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Meet Angkot (Angkutan Kota, literally means “urban transport”), the most used public transport in Bandung

Most of the time, it is operated by one person — the driver. On some occasion, there will be kenek or some sort of conductor who collects the fare and shouting out its destination to the prospective customers/passengers.

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View at the back cabin

One angkot can squeeze up to fourteen people (excluding the driver) — two people will be sitting upfront, seven on the right bench, five on the left bench, and the last two will sit on a small stool next to the open door.

Yes, to some culture/people, taking angkot can be consider as an exciting adventure.

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Cockpit view

Not like buses at developed countries, angkot don’t stop at designated places. Meaning, it can stop anywhere and everywhere.

You can get on angkot by pointing it or raising hand. To alight, all you have to say is “kiri!” (left) or “stop!” and angkot will stop. Again, anywhere and everywhere.

That’s right, chaos! :D… many people would say that angkot is the biggest cause of traffic jam. I’m not fully agree with that opinion.

Fare is fairly cheap. There isn’t strict rule on how to calculate the fare; it’s all based on consensus. It’s IDR 1,500 (about USD .15) for near distance (around 2-3km), and can go to IDR 6,000-7,000 for 10-15km ride.

You have to pay it with cash — exact amount would be much appreciated. You pay to the driver when you alight, or to kenek when he/she asks for it.

Make sure you try one when you are in town.

*Ciumbuleuit, Bandung, Indonesia


2 responses

  1. G I

    linggih di Bandubg, geuningan?

    July 16, 2012 at 19:31

    • Sumuhun, kang. Tapi insya Allah awal bulan depan pindah lagi hehehe.

      July 16, 2012 at 19:35

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