Ciremai Ekspres is a passenger train with a mixed service (executive and air-conditioned business class) connecting cities in Java such as Semarang, Cirebon, and Bandung. It is managed by the operational region of Semarang 4 as well as Cirebon 3. Under the latest management of the operational region of Cirebon 3, two tracks are included – (1) a regular train leaving from Semarang to Bandung (via Semarang Tawang and Bandung Hall Stations) and (2) an additional train leaving from Cirebon to Bandung (via Cirebon and Bandung Hall Stations).
The regular Ciremai Ekspres that departs once a day offers access from Semarang to Bandung. The train spends 7.5 hours to reach the final destination. The departure times are 6:15 a.m. (leaving in the early morning from Bandung Station) and 5:35 p.m. (leaving in the late afternoon from Semarang Tawang Station). The rail fares range from 140,000 IDR to 180,000 IDR per person for business class and from 200,000 IDR to 260,000 IDR per person for executive class.
Meanwhile, the Ciremai Ekspres with access from Cirebon to Bandung has a round trip route each day. The morning train goes at 6:15 a.m. from Bandung Station while the night train goes at 9 p.m. from Cirebon Station. It spends 4 to 4.2 hours for the series to reach the last stop. The rail fares range from 120,000 IDR to 160,000 IDR per person for executive class and from 85,000 IDR to 100,000 IDR per person for business class.
On the regular basis, Ciremai Ekspres unloads the passengers at 10 stations. The stops include Semarang Tawang Station, Pekalongan Station, Tegal Station, Cirebon Station, Jatibarang Station, Haurgeulis Station, Cikampek Station, Purwakarta Station, Cimahi Station, dan Bandung Station. Speaking of the facilities, the train (either business class or executive class) provides sofa benches, electric sockets, folding tables under the window, air conditioners, and toilets. The cozy, chic-looking seats coming with additional amenities like folding tables, blankets, and pillows are only for executive class passengers.
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Ciremai Ekspres is one of the latest train services released by PT. KAI. It has run its operation from Cirebon to Bandung since September 28th, 2013. The related company had mapped out this project and actualized it before the release of Papandayan Ekspres was held on March 3rd, 2009. Unfortunately, this scheme fell apart as the track developers, as well as transportation department parties, strongly opposed.
In the beginning, the Ciremai Ekspres didn’t have business class. It was finally present on August 11th 2014. As the coaches were often occupied, the additional departure schedule letting the train leave four times a day was made. On January 15th, 2015, the Ciremai Ekspres stopped becoming the regular one. The route extension to Semarang was officially done on October 3rd, 2016. Not only can this way accommodate people heading to Semarang but it also promotes good income for the operational region of Semarang 4.
The extra departure time for Ciremai Ekspres has been made by PT KAI (Persero) of Cirebon 3 since January 2017. This condition allowing the people to enjoy the additional series is only applicable during the weekends (Friday and Sunday). The train leaves from Cirebon at 3 p.m. and from Bandung at 7:45 p.m. The rail fares range from 80,000 IDR for business class to 120,000 IDR for executive class. The additional series consist of a diesel locomotive, a dining car, 3 executive cars, and 3 business cars. This train is capable of transporting up to 342 people.