Purwokertois a relatively small but bustling city located in the Central Java province, Indonesia. It is located in the western part of the province, nestled in an isolated valley between Salak Mountain Ranges and the Southern Mountain Ranges. It is also a major transportation hub in Java, connecting other major cities in Java, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Cirebon. The city is on the foothill of Gunung Slamet volcano, the highest volcano in Central Java. Purwokerto is also the main entrance to climb Gunung Slamet. Many of Indonesian famous people originated from Purwokerto, namely Jendral Sudirman, Jendral Gatot Subroto, Soepardjo Roestam etc. Most of those heroic people are honoured as a street name all over Indonesia.
How to get inBy plane
Military airport in Wirasaba, Purbalingga is only a half hour from Purwokerto. Recently, Susi Air, an Indonesian airline company that provides small commercial planes, serves Wirasaba to Halim Perdanakusuma (HPK) in Jakarta. The second way, from capital city of Jakarta through Soekarno Hatta Airport, you can pass Adi Sucipto Airport (Yogyakarta), Adi Sumarmo Airport (Solo), Tunggul Wulung Airstrip (Cilacap) and Ahmad Yani International Airport (Semarang) and then go through road way.
The bus station is Terminal Bus Purwokerto on 10 hectares area, clean, safe and comfortable. Located 4 km to the south of the town center. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (9 hours) and Bogor (5-10 hours) with Sinar Jaya bus, Yogyakarta (4 to 5.5 hours) with Raharja and Efisiensi bus, Semarang (6 hours) with Nusantara bus and Bandung (6 to 8 hours) with Budiman and Goodwill bus. The terminal has 24 hour service.
Trains to Jakarta take between 4 to 9 hours from the main Purwokerto station depend on train class. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best, most comfortable, and fastest. Taksaka is almost as good. These train also cater for Yogyakarta destination. You may check complete list of train schedule in Kereta Api Indonesia Website here (KAI Access)
Purwokerto is a relatively small city, travelling around town should not be too expensive.
Traditional three-wheeled pedal-powered carts known as becak can be found in most part of Purwokerto. Haggle furiously.
Although Purwokerto is relatively a small city, travelling around town can be more faster and easier by angkot (a van that carries passengers, very common in Indonesia). Always have direct routes but sometimes can be very crowded. Costs Rp 2500 per person.
info for Angkot route in Purwokerto
Kobata Taxi, ☎ (0281) 642440/(0281) 642441. Satria Taxi, ☎ (0281) 7668400. Kondang Prima Karya, ☎ (0281) 622666