Semarang is the capital city and the largest city of Central Java, Indonesia. The city used to be the hub for international trading back in the 16th century. As well as a place where worldwide culture blended in, from Chinese, Indian, Arab, to European. With that historical record, Semarang is now known as a city with multicultural harmony and still one of the busiest business districts in the country. Visiting Semarang sure will give an exceptional experience for you. Here is our guide!

Getting There

You can get there with almost every transportation options, especially if you’re already live in Indonesia.

By Plane

There are daily flights to Semarang available from many cities in Indonesia and the airport, Achmad Yani International Airport, is quite nearby from the city center. Semarang also connected to international destination Singapore by SilkAir and AirAsia, as well as Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia.

By Train

Cities that are connected to Semarang by train are Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. You can choose the express train which takes around 6 hours from Jakarta. There are two main railway stations in Semarang, Stasiun Tawang, and Stasiun Poncol. If you’re fancy for a panoramic view during your trip, using a train could be the best choices as you will be accompanied by Java Sea beautiful view.

By Bus

There are also bus companies with daily service for a trip from Jakarta to Semarang. You may choose between day time or overnight trip with these reputable bus companies, such as Rosalia Indah, Raya, Kramat Jati, Safari Dharma Raya. If you go by group, the company will also provide a special rate for charter or tourist bus. The trip may take up to 12 hours but still depends on the traffic condition.

By Boat

Jakarta – Semarang and vice-versa, Is mostly a traditionally via-railway traveled route along the northern coast road (“Pantura”) or by plane. A trip by boat or sea vessel is uncommon due to its rare schedule and the length of the journey that takes too long compared with a train (approx 6 hours) and over-night bus (9 hours). However, cruise ships occasionally spend a day in port. The port has few facilities for passengers, but an informal market of street vendors often assembles outside the secure area. Most passengers take a one day tour to Borobudur. (Source)

Getting Around

The most convenient choice would be renting a car. There are car rental service companies with reputable service for your recommendation:

(Cipaganti) Jl. Pamularsih Raya Semarang
(Tritama Rent Car) Jl. Kedungmundu Raya No. 18-A Semarang
(Indorent) Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 378 Semarang
(Smartco Autorent) Jl. Durian Raya Banyumanik Semarang
(Assa Rent A Car) Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 320-A Semarang

But, you can also use another option including minibus or taxi. The minibusses here is called angkot which each angkot will take to different destinations. You can check the route on its top front of the car or ask the driver before you board. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a safer and more comfortable option, a taxi should be your choice.

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