Purwokerto is a relatively small but bustling city located in the Central Java province, Indonesia. It is located in the western part of the province, nestled in an isolated valley between Salak Mountain Ranges and the Southern Mountain Ranges. It is also a major transportation hub in Java, connecting other major cities in Java, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Cirebon.
Purwokerto is a city of around 300,000 inhabitants. Commonly referred as a cross-road between Jakarta and Yogyakarta. The city is on the foothill of Gunung Slamet volcano, the highest volcano in Central Java. Purwokerto is also the main entrance to climb Gunung Slamet. Many of Indonesian famous people originated from Purwokerto, namely Jendral Sudirman, Jendral Gatot Subroto, Soepardjo Roestam etc. Most of those heroic people are honoured as a street name all over Indonesia.
Military airport in Wirasaba, Purbalingga is only a half hour from Purwokerto. Recently, Susi Air, an Indonesian airline company that provides small commercial planes, serves Wirasaba to Halim Perdanakusuma (HPK) in Jakarta.
The second way, from capital city of Jakarta through Soekarno Hatta Airport, you can pass Adi Sucipto Airport (Yogyakarta), Adi Sumarmo Airport (Solo), Tunggul Wulung Airstrip (Cilacap) and Ahmad Yani International Airport (Semarang) and then go through road way.
The bus station is Terminal Bus Purwokerto on 10 hectares area, clean, safe and comfortable. Located 4 km to the south of the town center. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (9 hours) with customer recommended Sinar Jaya bus, Yogyakarta (4 to 5.5 hours) with Raharja and Efisiensi bus, Semarang (6 hours) with Nusantara bus and Bandung (6 to 8 hours) with Budiman and Goodwill bus.
The terminal has 24 hour service.
Trains to Jakarta take between 4 to 9 hours from the main Purwokerto station depend on train class. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best, most comfortable, and fastest. Taksaka is almost as good. These train also cater for Yogyakarta destination. You may check complete list of train schedule and cost at .
Although Purwokerto is relatively a small city, travelling around town can be more faster and easier by angkot (a van that carries passengers, very common in Indonesia). Always have direct routes but sometimes can be very crowded. Costs Rp 2500 per person.
Purwokerto has many beautiful buildings and monuments.
Bank BRI Museum, one of the city's main attraction.
Purwokerto Fly-over, Jalan Pemuda (in front of the Purwokerto Railway Station). Built in 1967 and also known by the locals as "Gili Tumpang", Purwokerto Fly-over is a well-known landmark and worth some nice photos.edit
Purwokerto Railway Station, one of the most important railway transportation hub in the region.
Purwokerto Railway Station, Jalan Stasiun no. 1 (right in the end of the street), ☎ 0282637037, . The largest and busiest railway station in the region. It is also a major railway transportation hub that connects other major cities in Java.edit
Bank BRI Museum, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 55 (across the Bank BRI Branch Office), ☎ (0293) 310230, . One of the most famous museum in town. Dedicated for R.A. Wiriatmaja, the pioneer of the Indonesian banking system. Displays a lot of money and coins collection from the Dutch colonization era until present times. Also worth plenty of photos.edit
Pendopo Si Panji, Jalan Kabupaten no. 1 (in front of the Alun-Alun (city square)), . The most important and famous historical building in town. Present times, it stands as the government office and tourist attraction. Worth a few picturesque photos.edit
Alun-Alun Purwokerto, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman (in front of the Pendopo Si Panji). A wide open-air city square in town. Also a place where the locals meet and gather together with their families, friends, and relations. A lot of restaurants, shops, and prominent historical buildings surrounded this square.edit
GOR Satria, Jalan Prof Dr Suharso no. 99 (In the center of Prof Dr Suharso Rd). 6.00 AM - 21.00 PM. The largest sport center in town. There are a football stadium, tennis courts, climbing venues, badminton arena, motor-cross venues, and reflection parks. You may jog or walk around in only 5 minutes, with freshness of the cool air and beautiful views.edit
Wijayakusuma Golf Course, Jalan HR Bunyamin (behind the Wijayakusuma Hospital (also known as DKT Hospital)), ☎ (0281) 634597. Although small and not the best golfing option in the region, Wijayakusuma Golf Course is good enough for those who want to golfing in the downtown.edit
Inul Vizta, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 840 (just a few meters east from the Pasar Wage), ☎ (0281) 621555 or (0281) 7612555 (fax: (0281) 627854), . By far the best and the largest karaoke box in town.edit
