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Riding the Soekarno-Hatta airport train: A guide

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, January 4, 2018 | 11:50 am
Riding the Soekarno-Hatta airport train: A guide

The train to Soekarno-Hatta airport passes Manggarai, Sudirman Baru, Duri, Batu Ceper and Soekarno-Hatta stations. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

The newly-inaugurated airport train has attracted many passengers, although some might not be fully informed about the route, departing stations and more.

If you’re going to give the airport train a go, here are some tips to get you started as reported by kompas.com:

Check your departing station

The train to Soekarno-Hatta airport passes Manggarai, Sudirman Baru, Duri, Batu Ceper and Soekarno-Hatta stations. For the time being, the train does not depart from Manggarai and Duri stations as the construction process is still ongoing. Passengers can depart from the Sudirman Baru and Batu Ceper stations to the airport.

Be mindful of rush hours

PT Railink has prepared 10 trains to transport 33,000 passengers per day (at full capacity). Each train has a capacity of 272 passengers. The first train departs from Sudirman Baru station at 03:21 a.m. and the last train departs at 10:51 p.m. From the airport, the first train departs at 04:40 a.m. and the last one departs at 00:40 a.m. 

The airport train has a total of 80 trips daily with pickup times at 15-minute intervals and 30-minute intervals at rush hours. You can check the departure schedule at https://reservation.railink.co.id or follow @RailinkARS on Twitter.

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Estimate your departure time

The average travel time from Sudirman Baru station to the airport is 54 minutes, therefore please consider this and the 3 hours prior to departure rule before leaving home so you will not miss your flight.

How to buy your tickets

There are two ways to buy your airport train tickets: buy them at the ticket machines in the stations or through the app. If you decide to buy your ticket at the station, you will have to provide your debit or credit card as all transactions are cashless. 

Firstly, you will be required to input your itinerary and the number of tickets required, along with personal data such as your name, mobile phone number and e-mail address. For purchases made via the ticket machine, only your mobile phone number is required. The total transaction time is one to two minutes.

Meanwhile, those who are always on the go and tech-savvy may want to check Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store and install the Railink app. The ticket can also be purchased via https//reservation.railink.co.id and payment can be completed using internet banking or Doku Wallet. 

The price of the airport train ticket is Rp 70,000 (US$5.10) per trip. Tickets cannot be bought within 20 minutes prior to departure or if the train is full. Gates are opened 20 minutes before the train arrives and passengers may board the train as long as the doors are still open. 

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How to get to the stations

To get to Sudirman Baru station, you can board the Transjakarta and commuter line. For Transjakarta users, two routes are prepared by the company. The first route is Sudirman Baru - Gambir (corridor 1) passing Hotel Indonesia - Sarinah - Bank Indonesia - Horse statue - Gambir station - Monas and back to Bank Indonesia - Sarinah - Hotel Indonesia off to Blora lane - Sudirman Baru station.

Another route is Sudirman Baru - Menteng (corridor 9) from Sudirman Baru - Hotel Indonesia roundabout - Tosari - Dukuh Atas - Karet - Semanggi - on to corridor 9 route Kuningan - Menteng - Hotel Indonesia off to Blora lane - Sudirman Baru station. 

Those taking the commuter line can disembark at Sudirman station, go out the station and use the exit door on the platform that heads to Tanah Abang or the one downstairs facing Blora street. Then continue to walk through the 20-meter-long tunnel.

What to do once you get to the airport

Soekarno-Hatta airport is also connected with the APMS/Skytrain. Once you arrive at the airport, you can move between terminals using the Sky Train which operates 20 hours a day starting from 04.27 a.m. to 00.17 a.m. (asw)

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