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Planes are not the only way to reach one of East Java's most popular travel destinations, which is also home to the Ijen Crater that is known for its unique blue fire and turquoise crater lake. (Shutterstock/File)
Mount Agung's recent eruption momentarily disrupted flights to and from Blimbing Sari Airport in Banyuwangi earlier this week, as volcanic ash from the neighboring island of Bali posed a risk to aircraft.
But planes are not the only way to reach one of East Java's most popular travel destinations, which is also home to the Ijen Crater that is known for its unique blue fire and turquoise crater lake.
Here are alternative paths to reach Banyuwangi, as compiled by kompas.com.
Several buses serving the Jakarta-Bali route make a stop in Banyuwangi. However, this option takes the longest -- expect to clock in approximately 25 hours on the road, depending on traffic.
There are also bus routes traveling from the neighboring East Java cities of Surabaya and Malang. To cut down on traveling time, catch a flight from Jakarta to the nearby cities and continue by bus.
Traveling by train is another alternative choice that, however, includes a transit. Passengers from Jakarta can catch a train either from Gambir Station for those on the northern line or Pasar Senen Station for those on the southern line.
There are no direct train services to Banyuwangi. For the northern route, passengers traveling from Jakarta Gambir can head to Surabaya, either to the Surabaya Pasar Turi or Surabaya Gubeng stations.
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From Surabaya transit at Banyuwangi Baru Station. The travel time from Jakarta is estimated to be between 16 and 17 hours.
For the southern line, passengers should head to Yogyakarta from Pasar Senen, stopping at Lempuyangan. From there switch trains to Banyuwangi Baru via Surabaya. In total, it would take approximately 22 hours to reach the destination.
To cut down on traveling time, consider combining a flight and a train ride.
Fly into Juanda International Airport in Surabaya and head to Gubeng Station to continue by train to Banyuwangi.
It is also possible to fly into Abdul Rahman Saleh Airport in Malang and take a train from Malang Kota Lama Station to Banyuwangi. (liz/kes)