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Getting there & away




Padang’s Bengkuang terminal is inconveniently located in Aie Pacah, about 12km from town. A purple opelet from the market to the terminal costs 4000Rp.

There are frequent local buses to Bukittinggi (10, 000Rp, two hours), but most locals prefer the shared minivans that leave from Minang Plaza (15, 000Rp). To reach Minang Plaza, take a white opelet (2000Rp) from Jl Hayam Wuruk.

If you’re heading to Danau Toba, take a Parapat-bound bus (180, 000Rp, 17 hours), which usually leaves in the evening.

Other destinations include Bengkulu (125, 000Rp, 16 hours) and Sibolga (80, 000Rp, 14 hours). To reach Kerinci Seblat National Park, take a Sungaipenuh-bound bus (70, 000Rp, six hours).

For Medan and Jakarta, which both take a day or more travelling by land, it is cheaper and faster to fly.

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Boats to Siberut (the largest in the Mentawai Islands chain) leave from the harbour on Sungai Batang Arau, also known as Sungai Muara, just south of Padang’s city centre.

The Teluk Bayar port is 8km from town and receives infrequent Pelni ships.

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Padang’s new airport is the Bandara Internasional Minangkabau (off Jl Adinegoro), 20km north of the centre of town. The following airlines operate international and domestic flights:

Air Asia (Hotel Huangtuah, Jl Pemuda 1)Flies daily to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Garuda (Garuda Indonesia; 30737; Jl Sudirman 2) Operates daily flights to Jakarta and thrice-weekly flights to Pekanbaru and Singapore.

Mandala (39737; Pangeran’s Beach Hotel, Jl Veteran) Flies daily to Jakarta and Medan; located 3km outside the town centre.

Merpati (Merpati Nusantara Airlines; 444831; Pangeran’s Beach Hotel, Jl Veteran) Flies daily to Batam, Jakarta and Gunung Sitoli.

Other airlines serving Jakarta include Adam Air (840999; Jl Pemuda 2), Lion Air (446100; Pangeran’s Beach Hotel, Jl Veteran) and Batavia (28383; Jl Damar 36). Tiger Airways (book online at www.tigerairways.com) flies to Singapore.

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