30m Indonesians on the move in annual 'mudik'

19.5million: Travellers who will be using public transport – buses, trains, ferries, ships and airplanes – for their homebound trips, according to estimates from Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, 5.2 per cent higher than last year,
19.5million: Travellers who will be using public transport – buses, trains, ferries, ships and airplanes – for their homebound trips, according to estimates from Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, 5.2 per cent higher than last year,PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
12.24 million: Private vehicles, comprising motorcycles and cars, are expected to hit the road. The biggest surge will be in Java, where more than half the Indonesian population lives.
12.24 million: Private vehicles, comprising motorcycles and cars, are expected to hit the road. The biggest surge will be in Java, where more than half the Indonesian population lives. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Official 10-day holiday period will allow for smoother travel and more family time

In Gambir train station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Ms Supiah impatiently waits for her turn to depart for Bojonegoro, a laid-back town situated some 600km away in East Java province.

Along with her husband and son, she is among more than 30 million travellers all over Indonesia who will undertake the "mudik", as the annual hometown exodus is called, for the Muslim Lebaran - or Hari Raya - holidays at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline '30m Indonesians on the move in annual 'mudik''. Print Edition | Subscribe