Transport - Makassar to Rantepao (after night flight)
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Mar 18, 2013 6:35 PM Last Post By: to_nyamin
Mar 18, 2013 2:34 PM
Transport - Makassar to Rantepao (after night flight)Hello all,
there are several unknowns in my Itinerary for my journey to Sulawesi..:-D
My arrive to Makassar will be 01:30 am, so I have some questions:
1: does anyone know, when is possible to catch first buss (or some other transport) in direction to Rantepao
2: is possible to stay on the Makassar airport over night?
3: it is necessary to go to the bus station, or you can catch a shuttle to north near the airport?
Thanks for your help.
Edited by: Kugita2
Mar 18, 2013 5:17 PM
1The usual method of travelling between Makassar and Rantepao in by AC bus. A couple of companies do this run, we travelled with "Litha Bus". Both companies have daytime and nighttime buses leaving around 9am and 9pm.
The main highway runs close to the airport and out bus back to Makassar in 2011 dropped of passengers at the terminal so I'm sure a pick up could be arranged.
There is a passable hotel five minutes from the terminal with free shuttle bus to/from the terminal on the airport approach road called the "Dharma Nusantara ll (note the 2!) this cost US$35 for a double last year and was web booked in advance. I imagine reception there would be able to book bus tickets for you early morning.
That's probably the most comfortable option I can think of if you want to move on as soon as possible. ..... but a tad expensive for a few hours sleep. If it were me though, I would head into town for a bed, spend what's left of the day there gently soaking up old Makassar atmosphere, then travel with one of the super comfortable sleeper buses the next night. But then again, the Bugis architecture and the scenery along the way is worth admiring by day also... one way at night, back by day perhaps...
Mar 18, 2013 6:35 PM
2Your first bus; 08:00 Tikulembang (Business Class – A/C), 70,000 rp
08:00 Pelangi (Business Class – A/C), 70,000 rp
You can sleep in the airport but theres not many places that are comfy there is high class waiting lounges with beds charged by the hour.
The cheapest hotel are love hotels for 100,000 rp located at the end of the airport road.
The free shuttle bus may not be in operation at that time in the morning.
If you go to the bus station located about 15 minutes away in Daya you will have to wait until the first morning bus.
You may want to get to the main highway with a sign saying Toraja and hitchhike there much night transport heads that way catch a private car and travel in style.
Or head downtown for a hotel for the night.
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