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You know the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans"? This saying can definitely be applied to Indonesian bus travel. The buses in Indonesia are very comfortable. You can book rides between cities and countries on Bookaway's site. Coach buses usually service long haul travel and are air conditioned (one of the most important amenities when traveling).
Bus + ferry service combinations are something you can find only on Bookaway's site. You'll be transported from A to B without having to plan out your transfer schedules. No need to adjust your plans according to the bus or separate, and you'll never end up loitering between rides due to lengthy time gaps. The "bus" portion of these trips can be carried out by services of either coach buses or minivan.
When planning your journey in Indonesia, there are a few pieces of information to consider for minivan travel. You can book a private minivan, which is a reliable and flexible service. Private minivans are perfect for family travel. It is, of course, a pricey option to consider. Shared vans are great options for those seeking affordability. But, the main difficulty in regards to van travel is possible overcrowding on board.
Private cars are a great way to travel around Indonesian islands, as flexibility is guaranteed. The only problem is that travelers may encounter serious road congestion. It may prove to be much less affordable to book a private car, but the benefits the knowledgeable and careful driver provide make it all worth it.
Ferry travel in Indonesia is super commonplace, and suprisingly really comfortable. Suprisingly because sometimes the journeys are long haul. Staff members on ferries are very helpful and can communicate in English. The cabins are updated, and travelers can chose between ferries with open air seating or cabin seating. Book in advance as ferries in Indonesia are prone to overcrowding.
Hopping trains isn't such a usual, Indonesian practice. Most roads in Indonesia are on the left hand side and train tracks serve as the only exemption; the tracks were laid down on the right side by Dutch colonialists. The trains travel only between cities in Java and Sumatra, so it's not even possible to consider when traveling on the other islands. There are multiple cabin class options, all being very tidy and affordable.