We did it, we rode the local train and we survived! It’s not like it’s a huge challenge but when you see people riding on top of the train and lots of crowds it does seem a bit scary.
We decided to do it on a Saturday morning as to avoid the huge crowds. The train was full but not sardine-like full. Everybody was excited to see the bule family riding the train and we took advantage of that as they let Evan have a sit.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean train with AC. There are special carts at the front of the train that can be used exclusively by women. The seats are not bad and the ride is very smooth. We rode from the Cikini station close to our apartment to Kota, in the old city center.
Of course Evan was very excited to ride the same train he sees pass by from the windows in our apartment. Now every time we drive past the station or walk near it, he wants to go upstairs and get on the train. I’m not so sure when that will happen again.
Overall, I would definitely give it another try if I was going to Monas or again to Kota and didn’t feel like driving in traffic, however I would be sure to avoid rush hour and maybe stick to riding on the weekend early in the morning.
Ana, your blogging is prolific and very enjoyable to follow. We have often thought of riding the trains but have not found the opportunity or the courage to do so – your pictures don’t look like the trains we see stuffed full with humanity who also perch precariously, often asleep, on top of the carriages here in South Jakarta.
Thanks for your encouraging words! The train is always very crowded around our neighborhood, too. That’s why we did it early in the morning on a saturday I’m not sure I would try it again on any other day. Maybe during Idul Fitri…
And there is something special old world romantic about train travel that I just love!
We love riding the train, too. I wish we could do it more often. I can’t wait to take the kids to Europe and let them enjoy as many train rides as they want.
I should have done it too when I was there. Maybe next time. Keep up the good work.
Hi! It was more fun than I expected. I hope you are doing great!
I am. I hope all is well with you too.
have a great life experience in Indonesia. may sweet memory will be kept reminded in your both cute sons