Rail tourism arrives in Indonesia

Tourists in Indonesia can now let the train take the strain as Jakarta city authorities have launched the capital’s first railway tourism package aimed at attracting more visitors and reducing traffic congestion.

The inaugural train tour took tourists from Gambir Station in Central Jakarta to the historic Tanjung Priok Station in North Jakarta, which was built in 1914 by the Dutch colonial government and has since been restored to its original architectural splendor.

The station was opened on April 6, 1925, marking the first electric train service in the Dutch East Indies.

Other attractions at Tanjung Priok, one of the nation’s busiest sea ports, is a bunker thought to have been constructed by the Dutch colonial government between 1938 and 1940.

A more comprehensive train service is pending as Jakarta Deputy Governor for Culture and Tourism Suketi Martono said the administration would seriously develop the railway tourism package to reduce weekend traffic and offer a fun way to travel and sightsee.