Have you boarded at least one of them?


The train is one of the most popular modes of transportation in Indonesia. It is popular since it can traverse long distances at a relatively low cost.

According to the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub), the length of domestic railroads has increased from 5,380 kilometers in 2016 to 6,497 kilometers in 2021. The government intends to build nine new railway lines this year, including the Lhokseumawe-Bireuen line in Sumatra and the Makassar-Parepare line in Sulawesi.

However, they're still a long time away. For now, here are the five longest train routes in the country:

The Krakatau Train (945 km)

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The Krakatau Train runs 945 kilometers from Blitar Station to Merak Station. The train, which has 11 carriages, reaches all provinces on the island of Java. It goes from Banten to DKI Jakarta, then West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, then East Java.

The train has 32 stops. You could take this train if you want to go from Merak to Blitar, through Cirebon and Madiun. It currently doesn't run due to low demand for the Merak-Rangkasbitung-Tanahabang line.

Gajayana Express (907 km)

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Gajayana travels 907 km from Kota Baru Station Malang to Gambier Jakarta Station. The trip took 14.5-15.5 hours at 70-120 km/h. The executive train, which travels the southern route and is drawn by the CC206 Locomotive, is known to be one of the most luxurious trains.

It has TVs, leather chairs that can be turned up to 140 degrees and swivel 180 degrees, power outlets, foldable tables, reading lamps, footrests, blankets, and pillows are just some of the things the Gajayana Train has to offer. The train also has an LCD screen, headphones, and a USB port.

The Bima Train (907 km)

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KA Bima runs 907 kilometers from Jakarta's Gambir Station to Kotabaru Station (Malang). This train's 15.5-hour route includes 13 stops. It is the oldest on the list and the most historic — it was the first to use air conditioning in Indonesia, starting in June 1967.

The Bima train is still running today, but its historic sleeper cars have been turned into regular executive class cars.

Matarmaja (881 km)

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This train goes from Kota Baru Station in Malang to Pasar Senen Station in Jakarta in 881 kilometers, which is a long way. People in Indonesia call this train Matarmaja because it goes from Malang to Blitar to Madiun to Jakarta. This AC Economy class train takes 15-16 hours to finish its journey. Before 1984.

The Gaya Baru Malam Selatan (825 km)

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The Gaya Baru Malam Selatan (GBMS) train travels 825 kilometers. It has Economy Plus PSO and executive class. The CC201 Locomotive pulls the train. It has proper infrastructure such as air conditioning, restrooms, leather seats, electric sockets in every four-seat number, and paid food service.

The GBMS train leaves Surabaya Gubeng Station at 12:00 p.m. and Pasar Senen Station at 10.15 a.m. The train, which started running in 1975, typically arrives at night.






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