Bandung is the capital of West Java Province. This city is located at the latitude of 768 meters above sea level. Thus, the temperature along the year is way cooler compared to other cities in this country. A lot of nicknames are given to describe the city's charm; from “City of Flower”, “Romantic City”, to “Paris van Java”.
On the other side, there is Solo as a city within Central Java Province. Referring the map, this city is located about 550 kilometers away from Bandung. The trip from Solo to Bandung is ideally traveled by trains, departing from Solo Balapan Station and stopping at Kiaracondong Station. This long-distance trip needs time for about 8 – 8.5 hours.
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Solo Balapan Station is the main station in Solo. This station has been operating since 1873, making it the oldest and the biggest station in the city. Solo Balapan Station daily operation is managed by PT KAI (Persero) Operation Area 6 Yogyakarta. This station provides railway relations of Solo – Semarang, Surabaya, Bandung, and Jakarta.
Located at Jalan Wolter Mongonsidi 112, Kestalan, Banjarsari, Surakarta, Central Java 57133, Solo Balapan Station is reasonably strategic. Right on the east side of the station is Ayu Balapan Market, which is popular as the culinary and shopping central. Not far from there, there are the RRI Surakarta Office, Tirtonadi Park, and Ponten Mangkunegaran Ngrebusan. Public transport access from and towards this station is mainly served by becak or Batik SoloTrans Corridor 2 and 6.
Kiaracondong Station has a friendly nickname of "Stasiun Kircon". This large-scale station is a class-two train station in Bandung after the Hall Station. This station operates at Jalan Jembatan Opat, Kiaracondong, Bandung, 40283. To reach the station, people can hop on the green-yellow public minibus (angkot) code 01A, brown-white public minibus code 07, green-blue public minibus code 08, and public minibus code 15, 18 and 27.
Nowadays, Kiaracondong Station is the part of PT KAI (Persero) Operation Area 2 Bandung. This station operates for Trans-Bandung trains, specifically the economy and mixed class with the main destinations of Solo, Malang, Blitar, Kutoarjo, Jakarta, Kroya, and Surabaya. The station facilities already adopted a similar system as seen at the airport, such as the online ticketing services and self-check-in to print the boarding pass.
Speaking of tourism, Bandung is a complete and satisfying destination. There are various natural objects, cultural destinations, and historical sites here. Bandung is also full of cool places to hang out.
Trans Studio Bandung is a central tourism district offering an indoor theme park. Located at Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto 289, Trans Studio Bandung presents memorable recreation with up to 20 arcades and Broadway-themed entertainments. The arcades’ themes are associated with the TV programs of TransCorp as its owner. This popular destination opens every day from 10 am to 7 pm. Especially on holidays, Trans Studio Bandung opens longer from 9 am to 9 pm.
Kampung Gajah Wonderland is the family recreation center offering playgrounds, waterpark, and a mini zoo. The destination lies at Jalan Sersan Bajuri KM 3.8, Cihideung, Parongpong, West Bandung, has been the family favorite for a long time. Not only enlivened by various attractions, Kampung Gajah Wonderland also often holds exciting shows to entertain kids. This destination opens every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
Kawah Putih Ciwidey exposes the uncommon natural phenomena in a small town of Ciwidey, located about 50 kilometers in the southern Bandung. As the name says, the main attraction here is a white crater lake that was formed from the explosion of Patuha Mountain in the 10th-century. The white sands and the turquoise lake make Kawah Ciwidey seems very teasing for the visitors to keep its beauty in photos.