For abroad tourist, Yogyakarta (Jogja) and Bromo are the compulsory places to visit in Indonesia.
Yogyakarta is the special province (kingdom) located in Central Java, while Bromo located in Probolinggo region, West Java. After visiting Yogyakarta, it is suggested to visit Bromo. This two cities is separated by distance approximately 374 km.
In Yogyakarta, the tourist can explore the Kingdom Palace, batik villages, museums, Parangtritis Beach, Pindul Cave, the ultimate beautiful and virgin Gunungkidul beaches, Borobudur and Prambanan temple, and so many tourist resorts.
Meanwhile, Bromo is known as the most beautiful volcano complex in Java. It consists of two active volcanoes (Bromo and Semeru), couple of lakes (Ranu Pane, Ranu Kumbolo, Ranu Senduro), sand sea, waterfall (Madakaripura), and very wide grassland. More over, the best spot to see sunrise in Indonesia is located in Bromo, in Pananjakan Hill, just like view in post cards.
The easiest way to reach Bromo from Jogja is using train, Sri Tanjung train. It is economic class train starts from Lempuyangan railway station in Jogja at 07.15 a.m, leaving for Banyuwangi (East Java). This route passes through Probolinggo, the nearest city from Bromo. Since it is the economic one, the fare is very cheap, less than Rp. 100.000 (Rp 94.000,-). While it is economic class, it is completed by air conditioner, electricity plug in panel to charge your gadgets, and very clean toilets. In addition, the train is not crowded by the passengers. All the passengers can sit in the desk comfortably. Don’t worry, you can put your big carrier bag or luggage in the baggage, above of your head safely.
This train arrives in Probolinggo at 04.33 pm. Get off at this railway station and after that, the tourists can take motorcycle taxi (ojek) heading to Probolinggo bus terminal. From the terminal, they should take minibus/caravan heading to Bromo. Its fare is approximately Rp.50.000.
There is an alternative train, which is Logawa Train. It’s route is Purwokerto (Central Java) to Jember (West Java), however, it stops in Lempuyangan station (jogja) and Probolinggo station. It starts from Lempuyangan Jogja at 8.55 am and arrive in Probolinggo at 5.31 pm. The fare is Rp. 74.000,-.
Using the same train (Sri Tanjung), tourists also can easily go to Kawah Ijen in Banyuwangi (East Java), which is the last destination of the train (Banyuwangi Station). Beside Kawah Ijen, Banyuwangi also known for its surfing area in G-land, one of the best surfing spot in the world.