Yogyakarta – Access in Short

Below, find short descriptions about the level of access to places of interest in and around Yogyakarta. 

For more detailed information with photos, please contact us.

On our tours, our team is ready to assist you in any way to overcome possible barriers. 

Tour assistent Maureen at Sewu Temple

Ramp onto Borobudur base

Access at the BOROBUDUR

The Conservation Agency for the Borobudur is committed to improve accessibility, which is a difficult task due to the strict building regulations in place at an UNESCO world heritage site. A ramp has been built up onto the basis of the temple, and we are kindly permitted to get close to this ramp by car, thus avoiding long walking distances.

On the first gallery of the Borobudur one finds the best preserved and most beautiful reliefs. In principle, the gallery is relatively easy to reach also for manual wheelchair users who want to use our help (i.e. being lifted). However, we have recently been issued a “wheelchair ban” and we are still working on a solution to bring our guests back to this gallery.

Visitors are allowed to climb to the very peak of the temple; due to numerous steep and uneven staircases, however, people with mobility limitations might find this not the easiest of objectives, even if assisted by our trained team.

Visitors with Visual Impairment are allowed to touch the reliefs and statues when wearing gloves, which we provide. The Conservation Agency owns a 1×1 meter replica of the Borobudur that can be visited on request.

Access at MENDUT

Apart from two steps at the entrance, it is easy to explore the temple from ground-level. Getting up to the chamber requires to overcome rather steep stairs. 

Mendut

Cleaner at Pawon

Access at PAWON

The small temple complex and its surroundings can be explored easily. The upper level of the temple is again more difficult to reach, and since the chamber is empty, it is actually nicer to enjoy its beauty from the ground level.

Access to BUKIT DAGI

204 steps lead up through the forest to the top of this hill located in the Borobudur park. A small road winds up from the back to bring guests up to the scenic outpost by car. There are some sitting opportunities on the clearing.

Bukit Dagi

On Prambanan

Access at the PRAMBANAN

The extensive Prambanan park is easy accessible. The Conservation and Park Agencies is very supportive and permits us to use our vehicles inside the area, thus avoiding long walking distances. The Prambanan Temple can be observed from many angles.

To get up onto Prambanan’s central courtyard, a set of rather steep stairs without need to be overcome. So far, no ramp is available, but we are in good hope this will change in the near future. Very unfortunately, a stair-free back entrance has recently been closed and cannot be used for wheelchair users anymore.  

Once on the central courtyard it is easy to stroll around between the impressive temple buildings towering above the visitor. Visitors with visual impairment are allowed to palpate the reliefs with gloves.

Access at SEWU

Located 800 Meter away from the Prambanan, we are allowed to use a car to reach Sewu temple for guests with mobility difficulties. A side-way provides stairless access to the temple complex, to stroll around between the amazing heaps of stones. 

Candi Sewu

Access at PLAOSAN

The court yards can be entered using a back entrance to avoid stairs at the main gates. To get up into the temples is only possible by stairs. 

Access at the KEDULAN EXCAVATION

Access to the excavation site is stairless, but the paths are unpaved. A number of benches allow a nice view of the temple and the work going on.

Ratu Boko Gate

Access at RATU BOKO

Ratu Boko is not an easy target when stairs are a major obstacle for you. Nowadays, however, it is possible to take a side road by car to the wide field in front of the famous Ratu Boko Gate. Alternatively, enjoy the sunset in the Prambanane plain at the restaurant at the foot of Ratu Boko. 

Access at the KRATON

The entrance has ramps and the whole compound is on ground-level. Main barriers are thresholds to some buildings, and the sandy centre court.

Kraton

Taman Sari

Access at TAMAN SARI

Taman Sari has many facets, too many to describe them here. The beautiful main buildings can be reached without or only minor steps, by using side-entrances. Other parts are only accessible by stairs. 

Access at MALIOBORO STREET

The sideways at Malioboro shopping street are relatively easy to use, however overcrowded in the afternoon and evening. Some nice shops provide easy access.

Malioboro

Vredeburg

Access at FORT VREDEBURG

The complex is on ground-level without stairs and easy to explore. 

Access at KOTA GEDE

The main destination for most visitors are the silversmith ateliers and shops on ground-level with the one or other step or threshold to overcome.

 Lava Tour

Access at the MERAPI LAVA TOUR

Main barrier of this tour is the access to the high jeeps, for which we don’t yet have a solution. The tour itself is partly bumpy but not steep or risky.

Access at CANDI UMBUL

Candi Umbul is easy accessible and steps can be avoided by using side-ways. 

Candi Umbul

Ambarawa Railway Museum

Access at AMBARAWA RAILWAY MUSEUM

Most parts of the outdoor museum are easy to explore, with few steps only. 

Access to RAMAYANA DANCE PERFORMANCE

At the outdoor theatre at Prambanan, a few seats are available that can be reached without steps and stairs. 

At the indoor theatre in town, using a side-entrance, this is as well possible.

Ramayana Theater at Prambanan