PT Railink, the operator of Jakarta’s airport train, has kicked off the trial run for its cheaper service called KAI Bandara Premium.
The airport train, which was launched in late 2017, links passengers to and from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang to downtown Jakarta in 55 minutes, cutting driving time by half or more.
The Premium airport train is cheaper due to the adjusted seating arrangement resembling that of the KRL Commuterline and the MRT, in which the seats are placed parallel and facing each other. The trains for the Premium line are equipped with USB power plugs and handrails for standing passengers.
A one-way fare on the Premium airport train to all destinations except for the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport costs IDR5,000 per person; while Batu Ceper to the airport is priced at IDR25,000 both ways. A ride from Duri, Sudirman Baru (also known as BNI City), and Manggarai to the airport costs IDR30,000 both ways.
Meanwhile, a one way-ride on the original service — named KAI Bandara Executive — from and to the airport can be as high as IDR70,000, though it offers more privacy in terms of seating arrangement.
The Premium airport train runs 10 times daily in addition to the usual operations of the Executive service, the schedule and price breakdown of which can be seen here:
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Anggoro Tri Wibowo, the acting president director of PT Railink, said in a statement that the trial runs for the Premium service will be evaluated regularly to adjust to the passengers’ needs.
Tickets for the Premium airport train can be purchased online through Railink’s official website or directly at the stations.