Pangandaran beach is located at 7°41'23.0"S 108°38’46.0"E (-7.689722, 108.646111), approximately 210 kilometers from Bandung.
Now, what would be the best way to go there: by car, train or airplane?
Majority of the visitors choose to drive to go to this beach, since it is only 210 kilometers from Bandung.
If you start from Bandung, use the toll road heading to Cileunyi. When you have reached the end of the toll road, take a U-turn to go to east. Just remember that Pangandaran is near the border of West Java and Central Java, so choose direction to Central Java, until you reach the town of Banjar. There you will see many signs to turn right to Pangandaran. Starting here the road is smaller with many turns, it takes approximately one to two hours driving to reach the beach.
However, don’t be fooled with the distance. It seems 210 kilometers is not that far, but normally we will spend six to seven hours to cover the distance. Although the roads are smooth, most of the roads only have one lane for each direction. Thus, the traffic slows down a lot whenever heavy trucks are passing. Since this is the main provincial road connecting the southern part of Java, there are plenty of heavy trucks pass this road. Next challenge is the traditional markets on the many small towns we pass. These markets tend to overflow to the road, which slow downs traffic.
Despite of these hurdles, people still love to drive to the beach, because it is the cheapest option, especially if you go with a big group.
If you prefer riding on a bus, there are public buses that have routes to Pangandaran. Another option is to use a shuttle bus from Bandung.
Some people prefer to ride a train than a car, since it is more comfortable with bigger leg room and without car sickness.
Presently, the nearest train station to the beach is Banjar railstation, which is in the town of Banjar, approximately 50 kilometers from the beach. The train ride from Bandung to Banjar is almost four hours, from Jakarta (Pasar Senen station) to Banjar takes about eight hours. Then we have to rent a car or take a minibus to go to the beach, which takes almost 2 hours.
Recently, there is a plan to restart the train route directly to Pangandaran. Hopefully it will happen soon.
Since the beach has a small airport named Nusawiru, the fastest option of course is flying from Jakarta or Bandung to the beach. The travel time is significantly reduced: one hour flight from Jakarta and only forty minutes from Bandung.
The airport is approximately 25 kilometers from the center of the beach, we usually pass it on the way to Green Canyon and Batu Karas beach. It is a home-based of Susi Air, which has a fleet of small airplanes such as Cessna Grand Caravan and Piaggio Avanti II.
There are return daily flights from Pangandaran to Jakarta or Bandung. Each flight can carry up to nine passengers. If you arranged in advance, you can bring your surfboard with you. The plane can carry up to five surfers and their gears.
You choose one mode of transportation, you arrive in Pangandaran, then what are you waiting for: Let the fun starts! Check out what Pangandaran has to offer, as well as the neighboring places such as Green Canyon and Batu Karas beach.