Borobudur Tours

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The Buddhist temple of Borobudur is recognized not only as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the largest Buddhist structure on earth. Towering stone stupas stretch into the skies, and Indonesia’s breathtaking natural backdrop of volcanoes and lush landscapes lends an even more impressive air to this remarkable sight.

The Basics
Borobudur, built in the seventh and eighth centuries, consists of six square platforms decorated with more than 2,500 relief panels and some 500 Buddha statues, making it one of the most decorated temples on earth. Guided tours of the complex uncover the stories behind the imagery while giving visitors a better understanding of nirvana, karmic laws, and the life of Buddha. You can choose between intimate small-group tours, private tours, or combo tours that might include cycling through nearby villages, rafting on the Progo River, or visits to Pawon and Mendut Temples. If you have some extra time, opt for a two-day tour that includes a visit to Prambanan, a UNESCO-listed Hindu temple.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Borobudur temple is a must-see for all first-time visitors to central Java.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, and comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Borobudur tours from Yogyakarta city can last anywhere from six to 10 hours, depending on the option you choose.

How to Get There
Borobudur is located in the Kedu Plain on the Indonesian island of Java. It is accessible via bus from the Jombor terminal in Yogyakarta. Buses also run regularly from Magelang and take about one hour. Door-to-door minibuses are also available. 

When to Get There
Borobudur is Indonesia’s most visited attraction, so it’s a good idea to arrive early on a weekday to beat the crowds. You’ll find the best weather in the dry season, from April to October. Expect high humidity and frequent rainfall from November to March.

Sunrise at Borobudur
For many a traveler, watching a beautiful sunrise from the top of Borobudur is a bucket-list experience. A Borobudur sunrise tour gets you into the complex in the early morning, before the main gate opens, for a chance to see (and photograph) the stupas at their most photogenic.
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Address: Magelang, Indonesia
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Hours: Open from 6am until 5pm
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Admission: $20-25
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Borobudur Temples' Admission Tickets

No visit to Yogyakarta is complete without witnessing Borobudur, the majestic 8th-century Buddhist temple that’s Indonesia’s greatest religious monument. Plan ahead by securing your entrance tickets in advance. Visit early in the day to catch the sunrise, one of Indonesia’s finest, and beat both the crowds and the heat.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$25.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$25.00 USD

Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

Embark on a private tour of Java highlights and immerse yourself in the island’s historical culture. Venture to Borobudur, a UNESCO-listed Mahayana Buddhist temple. Visit the kraton — the palace of the sultans — which serves as a model of traditional Javanese architecture. After an Indonesian lunch, pass through historical Kotagede and stop at the 9th-century Prambanan Temple, another World Heritage site. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included from Yogyakarta on this full-day tour, led by your own personal guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$113.80 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

Witness the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. The UNESCO-protected Borobudur Temple Compound is situated in central Java, an approximate 45-minute drive from Yogyakarta. Get an early start and beat the crowds with a pre-dawn departure on this 6-hour private tour with your own personal guide.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$76.30 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur Temple, Cycling in Villages with Lunch

Witness the sunrise over the Borobudur Temple Compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Kedu Valley of Central Java. Following your early-morning visit to the 9th-century Buddhist monument, hop on a bicycle for a ride through a Javanese village before an Indonesian set lunch. Afterward, journey past rice fields to climb the steps to Selogriyo Temple, a Hindu site dating back to the 5th century. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Yogyakarta on this private tour, led by your own personal guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$106.15 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple

Visit the world’s most spectacular Buddhist monument — the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple Compounds — on a private tour with an art historian as your guide. Built in the 8th and 9th centuries, the colossal relic looms above an emerald green landscape in East Java. Learn why the complex was abandoned around the 14th century and how it was rediscovered in 1814. Your half-day itinerary from Yogyakarta includes the Pawon and Mendut temples.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$63.80 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of Progo River Rafting and Borobudur Temple Complex

Go river rafting on the Progo River and visit the World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Your 2.5-hour rafting trip over challenging grade III rapids boasts prime views of five waterfalls, a historical bridge and the Menoreh Mountains. After a Javanese restaurant lunch, continue your full-day tour with a visit to the stunning Borobudur Temple Compounds.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$82.50 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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