Most people visiting Yogyakarta will book an expensive tour to take them to all of the various sights around the area, but you can enjoy an afternoon in Borobudur or Prambanan for much cheaper if you choose to just take the bus. Getting there on your own allows you to enjoy these magnificent temples at your own pace while saving you some extra money!
How to get to Borobudur by bus
From anywhere in Yogayakarta you can catch a Grab, Uber, GoJek or city taxi, to get to the Jombol Terminal (Terminal Bis Jombor).
When you get to the terminal, everyone around you will assume that, because you are a tourist, you are going to Borobudur. They will happily point you in the right direction. You will want to get on a bus that says Jogya – Borobudur. They seem to run quite often, so you won’t have to wait for more than a few minutes. The bus is old and the seats are small, but it is only 25,000 Rph for the hour long ride. Borobudur is the final destination on the route, so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop. Enjoy the ride.
When you arrive at the Borobudur Station (Terminal Borobudur), you will either need to hop on a bicycle chariot for 5,000-15,000 Rph. or walk 1km down the road to the main entrance. Once again, all of the locals will know where you are trying to go and point you in the right direction.
The ticket gate at the entrance is segregated by race (at least it feels that way). Locals go to one side, and all foreigners go to another and pay a much more expensive price. They advertise that they offer student tickets with a valid student ID. I wont get into my rant about how poorly they handle this, but there was basically an angry mob of students who they were denied student tickets because they didn’t posses “additional proof” of student status, even though we all had student ID cards. They ended up letting me have a student ticket (195,000 Rph) after watching me log in to my university website and then allowing them to meticulously scroll through my academic profile and even take a picture of it. Katherine couldn’t log into hers at the time, and even though she still had a student ID, they made her pay full price (325,000 Rph).
If you are planning to visit both Borobudur & Prambanan while in Yogyakarta, you are able to buy a ticket at the Borobudur Entrance for admission to both of them at a slightly cheaper price. Unfortunately, they do not sell this pass at Prambanan where we were the day before, so we weren’t able to take advantage of the deal.
Borobudur Entrance Fee 2017: Student Ticket: (195,000 Rph), Adult Ticket: (325,000 Rph)
How to get to Prambanan on a bus
Get yourself to Halte 1 or 2 (bus stop) on Malioboro Street. If you are staying near the Tugu Train Station you can likely just walk there, otherwise catch a Grab, Uber, GoJek, or taxi. Let the worker at the bus stop know that you are wanting to go to Prambanan and they will charge you 3,500 Rph. to enter the waiting platform (you don’t actually get a ticket). Hop on bus 1A and ride it about 45 minutes to the end of the route, Terminal Prambanan.
From here, you just need to cross the highway and walk down to the break in the fence where you can enter the main parking lot to purchase your ticket and enter the park. People at the terminal may try to tell you that it is a far walk to get you to ride on their bike chariot, but it is seriously just right down the road.
Prambanan Entrance Fee 2017: Student Ticket: (195,000 Rph), Adult Ticket: (325,000 Rph)