Kereta Senja Utama Solo or in the local language is called ‘Sepur Senja Utama Sala,’ is a Business class train service from PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) through Operation Area 6 Yogyakarta. This Business class train serves the Solo-Jakarta route with the main corridor of Solo’s Balapan Station and Jakarta’s Pasar Senen Station.
The Solo Senja Railway serves one return trip each day. The departure time of this train is adjusted to its name, which is at dusk. Departures from Solo Race Station are available at 17.30, and the journey will take 9 hours 24 minutes. Thus, KA Senja Utama Solo with the destination to Pasar Senen Station will arrive in Jakarta at 02:54. Meanwhile, the departure from Jakarta’s Pasar Senen Station is available at 10 pm. This trip will take 8 hours 55 minutes so KA Senja Utama Solo will arrive at Solo’s Balapan Station before 7 am the next day.
The ticket prices for Senja Utama Solo Train are varied. The cheapest rate is available for O subclass, which is Rp235,000. The other price is Rp250.000 for subclass N, Rp260.000 for subclass K, and the most expensive one is in subclass B with the price of Rp275.000 per passenger. In addition to the subclass (train seat position) train, the ticket rate of KA Senja Utama Solo is also influenced by mileage, ticket booking time, and travel time. Especially for travels with shorter distances in this train service, ticket rates are available from Rp180,000 to Rp215,000. The existing facilities in every train for passengers in KA Senja Utama Solo are mainly in the form of air conditioners, TV, toilets, cabin luggage, seats like on airplanes, electrical outlets, and paid meal service.
In the course of KA Senja Utama Solo from Jakarta to Solo (or vice versa), there are several stations to visit. The stations are mainly Klaten Station, Yogyakarta Station, Kutoarjo Station, Purwokerto Station, and Cirebon Station. Only for KA Senja Utama Solo with the destination to Jakarta’s Pasar Senen Station, the train will also stop at Wonosari Station, Kroya Station, Bekasi Station, and Jatinegara Station.
The name Senja Utama Solo has a simple origin. The name is used to refer to the KA Senja Utama Solo service which travels from or to Solo at dusk.
In history, KA Senja Utama Solo has received additional train assistance several times. KA Senja Utama Solo Fakultatif is usually present during the rising number of passengers, for example during Lebaran and other public holidays. Uniquely, this additional train is usually a 50-seat Executive class train unit. Ticket rates for KA Senja Utama Solo Facultative Executive class are generally offered with prices ranged between Rp300.000-Rp350.000 per passenger.
The arrangement of the Solo Senja Solo rail circuit usually consists of one pulling locomotive, one luggage cart, seven Business class trains, one power station train, and one (but rarely used) power plant. Train towing locomotives which are used by KA Senja Utama Solo are CC201, CC203 and CC206 locomotives, which are owned by Dipo Induk Yogyakarta.
Since the KA Senja Utama Solo only operates at night, this train is commonly used by KA Sidomukti (related to Solo’s Balapan Station-Yogyakarta Station) and KA Cirebon Ekspres (related to Jakarta’s Pasar Senen Station-Cirebon Station) in the afternoon.