How to travel from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba, Indonesia

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba is around 2,840km (1,764 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes around 6h 50m.

2 routes found

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

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

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Plane, Car and Ferry

Fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita.

  • Duration6h 50m
  • Flight time4h 35m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 2,051,980($135)
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Ferry, Taxi, Train and Car

Take a ferry to Lembar, Surabaya then Tanjung Priok and then to Belawan then take a taxi to Araskabu then take the train to Siantar then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita.

  • Duration5 days 18h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,557,705($105)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba

There are several options for getting from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba by plane, car, ferry, taxi and train. The cheapest option is to take a ferry, then take a taxi, then take the train and then drive which costs around IDR 1,557,705 ($105) and will take around 5 days 18h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly, then drive and then take a ferry and arrive in approximately 6h 50m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 2,051,980 ($135).

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba is around 2,840km (1,764 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,634km (1,637 miles)

It takes around 6h 50m to get from Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba by plane, car and ferry.

The quickest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes around 6h 50m and will set you back approx IDR 2,051,980 ($135).

The cheapest way to travel between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba is to take a ferry, then take a taxi, then take the train and then drive which will typically cost around IDR 1,557,705 ($105) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 6h 50m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 6h 50m.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 6h 50m.

The closest major airport to Lake Toba is Silangit Airport (DTB) (DTB) which is approximately 40km (25 miles) from Lake Toba. Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) (KNO) and Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport (FLZ) (FLZ) 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 Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 6h 50m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes, on average, 6h 50m and will usually cost around IDR 2,051,980 ($135).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Labuan Bajo and Lake Toba

Transport options from Labuan Bajo to Lake Toba
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Plane, Car and Ferry
6h 50m
IDR 2,051,980($135)
4 times a day2,840km (1,764 miles)
Ferry, Taxi, Train and Car
5 days 18h
IDR 1,557,705($105)
once a week3,674km (2,283 miles)

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Airports near Lake Toba

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

DTB
Silangit Airport (DTB)
Domestic Airport
Distance
40km (25 miles) from Lake Toba
KNO
Kualanamu International Airport (KNO)
International Airport
Distance
114km (71 miles) from Lake Toba
FLZ
Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport (FLZ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
117km (73 miles) from Lake Toba