Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink 555C556C: Manggarai to SHIA Airport Railway Station by Airport Train

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Heading back to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to catch my flight back to Singapore, I decided to leave earlier to head to Manggarai first in order to try out the Railink departing from there, despite not actually being on the way for me. But a new line or extension always warrants a visit, so here I go.

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My KRL train arrived at Platform 6 so it was an easier transfer to the Railink.

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Crossing the tracks to Platform 8 and 9 for the Railink.

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The crossing is well signposted.

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The facade of the simple but useful integrated link.

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Ramps also help with rolling luggage if you are bringing any.

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The KRL validator to tap out of the system and head into the Railink area.

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Tapping out of the KRL system.

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Tickets are available at the first floor.

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The next departing Railink train is already at the platform.

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Heading up the escalator to the Railink concourse.

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The Railink concourse reminds me a bit of Medan.

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Heading to the ticketing area.

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There are ticket gates which are not in use yet.

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Heading to the information counter to purchase my ticket with my foreign credit card without a PIN number.

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Heading out of the ticketing area through the open fare gates.

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Railink trains depart from Platforms 8 and 9 for now.

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The waiting area at the Railink concourse.

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Charging booths are available for you to charge your devices while waiting for the Railink train.

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My ticket for the Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink 555C556C ride from Manggarai to SHIA Airport Railway Station.

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As I had a few minutes to wait with minimal seats for resting, I decided to walk around the concourse for a bit, checking out the new West Exit which leads nearer to Manggarai Bus Terminal.

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A ticketing area is also available here, though without staff manning it yet.

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The big concourse of the West Exit.

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Based on the location of the fare gates and escalators so far, I suspect that Railink trains will eventually depart from Platforms 9 and 10, while Platforms 8 and 9 are for arrivals only with KRL connectivity, with Platform 9 operated using the Spanish Solution for quick turnarounds.

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Once boarding is ready, Railink staff will scan your ticket using handheld devices, similar to Medan City Railway Station.

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Heading down the stairs to Platform 9.

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The readied Railink train getting ready to depart.

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Boarding the Railink at Manggarai.

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The interior of the Railink with OVO advertisements.

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My usual bay of 4 seats.

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The legroom available at the bay of 4 seats.

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Getting ready to depart.

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After the opposing Tokyo Metro 6000 Series departed, the doors closed on my train.

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The TfJ route map of the rail lines in Jabodetabek.

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Departing from Manggarai.

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Splitting off onto the loop line.

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The upcoming viaducts for the Jakarta Kota – Bogor Line.

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Passing through Mampang Station.

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Passing through Sudirman Station.

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Bypassing the linkway between Sudirman and Sudirman Baru (BNI City) Stations.

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Making a brief stop at Sudirman Baru (BNI City) Station.

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Passing through Tanah Abang.

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Entering Duri Station.

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Making a brief stop at Duri for the direction change.

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The TfJ-style Railink signs at Duri Station.

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Airline information is broadcasted on board the Railink train.

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Departing from Duri Station.

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Continuing on the Tangerang Line.

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Heading into Batu Ceper Station.

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Making a brief stop at Batu Ceper. Seems like Railink now has a bit of locals who use the Railink as a commute rather than a joyride.

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Heading into Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with the setting sun.

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Disembarking at Airport Railway Station.

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Looking back at the Railink train.

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Heading to the ticket gates to scan my way out.

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Scanning my ticket on the ticket gate.

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Continuing out to the Skytrain.

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Here, I got on the Skytrain to head to Terminal 2 to check-in for my Jetstar Asia flight.

Overall, a good connectivity at Manggarai, but unless I was coming in by the KRL Central Line, KRL Loop Line and KRL Bekasi Line, I don’t think it’s meant to function as a point-to-point service as compared with Sudirman Baru (BNI City) station. I’m not saying that Manggarai is useless, I’m saying it serves a different purpose as a transfer station from other trains. Its full potential will finally be seen once Manggarai Sentral has been completed and long-distance trains have moved to Manggarai Sentral as well, to form a new rail hub for domestic and international connectivity using Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and the Railink as a backbone.

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