Review: Argo Parahyangan Premium Express Train Economy Class Bandung to Jakarta

I spent my weekend visiting my parent in Bandung. I need to work on Monday, so I decided to go back to Jakarta by train. I choose train because often I encountered a severe traffic jam if heading to Jakarta by car in Monday morning. This time I manage to tried the newly refurbished premium economy class on Argo Parahyangan Premium.

Argo Parahyangan Premium 10501
Bandung (Bandung Station) to Jakarta (Gambir Station)
Date: 4th December 2017
Depart: 04.15
Arrive: 07.25
Duration: 3 Hours 10 Minutes
Coach: Ekonomi 
Seat: 8B

I was arrived in Bandung station around 03.45. I made my way to check-in counter which located in the center of the station. The queue was quite long, no wonder because it is Monday morning when many people commute from Bandung to Jakarta.

Bandung Station Check-In Area

Other than check in counter, the station was still pretty much empty. The stores and shops was hasn’t been opened at that time. After check-in I was rushing to departure gate where an officer checked my boarding pass.

Bandung Station North Hall

Bandung Station North Hall

Bandung Station North Hall

Bandung Station Departure Gate

My train was departed from Track 6. The exterior of the coach was looks so fresh. The train was newly refurbished all premium economy class. I commuting Bandung – Jakarta dozens of times, but never tried this type of cabin service before.

Argo Parahyangan Premium Exterior

The cabin was air conditioned in 2-2 seating arrangement, similar to what you will find in executive class. The difference is in executive, all the seats were set in forward direction.

While in premium economy, half of the seats in the cabin is in the forward direction of the direction and the other half is in backward direction. I often got motion sickness if I seat in the backward direction, so I avoide that kind of seats whenever I could.

Other than that, the cabin was also looks fresh and clean. For you who bring a big luggage, you can place it in the luggage rack inside of the cabin.

Argo Parahyangan Premium Cabin

Argo Parahyangan Premium Cabin

You can manually recline the seat with a lever at the side of the seat, although can’t be reclined as much as in executive. The other features are personal electrical sockets, reading light, and baggage rack.

Argo Parahyangan Premium Seat & Features

Argo Parahyangan Premium Seat

Argo Parahyangan Premium Seat & Features

Argo Parahyangan Premium Seat & Features

There is one section in the cabin where the seat was face to face with each other. While it might be not convenient if you traveling in solo, but the seats has better leg room. It was empty at that time, so I moved there.

Argo Parahyangan Premium Leg Room

Argo Parahyangan Premium Electrical Socket

I found that it was so hard to sleep because the cabin lights was fully turned on. Even it wasn’t an overnight journey, I guess it will be better if the cabin lights was dimmed a little, considering the train was departed early in the morning.

Argo Parahyangan Premium Cabin

The train arrived at track 1 of Gambir station around 07.30. I made my way to the north hall of the station where I will catch a cab to go to my office.

Gamrir Station Platform

Gambir Station Hall

Bottom line

Premium economy class was exceeding my expectation. Overall the cabin features was only sightly less comparing with executive class. It makes me wonder is it worth of taking executive class train at this time. The ticket price is also cheaper than executive class, so I think it is a better option for you who commuting between Jakarta and Bandung.

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