How to get to Dieng (Wonosobo) from Jakarta?

My friends and I want to go visit Dieng Plateau near Wonosobo in Central Java. We will be heading there from Jakarta. Which is the best way for us to get there? Should I take a train to Purwokerto or Yogyakarta? Which of this place is easier to get to Wonosobo and how do I get there? Is there a bus straight up to Dieng? Please suggest me the best way possible to get to Dieng. Thank you!
– Bran

If you are coming from Jakarta, it makes more sense to take a train to Purwokerto instead of Yogyakarta so that you can save time and distance. Also from Purwokerto it is more straight forward to get to Wonosobo, in just one bus ride. When reaching Wonosobo, stop off at the junction near Klenteng or tell the driver in advance that you are heading for dieng, then from there catch a public mini bus to Dieng. You might need to walk a little to get to a stop for minibus, ask a local for direction and it shouldn’t be more than 15 mins walk away.

Read more at our Dieng Plateau travel guide.

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  1. Hello Rachel, my friends and I are planning to visit Dieng and are looking forward to do a trek up Sikunir to catch the sunrise. Would it be advisable to book a guide in advance to come along with us? Or could we just check with the hotel once we are there? We are not comfortable driving on our own so we are exploring all possibilities. We also have to get to Dieng from Yogya airport and we touch down at 530pm. Will it be safe for us girls to travel there on our own and how long will it take?

    1. hi isabelle, you do not need to book a guide in advance to go up to Sikunir but you may want to arrange with your guesthouse for a ride at least to the starting point during the wee hours. I did not book a place before reaching there but I was only one person, so if you are in a bigger group would be better to secure a place first. It was safe me me alone to travel up in the local bus around that time too.

  2. Hello Rachel, I’m planning to visit Dieng this October (15-17) and could you please give some advice regarding HomeStay / Guest house in Dieng but only for one person.(the price range, name, and location) ? I like to catch the sunrise at Sikidang and visit “Telaga Warna” on the same day, would you please give me some advice for that as well?

  3. Hello there Rachel,
    this is my first time reading your blog, and it’s awesome, I appreciate so much that you’re willing to travel across Indonesia and share the beauty of this country.

    Regarding this article which talk about Dieng Plateu, I myself has been interested and so much in love with this place. there are some experience that I’ve had in this place that’s been life-changing to me.

    now just to add some information,
    Dieng Plateau area is actually has more than just scenery to offer, in this place, where it’s believed and proven, you can find the one of the oldest ancient civilization in Java.

    As you know, Java has been the most populated island in Indonesia, because it was where the Majapahit Kingdom took place. Majapahit is known for the largest kingdom that unites smaller kingdoms and countries across the archipelago, which then called Nusantara. This is the first form of Indonesia, but we’re talking about that later :)

    The Majapahit kingdom took time about 11th century, and now back to Dieng, civilization has been in Dieng from the 7th century, and this area wasn’t just a small village that has no importance at all.

    Dieng has been an important part of the ruling kingdom that time, which is Sanjaya / Kalingga Kingdom, this proven by the existence of Arjuna Temple Complex, which those temple themself (or candi people call them ) had an important symbols that reflects the civilization that time, It’s a symbol of teaching, to taught the king’s family and furthermore the people how to become a good man, good woman, and also how to form a family, and also civilization. it really has a great philosophy in it.

    Other than the deep philosophy and historical meaning, you should try night tour around this area, it’s quite bright since they’ve not put lamps around the temple, so it’s safe to be there at night, but you must ask for assistance from local guide, just to keep it safe. The best part to do when you go there at night is to take pictures of the temple, with dark surrounding and some mist, it’ll create a great picture.

    I still have many thing to share about Dieng Plateau, but I suppose it’ll be better to ask your permission before I share more things.

    if you have questions about this area, please feel free to contact me

  4. Hi Rachel- great article on Dieng, thanks for writing. I’d like to go visit but the only time I can is mid-November. You mentioned it’s not advisable to go during wet season, but do you think it will be okay to go in November anyway? I don’t mind a little rain if it’s worth the beauty and nature. Thanks in advance! Also, feel free to check out my blog on other SE Asian travels –

    1. I was there anyway during the rainy season and it was fine, I explore everything with an umbrella on one day. Another day I had luck and managed to even do a long day trek!

  5. Hello. The picture you titled “House on hilly villages, Dieng Plateau, Java, Indonesia”, where is that? I’m planning a trip to Indonesia in Sept. 2019, and that is a great example of the countryside I most want to see on my trip. Thanks for your suggestions!

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