How do you go to Malang? There are 3 ways you can choose; by air, land or combination of the first two.
You can fly directly to Malang. The airport of Malang is called Abdul Rachman Saleh. It refers to an Indonesian hero who had fought for Indonesian independence. The old airport belongs to Indonesian Air Forced and since a couple of months there is a new building of the airport that is used for commercial aim.
There are 4 airline companies that operate in Abdurrahman Saleh airport. They are Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air and Lion Air. The following is their schedule. The flight Jakarta-Malang takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Remember that there is time difference between Bali and Malang. Bali is 1 hour earlier (ahead) than Malang.
For more information you can contact the office of the airlines.
If there's no one to pick you up from the airport, you can take an airport taxi. They tell you the price to your destination and you pay it in advance.
There are two options if you want to go to Malang by land. Take a bus or train. How long it takes of course depends on how far is the place from Malang.
My sister and her son have taken this way of going to Malang. They have done a bus trip to Malang from Jakarta. It is a long trip because Jakarta is at the other end of Java island. They departed from Jakarta at 3 pm and arrived in Malang at 11 am the next day. So it took around 21 hours. Wauw!
It costs much cheaper than an air plane or even a train ticket. At that time (2012) they paid IDR 240,000 per person including 1 voucher for dinner. You can see other cities they passed and the view better. Here is the inside of the bus they took.
There are just four seats in a row so you have more space for the aisle. My sister said that they could sleep well in the bus and through its big windows they enjoy the green rice field and other beautiful views along the trip.
Another option if you go to Malang is by train (in Indonesian it is called kereta api). There are 2 kinds of train from Jakarta to Malang. They call it Business and Executive class. The Business stops in every small station they pass. So I recommend you to take The Executive.
Here is the schedule of train between Malang and some big cities in Java.
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For train schedules of other places click here. Note that the prices of the tickets can be changed during holidays.
* Molek is an abbreviation of Malioboro Ekspres. This train just operates on September 21, 2012. There are 2 classes. The Economic one costs Rp 125,000 and the Executive is Rp 175,000.
For more information here is the address of the Train Station in Malang.
PT KERETA API
Stasiun Kota Baru
Jalan Trunojoyo no.10
Telephone : 0341-362208
Actually there is still another option if you go to Malang by land. It is going with your own/rent car. You can decide by yourself when, where, how long and how often you want to stop.
COMBINATION OF THE FIRST TWO OPTIONS
What I mean by this option is that you can fly to Surabaya. There are more airline companies fly to Surabaya. Then take a taxi to Malang. The trip between Surabaya-Malang will take about 1,5 to 2 hours.
It depends on the situation in Porong where a mud lake is appeared caused by human error. It causes often traffic jam.
From Surabaya you can take taxi or rent a car and share with other passengers. It also can happen that you are the only passenger. Indonesian call this kind of taxi, travel. The price can be different between the travels (IDR 60,000-75,000). You pay less than USD 10.00 for the trip from the airport in Surabaya to right in front of the door of your destination in Malang.
Here are some of those travels. It’s wise if you ask the price first.
There are enough options of transportation to go to Malang. I hope this will help you to decide how you go to Malang. Whatever the option you take, enjoy the trip!