NAV Karaoke Keluarga, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 606 (Right in the downtown, across Bank Mandiri Branch Office and just a walk distance from the Srimaya Intersection), ☎ (0281) 636351 or (0281) 627001 (fax: (0281) 627401), . A one-stop entertainment spot in town. Also one of the oldest nation's karaoke chains that opens its outlet in Purwokerto.edit
Happy Puppy, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Ruko Satria Plaza no. AB - 7/8 (Located in the Satria Plaza Shophouses, a well-known commercial and business spot in town, close to the Rita Pasaraya and just a walk distance from the Srimaya Intersection), ☎ (0281) 625272, . A good option for karaoke in town. Strategically located in the downtown.edit
Happy Family Karaoke, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 437, 2nd floor of Cherry Fresh Fruit Market (in the second floor of Cherry Fresh Fruit Market, in the Kamandaka area), ☎ (0281) 7606119 or (0281) 7606120 (fax: (0281) 628139), . 09.00 AM - 03.00 PM. One of the newest karaoke box in town with the concept of 'family karaoke'. Contains 26 rooms that divided into 5 types.edit
Rommy In Owner Maestro Billiard Club no phone : 085747541971, Jalan Dr Suharso (besides the Ayam Goreng Keratonan restaurant, close to the GOR Satria). One of the most well-known billiard and pool spot in town.edit
BBC Billiards and Pool, Jalan Dr Angka, Tirta Kembar Amusement Center (just a walk distance from Horison Hotel). The largest billiard and pool place in the region.edit
Moro Mall, Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan no. 7 (Right in the commercial core in town, just a walk distance from Tamara Plaza and Rita Pasaraya Isola). 9.00 AM - 21.00 PM. The most visited and most famous shopping mall by the locals. Today, it's still on renovation and expansion phase.edit
Tamara Plaza, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 447 (Right in the downtown, just a walk distance from Moro Mall and Rita Pasaraya Isola), ☎ (0281) 638176 or (0281) 638177 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (0281) 638216), . Also known as the 'Sri Ratu'. The anchor tenants of this mall are Handphone Center, Gramedia Book Store, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Sri Ratu Department Store.edit
Rita Pasaraya Isola, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 558 (Located in the downtown, just a walk distance to Tamara Plaza and Moro Mall). One of the newest department store in town.edit
Rita Pasaraya Kebon Dalem, Jalan Jenderal Suprapto no. 58 (Right in the downtown, across of Kebon Dalem commercial block). One of the oldest department store in town.edit
Matahari Department Store, Jalan Jenderal Suprapto Kebondalem (Right in the Kebondalem commercial block's core), ☎ (0281) 636534 (fax: (0281) 636533), . One of the Indonesia's finest and most famous department store chains in town.edit
Cherry Fresh Fruit Market, Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 437 (Located right in the town center, 3 km head to the east from Moro Mall), ☎ (0281) 7920500. 9.00 AM - 21.00 PM. The largest and most complete fresh fruit store in town. The Happy Family Karaoke is on the 2nd floor.edit
P&D Aroma, Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 217 (Located right in the downtown, walking distance from Tamara Plaza and Moro Mall, right next to the central post office.), ☎ 637755. One of the oldest (est. 1978) and well known supermarket in town. Also famous for its local snacks (keleman) and burger/ hotdog. Opens everyday from 8 in the morning till 9 at night.edit
Gethuk Goreng in the nearby, Sokaraja. There are plenty of local snack stores sell getuk goreng under different kinds of names. It made from cassava and a lot of Javanese sugar. Other foods to be had include nopia, mino (small nopia) kripik, and also mendoan.
Mendoan can be bought in stores along Jalan Sawangan, such as Mirasa, Echo21, etc. You can buy it raw (with separated ingredients) and fry it at home.
The following dishes should be on every traveller's agenda:
Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish. The most famous gudeg seller is in front of Pasar Manis, Jalan Gatot Subroto.
Mendoan is local food in Purwokerto, from a very slim Tempe (food from a fermented soy bean, very famous food in Java) and covered by dough of wheat flour. Although many places selling Mendoan, the best Mendoan only served in the village. Even though Mendoan sold at city is considerable tasty.
Sate Kambing Sate Kambing in Purwokerto Area (Banyumas, Sokaraja, Purbalingga) is also famous for very tender young Goat. One of the best is Sate Tiga Saudara.
