Bus in Padang


Tranex buses depart for Bukittinggi (30,000Rp) from the city’s northern fringes, outside the Wisma Indah building. They're half the price of door-to-door minibuses but you have to catch any white angkot (3000Rp) hea…
Ferry in Pantai Bungus & Sungai Pinang

Ambu Ambu & Gambolo

The biggest ferries connecting Padang and the Mentawai Islands. Options include air-conditioned VIP seats (123,000Rp), more basic economy seats (92,000Rp) and wooden berths you can lie down on (50,000Rp). Of the two…
Boat in Padang

Mentawai Fast

Mentawai Fast conveniently runs from the dock in central Padang to the Mentawai Islands; note that when it stops at Sikabaluan en route to Siberut from Padang, the total journey time to Siberut is six hours. Get to …
Ferry in Pulau Weh

Express Ferry

The Express Ferry runs from Pulau Weh to Uleh-leh at 8am and 2.30pm daily (45 minutes to one hour), with an additional service at 4pm Friday to Sunday in season (usually July through August). Services from the mainl…
Bus in Padang


White Damri buses are a cheaper alternative (23,500Rp) to taking a taxi to the airport. They loop through Padang (though there aren't many clearly designated stops) roughly hourly between 6.15am and 5.15pm. Tell the…
Taxi in Sumatra


Go-Jek is an online ride-hailing app that allows you to book efficient and well-priced ojek (motorbike taxi) riders, with the advantage of helmets being provided for passengers. It's only available by downloading th…
Airport in Gunung Sitoli

Binaka Airport

Binaka Airport, around 20km south of Gunung Sitoli, is served by Wings Air and Garuda flights from Medan (one hour, six daily) and Padang (one hour, one daily). Extra charges generally apply to surfboards.
Bus Station in Medan

Pinang Baris Bus Terminal

Serves Bukit Lawang, Berastagi and Banda Aceh. It’s 10km west of the city centre. However, it's best to take the bus from the Mawar Bakery stop, 900m north of the terminal, to avoid the unpleasant touts.
Bus in Parapat

PT Bagus Holidays

One of several operators next to the ferry pier that arrange tourist minibuses and car transfers to the most popular destinations. Since Parapat is not a starting destination, they rarely leave on time.
Ferry in Lagoi

Bintan Resort Ferries

Connects Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal (one way/return from S$45/70, one hour, six to nine daily) with the Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) ferry terminal near the Lagoi resorts area.