How to travel from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan, Indonesia

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan is around 952km (592 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 20m.

2 routes found

We've found 2 different ways to get from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan by plane and ferry. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out BalikpapanLabuan Bajo if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN).

  • Duration3h 20m
  • Flight time3hrs
  • Typical cost
    IDR 3,534,795($235)
Operated by

Lion Mentari Airlines

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Ferry

Take a ferry to Makassar and then to Balikpapan.

  • Duration2 days 7h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 404,405($27)
Operated by

Pelni

Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan

There are several options for getting from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan by plane and ferry. The cheapest option is to take a ferry which costs around IDR 404,405 ($27) and will take around 2 days 7h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan is around 952km (592 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 873km (543 miles)

It takes around 3h 20m to get from Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan by plane.

The quickest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan is to fly which takes around 3h 20m and will set you back approx IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

The cheapest way to travel between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan is to take a ferry which will typically cost around IDR 404,405 ($27) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 3h 20m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 3h 20m.

Ferry/Boat travel

Yes there is a ferry service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan. The ferry typically takes around 2 days 7h and departs once a week.

Pelni run the ferry services between Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan. Ferries run once a week and take around 2 days 7h on average but will vary depending on conditions and travel date.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan. Flights depart from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) and arrive at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN) - via Juanda International (SUB). The flight takes around 3hrs.

There is no direct flight from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan. There is however a flight that goes via Juanda International (SUB). This services will take at least 3h 20m (not including layover time).

The flight from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan typically takes around 3hrs. Flights depart from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) and and arrive into Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN).

The closest major airport to Balikpapan is Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN) (BPN) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Balikpapan. Samarinda International Airport (AAP) (AAP) and Gusti Syamsir Alam Airport (KBU) (KBU) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

No, its not really possible or feasible to drive from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 3h 20m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 20m and will usually cost around IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

How do I get from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan

Compare travel optionsbetween Labuan Bajo and Balikpapan

Transport options from Labuan Bajo to Balikpapan
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
3h 20m
IDR 3,534,795($235)
on demand1,621km (1,007 miles)
Ferry
2 days 7h
IDR 404,405($27)
once a week952km (592 miles)

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Airports near Balikpapan

The following major airports near Balikpapan offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Indonesia and internationally.

BPN
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN)
International Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Balikpapan
AAP
Samarinda International Airport (AAP)
International Airport
Distance
106km (66 miles) from Balikpapan
KBU
Gusti Syamsir Alam Airport (KBU)
Domestic Airport
Distance
241km (150 miles) from Balikpapan