), but this is a fairly popular tourist destination.

The city itself is not very remarkable, but it is its tourists who often choose as a starting point for exploring this part of the island, preferring it to the capital of East Java, Surabaya. Malang is much quieter, calmer and more spiritual, he is credited with the importance of the cultural capital of this East Java. At the same time, there is a tourist atmosphere in the city, there are a lot of young people because of the large number of student educational institutions.

There are almost no attractions and entertainment in Malang itself, you can only see the remains of colonial architecture, Hindu temples and mosques, and visit the remarkable museum of military history. But around the city there are many interesting places. So, very close is the Bromo-Tengger-Semetu National Park and its active volcanoes: the popular Bromo and the highest volcano on the island of Java Semeru (Semeru). A little further east is another very popular Ijen volcano. Just 20 kilometers away is the exciting tourist town of Batu, which is worth a visit for at least one day. Well, just a must–visit place is the ancient Hindu Temple complex Panataran (Panatran). This is not a complete list of interesting places, but for more information about the sights of Malang, see below on this page in the section about attractions.

The infrastructure in Malang for tourists is not well developed, but in order to spend a few days here, everything is available. There are cafes, restaurants, evening markets with street food courts and stalls. There are travel agencies offering sightseeing tours to the volcanoes of Bromo, Ijen, climbing Mount Semeru and other attractions. There are plenty of hotels in the city: there are both budget options and five-star hotels with prices starting from $ 45!!! But it is better to book such rooms in advance.

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How to get to Malang

Malang is located 90 kilometers from Surabaya, 330 kilometers from Yogyakarta, 800 kilometers from Jakarta and 400 kilometers from the city of Denpasar in Bali (Malang on the map). You can get here by plane, train or bus, but only from the cities of Indonesia, there is no international connection. The international airports through which it is most convenient and cheapest to get to Malang are Jakarta and Denpasar.

From the island of Bali (from Denpasar), you can fly by plane, take a direct bus, or get to Banyuwangi by bus, and transfer there by train.

Learn more about all the ways to get to Malang:

  • By plane

    Near Malang there is a small airport named after Abdul Rahman Saleh (Abdul Rahman Saleh Airport, code – MLG, airport on the map). It is located just 5 kilometers from the city, but no public transport goes to it, you can only get there by taxi for about 100,000 rupees (about 7 US dollars, see the currency of Indonesia and its exchange rate).

    There are only domestic flights to this airport from Jakarta, Denpasar on Bali Island, and Makassar on Sulawesi Island, there are no international flights. The most frequent flights are operated from Jakarta – about 10 daily, prices are reasonable. There are 1-2 flights a day from Denpassar, and not every day, prices are also low, from $ 60 one way.

    Another option to fly to Malang is via Surabaya Airport, since international flights are also operated here, although prices are higher than to Jakarta. From Surabaya to Malang can be reached by taxi, train or bus (read the section below).

  • By train

    Malang railway station is located in the center of Malang (code – ML, station on the map). Please note that when buying tickets, you need this particular station with the ML code, and not others related to Malang, but located far from the center. From this station to the central square of Alun-Alun is within walking distance, as well as to some hotels in the center.

    By train you can get here from:

    • Jakarta (via Bandung, Yogyakarta) – 13:00, 15:15, 16:30 , 17:40, 18:15; the journey takes 15 hours; the cost starts from 109,000 rupees
    • Surabaya – three trains daily at 00:45, 06:20 and 07:20; 2 hours on the way; cost from 35,000 rupees
    • Banyuwangi – one train daily at 05:00; 7 hours on the way; cost from 62,000 rupees

    You can check the schedule here – Learn more about Indonesian trains and how to use them here.

  • By bus

    Malang can be reached by bus from many major cities of Java and Bali, at least from these: Banyuwangi, Denpasar (Bali), Jember, Probolingo, Solo (Surakarta), Surabaya, Yogyakarta. Buses of different directions arrive at different stations:

    Between all these stations there are fixed-route taxis with the routes indicated on them according to the first letters of the station names, for example A-G, and they can also be used to get from the stations to the city center for 3,000 rupees.

