PT Kereta Api Indonesia (persero) presents Kertajaya Train as an AC PSO (public service obligation) Economy Class service under Surabaya Operation Area 8. The train has particularly been passengers’ best choice for traveling from Jakarta to Surabaya. It connects the two cities through Jakarta Pasar Senen Station and Surabaya Pasar Turi Station.
Kertajaya Train serves a round trip between Jakarta and Surabaya every day. To travel the 725 kilometers distance between the two cities, it runs at 60 - 100 kilometers per hour. Thus, it takes approximately 11 hours and 40 minutes for a one-way trip.
During the trip, Kertajaya Train halts at 12 station stops. They are Lamongan Station, Babat Station, Bojonegoro Station, Cepu Station, Randublatung Station, Semarang Tawang Station, Pekalongan Station, Tegal Station, Cirebon Prujakan Station, and Bekasi Station.
Kertajaya Train has two main stations and departs only once each day in each station. It leaves Pasar Senen Station at 02.00 pm and arrives at Pasar Turi Station by 01.40 am. From Surabaya to Jakarta, the train leaves Surabaya Pasar Turi Station at 09.00 pm and arrives at Pasar Senen Station by 08:40 am on the next day.
The tickets are sold at IDR 150.000 for sub-class P and IDR 165.000 for sub-class C. The fares depend on the type of sub-class or seat position in the car, ticket reservation time, and time of departure. For a shorter trip, the ticket is only IDR 90.000 for sub-class P and IDR 100.000 for sub-class C.
To provide a more comfortable trip for the passengers, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (persero) prepares several facilities in Kertajaya Train. Each car has two units of AC and a restroom. The seats are covered with leather, and able to accommodate 2 or 3 passengers in each row.
With face-to-face seat arrangement, passengers can share a mini table by the window and two electrical outlets. Pillows and blankets are also available with additional charges. For a complete dinner or lunch menu, passengers can go to the buffet car.
Interesting Information about Kertajaya Train
The History of Kertajaya Train
Kertajaya Train was commonly known as Gaya Baru Malam Utara Train and operated from 1978 to 2002. As the name changed, Kertajaya Train started to take Economy Class passenger cars, some of which are not air conditioned.
At the beginning of 2013, Kertajaya Train began to operate Economy Class with air-conditioned cars. On 4th December of 2015, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (persero) launched additional train with 14 units of Economy Class. However, since April 1st 2016, the new unit stopped operating and was used as a regular train instead.
The Longest Train Series
Kertajaya is one of the longest train series in Indonesia, especially for the passenger car. The long series was first introduced when Kertajaya used additional train, but then changed into a regular train on 1st April of 2016.
The series consists of one Locomotive CC206, one Business Class car, one buffet car, and fourteen Economy Class cars. With these cars, Kertajaya Train can carry up to 1.484 passengers. And because of the long series, the train is commonly called as Keranjang (acronym for Kereta Panjang—Keranjang also means basket in Indonesian).