76. NPM V2
Do you know which bus company (PO) is the oldest in Indonesia? The answer is Naikilah Perusahaan Minang or better known by the abbreviation name NPM.
This transportation service company was founded since the Dutch colonial era in 1937 by Bahauddin Sutan Barbangso Nan Kuniang. The beginning of his business was from a bendi or gig.
However, along with the times when automotive companies entered Indonesia, Bahauddin founded the bus transportation company NPM with his colleagues.
The family company based in Padang Panjang City, West Sumatra is now managed by the third generation under the management of Angga Vircansa Chairul.
In the early days, PO NPM only served a few routes within the province of West Sumatra. Several decades later it developed by opening routes to various cities on the island of Sumatra.
In the 1980s, PO NPM began to travel to the island of Java. From West Sumatra, PO NPM started departures to various majors on the island of Java from several cities, such as Padang, Bukittinggi, Pariaman, Payakumbuh, and others.
At its peak, in the 1900s to early 2000 the PO NPM route network stretched from Medan, Pekanbaru, Dumai, Jambi, Bengkulu, Palembang, and Bandar Lampung on the island of Sumatra, to Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi, and Bandung in Java Island.
NPM also serves the main route in West Sumatra, namely Padang – Bukit Tinggi.
Entering the 2000s, all bus POs faced a big challenge. The decline in long-distance bus passenger transportation is due to various factors, such as cheap airline tickets, the ease of getting a private car through credit, and the rise of travel companies that use small cars. This causes many large bus fleets such as PO NPM to be unemployed and cause losses.
In early 2020, PO NPM in collaboration with PO Haryanto and PO Sumber Alam facilitated passengers who would go to Central Java, Yogyakarta and East Java via a ticket.
PO NPM passengers from Sumatra island heading to northern Central Java and East Java will later be transferred to PO Haryanto bus, while passengers heading to Yogyakarta and southern Central Java will be transferred to PO Sumber Alam and vice versa.
77. Nuasa Ilham
79. Pandawa 87
Pandawa 87 is one of the Autobus Companies that has been engaged in public transportation for a long time.
Previously, Pandawa 87 only served tourist trips, but since July 2021 they have begun to expand into the AKAP bus segment with the Jakarta-Surabaya-Banyuwangi route.
PO Pandawa 87 opens an AKAP bus line with the Super Executive class or Sleeper Bus and there is also an Executive class.
For its first route, PO Pandawa opened the Poris-Banyuwangi route and also the Jakarta-Banyuwangi route.
A total of 6 bus units have been prepared to serve the Jakarta-Banyuwangi route with various classes including Super Executive or Sleeper Bus and there is also an Executive class.
Then for this September, Pandawa 87 again opened a new route with Executive class buses. There are five fleets that have been prepared for this new line.
To distinguish it, Padawa 87 uses a series namely Series C, Series E1, Series E2, Series D1, and Series D2. All bus fleets will pass the Trans Java toll road.
80. Pebepe Arnius
81. PMH Gorden
83. PMTOH V2
84. Purwo Widodo Kotor
85. Purwo Widodo
86. Putra Gemilang
87. Putra Luragung
88. Putra Pelangi
89. Safari Dharma Raya
90. Safari Discovery
91. Samarinda Lestari
92. Sandpaper Cafe Bus
93. Sandpaper Ijo
94. Sandpaper Janetes
95. Santoso V2
PO Santoso started from PO Tresno which was founded by dr. Anwar Sani and his wife in Magelang in the ’70s.
PO Tresno which was inherited to the couple’s three children later became 3 new bus companies, namely PO Life Baru, PO Kencana Jaya, and PO Santoso.
When Kencana Jaya was unable to maintain its business, several units of Kencana Jaya buses were purchased by PO Santoso, so that the term Kencana Jaya “cokelat” was once known for the Kencana Jaya buses operated by Santoso.
Currently Bus Santoso operates VIP AC class buses with a capacity of 32 seats in a 2-2 formation, as well as Economy with a capacity of 40 seats.
To ensure the fleet is well maintained, PO Santoso employs a team of skilled and reliable mechanics.
Santoso’s fleet is also equipped with trained and experienced drivers. Attention to safety and punctuality has made Santoso a night bus company that has been around for nearly 50 years.