    Buses for long-distance destinations depart mainly in the morning. Here is the timetable for the landmark:

    • Probolingo – every hour from 05:00 to 17:00; 2 and a half hours on the road; from 40,000 rupees
    • Surabaya – every hour; 3 hours on the road; from 25,000 rupees
    • Yogyakarta – in 07:00, 08:00, 18:00, 20:00; on the way 8-9 hours; from 150,000 rupees
    • Denpasar (Bali) – twice a day at 15:30 and 18:00; 12 hours on the road; from 120,000 rupees
    • Banyuwangi – twice a day at 07:00 and 13:00; 7 hours on the road; from 50,000 rupees
    • Jember – every hour and a half; on the way 4 and a half hours; from 30,000 rupees

How to navigate Malang

Malang is a large city, and to get from the bus station or railway station to the hotel, you will have to use transport. You will also need transport to see the sights in the surrounding area. At the same time, the city center is quite compact, and if you are located not too far from the central Alun-Alun square and Jl. Besar Ijen street, then you can reach all the interesting places in the city on foot. So, what can you use to move around Malang and the surrounding area:

  • Fixed-route taxis

    Fixed-route taxis, called Miko here, run throughout the city. The fare in them costs only 3,000 rupees, although they try to charge tourists 5 000 – 10 000 rupees. There are many routes and it is difficult to understand them, but the most useful for tourists are those that run between bus stations, and they all pass through the center. These routes are indicated by the first letters of the names of the bus stations, i.e., for example, a fixed-route taxi between the bus stations Arjosari and Gadung is designated as A-G. The MM route is also convenient – running between the railway station-MOG Mall shopping center-Dieng plaza mall shopping center.

  • Taxi

    Taxis do not run around the city, as it happens in large and tourist cities. You can find a taxi only at bus and railway stations. In other cases, you need to order a car by phone, which is best done through the hotel staff, since English and other foreign languages are not used here. Taxis work by the meter, and a short trip around the city will cost from 30,000 rupees (a little more than 2 US dollars)

  • Bicycle rickshaws

    Bicycle rickshaws (Becaks) work mainly in the city center, and they should be considered only as recreational transport, and not in order to get from one point to another.

  • Transport rental

    You can rent a car either on your own or with a driver. Especially popular is the service of hiring a guide-driver with a car for a trip to the Bromo volcano at night to meet the dawn. Such a trip will cost from 500,000 rupees (36 US dollars).

    In Malang, you can rent an automatic or semi-automatic scooter/motorbike for trips around the city and the surrounding area. If you have driving experience, then this is just the perfect option, and by the way, you can even get to the Bromo volcano by scooter. Rent costs from 45,000 rupees per day (about 4 US dollars). You can rent a motorcycle, at least here:

    Also look for other places to rent vehicles on the Google map on request sewa motor di malang.

Sights of Malang

Malang is a historical city and there are many historical buildings and even a whole historical quarter located in the area of Jl. Besar Ijen Street. But there are not very many particularly interesting objects. Many more attractions are located outside the city in its surroundings.

It is convenient to see the sights in the vicinity of Malang by staying in the city itself, and to go to them with excursions or on your own by local transport or by renting a motorcycle or car. This is one of the few places in this part of Java where you can easily find a motorcycle rental and go on it to get acquainted with the surroundings, including the famous volcano Bromo. By the way, this is the closest place to Bromo, where you can rent a motorbike and go to the volcano on it (read more about the Bromo volcano and how to get to it here).

Here is a list of attractions in Malang and the surrounding area, indicating their opening hours, the cost of visiting and how to get to them:

Sights in the city

  • Historic district on Jl. Besar Ijen Street

    Along the street Jl. Besar Ijen, also called Ijen Boulevard, there is the largest number of preserved buildings of colonial architecture in the city, because Malang was founded and rebuilt by the Dutch. Among the buildings, especially pay attention to the old library, the Catholic church, and the Brawijaya Military Museum, which is worth a visit. Of course, many buildings have been renovated and rebuilt, but in general the spirit of the times has been preserved. At the end of May, the street is closed to traffic for the city's largest music and art festival Malang Kembali.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock, but it is better to visit both in the afternoon and in the evening.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: you can get there on foot or by minibus route MM (area on the map)

  • Brawijaya Military Museum

    Museum Brawijaya is a military history museum dedicated to the struggle of the Indonesian people for independence in the early 20th century. The museum is state-owned and not very well maintained, but you should definitely look here while walking along the historical street of the city.

    🕐 Working hours: daily from 08:00 to 15:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: 2500 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: The museum is located on Jl. Besar Ijen Street (museum on the map).

  • Former Malang Tempo Doeloe Museum

    Museum Malang Tempo Doeloe was closed and moved to another city, but the place where it was located now houses a cafe. And interestingly, many of the exhibits of this historical museum, its interior, have been preserved. You can come here for lunch or coffee, and at the same time see the remaining exhibits.

