The Jakarta Post
'Mudik' (exodus) travelers at Kampung Rambutan terminal, Jakarta, on June 24, 2018. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)
The euphoria surrounding mudik (exodus) has kicked into high gear as many Jakarta residents have already booked train or plane tickets to their hometowns, hundreds of miles away from the capital.
Those whose hometowns are located just on the outskirts of Jakarta, however, are in luck as several shuttle service providers are offering special prices for short-distance mudik.
Baraya Travel in Cibubur, East Jakarta, is offering an Rp 80,000 (US$5.50) shuttle package for journeys from Jakarta to Bandung, West Java. University students are offered a special price of Rp 70,000 for the same package, while those purchasing tickets online are offered an even lower price of Rp 50,000.
Iqbal, a ticket operator at Baraya Travel, said the prices would likely go up a week before Idul Fitri.
“The number of passengers typically increases by 50 percent three days before Idul Fitri,” he said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that shuttle vans were more convenient than other modes of land transportation for short-distance trips.
“It usually only takes two-and-a-half hours for a shuttle van to arrive in Bandung from Jakarta, with light traffic. Passengers will immediately depart without having to wait for late passengers to fill up the van,” he said.
Shuttle vans from Baraya Travel depart daily for Bandung from Jakarta every one to two hours from 6 a.m. (rfa/wng)