Taksaka Train is one of the Executive class trains belonging to Operation Area 6 Yogyakarta. The train serves Jakarta-Yogyakarta route and is available twice a day (round trip), connecting the main stations of two big cities: Station Tugu, Yogyakarta – Gambir Station, Jakarta.
As a long-haul train, Taksaka Train travels 517 km across cities. With the speed of 60-100 km per hour, the express train takes approximately 7.5 hours to travel the distance between the two main stations. You can board the train from either station in the morning or night. Taksaka Pagi (morning train) departs from Gambir Station, Jakarta at half past nine and from Tugu Station, Yogyakarta at eight o'clock. Meanwhile, Taksaka Malam (night train) departs from Gambir Station, Jakarta at 20:45 and from Tugu Station, Yogyakarta at 20.00.
On its way, the train stops at several stations, depending on the route. Taksaka Train traveling from Yogyakarta to Jakarta stops at Kutoarjo Station, Kebumen Station, Purwokerto Station, Cirebon Station, and Jatinegara Station. From the opposite direction, Taksaka Train traveling from Jakarta to Yogyakarta stops at Cirebon Station, Purwokerto Station, and Kutoarjo Station. However, Taksaka Train Pagi (morning train) traveling from Jakarta to Yogyakarta also stops at Kebumen Station.
Taksaka Train features a nice interior design. The passenger seats are sofas with ergonomic design just like airplane seats. The seats are adjustable and rotatable, allowing you to rest comfortably. Added to that, they also provide electric plugs, folded tables, reading lamps, footrests, pillows, and blankets. Each passenger car can accommodate 50 to 52 seats. Each car is equipped with two units of air conditioning, a toilet, and cabin baggage. To enjoy all these comforts, you can buy the ticket with various prices, from Rp260.000-Rp350.000 per passenger. The fare depends on the class or seat position, ticket reservation time, distance, and travel date.
Taksaka is derived from the name of a gigantic dragon of the Mahabharata story. Despite being a giant dragon, Taksaka is known to be kind-hearted and nurturing. Inspired by the traits, Taksaka Train aspires to symbolize the noble values and bring pride among passengers.
PT KAI (Persero) started the operation of Taksaka Train 17 years ago, precisely on 19 September 1999, under the name Taksaka I. In the next development, PT KAI (Persero) launched Taksaka Train II as the second generation, on 17 October 2001. Taksaka Train II served two routes: day trips to Jakarta and night trips to Yogyakarta. From then on, Taksaka Train serves a round trip twice a day, every day.
In traveling the round trip between Jakarta and Yogyakarta, the Taksaka Train carries eleven cars. The series consisted of one luggage car, eight executive passenger cars, one dining car, and one generator car. Running with CC206 type locomotive, Taksaka Train is capable of carrying 400 to 452 passengers.
Taksaka Train is one of the most reliable transports for the Jakarta people who want to visit East Java Province, or vice versa. The train is often crowded with travelers from the capital wishing to visit various tourist attractions in East Java, and vice versa. Passengers of Taksaka Train can also continue their journey to Surabaya, taking Sancaka Pagi train. The train will arrive at Surabaya Gubeng Station by noon.