    🕐 Working hours: from 10:00 to 22:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: located within walking distance from the central square of Alun-Alun at Jl. Gajahmada No.4 (museum on the map)

  • Cigarette Museum

    Museum Bentoel Prima. PT is a small museum operating at the cigarette factory of the famous local brand BENTOEL and others. The museum presents documents about the history of the plant, photographs, product samples.

    🕐 Working hours: from 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday is a day off.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: located at JL. Wiromargo, No. 32 (museum on the map)

  • Jami Great Mosque Malang

    It is the largest mosque in the city. It is very beautiful, it is illuminated in the evenings. But unfortunately this is not a tourist place, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter it.

    🕐 Working hours: you can inspect the outside around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: located near the city park (mosque on the map)

  • Kayutangan Catholic Church

    Kayutangan Church is a classical Catholic church, one of the oldest in Malang, and at the same time a historical and architectural landmark. The church can be viewed from the inside if the doors are open. Very convenient location near the main square of Alun-Alun.

    🕐 Working hours: during daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: church on the map

  • Klenteng Tri Dharma Eng An Kiong Taoist Temple

    Eng An Kiong Temple is a classic Chinese Buddhist temple, one of the few in Malang, the most important for the Chinese community of the city, and definitely the most beautiful. Tourists can go inside and freely inspect everything there, inside it is also very beautiful and interesting. There are many stalls with traditional Chinese food near the temple.

    🕐 Working hours: during daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: temple on the map

  • Central Square of Alun-Alun

    This is the main square of the city and an important landmark. Nearby there is a railway station and many hotels, including the famous hotel-museum Hotel Tugu Malang, which exhibits a collection of works of art dating back to the 10th century. It can be visited completely free of charge, but for decency, go to a local restaurant and order a dish or drink. The square itself will not be interesting to any special tourists. It's just a city park in the center of the roundabout with greenery, flowers, a lotus pond and a monument.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to visit in the evening.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: central square on the map

  • City Park

    In Malang there is another center point of Alun-Alun, i.e. the central square, but this place plays the role of a central park. A beautiful and peaceful place without transport, with a fountain in the middle and a beautiful view of the mosque. There's nothing much to do, just take a walk and take some photos. Nearby there are several shopping centers and restaurants (including McDonald's), a cinema.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock, it is better to visit in the evening.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: park on the map

  • Jodipan Tourist Village

    Tourism Village Jodipan is a small area of the city where students and artists painted all the houses in different colors and painted a lot of 3D paintings on the walls. There are always a lot of tourists here, there are cafes and restaurants, stalls with food, souvenirs and goods for tourists. In general, a good place to take a photo and leave a memory of your visit to Malang.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: 3000 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: the tourist village is located near the center and the railway station, you can get there on foot (village on the map). From other parts of the city you can get to the railway station by minibus MM, and walk 10 minutes on foot.

  • Pasar Bunga Flower and Bird Market

    Flower and bird markets are in the same place, but still they are different markets. Only flowers are sold at the flower market, but at the bird market you can see a large number of exotic birds in cages, aquarium fish, and even snakes. It is unlikely that you will buy something here, but it's worth seeing this colorful place.

    🕐 Working hours: from 08:00 to 16:00, it is better to visit in the morning.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: market on the map

Attractions in the vicinity of Malang

  • Bromo Volcano and Bromo-Tengger-Semetu National Park

    This is one of the brightest and most popular attractions of the island of Java and Indonesia as a whole. In this national park there are several volcanoes at once, including the highest mountain on the island, Mount Semeru, as well as many other natural attractions. But the most popular among tourists is the Bromo volcano. This is an active volcano located in the caldera of another huge volcano that is no longer active. Tourists come here to meet the dawn with a view of the Bromo volcano and the "sea of sand" valley, and then climb the volcano itself. The route is very simple with a minimal pedestrian part, almost all goes by jeeps. Learn more about the Bromo volcano here...

    🚶 How to get there: Malang is one of the convenient starting points for the volcano, which is located 50 kilometers from the city center Bromo on the map. The easiest way to visit it is with a jeep tour (offered at hotels and travel agencies in the city, the cost starts from 450,000 rupees), but you can do this yourself by renting an SUV or motorcycle.

  • Batu City

    The town of Batu, 15 kilometers from Malang, is an independent mountain resort. It can be visited as a day trip, or stay in it for a few days. It is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, temples, hot springs. The most active tourists and travelers can go on multi-day trekking tours from here, climbing peaks and volcanoes. Learn more about the city of Batu and its attractions here...

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: Batu is located 15 kilometers from Malang (Batu on the map). You can get to it by suburban minibuses from Landungsari station for 7000 rupees, 30 minutes on the way, depart during the day by occupancy.

  • Masjid Tiban Mosque

    A very beautiful multi-level mosque, or rather a whole complex, including shops and cafes. The mosque is new, is still being completed, and there are several exhibitions dedicated to its construction and architecture on the territory. Tourists can walk around the territory completely freely, but when visiting, you should dress appropriately: no short skirts and shorts, open shoulders, women should cover their heads.

    🕐 Working hours: during daytime.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge, donations are welcome.

    🚶 How to get there: the mosque is located far outside the city (mosque on the map), you can only get there by taxi or rented transport.

  • Panji Museum

    Panji Museum is a former Malang Tempo Doeloe Museum, which was located in the city center, but in 2017 it was moved to a new location far beyond Malang. He tells about the history of the region and the city, i.e. in our opinion it is a museum of local lore, and a very good one. It is very convenient to visit it on the way to the Bromo volcano, because it is located just on the way to it, 12 kilometers from the center. And the most interesting thing is that the museum has a swimming pool, and you can swim in it.

    🕐 Working hours: from 09:00 to 17:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: 25 000 rupees.

    🚶 How to get there: the museum is located in the village of Tumpang on the way to the volcano Bromo (museum on the map). You can get here by rented transport.

  • Singosari Temple

    Singosari Temple or Candi Singosari is one of the last Hindu temples built by the great Singosari dynasty ruling East Java before Islam came to the island. It dates back to 1304 AD. Today it is a protected historical landmark. This is not a complex of temples, but just the historical ruins of one temple surrounded by ancient statues. Also pay attention to the gate-statues on the road at the entrance to the temple. It also offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the Bromo volcano. It is recommended to visit this temple in conjunction with the Sumberawan Temple, because it is located not far from here.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: the temple is located in the village of Singosari, 10 kilometers from the center of Malang (temple on the map). It is best to get here by rented transport or taxi, but you can take a minibus from the Arjosari bus station towards Lawang for 10,000 rupees. You need to go to Singosari market, and then walk.

  • Sumberawan Temple

    Sumberawan Temple or Candi Sumberawan – another ruin, only already a Buddhist stupa. Its construction dates back to 1359, and allegedly it was timed to coincide with the visit of the great King Hayam Wuruk, the 4th ruler of the state of Majapahit, the last pre-Islamic kingdom of Indonesia. The stupa itself is unremarkable, although it will certainly be of interest to lovers of antiquities. But the very path to it is interesting, which passes through village quarters and fields, as well as along the canal, which locals use for bathing and striki.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: the ruins of the stupa are located in the village of Sumberawan, 17 kilometers from Malang (temple on the map). Despite the short distance, you will have to travel by public transport almost all day. To do this, you need to take a shuttle bus from the Arjosari bus station in Malang to Singosari Market, and then transfer to a shuttle bus to Sumberawan, and then another 500 meters on foot. Be sure to visit the Singosari Temple along the way. To be honest, such a route is not worth exploring these two places, but if you get here by rented transport or taxi, then it's worth a visit.

  • Jago Temple

    Jago Temple or Candi Jago is the ruins of a Buddhist temple built between 1268 and 1280. Although it was originally a Buddhist temple, later typical statues of Hindu deities appeared here. In our opinion, of all the temples in the vicinity of Malang, this is the largest and worth visiting. It can be visited on the way to the Bromo volcano or on the way back, because it is located just on this route.

    🕐 Working hours: around the clock.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: admission is free, donations are welcome.

    🚶 How to get there: the temple is located in the village of Tumpang, 22 kilometers from the city (temple on the map). You can get there by minibus to Tumpang from Arjosari Bus Station, from 5000 rupees.

  • Badut Temple

    Badut Temple or Candi Badut is another Hindu temple ruins. This is a historical place dating back to 760, but at the same time it is revered by believers. During Hindu holidays, ceremonies and festivals are held here. From a tourist point of view, you can visit it, especially since it is located in the redistricting of the city, on its outskirts, but you will spend no more than 15 minutes on inspection.

    🕐 Working hours: from 08:00 to 16:00.

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: temple on the map

  • Kidal Temple

    Kidal Temple or Candi Kidal – ruins of a Hindu temple built in 1248 (according to other sources in 1260) for the burial of the second king of the kingdom of Singosari – King Anusapati (Anusapati). The place will be interesting for lovers of antiquities, but you will spend no more than 10 minutes on inspection, especially since there is a chicken farm nearby, from which a terrible smell spreads.

    🕐 Working hours: -

    💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free of charge.

    🚶 How to get there: The temple is located 14 kilometers from the city(temple on the map). You can only get here by taxi or rented transport.

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