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Getting There & Away

Gunung Sitoli's Binaka Airport, 20km south of town, is where most tourists arrive via flights from Medan or Padang. Susi Air occasionally offers flights to the Telo Islands.

By boat there are several services during the week to both Sibolga and Singkil on the mainland.

Public transport is relatively infrequent, but there are buses to Teluk Dalam (90,000Rp, three hours), which sometimes continue on to Sorake. Otherwise count on paying around 500,000Rp for a private vehicle to Sorake (2½ hours). A bus from the airport to Gunung Sitoli is around 60,000Rp, or 80,000Rp for a becak.