Mount Tangkuban Parahu, near the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia, erupted yesterday afternoon, 26th July 2019. Bandung is a popular destination for travellers, south east of the Indonesian Capital, Jakarta. It’s popular both for the cooler temperatures and old colonial architecture. Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano is easily accessible by road, about 25km north of the city.
Should I travel now?
Most people arrive by air, train or road the latter of which should be avoided during popular holiday periods. The traffic jams between Jakarta and Bandung are legendary and not for the faint hearted. The train journey is the way to travel, as confirmed by locals, with the spectacular scenery making it a worthwhile journey. However, for travellers from further away, flying in is probably your best option.
Bandung Airport is located within the city area and although their website is currently not advising any closure, this may change. The best advice is to check with your airline who will advise you on any disruptions.
If your main purpose in visiting is to actually visit the crater, don’t go now. The area has been closed by the authorities because of the danger of further eruptions. The crater is popular for visitors because it’s easily accessible and it’s generally pretty quiet.
If you want to visit the city anyway and only visit the crater if it reopens, then don’t change your plans. There’s plenty else to see and do and you can try the unique food choices on offer as well.