BAKSO MALANG - RAJA BASOKA (Rajanya Bakso Bakar), Jl. Dr. Suharso (in front of GOR Satria Purwokerto, walking distance from Hotel ASTON), ☎ 085719978822, . approx 9am to 7 pm. Bakso or meat ball is the most famous traditional food in Indonesia. and Malang city has their own specialty taste. "Bakso Malang" Raja Basoka bring the authenticated taste to Purwokerto city. they also has chicken noodle "Cwie Mie Malang" as their special menu. edit
Soto Ani, Gen. Sudirman (east from Alun-alun, across Gaya Baru Optik.located in small street behind building). approx 5 to 9 pm. 7k (at sept 09). edit
Rumah Makan Cahaya Mas, one of the best chinese food restaurants in town. Moslem must think twice here.
RM Endut, Jalan Wahid Hasyim no. 118 (just a walk distance to Jalan Overste Isdiman, one of the major and well-known roads in town.), ☎ (0281) 7647345. Famous for Hainan Chicken Rice and Nasi Campur.edit
Serabi Jalan Bank, available early in the morning is a local favourite. The queue is sometimes very long especially during holiday season.
Soto Jalan Bank, Jalan RA Wiriatmaja (also known as Jalan Bank) (just a walk distance to the north from Bank BRI Museum), ☎ (0281) 693353. One of the most famous typical dishes destination in town. Strategically located, cheap and recommendable.Soto Ayam IDR 7500, Ati IDR 7500. edit
Soto Sungeb, Jalan RA Wiriatmaja no. 23 A (head to a small lane across the Soto Jalan Bank). The truly pioneer for the Soto Purwokerto. Tasty and easy-on-the-wallet.edit
Soto Ani, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman (head to a small lane, across the road from Gaya Baru Optic). 16.30 PM - 22.30 PM. A well-known typical foods option in town.edit
Soto Sokaraja, available in Sokaraja, located 4 km east of Purwokerto. Many of Soto Sokaraja in here, consider one of the best is Soto Kecik. The place not so good but very famous. Another famous one (some people consider this soto is better) is Soto Sutri.
Mie Kelinci III available in HR.Benyamin 2 KM from Limas Agung.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 447, Ground Floor Tamara Plaza (right in the downtown), ☎ (0281) 641759, . The best and the most famous fried chicken joint chains in town.edit
California Fried Chicken, Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, Moro Mall (right in the downtown). Another famous Indonesian fast food chains in Purwokerto.edit
Bunto's Chicken, Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 286 (across the Alun-Alun). One of the most famous local fast food chains in Purwokerto. Rita's owned.edit
Bakso Pekih, Jalan Pekih (just a walk distance from the Alun-Alun and Grand Mosque). 9.00 AM - 18.00 PM. One of the most famous meatball place in town. Easy on the wallet.edit
Pratista Harsa, Jalan Pereng (just a walk distance from the Alun-Alun and Grand Mosque). A food court in the downtown, with very wide varieties of local dishes. Easy on wallet and recommended for the culinary lovers.edit
Siomay Kuah Segar, Jalan Prof Dr Suharso (across the GOR Satria's entrance point). A simple and modern restaurant that offers wide varieties of siomay and Japanese dishes, like Okonomiyaki, Yakimesi, Takoyaki, Ramen, and Steam Boat. Plus, also one of the best Japanese option in town.edit
Paparon's Pizza, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kompleks Pertokoan Stasiun Timur (In the city center, right in the intersection between Jalan Merdeka and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman), ☎ (0281) 634747, . The most well-known pizza restaurant in town.edit
Ayam Penyet Suroboyo, Jalan Prof Dr Suharso (A few meters to the GOR Satria, across Iga Bakar Mas Giri), ☎ (0281) 625631. 9.00 AM - 22.00 PM. The best place to try the 'Ayam Penyet' in town. Tasty dishes and easy-on-the-wallet.edit
Warung Leko, Jalan Prof. Dr. Suharso (A few meters to the GOR Satria). One of the most famous midrange restaurant chain in town. Delicious and valuable price.edit
Iga Bakar Mas Giri, Jalan Prof. Dr. Suharso no. 8 (Just a walk distance to the GOR Satria, across Ayam Penyet Suroboyo). One of the most famous and most visited restaurant in town. Best try for Iga Bakar, tasty and affordable.edit
Pecel Lele Lela, Jalan Prof. Dr. Suharso (Just a walk distance to the GOR Satria). The best 'Lele' option in town, with wide varieties of pecel lele dishes.edit
Brasil Ice Cream and Coffee, Jalan Letjen. Suprapto no. 25 (Located in the bustling commercial district of Kebon Dalem, close to a number of fabulous department stores), ☎ (0281) 636896 (fax: (021) 6293831 - (021) 6288612). The most well-known ice cream and coffee place in town. Also offers wide varieties of Indonesian cuisines and desserts.edit
Rumah Makan Kalibogor, Jalan Yos Sudarso no. 34 (Located in the gateway road from Jakarta or Tegal, approximately 5 minutes drive from the city square), . An old midrange restaurant in town. Best try for Ayam Goreng, delicious and affordable.edit
Sae Niki, Jalan Masjid no. 8 (Just a walk distance north from the city square or Alun-Alun). The best Ayam Kampung Goreng option in town. Tasty and affordable.edit
Obonk Steak, Jalan HR Bunyamin, Purwokerto City Walk (Across the Jenderal Sudirman University). Strategically located. Also one of the best steakhouse in town.edit
Angkringan Tahu Kupat Pa'buaran, Jalan HR Bunyamin (North of Jenderal Sudirman University and Banyumas TV office), ☎ (0281) 627799, . A cafe-style restaurant that offers the beautiful view of rice fields in its surroundings. Also one of the best place to hangout in town.edit
Cibiuk, Jalan HR Bunyamin (North of Jenderal Sudirman University, across the F2 Entertainment Center). One of the Sundanese option in town. Famous for its spicy sambal cibiuk.edit
Phuket, Jalan HR Bunyamin no. 107 (A few meters north of the Jenderal Sudirman University), ☎ (0281) 634505. A newly-built Thai restaurant in town.edit
Pringgading Restaurant, Jalan DI Panjaitan no. 217 (A few meters south Pasar Wage), ☎ (0281) 636372 (email@example.com), . A long-time well-known splurge restaurant in town. Plenty of wedding and events held here.edit
Kabayan Restaurant, Jalan Jend. Sudirman no. 520 (right in the downtown, just a walk distance from Tamara Plaza, Rita Pasaraya, and Moro Mall), ☎ (0281) 636633, . A well-known Sundanese restaurant in town. Featuring live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Also contains a karaoke box.edit
Oemah Daun, Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim no. 101 & 103 (South of Andhang Pangrenan Park), ☎ (0281) 635169, . 10.00 AM - 2.00 AM. One of the best venue in town. Modern and chic interior design, wide varieties of dishes, and a perfect place for meeting, wedding, and events.edit
Gubug Makan Mang Engking, Jalan HR Bunyamin (North of Jenderal Sudirman University), ☎ (0281) 630088, . 14.00 AM - 22.00 PM. A luxury Sundanese restaurant, with a touch of garden restaurant with unique Sundanese's gubug design, beautiful ponds, and surrounded by the rice fields.edit
MP Steak and Pancake, Jalan MT Haryono (Just a walk distance to Pasar Wage), . 11.00 AM - 23.00 PM. A unique Dutch-style restaurant. Best for steak and pancake.edit
Asiatic Restaurant, Jalan HR Bunyamin no. 375 (North of Jenderal Sudirman University), . 9.00 AM - 22.00 PM. A well-known luxury restaurant. Best for Ikan Bakar.edit
Lumbung Coffee and Resto, Jalan HR Bunyamin, across the Pabuaran Gas Station (North of the Jenderal Sudirman University). 10.00 AM - 22.00 PM. A perfect coffee place in town. Offers wide varieties of coffee and latte, ice cream, and Balinese cuisine.edit
Furama Restaurant, Jalan Dr Angka, Permata Hijau Shophouses (Close to the city's best hotels and entertainment center), . 11.00 AM - 22.00 PM. One of the best splurge restaurant in town with wide varieties of Chinese and Cantonese dishes.edit
@lounge, Jalan HR Bunyamin, 2nd floor of Asiatic Restaurant (North of Jenderal Sudirman University), ☎ (0281) 643000, . A newly-built lounge in a strategic place, best for pudding and cake.edit
Meteor Cafe, Jalan Jend. Sudirman, Satria Plaza no. 1-2 (Right in the city center, just a walk distance to the business and shopping centers), ☎ (0281) 634234, . 10.00 AM - 22.00 PM. One of the best place in town for hangout, offers Italian, Chinese, Japanese cuisines and snacks.edit
Hotel Borobudur, Jalan Yosodarmo 32, ☎ +62 281 635341, +62 281 637747. edit
Hotel Mulia, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman no. 732 (right in the downtown, close to the market and commercial centers), . Strategically located in the downtown. Just a walk distance to markets, commercial centers, and tourist attractions.Zenith IDR 150,000, Diamond IDR 300,000. edit
Hotel Anggrek, Jl. Dr. Suparno no. 100, ☎ (0281) 7606633. clean, quiet90k-125k. edit
Green Valley Resort Baturaden, Jl. Raya Baturaden km.8 Baturaden (8 km to the south to Purwokerto, 6 km to the north to resort-town Baturaden), ☎ +62-281-681123, . A newly-built 3 stars plus resort hotel with beautiful and stunning views of Baturaden.edit
Puri Wisata Hotel, Jl. Raya Baturaden (located right in the resort-town of Baturaden, 14 km north of Purwokerto), ☎ +62-281-681331. Nice hotel in Baturaden, just a walk distance to plenty of tourist attractions.edit
Hotel Rosenda Cottages, Jl. Raya Baturaden (located right in the resort-town of Baturaden, 14 km north of Purwokerto), ☎ +62-281-681570, . A 3 stars hotel located in Baturaden, foot of Mount Slamet.edit
Queen Garden Hotel Baturaden, Jl. Pariwisata Baturaden (located in Baturaden, a cool resort town and only 10 minutes to Purwokerto), ☎ +62-281-681388, . One of the most famous 3 stars hotel in Baturaden. Offers the cool air of Baturaden and spectacular views of the city of Purwokerto and surrounding areas.Economy IDR 250,000, Suite IDR 1,395,000. edit
Wisata Niaga Hotel, Jl. Merdeka no.5 Purwokerto (right in the downtown of Purwokerto), ☎ +62-281-642333. A modern-minimalist-styled business hotel. The building was formerly used as the branch office of an insurance company.Standard IDR 145,000, family IDR 275,000. edit
Astro Hotel, Jl. Suparjo Rustam Km. 4 Sokaraja Purwokerto (about 5 minutes driving south of the downtown, close to Atrium Hotel and Resort), ☎ +62-281-6844107, . checkin: 13.00 pm; checkout: 12.00 pm. A transit three stars hotel in the outskirts, drive-in hotel style.Standard IDR 84,000, Deluxe IDR 175,000. edit
Atrium Resort & Hotel, Jl. Soepardjo Rustam (Jl. Raya Sokaraja) (5 minutes drive from the downtown, close to Astro Hotel), ☎ +62-281-6844041, . A villa-styled hotel in the main road between Purwokerto and Sokaraja. Five minutes driving from the downtown Purwokerto.Standard IDR 330,000, deluxe IDR 495,000, suite IDR 715,000. edit
Aston Imperium Hotel, Jl. Overste Isdiman no. 33 Purwokerto (right in the heart of the city), ☎ +62-281-628000, . A newly-built 12 floors 4 stars plus hotel with modern-contemporary architecture. Also offers Wi-Fi service, gym, pool, restaurants, meeting rooms, and spa.Deluxe IDR 590,000, Suite IDR 900,000. edit
Horison Hotel, Jl. Dr. Angka no.71 Purwokerto (about 5 minutes driving north of the downtown, near to the main road to Baturraden), ☎ +62-281-634321, . A three stars comfortable resort-hotel.Standard IDR 440,000, family IDR 660,000k. edit
Baturaden is a resort area on the southern slope of Gunung Slamet. Just 14 km from town center. Offers cool climate, hot springs, and nature attractions.
There is Angkot which service passenger from Purwokerto to Baturaden. Usually it stop at old terminal (kebondalem) Purwokerto. At Baturaden you can ride it until spring water bath (Pancuran Pitu) or you can reach it by foot from gate area. Don't forget to ask the driver if you want him to wait. Negotiate for fare first.
Sokaraja, a transit town, famous for soto and gethuk goreng.
Banyumas, a historical sleepy town, home for hundreds of Dutch and colonial buildings.
Tambak, a district border with Kebumen, 1 hour with bus from the Purwokerto Bus Terminal for Rp 7,000. Tambak offer its famous Sate Bebek outlets along street. Price relatively cheap at Rp 10,000 (US $1)