Yogyakarta Travel Guide

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General information

Yogyakarta is a large city in the center of the island of Java in Indonesia (Yogyakarta on the map). In fact, the name is pronounced locally as Yogyakarta, and most often you can hear the name Yogya or Jokya, which means the abbreviated name of the city (Jogja or Yogya). It is located in the most earthquake-prone zone of Indonesia next to the country's most active volcano - Merapi.

Holidays in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the main tourist city on the island of Java, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia in general, the heart and cultural capital of Java. Holidays in Yogyakarta are exclusively sightseeing, there are no beaches here. There are many historical sights in the city itself, and its atmosphere, filled with culture and art, is also remarkable. But the most interesting thing for which hundreds of thousands of tourists flock here every year is the Borobudur Temple, which is considered the world's largest Buddhist temple in the world. Also from here you can visit the ancient Hindu temple complex Prambanan (Prambanan), one of the most active volcanoes of Merapi (Gunung Merapi), the Dieng Plateau and much more. In general, Yogyakarta is very convenient to use as a base point for exploring the whole of central Java, as well as volcanoes Bromo and Ijen.

Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta

The infrastructure in Yogyakarta for tourists is well developed. There is a tourist area here (Jalan Malioboro Street, street on the map), a huge number of hotels, travel agencies, cafes and restaurants, evening markets, massage parlors. Shopping lovers can shop in large shopping malls, but it is much more interesting to buy souvenirs in Yogyakarta in countless shops and workshops that sometimes sell real works of art. The city is known for its numerous workshops and factories of batik, so without this souvenir you will not be able to leave here. You will also be constantly offered to buy or taste luwak coffee, but be careful with this if you are really not an expert in this drink. Very often, fakes of this coffee are offered, or at a tasting you are given a taste of the real thing, and when you buy it, they give you a fake.

Batik Workshop

You can eat in Yogyakarta very inexpensively, but there are some peculiarities. Since Dhokyakarta is most popular as a place for domestic tourism, it is increasingly focused on locals. There are few familiar European restaurants and European cuisine, there are almost no bars and cafes with alcohol. Most cafes prepare halal, and you will have to eat sitting on the floor. There are also familiar European cafes and restaurants, but there are very few of them. You can have a snack from mobile trays for local rice with filler and coffee or tea for 20 00 rupees (1.28 RUB), sit in a local cafe with halal cuisine – 40,000 rupees (2.56 RUB), and for European cuisine you will have to pay from 80,000 (5.12 USD).

Difficulties in Yogyakarta await beer, wine and spirits lovers. You can find it only in expensive restaurants at hotels, or buy it yourself in stores. By the way, alcohol is also sold very rarely in stores here, look for it in large supermarkets, for example, in the Matahari shopping center or Hero Supermaket in Malioboro Mall on Malioboro Street. Alcohol prices are high, beer costs from 40,000 rupees (2.56 USD) per bottle.

Yogyakarta Cafe

Hotels in Yogyakarta, where to stay

There are a lot of hotels in Yogyakarta, there are all categories from budget hostels to five-star hotels. In general, the choice of accommodation in Yogyakarta is the richest on the entire island of Java, and only here you can find a large number of options for each of the categories.

Yogyakarta Hotels

Despite the large number of accommodation facilities, during the high season, which falls on July, August, and New Year's holidays, it is recommended to book hotels in advance. You can find the largest number of options and the lowest prices on major online booking sites:

Or you can search for a hotel immediately through the search form. All sites have a Russian interface and Russian-language customer support, a lot of reviews from real guests.

Currency exchange in Yogyakarta

You can easily exchange cash dollars, euros or other international currency in Yogyakarta. The course here is slightly lower than can be found in Jakarta, but the difference is insignificant. Exchangers are found in different places of the city, but we found the best exchange rate on Abu Bakar Ali street opposite the railway station, and on Sosrowijayan Lane, perpendicular to the main tourist street Malioboro.

