Bandung Indonesia is located just 165 kilometres from the capital of Jakarta. In reality, Bandung could be on the other side of the country due to the differences in the two cities. One is wrapped in the sea and the other in steep mountain terrain. On your Bandung trip with teenagers, you will see a growing metropolis approaching 3 million people and they all seem to drive cars all at the same time! You will find plenty of things to do in Bandung.
What we did find out on our Bandung trip is it’s known for 2 things more than anything else. Number 1 is its climate, sitting nearly 1000 meters above sea level the Bandung weather is much cooler than Jakarta they say (to be honest I did not notice the difference much when we visited both cities) Number 2 is its traffic.
The traffic in Bandung is seriously congested, the worst I have seen anywhere on this planet, so far. You could just stand on the edge of the road stunned at the sheer number of cars and scooters before you. It is one thing that will stun you on your visit to Bandung.
WHERE TO STAY IN BANDUNG
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Bandung. In Bali, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Booking.com to find the best prices in Bandung.
- Luxury: featuring multiple dining options, a kids’ club and a spa for guests to enjoy. Crowne Plaza Bandung is a 5star property with connecting rooms for families
- Mid-Range: Just 350 m from Bandung Train Station offering a grand outdoor pool, a fitness centre and free parking is Swiss-Belhotel Bandung. You will find suites for 2 adults and 2 teenagers available
- Budget: Rooms featuring Tv’s, air conditioning, wife and ensuites, you know you will get a good standard hotel with Ibis Pasteur Bandung. Onsite restaurant and car parking are available
Bandung Airbnb alternative for your stay
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Bandung then Air BnB is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Bandung Airbnb
How to get to Bandung
- Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport is located just out of the Bandung city centre. If arriving internationally, you will need to fly into Jakarta, from which you can hop on a flight to Bandung. Use Kiwi.com to compare prices and get the best deal.
- Bandung is located on the main train line that traverses Java. You can easily visit Bandung from Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya. You can search for train tickets with easybook
- Buses arrive from all over Java daily into Bandung. There is two major bus station in the city. Leuwi Pangang and Cicaheum are the two stations in Bandung for arrivals and departures.
- The Asian Highway 2 from Jakarta to Bandung os a good quality highway making driving easy.
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- There is local transport via the white and blue DAMRI buses. We recommend that you use GRAB (The Asian Uber) to get around Bandung..
Bandung trip attractions for families
We spent 5 days visiting Bandung on our way through Java. Here is what we found to be some of the best places to visit in Bandung. There are many things to do with teenagers in Bandung. So if you are wondering about what to do in Bandung while you are on holiday there we have the answers here for you!
Bandung tour on bus
The Bandung tour on bus holds 30 people for the Bandung city tour. The Bandung Tour on bus is like a small San Francisco trolly cart mixed with a London bus and it is a heap of fun when you are on your Bandung trip with teenagers.
Open sides and wooden seats greet you as you hop on at Dewi Sartika Park in the middle of Bandung city. The bus rattles its way through the traffic-clogged streets of Bandung but it has to be one of the best ways to tour the B
If you are lucky enough the guide on board with speak Indonesian and English and they will explain to highlights and history of Bandung as you cruise around. Many of the best Bandung attractions are pointed out to you so you are able to return to them during your holiday in Bandung.
The journey through the city streets will take around 30-45 minutes and cost us 10,000IDR for a family of 4 and we think it is the best way to get all of your Bandung sightseeing done in style!
Where can I catch the Bandung Tour Bus?
City Hall Park at the end of Braga Street. There is a small booth where you can purchase your tickets and wait for the bus there.
Bandung Water Parks
Indonesia is hot, even in Bandung. The teenagers in Bandung and visiting teens to Bandung will love the 3 water parks that are on offer in the Bandung area. This is one of the best activities in Bandung for teenagers on hot days. Below is a list of Bandung water parks for you to check out.
- Tektona Waterpark ticket – For more information click here
- Siliwangi Waterpark ticket – For more information click here
- Karang Setra Waterland ticket – For more information click here
*Remember that Indonesia is a Muslim country, make sure that you dress appropriately and conservatively when you wear swimwear.
Bandung Geological Museum
A visit to the Bandung Geological Museum is a must and for us here at Wyld Family Travel it was one of the best things to do in Bandung. As you walk into this amazing Bandung attraction, you are greeted by a giant 4 meters high Mammoth skeleton. This giant fossil dominates the entry hall and has the information about it on plaques on the side.
Around 70% completed with 30% missing some parts have been moulded to make this giant mammoth complete. The museum has a large collection of rocks and minerals found in Indonesia, the world and outer space.
The Geological Museum houses 13 different meteorite fragments that have been collected from Java. The star of the show is a section of an 11.5kg meteorite that fell in Java. You will learn about the minerals found in Indonesia with examples of crystals, coal, iron ore and more.
The collection of fossils is amazing with more skeletons and a special exhibition that changes over time. No Bandung trip with teens is completed without a visit to the Geologic Museum. It was a fantastic day for us and if you are visiting Bandung with homeschooled kids this is the best place in Bandung for a learning experience. This was our top Bandung attraction.
Where is the Geological Museum?
Jl. Diponegoro No.57, Cihaur Geulis, Cibeunying Kaler, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40122, Indonesia
Trans Studio Bandung
Trans Studio would have to be on the Bandung itinerary on many teens during a trip to Bandung. Trans Studios Bandung is one of the worlds largest indoor theme parks. The theme park is divided into 3 different worlds: Studio Central, Lost City and Magic Corner.
Studio Central is designed to make you feel like you are in Hollywood with your favourite stars walking around. The lost city is all about adventure while Magic Corner will amaze and dazzle you.
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This amazing Bandung attraction is spread over 2 floors and has 20 different fantastic rides for you to experience. We think would be a really fun attraction in Bandung for the whole family especially if you are on a Bandung trip with teenagers.
Where is Trans Studio Mall?
Jl. Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40273, Indonesia
Bandung is a popular choice for a weekend getaway for residents of Jakarta. They come seeking the cooler climate of the highlands area. Speaking to people in Jakarta they often say Bandung is the best city in Indonesia to visit.
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The Maribaya Lodge
Located in the hills above Bandung just near the town of Lembang is the Maribaya Lodge. I am not really sure how to describe this place except to say it is an Instagrammers delight! It is fake…yes that’s the word but still one of the most interesting places to go in Bandung.
It is certainly one of the most popular places to visit in Bandung. The concept of visiting the Maribaya Lodge is to get some great pictures doing fantastic activities that you are not really doing!
For instance, you get in a hot air balloon, the balloon lifts you 5 feet off the ground with a forest in the background making it look like you are up in the air. This also happens with hang gliders, swings, photo platforms and bike riding on a wire. It’s a good bit of fun that the kids will definitely enjoy.
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On a sour note just across the road from the Maribaya Lodge is the Fairy Garden attraction which we visited as well. They will push you to buy a combined ticket for both attractions when you are buying tickets at Maribaya Lodge. They keep a lot of animals on display there and have horse rides. We found their horses had no food or water in the stalls on a day well above 30 degrees. Our eldest daughter Willow went and bought bottles of water and tried to give the horses water. It left us all slightly disappointed with our day out after that experience.
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano crater is located about an hour and 15 minutes from downtown Bandung. You can drive all the way to the edge of the crater and is a great day trip from Bandung. Like all attractions in Indonesia, you will find food and drink stalls and souvenir shops selling everything known to man up there.
Don’t worry though, there is no hiking up hills or through forests to reach the crater. You just park your car, look over the fenced-off area and there it is! A simple but quite thrilling Bandung attraction. The Volcano erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983, 2013 and 2015.
There sometimes can be a quite
strongsmell of sulphuric acid from the crater. Some people wear face masks like the types people wear in hospitals to help reduce the smell.
Lembang Floating Market
Floating Market is the most interesting places in Bandung. It is a big market centre with shops and restaurants lining the banks of the lake and food stalls floating on the lake. The price is very affordable and the food was traditional Indonesian fare.
You can make a day out of it with a swimming pool on-site and good shower facilities and lockers. You can take a ride around the lake on one of the many boats, This place is a must for a Bandung family trip.
Top tip for visiting Lembang floating market
If you plan on making some purchases at the Lembang market you will need to change your money into tokens that you use to pay. There are clearly marked stalls where you can exchange your money.
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Where to go shopping with teenagers in Bandung
A bit of retail therapy is always popular with teenagers. Bandung has a few great shopping malls that will satisfy even the most shopaholic teen. Below are some great spots to shop in Bandung.
- Bandung Indah Plaza – 3 story shopping mall featuring a mix of Western and Asian stores. You will find the mall at JL. MERDEKA NO.56 BANDUNG
- Trans Mall Shopping Centre – Modern shopping mall with over 200 retailers & 100 dining options, h
ometo the above mentioned indoor theme park and movie theatre. Address: You will find the mall at Jl. Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung
- Pasar Baru Trade Center – You’ll find various kind of textile, clothing, batik, bags, Moslem wear and praying mats. Sharpen your bartering skills. Address: Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata No.78, Kb. Jeruk, Andir, Kota Bandung
10 Pin Bowling in Bandung
10 pin bowling is a great family activity. It is also a great activity to do with teenagers at night in Bandung. Nothing like a good bit of healthy competition between parents and kids.
- Siliwangi Bowling Center is equipped with 18 bowling lanes and shoe rentals. For more information click here
Weather in Bandung
During most months of the year, there is significant rainfall in Bandung. There is only a short dry season. In Bandung, the average annual temperature is 26.8 °C. The driest month in Bandung is August. There is approximately 34 mm of rain in August.
The most rain falls in March with an average of 312 mm. With an average of 27.9 °C in October is the warmest month in Bandung. In July, the average temperature is 25.7 °C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year
We hope this article gives you some great idea’s for Bandung kids activities. The city is big and congested but there are still some fun places to visit in Bandung Indonesia. Hope you have a great Bandung holiday.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .