The Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink is an airport rail link serving Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, linking it with downtown Jakarta. Being a frequent user of the train service, this probably needs no introduction on RailTravel Station any more. This time, I made it for a smooth connection from my Indonesia AirAsia flight to the Skytrain and the next Railink departure for a quick journey into the city.
As it was impending departure time, I quickly headed to the information counter to buy my ticket using my foreign credit card without a PIN.
Heading to the ticket gates.
Scanning my ticket at the ticket gate.
The Railink 665666 train ready for departure to Batu Ceper, Duri, Sudirman Baru (BNI City) and Manggarai.
Heading to Platform 2 to board the train.
As it was close to departure time, I boarded the train from the first available door and walked down the train to find an available seat.
The usual set of facing seats that I will take.
The interior of the Jakarta SHIA Railink train.
My ticket for my Railink 665666 from SHIA Airport Railway Station to Sudirman Baru (BNI City).
Departing from SHIA Airport Railway Station sharp on time at 12.57pm.
Skirting around the airport perimeter.
Passing by the cargo terminal.
A stray Alitalia in Soekarno–Hatta Airport.
Passing by the continuous construction of the Jl. STA II from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Alam Sutera.
Making a brief stop at Batu Ceper.
Passing the railway crossing just after the Batu Ceper platforms.
Merging onto the main Tangerang Line.
Heading up the Tangerang Line towards Duri.
I wonder how Indonesia does their track rehab so quickly with trains every 10 minutes or so, without shutting down their railway line for 4 years.
Entering Rawa Buaya station.
New shelters being installed at the lengthened 12-car platforms.
The station still uses at-grade pedestrian crossings though.
Continuing on to the city.
Passing through a busy railway crossing with lots of horns for disobedient motorcyclists.
Turning towards Duri.
Making a brief stop at Duri for a direction change.
Hence my displeasure with the new TfJ map since it doesn’t describe line directions well.
The stop signal at the end of Line 4.
Line 4 has the point set to the escape route before the main line towards Angke and Jatinegara.
An airport-bound Railink arrives at Line 3 for the direction change too, and to cross with my train.
Both Railink trains at Duri at the same time. If you are boarding the train at Duri, look out for the train direction.
Departing from Duri on the Loop Line.
Passing by the retrofit Eksekutif coach in new airline livery.
Passing by the refurbished Ekonomi PSO coach in new livery.
Entering Tanah Abang station.
The new Kereta Inspeksi 4 in Tanah Abang Locomotive Depot.
Passing through the crowded-as-usual Tanah Abang station.
The Rangkasbitung Line splitting off from the Loop Line.
Passing by local houses very close to the railway tracks. I wonder how do they sleep at night with the constant train movements throughout the day.
Entering Karet station, which means Sudirman Baru (BNI City) is just up ahead.
Slowing down through Karet station.
Sudirman Baru (BNI City) is literally just after Karet station, almost touching each other.
Disembarking from the Railink train at Sudirman Baru (BNI City). This train will continue on to Manggarai.
Heading to the travellator at the end of the train.
The Railink 665666 at Sudirman Baru (BNI City).
Heading up the travellator to the concourse.
The ticket gates at the platform exit.
Scanning my ticket at the ticket gate.
TIP: Don’t scan a folded ticket like mine as the words behind may distort the code when the reader lights up the ticket, rendering it difficult to scan.
The concourse of Sudirman Baru (BNI City).
Heading to the travellator down to the North Exit.
New signs are posted for the MRT
Marunouchi Line Red Line and KRL Ginza Line Loop Line. Interesting how the JR 205 Series now represent the KRL, since there are indeed so many of them now, rather than the rare Tokyu 8000 Series which was the icon on signs but were always hardly found.
The stated path towards the MRT Red Line leads you onto the road.
Despite being a shorter path, I opted to go by the regular sheltered way towards Sudirman station and loop back at the exit towards the pedestrian underpass, to walk to my hotel at Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Thamrin to check-in.
Overall, another pleasant, fuss-free and on-time trip with the Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink.