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. As I had extra time to head to the airport to catch my Scoot flight back to Singapore, I decided to joyride my way to the airport with the KRL Commuterline Tangerang Line and just get the Railink train from Batu Ceper to SHIA Airport Railway Station.
Entering Batu Ceper Railway Station.
Many passengers are getting off here as well due to the residential area around it, and it’s also just opposite from Terminal Poris Plawad for intercity buses.
Alighting from the KRL.
The KRL continues on to Tangerang where it terminates.
Heading to the middle part of the platform for the linkbridge to the Railink.
Heading up to the Railink linkbridge.
There are now KRL Commuterline fare gates installed to tap out properly.
If heading in the opposite direction, the new linkbridge gets you down to both KRL platforms bound for Tangerang and Duri.
There are Railink ticketing kiosks right in front of the KRL gates at the waiting area for Railink passengers heading towards Duri, Sudirman Baru (BNI City) and Magggarai. With the lower fare, I had enough money in my Jak Lingko card, so I could use the kiosk to buy my ticket.
The first screen of the Railink ticketing kiosk for you to choose your destination station.
While I had arrived at the kiosk ahead of the next train departure time about 2 minutes away, I was not allowed to buy a ticket on it, and only the next trains onwards are available in at least 32 minutes time.
Do note that the Railink train follows 6 minutes behind the arriving KRL train, so making the tight connection is quite impossible.
Picking up my ticket from the kiosk.
My ticket for the Railink 691692: Batu Ceper to SHIA Airport Railway Station
Below me was the immediately-departing Railink to SHIA Airport Railway Station. 30 more minutes to go for my train.
Heading down the escalator to the airport-bound concourse.
The new station map of Batu Ceper Railway Station with both KRL and Railink sections.
Looking down at the ticketing concourse on the airport-bound side.
The concourse on the airport-bound side of Batu Ceper Railway Station.
If you are purchasing your Railink ticket with a foreign credit card without a PIN number, you can do it here.
Benches are available on the concourse to wait for your train. As facilities such as toilets are located in the unpaid area, most passengers would wait outside first before scanning through the ticket gates.
The facade of Batu Ceper Railink Station.
The view of the airport-bound platform from the railway crossing.
The view of the Manggarai-bound platform from the railway crossing.
The platform edge is guarded by a fence to prevent people from climbing up to the platform from the end.
Looking down towards the airport.
About 10 minutes to departure, I scanned in through the ticket gates to spot the Manggarai-bound train first.
Scanning my ticket at the ticket gate.
The Manggarai-bound Railink train arriving at Batu Ceper.
The Manggarai-bound Railink train departing from Batu Ceper.
Waiting on the bench on the platform. Facilities in the platform are scarce.
Announcements to get ready for boarding were made when the Railink crossed the point onto the dedicated Railink tracks.
The Railink approaching Batu Ceper Railway Station.
Entering Batu Ceper Railway Station.
Waiting for the doors to open for boarding.
The interior of the Railink train.
As this trip will not involve a direction change, I decided to get a regular forward-facing seat.
The legroom available on the Railink.
Departing from Batu Ceper.
Passing under the future Jl. STA II from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Alam Sutera.
Splitting off from the Tangerang Line.
Curving towards the airport perimeter.
Passing over the new underpass of Jl. Soekarno-Hatta South Perimeter, eliminating the level crossing for regular traffic.
Passing by Indonesia AirAsia’s Jakarta Headquarters.
The motorocycle parking area at M1 Gate.
The new M1 Gate TOD where no cars are allowed to drive in to the airport from M1 Gate any more and must change here onto a shuttle bus to the passenger terminals.
Passing under the taxiways.
Crossing over to Platform 2.
Entering Platform 2 of SHIA Airport Railway Station. Announcements were made for passengers for Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to take the Skytrain, and there is an additional shuttle bus service for passengers for Terminals 2 and 3.
Alighting at SHIA Airport Railway Station.
Heading up to the concourse.
Heading to the ticket gates.
Scanning out of the ticket gates.
Heading out of the ticket gate area to the concourse.
Heading to the linkway to the Skytrain station.
From here, I headed over to the Skytrain station to see which mode of transport was departing first.
Overall, another simple and fuss-free trip with the Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink.