Our mind-blowing Prambanan Temple tour

Instagram you cheeky thing! You have yet again shown me pictures of a place that cannot be believed until you see it with your own eyes. I was completely not ready to be blown away by the sheer size of the Prambanan Temple complex and at the massive structure that stood before me. As I stood in awe at the workmanship that has gone into such a place I realised this Prambanan Temple Tour was going to have to be seen to be believed!

The large Prambanan sign that has the ancient stone temple rising behind it
Marley standing at the Prambanan sign

The Prambanan Temple complex is huge. Not just huge but HUGE. Many pictures you will see won’t actually do the size of the temple complex justice. If you can before you enter the actual Prambanan complex walk to the right a little bit.

There was hardly anyone on that side and you can get some great pictures of the complex as well that may be able to show some of the sizes of it. You can also see up close many of the temple blocks that remain from when some of the smaller temples that surrounded the Prambanan temple were disassembled, laying in wait to one day be restored.

What is Prambanan Temple?

Prambanan Temple is a 9th century Hindu temple and it is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. The Prambanan temple complex is made up of 3 large temples for the main Hindu gods being Shiva the destroyer of the universe, Vishnu the keeper of the universe, and Brahma the creator of the universe.

Prambanan temple is high and thin compared to Borobudur which is high but spread out. The main Shiva temple (located in the middle) is the highest of all the shrines and stands at a whopping 47 meters high.

Overview of Pranbanan site with darkened temples spotted over the grounds
The complex consists of many temples

You will find the story of Ramayana around the three main shrines, You can see the sculptures and the story can be read from the east gate clockwise around the inner compound. We loved learning about the legend of Prambanan Temple as we wandered the huge Indonesian temple complex

Prambanan has been worked on throughout the years to keep it looking as stunning as it does now. There have been earthquakes (in 2006) and Volcanic ash (2014) that have continued to harm the Prambanan temple complex. Due to some of the restoration works finding that some of the smaller temples do not have all of the building blocks that they originally had, it has been decided that if a smaller temple has at least 75% of the original blocks it will be restored.

The enormous temples tower over the ground with plenty of people wandering around the base. You get a sense of the size with the tiny people around it.
It is an amazing site to see

Prambanan Temple as once a Royal Temple used for sacrifices and for the state’s religious ceremonies being held here. The Prambanan temple compounds are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will be protected for many years to come. There are also plans for the area to become a sanctuary area where no buildings can be constructed around it.

Pranbanan temple site Yogyakarta with a small section of the temple in focus and the large temple out of focus in the background
It would have been an amazing site when it was fully constructed

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Where is Prambanan Temple located?

The Prambanan Temple complex is located 17 Kilometers from Yogyakarta and is a very easy day trip from there.

Prambanan Address: Jl. Raya Solo – Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia

How much is the Prambanan entrance fee?

There are so many different options available that will give you so many opportunities to see Prambanan while you are in Indonesia. You just have to pick the one that is right for you. Here are the options below for entry to the Prambanan temple and some surrounding temples as well.

One time entrance to Prambanan ticket price

SiteAdult Child
Prambanan, Plaosan, and Sojiwan$30USD$20USD
Prambanan – Borobudur ticket price:$40USD$25USD
Prambanan–Ratu Boko (free shuttle between the two temples)$40USD$25USD

These tickets include Rp1.000 insurance premium

Stone carving at Prambanan
You can spend hours exploring

Multiple Day Tickets

SiteAdult Child
Prambanan temple ticket price for 2 days$40USD$20USD
Prambanan entrance fee for 3 days$60USD$30USD

Prambanan Temple Tour

Learn More: If visiting temples in Indonesia is something you enjoy then you must not miss a visit to Borobudur. This temple will leave you in awe.

What are the Prambanan opening hours?

Prambanan Temple is open from 6am – 5pm.

Although there is no best time to visit Prambanan it is advised that you visit during the dry season.

Don’t forget the ‘lesser known’ temples in the Prambanan Temple Compounds

The Temples are called:

Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple.

One mistake we saw so many people made was leaving the Prambanan temple compounds and heading straight for the exit after they had left the main complex. We decided to take the footpath (there are other ways to see the other temples like a scooter, golf cart, segway and bike) and do the 1.6km round walk to see the other ‘lesser’ temples. We were the only people in this area for the majority of the time we were there. The last temple complex Sewu was absolutely amazing.

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The only people that were there were Mark and I (the girls stayed at the crossroads rather than join us on the last little walk to the open gate) and a worker. We got to see inside some of the smaller temples and watch the painstaking work that is being done to rebuild some of the smaller temples that surround the larger ones. The two huge Statues you walk between to get into the complex are amazing. It was a highlight of our Prambanan Temple Tour.

The entrance to a Prambanan Temple
The entrance to one of the temples

Our top tips for when you visit Prambanan Temple

  • There is not much shade out there so please make sure you have sunscreen and hats.
  • There are some vending machines where you can get drink
  • There is a welcome drink again on offer and I suggest you opt for the water if you are low.
  • If you have time hire a bike and ride around the complex to see the other three ‘lesser’ temples. They are amazing.
  • Make sure you get the pictures you want. Once you leave it is a long way back.

Top day trips to Prambanan

If you are unsure about driving to Prambanan by your self you can take one of the many day trips to Prambanan. Many of the day trips include visiting other popular tourist attractions near Prambanan.

Where did we stay to visit Prambanan?

Wyld Family Travel stayed in Yogyakarta which is about an hour from Prambanan travelling by car. We found Yogyakarta gave us a great base to do what we wanted to see in and around the area. We can recommend 2 places to stay in Yogyakarta.

Dusan Jogja Village Inn

Rating a 9.2 from 258 reviews and starting at $65US per night for a deluxe room. Jogja Village Inn has a location score of 8.6 and offers on-site dining at the Secang Restaurant, buffet breakfast, outdoor pool, room service, wi-fi, terrace, spa and wellness center

*We stayed at the Jogja Village Inn and absolutely loved it. It was clean, safe and the staff were brilliant with the kids. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay for the family here. You can review our stay here

The Zest Hotel Yogyakarta

Rating a 7.6 from 153 reviews and starting at $30US per night for a Zest twin room. Zest Yogyakarta has a location score of 7.6 and offers on-site dining, buffet breakfast, outdoor pool, room service, wi-fi and airport shuttle.

*We stayed at the Zest Yogyakarta as well and can highly recommend a stay there for the family. It was easy to get to the attractions within the city centre and back home again. You can read our review on Zest Yogyakarta here

Apartments are quite popular for people wanting a more homely experience with access to cooking and washing facilities. Search for apartments in Yogyakarta below.

How to get to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is served by Adisucipto International Airport which connects the city with other major cities in Indonesia. International visitors can arrive and depart for Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Find flights to Yogjakarta with AirAsia, Lion CityLink and Garuda Indonesia.

Yogjakarta’s main long-distance train station is Tuga. Tuga Railway station is at the intersection of train travel in Java. Trains from Jakarta and Bandung terminate here as do the trains from Surabaya.

There is nothing like seeing a place you have seen on Instagram with your own eyes and there is nothing like learning how a place is so special to the people of the country you are in while you are wandering it. Prambanan does not and will not disappoint, a Prambanan temple Tour should be on your bucket list destinations.

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We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to stay in Yogyakarta to visit Prambanan. Seeing Prambanan with your own eyes is an amazing experience. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Indonesia click through to our Indonesia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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