Bogor Travel Guide

Bogor is one of the most pleasant large cities in Java. It lies just to the south of Jakarta at a slight altitude and features the amazing Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bogor) as its main sight.

The city is around an hour south of Jakarta and has grown massively of late, with around three million people. Central Bogor looks like any other chaotic Indonesian city, but is noticeably cooler than Jakarta and has interesting nearby attractions. Horse and carts (delman) are a form of transport in Bogor.

Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bogor) is the main highlight of Bogor without a doubt. The gardens were established in 1811 by Sir Stamford Raffles during the Brits’ short tenure of Indonesia and are supremely beautiful. The Presidential Palace (Istana Bogor) is a residence here of the Indonesian president.

Elsewhere in Bogor is the Kujang statue at Triangle Park in town. Certain parts of town are nice for a wander, with pedestrian only streets, riverside walks and many traditional markets.

Getting There & Away

Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the gateway airport to Bogor, from where buses go direct to town via tolled highway. Bus travel times outside of rush hours are about an hour. If you have a car and driver, it is best to take one of the minor roads during rush hour.

Things to Do

Bogor Attractions

Bogor Botanical Gardens

Kebun raya bogor is among the most beautiful gardens in indonesia.

Side trips from Bogor


Heading southeast toward the town of bandung, puncak is one of mountains and tea plantations.


Bogor Cultural Festival

A fun annual event in bogor in february showcasing the city’s long history, with loads of cultural events such as chinese barongsai dancing.