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Getting around

Bandara Internasional Minangkabau airportis 20km north of the centre, on the Bukittinggi road. Airport taxis charge between 60, 000Rp and 90, 000Rp for the ride into town. The budget alternative is to take one of the two white Damri buses (15, 000Rp) that do a loop through Padang. From the airport, tell the conductor the name of the street you’re heading to and they’ll sit you on the correct bus. Supposedly the Damri buses circle the city picking up passengers in time for departing flights, but locals were highly sceptical about this.

There are numerous opelet around town, operating out of the Pasar Raya terminal off Jl M Yamin. The standard fare is 2000Rp.