Surabaya - Banyuwangi Train
Banyuwangi is the largest regency in East Java Province. Located at the eastern end of Java Island, the city becomes the gateway that connects Java Island with the island of Bali through the Ketapang Port. Despite the wideness of the area, this city is a comfortable and quiet city with the beauty of its coastal areas.
Functioned as the main access, migrants from Surabaya generally visit Banyuwangi to continue the trip to Bali island. The distance between Surabaya and Banyuwangi is recorded about 290 kilometers. This distance can be reached with the related trains that take the route of Surabaya Gubeng Station (SGU) - Banyuwangi Baru Station (BW) within 6.5 - 7.5 hours. The cheapest tickets are available with prices ranging from Rp56.000 - Rp200.000 per passenger.
Surabaya Gubeng Station
Surabaya – Banyuwangi trips begun at Surabaya Gubeng Station and is addressed at Stasiun Gubeng Street, Pacar Keling, Tambaksari, Surabaya city, East Java, 60272. The location is easy to find since it is exactly in the heart of the city with a great number of public transportations that stop by exactly at the front of the station.
Gubeng Station is the biggest station in East Java province; this station is a part of Operational Area 8 of Surabaya and especially serves round trips both from or to the city via southern and eastern tracks of East Java. As the central station, Gubeng Station is equipped with complete and modern facilities. There is also personal check-in service and online ticketing system just like at the airports. While waiting, future passengers can also treat themselves with comforting facilities like restaurants, massage chair, and music.
The New Banyuwangi Station
Banyuwangi Station, or popular as Banyuwangi Baru Station (The New Banyuwangi Station) is the easternmost station in Java Island. Addressed at Gatot Subroto Road No. 36, Ketapang, Kalipuro – Banyuwangi 68455, this station is only 100 metres away from the Ketapang Ferry Port. With that location, this station also has a nickname, “Ketapang Station.”
Banyuwangi Baru Station is under the control of PT KAI (Persero) of the operational area 9 of Jember. This station is located about 10 km north of downtown. Every day, this station opens six tracks on three platforms for mixed class and Economy class railway, as well as local AC Economy commuter. The station is equipped with facilities like online ticketing system and self-service check-in in the style of the airports, particularly for long distant and medium trips.
Popular Attractions in Banyuwangi
As a city located in the eastern tip of Java island, Banyuwangi keeps natural marine wealth that has currently become its superior tourism sites. In fact, some of the names have been well known to overseas.
This beach is the most popular beach in Banyuwangi. Having called “G-Land” as a nickname, the beach located in the area of Alas Purwo National Park has been well known to the world-class surfers. The reason is, the beach that stretches the southern coastal cluster on the southeast side of Java Island directly faces the Indian Ocean so that it has very powerful waves with high characteristics, fast, elongated, and tubular, so they are flawless for surfers or surfing enthusiasts.
Watu Dodol is a coastal tourism site that has become the entrance of Banyuwangi Regency. This place has also become a landmark of the boundary of Banyuwangi Regency from Situbondo Regency. The location is located approximately 5 kilometers from the Ketapang Port. As a tourist area, Watu Dodol is enhanced with complete recreation spots, ranging from the one of a kind black rocks, freshwater wells, abandoned caves from Japan’s colonialism, seashore restaurants, and beachfront resorts.
This exquisite brown sandy beach is located in the district of Meru Betiri National Park, precisely in the village of Sarongan, Pesanggaran - Banyuwangi. The main attraction is the exotic brown sand formed by the cumulative mud deposit from a river nearby that empties its water into the beach during floods. The beauty of the beach is impressed with the surrounding tropical green forest. The visitors generally play on the beach or play with the sea water while watching the local fishermen’s activities.