There are a lot of ATMs located on the streets, in shopping malls and banks. ATMs of some banks may withhold a withdrawal fee (in addition to your bank's commission), but in general it is not a problem to find a commission-free ATM, start with these, they do not withhold withdrawals: CIMB, Mandiri, Maybank. The amount of the transaction fee is displayed on the screen before the final issue, so you can bypass several ATMs and choose the one where it is definitely not. Non-cash card payments through the terminal are widespread in stores, hotels, travel agencies, payment is made without additional fees.

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100 000 рупия (IDR) = 590,62 рублей (RUB)
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100 рублей (RUB) = 16 931,40 IDR
1 евро (EUR) = 16 958,80 IDR
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Yogyakarta weather, tourist seasons

It is best to visit Yogyakarta during the dry season, which runs from April to October. At this time it is moderately hot, there is almost no rain, which will not interfere with your trips to the sights of central Java. You can visit the city during the rest of the year, especially since the rains will not prevent you from sightseeing in Yogyakarta itself, but some interesting natural places outside the city will be more difficult to visit.

The high season, when the city is visited by the largest number of tourists, and even there are problems in order to find accommodation at a good price, falls on July, August, New Year holidays and Christmas Eve.

Seasons in Yogyakarta by month, when is the best time to go

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Current weather in Yogyakarta and forecast

How to get to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the most popular tourist destination on the island of Java, and transport is well developed here. You can get here by plane, train or bus from almost all the more or less large cities of the island of Java, as well as from Denpasar on the island of Bali. From other countries, you can get to Yogyakarta through the local Adusitjipto International Airport, but it's better to do it through the international airports of Jakarta or Surabaya, which will be much cheaper.

Yogyakarta Airport

Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport (Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport, also spelled Adisutjipto, code – JOG) is located just 7 kilometers from the center, almost within the city (airport on the map).

It is worth noting that international flights, although operated to Yogyakarta by budget airlines, are still too expensive, and it is much cheaper to get through Jakarta (see how to get to Jakarta). And in general, the route by plane from the cities of the Russian Federation or the CIS countries is much cheaper to make up yourself by buying tickets to Jakarta and from Jakarta to Yogyakarta separately. Just keep in mind that some airlines do not fly from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, but from the old Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (Halim Kuzuma, Halim Perdanakusuma International).

Prices for flights from Moscow to Yogyakarta:


Minimum prices for flights from Russia to Yogyakarta:

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The main railway line of the island of Java passes through Yogyakarta, which allows you to get here from Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Jember, Banwangi, Probolingo and other cities. Traveling by train is more expensive than by bus, but at the same time they are much more comfortable and faster.

See the train schedule on the website https://en.tiket.com. It is better to purchase tickets in advance, which can also be done online. Learn more about traveling by train in Indonesia, how and where to buy tickets and other questions here.

You can also get to Yogyakarta by bus, but traveling long distances, for example from Jakarta or Bali, is quite difficult, it is better to use trains or airplanes if possible.

Learn more about all the ways, how and how to get to Yogyakarta here...

Transport, what to use to get around

The center of Yogyakarta is compact and most of the attractions can be explored on foot. For trips to interesting places in the vicinity, including the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, you can purchase excursions, use the rental of transport, or get to them by commuter buses.

Yogyakarta Bicycle Rickshaw

Regular buses and special TrasJogja buses (aka Patas) run around the city. It is preferable to use TrasJogja. Regular buses cost from 2500 rupees (0.16 USD) depending on the distance, payment to the conductor or driver. Usually this transport is very crowded, without air conditioning. There are many routes, but they rarely go. The working period is from 06:00 to 17:00. TrasJogja buses is a modern and more comfortable bus system. They run from 06:00 to 21:00 every 10-15 minutes along the established routes, making stops at special stops with an electronic ticket system. Tickets are bought at the ticket office at the bus stop, and then you can use them to get to the buses. The fare is 3600 rupees (0.23 USD) for any route.

Taxis in Yogyakarta work by meters, and there is basically no problem with drivers refusing to use them and offering more expensive trips at a fixed price. A short-distance trip will cost from 20,000 rupees. There are not a lot of cars on the street, a call by phone or using applications is more common. It is almost impossible to order by phone without knowledge of the Indonesian language by phone, so you should contact the hotel reception for this. If you have mobile Internet, you can use the applications of local taxi companies My Blue Bird, Saytaxi, Go-Jek, or traditional Uber.

The local tourist mode of transport is bicycle rickshaws and carts. They are more focused on tourists as entertainment than as a real form of transport. Walks around the palace and trips to nearby attractions are mainly offered. The price is called higher than a taxi ride, but you can bargain.

Learn more about Yogyakarta transportation and what to use here...

Yogyakarta sights, what to see

Yogyakarta and its surroundings are filled with interesting tourist attractions, because it is the cultural capital of the island of Java and Indonesia as a whole. The city is home to the Kraton Sultan's Palace, Taman Sari water castle, several museums, a remarkable large Pasar Beringharjo market, Pasty Pasar bird market, Kota Gede historic district, the remains of the fortress wall and gate, and many more little-known architectural and historical places and monuments that you will come across just while walking around the city.

But the most important thing for which they come here is the two famous temple complexes located nearby – Borobudur and Prambanan. In addition to them, there are several dozen ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples in the vicinity of Yogyakarta, and an unusual modern Chicken Temple.

Taman Sari Water Castle

But Yogyakarta is rich not only in historical sights. From here you can take a tour to the most active Merapi volcano in Indonesia; visit an interesting, but so far little-known among foreign tourists, the Dieng plateau; go trekking in the surrounding area and to the caves; and even visit the beaches on the coast.

It is also one of the best starting points for tours to the volcanoes Bromo and Ijen. Here you can buy cheap tours to visit both volcanoes at once, and there are one-way tours to the city Banyuwangi. The latter option is very convenient for travelers, since such tours end at the pier in Banyuwangi, from where ferries depart for Bali Island. There are one-way tours through volcanoes and directly to Bali, but it is more profitable to buy to Banwangi, and from there to cross on your own.

Here are places in and around Yogyakarta that are definitely worth a visit:

Information about places of interest and a free map with the most important sights in English can be obtained at the tourist information center on Jalan Malioboro Street, 16 (information center on the map), where you can also buy excursions at the lowest prices. Excursions are also offered in hotels and other travel agencies on the street, or you can buy them online on one of the verified excursion tour search sites with reviews:

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Read more about Yogyakarta attractions with their opening hours, cost, and ways to get to them here...

Time in Yogyakarta

The time difference between Moscow and Indonesia (and its capital) is +4 hours. Current time in Yogyakarta (Indonesia):

Current time in Yogyakarta*
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Москва: +4 Самара: +3
Казань: +4 Нижний Новгород: +4
Екатеринбург: +2 Новосибирск: 0
Иркутск: -1 Владивосток: -3
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Useful information about Yogyakarta

  • Tourist information. On the main tourist street Jalan Malioboro, 16 (information center on the map) there is a state tourist information center where you can get a lot of useful information, free maps and booklets, event schedules. The office is open from 07:30 to 20:00, on Sunday it is abbreviated from 09:00 to 14:00. There are also counters with tourist information at the airport and at the railway station.
  • Security in Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta as a whole is a safe city for tourists, but as in any big city, you can suffer from minor property crimes here. Pickpocketing in transport, deception of tourists by taxi drivers, sale of substandard tourist services, etc. are frequent. And in no case do not get involved with drugs, as the death penalty is imposed for this in Indonesia.
  • Currency exchange. There are many exchange offices in the tourist area of the city, there are banks and ATMs. It is better not to change money at the airport, the course is not profitable.
  • Batik. Yogyakarta is considered the center of batik painting, there are a lot of workshops and factories here. You will be offered to buy these handicrafts at every corner, sometimes being tricked into bringing them to salons and workshops under the guise of excursions, where I will offer you goods at inflated prices. One of the popular layouts is when you are taken to an alleged exhibition or workshop, where they will show you how to make batik by hand, and then by psychological manipulation they will force you to buy it at prices many times higher than it actually costs.
  • A day off in museums. When planning a trip, please note that all state museums and galleries have a day off on Monday.

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