If you have a limited time to go around Yogyakarta and only have a weekend to spare, here’s an itinerary you can follow to get the most out of it.

Day 1 – Borobudur travel

On your first day, you can go straight to Borobudur. It’s approximately an hour ride from Yogyakarta city. Experience the sunset behind the temple and the sunrise from a hill. There are two ways to go there, either by bus or by taxi. The bus network in Yogyakarta is quite easy to learn and the people there are very friendly so I suggest that you take the bus. If you don’t mind spending some money, you can always opt for a taxi.

Free sunset experience outside of Borobudur temple

Free sunset experience outside of Borobudur temple

 

1. Arrive in Yogyakarta Airport (Adi Sucipto airport) in the morning
2. Take Bus Trans Yogya 3A from the airport to Condong Catur bus station
3. Take Bus Trans Yogya 2A from Condong Catur to Jombor bus station
4. Take Bus Cemara Tunggal and Ragil Kuning from Jombor bus station  (1.5 hours)
5. Hostel/homestay/hotel check-in.
6. Try the famous Tongseng Mushroom for dinner.
7. Take a sunset shot behind the Borobudur temple (free). If you prefer to be inside the temple, which I heard doesn’t really have an impressive sunset view, you’ll have to pay around $30USD.

Day 1 Expenses
Item Name Cost (IDR)
Bus Trans Yogya 3A from airport to Condong Catur 3,000
Bus Trans Yogya 2A from Condong Catur to Jombor 3,000
Bus Cemara Tunggal from Jombor to Borobudur 20,000
3 Bottled water (700mL) 7,500
Nasi Goreng  (Lunch) 10,000
Tongseng Mushroom (Dinner) 15,000
Rice 5,000
EFATA Homestay $SGD26
Borobudur – Prambanan Combo ticket 360,000
Day 1 Total Expenses $57USD
Be sure to only pay 20,000 IDR to the ticket collector to/fro Borobudur and Jombor station. If you try to ask them how much, they will charge you 30,000 IDR. It’s better not to ask. 🙂

Place to stay

Ika and his family. Owners of EFATA Homestay

Ika and his family. Owners of EFATA Homestay

EFATA Homestay
Look for Ika
Contact Info: +6285697549245, ikasupodo1@gmail.com
House is located on Jalan Balaputera Dewa ( Balaputera Dewa Street), Borobudur. It’s near the Catholic church (Santo Petrus Borobudur) and Rani Jaya Shop (the most famous shop in Borobudur) and before Saraswati Hotel. They are located in the main street heading to Borobudur Temple. The house is walking distance from the market, the temple and the bus station. I highly recommend this place!

If you have a lot of time, I would suggest that you also go for their Cultural journey, Afternoon Wind and Temple days around Borobudur.

Day 2

On your second day, you can sign up for a sunrise package in Punthuk Setumbu Hill from your homestay or you can opt for the sunrise inside the Borobudur temple. The sunrise in Borobudur temple is quite expensive ($30). I assure you, the view from the hill is not less majestic as that in the temple (plus it’s a lot cheaper!).

After the trip in Borobudur, you can head back to Yogyakarta and explore the city.

Sunrise in Borobudur at Punthuk Setumbu Hill

Sunrise in Borobudur at Punthuk Setumbu Hill

Your second day could be like this:

1. Wake up early morning and go for the sunrise shot at Punthuk Setumbu Hill
2. Go to Borobudur temple right after the sunrise. The temple opens at 6AM.
2. Go back to Yogyakarta city before lunch time. Take the same bus as yesterday’s.
3. Go to Prambanan temple by Trans Yogya 1A bus.
4. Go to Candi Sewu temple
5. Watch the sunset at Prambanan temple. You’ll fall in love with it!
6. Go back to Yogyakarta city
7. Shop at Jalan Malioboro and Mirota Batik
8. Try the famous Gudeg Yu Djum for dinner and pair it with the Jeniper drink. You can check out Bu Widodo in Jalan Wijilan. 🙂
9. Go for a 1.5-hour body massage in Griya Shiatsu

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Day 2 Expenses

Day 2 Expenses
Item Name Cost (IDR)
Sunrise in Punthuk Setumbu Hill 85,000
Bus Ragil Kuning to Jombor 20,000
Bus Trans Yogya 1A to Prambanan 3,000
Nasi Goreng (Lunch) 10,000
3 Bottled water (700mL) 7,500
Bus Trans Yogya 1A from Prambanan to Yogyakarta City 3,000
Gudeg Yu Djum telur and chicken drumstick (sayap) 19,000
Jeniper drink 4,000
Omah Cilik Hostel (Mixed dormitory) 70,000
1.5 Hours body massage 90,000
Motorbike to airport 30,000
Airport fee 100,000
Day 2 Total Expenses $37USD

Excluding the airfare ticket, my total expenses for the trip is only $100USD. I assure you, it’s all worth it!

Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple

Place to stay

Omah Cilik
Address: Purwokinanti PA I/350, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Contact No.: +62 896-8714-0614

Make sure you have IDR100,000 with you if you’re departing from the airport. This is for the airport fee.

 

Borobudur fees

Indonesian local or KITAS card holder IDR 30.000
Indonesian local children IDR 12.500
Foreigner – Adult USD  20
Foreigner – Student [registered] USD  10

Prambanan fees

Indonesian local or KITAS card holder IDR   30.000
Indonesian local children IDR   12.500
Foreigner – Adult USD 18
Foreigner – Student [registered] USD 9

PRAMBANAN – BOROBUDUR Package

Indonesian local or KITAS card holder IDR   50.000
Indonesian local children IDR   22.000
Foreigner – Adult IDR 360.000
Foreigner – Student [registered] IDR 180.000

 

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