You may already be familiar with the Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train, Whoosh or “Waktu Hemat, Operasi Optimal, Sistem Hebat” (Save Time, Optimal Operation, Great System). This is the first high-speed rail system in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
With this all-new high-speed bullet train, travelers from Jakarta can reach Bandung, West Java, in only 45 minutes, travelling speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour, and featuring carriages with luxurious interiors. The Chinese-made bullet train runs on electricity with no direct carbon emissions.
The train begins at Halim railway station in East Jakarta and passes through Karawang and Padalarang stations before stopping at Tegalluar on the outskirts of Bandung City. Each Whoosh train features eight carriages with modern design and spacious seating, equipped with WiFi, USB charging points, luggage racks, bag hangers, minibar, and accessible toilets. There are three classes that passengers can choose; First, Second, and VIP.
This first Jakarta-Bandung journey is the flagship route for Whoosh, with plans to expand the service across Java, including routes to Surabaya and Jogjakarta in discussion.
Purchasing Whoosh tickets can be done via the official website, Whoosh app, WhatsApp, counters, vending machines at high-speed train stations. Ticket cancellation can be done offline at the High Speed Train Station counter a maximum of 2 hours before the scheduled departure.
From December 2023, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) raised the promotional ticket fares for the “Whoosh” train. Prices are now IDR 200,000 for Monday through Thursday and IDR 250,000 for Friday through Sunday. Tickets for December became available for purchase on 24 November 2023, and are valid for a single trip.
These ticket prices cover the journey from Halim station to Padalarang station, with the added benefit of a complimentary feeder train to Bandung station or the reverse route. The current schedule includes over 40 train trips on weekdays and 48 trips on weekends.
Dwiyana Slamet Riyadi, the Main Director of KCIC, stated that this promotion aims to boost public interest in experiencing Whoosh during the upcoming December 2023 holiday season.
Since its official launch on 17 October 2023, the “Whoosh” high-speed rail has accommodated 21,000 passengers during weekends and 18,000 passengers on weekdays. As of 22 November 2023, Whoosh has served a total of 491,000 passengers.
Passengers Continues to Increase ahead of the Christmas Holidays
The number of Whoosh Fast Train passengers continues to increase, especially ahead of the Christmas and New Year 2024 holidays. The good news is, Whoosh still offers attractive opportunities this December with ticket promos starting from IDR 200,000 for one trip. The following are things that you should note regarding promotional rates for Premium Economy class:
- Monday – Thursday > Price IDR 200,000
- Friday – Sunday > Price IDR 250,000
*This price includes free Feeder Train travel from Padalarang Station to Bandung Station and vice versa.
Additionally, KCIC increased the Whoosh High Speed Train schedule to 40 trips on weekdays and 48 trips on weekends.
So, not only is the travel experience fast and efficient, but these promo prices make traveling with Whoosh even more profitable. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience travel comfort with this affordable promotional rate till December.
This is a significant step in the development of transportation in Indonesia, offering ease and efficiency in travel between Jakarta and Bandung. With Whoosh, users can experience modern and efficient fast train travel, creating a new era in connectivity between cities in the country.
Collaborating with 6 Tourist Attractions in Bandung
PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) is collaborating with six tourist attractions in the Greater Bandung area, West Java. The tourist destinations in question include Dusun Bambu, Farmhouse, Floating Market, The Great Asia Afrika, and Tepi Danau and Tepi Kota Healing. The cooperation provided is in the form of free shuttles and free entrance tickets for Whoosh Fast Train ticket holders.
After about a month of this program being rolled out, the number of visits to these tourist attractions increased. On the other hand, the number of Whoosh Fast Train passengers taking advantage of tourism promotions to this destination has increased fivefold.
Many people deliberately take Whoosh on weekends for a holiday using the promos we provide. To accommodate high passenger demand, KCIC will increase the number of Whoosh Fast Train trips in December 2023. The Whoosh Fast Train schedule will be 40 trips on weekdays and 48 trips on weekends.
How to Buy Whoosh Fast Train Tickets
Whoosh tickets can be purchased in various ways, such as via the official website ticket.kcic.co.id, Whoosh App, WhatsApp, counters, and vending machines at high-speed train stations.
- Open https://ticket.kcic.co.id
- Reservations can be made from D-7 to 1 hour before departure.
- Payment can be made via bank transfer, QRIS, E-Wallet, credit card and retail outlets.
- Passengers will receive a QR code or barcode code that can be used directly for boarding without the need to exchange physical tickets at the station.
2. Vending Machines at Stations:
- Reservations start H-7 up to 30 minutes before departure.
- Payment is made via QRIS.
- Passengers will receive physical tickets.
- Available from H-7 to 30 minutes before departure.
- Payment can be made via cash, debit, credit card and QRIS.
- Passengers will receive physical tickets.
4. Whoosh App:
- Download the Whoosh application on your cellphone
- Account registration
- Select the route and departure schedule
- Select the train seat number
- Select a payment method
- Ticket QR Code successfully obtained
Purchasing Whoosh Tickets for Groups
Prospective passengers who plan to go by the Jakarta Bandung or Whoosh fast train in large numbers or groups now have the option to purchase tickets via the WhatsApp service. From 17 October to 18 November 2023, around 670 group travel requests have been recorded with total ticket sales reaching around 54,000 seats.
The process of purchasing tickets for the Jakarta Bandung fast train or Whoosh for groups via WhatsApp can be done with a minimum requirement of 20 passengers. This provides convenience for prospective passengers who do not need to make orders using several accounts, because online ordering only allows purchases for a maximum of 5 people in one transaction.
- Save and call the official WhatsApp number for the Whoosh fast train at 0813-4000-2920.
- Provide information on travel dates, routes, number of passengers and passenger data.
- Select the desired fast train class.
- Follow the instructions from the officer and make payment for the Whoosh fast train ticket.
It is important to note that reservations for Jakarta Bandung fast train tickets for groups can be made 10 days before departure. During the ordering process, officers will help groups to be placed close together. Additionally, only one booking is required for the entire group, speeding up and simplifying the booking process.
With this purchase option via WhatsApp, it is hoped that it will provide comfort and convenience for groups who plan to use the Whoosh fast train service.
Prospective passengers are reminded to be careful of potential fraud regarding ticket orders and are advised not to make purchases outside of above official channels. KCIC is committed to continuing to provide the best service, and implementing promotional fares is part of their commitment to always present attractive programs on the Whoosh Fast Train journey.
Pack your things now and enjoy a fast and comfortable Jakarta – Bandung trip with the Whoosh fast train!