Our aim was to take a bus from home to Jakarta old town (Kota Tua) and then the train back to the nearest point to home and have fun along the way. And with it being Friday before the long New Year holiday we hoped the traffic and crowded buses would be less. And actually we were right.
That meant getting a Bajai to the nearest railway station at Gondandgia for the same price as the bus (3500 rupiah) we got on a train. By this time Jeremy was very excited. But, the train seemed to stop every 5 minutes for 5 minutes for no real reason all the way to the terminal and so the trip took almost and hour and far longer than the bus would have done and that was annoying. Luckily the train was almost empty and so we could sit and and wait in relative peace.
The final stop was Kota Station or Stasiun Kota and it is a grand old Dutch Railway building with a corrugated iron roof but it is for commuter trains only. For travelling across the country you have to go from Gambir. The platforms are shorter than the trains and so you have to walk down the train to a set of steps to get off it and then walk amongst the crowds to get to the building.
Cafe Batavia is an old historic upmarket Cafe on the corner of the old square surrounded by old Dutch buildings which are now all museums. It is a lively place and full of tourists, selfie sticks and people riding bikes.
After a quick refresh and photo stop around the square, we decided to move on again and so we headed off in a taxi to find lunch and toys for Jeremy in the nearest mall.
Travelling across the city is fun and quite simple if you know the routes and its not expensive if you use the bus or train. All the Buses we use have AC as do all trains. Taxis are expensive but vital to get somewhere quicker and a welcome respite from people and crowds.