Argo Muria is the name of an executive class train from Semarang Operational Area serving the Semarang-Jakarta route, back and forth. The main stations on this route are Semarang Tawang Station and Gambir Jakarta Station. Every day, Argo Muria train is able to carry up to 700-900 passengers, with a maximum of 450 passengers per trip.
Semarang-Jakarta train ride or otherwise will take approximately 6 hours, with the distance between the two cities is about 460 km. Every day, Argo Muria only departs on early morning from Semarang and departs on the afternoon from Jakarta. Along the way, Argo Muria will transit in several main stations around the city, namely Pekalongan, Tegal, Cirebon, Jatinegara, and Bekasi. Throughout the trip, Argo Muria’s passengers will be pleased by beautiful panoramas of the North Coast, especially when crossing Pekalongan to Semarang.
Argo Muria provides typical Argo executive class facilities. It’s equipped with air conditioner, toilets, and LCD TVs for entertainment along the way. There are 50 seats in each car, with 2-2 settings (2 stools on the right and 2 benches to the left of each row). Each seat is made of leather and its position can be adjusted (rotated or enforced backrest). Each seat is supported by armrests, footrests, folding tables, power outlets, and reading lamps. Blankets and pillows are also directly available on each passenger seat for your convenience. Passengers can even order special menus from the area that the train passes. Under the condition that you order the food maximum of two hours before arriving at the food’s origin station.
Argo Muria offers varying ticket prices according to the seating position, train subclass, and travel time. For Semarang Tawang-Jakarta Gambir route (or vice versa), ticket prices are starting from 255,000 IDR-310,000 IDR per passenger. As for the route to stopover stations, the ticket price is starting from 195,000 IDR-235.000 IDR per passenger.
The name Argo Muria is inspired by Mount Muria. Mount Muria is one of the mountains in Central Java—north of the Kudus City to be precise. The mountain with an altitude of 1,602 meters above the sea surface is a legendary place of Wali Songo, Sunan Muria. At the top of this mountain, there is a cottage which was the basis of the spread of Islam in that era, as well as the tomb of Sunan Muria.
Argo Muria started operations on December 22, 1997. The Argo Muria circuit uses the same sequence as Argo Bromo Anggrek train, so it is considered the most luxurious of its time.
Currently, Argo Muria uses a series of Bogie K10 produced by PT. INKA in 2017 with Locomotive CC203 and CC206. The CC201 locomotive is operated exclusively as an additional train. The Argo Muria consists mainly of 7-9 executive trains, one dining car, and one generator train. Luggage car will only be used as needed. During the Eid season, Argo Muria often adds the fleet using the latest Argo Bromo Anggrek train to accommodate passenger spikes.
As of February 2017, PT. KAI Regional Operations 4 Semarang re-activate Argo Muria additional connection for Semarang Tawang-Jakarta Gambir route. This activation is the answer to the increased number of passengers, especially during weekends. This additional train departs at 18:55 PM from Semarang and arrives in Jakarta at 00:50 AM. It leaves again at 10:25 PM from Jakarta and arrives in Semarang at 16:27 PM. The additional train rate is 310,000 IDR per passenger. In addition to activating the additional train, PT. KAI also maximizes the Argo Muria Regular train by adding one passenger car containing 50 seats.