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Air

The off-again-on-again flight schedule to Rantepao was off again at time of research. Daily flights from Makassar to Palopo (Wings and Garuda, 600,000Rp, one hour, one to two times daily) with onward ground transport (40,000Rp, 1½ hours) are the best bet for those in a hurry to get here.

Bus & Bemo

Most long-distance buses leave from the bus company offices along Jl Andi Mappanyukki. Prices vary according to speed and the level of comfort and space.

Makassar is by far the most popular destination with fleets of buses leaving at night. Multiple companies run Scania buses, which have the best suspension (and highest price) and a few, including Bintang Prima, have sleeper bunks (210,000Rp), but the ride can be a bit bumpy. Try to book your ticket a day or so in advance.

Three companies leave for Palu via Tentena and Poso in the morning. Ketty and Rappan Marannu run smaller buses daily, while Batutumonga sends a large luxury bus on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

From Terminal Pasar Bolu, 2km north of Rantepao, there are regular vehicles to Palopo (40,000Rp, 1½ hours), Sa'dan (10,000Rp, 45min), Batutumonga (25,000Rp, 45 minutes), and Pulio (30,000Rp, 1½ hours). Your odds of leaving in a timely manner increase with how early you try. You can also get a bemo to Makale (8000Rp, 30 minutes), but it's often easier to catch transport at the corner of Jl Landorundun and Jl Andi Mappanyukki.

Cars for Pangala' (40,000Rp, two hours) leave from the junction just before the bridge at the north end of town.

Long-Distance Buses from Rantepao

Kendari

Fare (Rp)

280,000

Duration (hr)

24

Departs

3 per week am

Makassar

Fare (Rp)

150,000-370,000

Duration (hr)

8-9

Departs

many daily pm

Mamasa (car from Makale)

Fare (Rp)

150,000

Duration (hr)

8-10

Departs

1 daily am

Palopo (car from Bolu)

Fare (Rp)

40,000

Duration (hr)

Departs

on demand

Palu

Fare (Rp)

250,000

Duration (hr)

20

Departs

2-3 daily am

Pare Pare

Fare (Rp)

80,000

Duration (hr)

5

Departs

2-3 daily am

Pendolo

Fare (Rp)

150,000

Duration (hr)

8

Departs

2-3 daily am

Poso

Fare (Rp)

200,000

Duration (hr)

12

Departs

2-3 daily am

Tentena

Fare (Rp)

170,000

Duration (hr)

10

Departs

2-3 daily am

Car

Chartering a private car and driver between Makassar and Rantepao costs from 1,200,000Rp each way.