The Jakarta Post
The service was introduced on a trip from Gambir Station in Central Jakarta to Yogyakarta and Surakarta in Central Java last weekend . (Shutterstock.com/Kadek Bonit Permadi)
PT Kereta Api (KA) Wisata, a subsidiary of state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), recently launched Kereta Wisata Priority cars for those seeking to experience the same onboard luxury as the President and state guests.
The cars were introduced last weekend on a train that traveled from Gambir Station in Central Jakarta to Yogyakarta and Surakarta in Central Java.
Each Priority train car, which can be coupled to regular trains as the first or last car, boasts a private mini-bar, a restaurant, designated crew, toilet, 52-inch TV and Audio Video On Demand (AVOD).
PT KA Wisata operational and administration director Sunarjo told kompas.com that the Priority train cars offered first-class services that were better than those on executive trains.
The passengers of a Priority car during a train trip to Yogyakarta on Aug. 4, 2017. (kompas.com/Andreas Lukas Altobel)
One passenger, Adnan, said he enjoyed the experience so much that he would make another booking for one of his upcoming trips. “It’s satisfying. The atmosphere, service and facilities are different from the executive trains; it’s more welcoming,” he said.
However, other passenger, Dwi Purnomo, had a different opinion as he criticized the lack of Wi-Fi, which he said he needed as he was an IT developer.
Another traveler, Tia, said the mini-bar lacked a trash bin. “The AVOD service only has movies for children and they're outdated,” she added.
The Priority train cars only operate on weekends as part of Taksaka, Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga trains. Tickets can be purchased through KAI Access, KAI 121, KAI ticket counters, KA Wisata ticket counters, the KAI website and from the company's offline and online ticketing partners.
A special rate is reportedly available until October, with a starting price of Rp 750,000 (US$56) inclusive of food and beverages. (wir/kes)