How to travel from Labuan Bajo to Palu, Indonesia

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Palu is around 1,238km (769 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 4h 20m.

2 routes found

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

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Fly

Fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Palu (PLW).

  • Duration4h 20m
  • Flight time4h 15m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 4,103,960($275)
Operated by

Lion Mentari Airlines

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Ferry and Car

Take a ferry to Bira then drive to Palu.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,557,705($105)
Operated by

Multiple operators

Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Labuan Bajo and Palu

There are several options for getting from Labuan Bajo to Palu by plane, ferry and car. The cheapest option is to take a ferry and then drive which costs around IDR 1,557,705 ($105) and will take around 1 day 7h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 4h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 4,103,960 ($275).

The distance between Labuan Bajo and Palu is around 1,238km (769 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 845km (525 miles)

It takes around 4h 20m to get from Labuan Bajo and Palu by plane.

The quickest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Palu is to fly which takes around 4h 20m and will set you back approx IDR 4,103,960 ($275).

The cheapest way to travel between Labuan Bajo and Palu is to take a ferry 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 Palu. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 4h 20m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Labuan Bajo and Palu. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 4h 20m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Labuan Bajo and Palu. Flights depart from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) and arrive at Palu (PLW) - via Juanda International (SUB). The flight takes around 4h 15m.

There is no direct flight from Labuan Bajo to Palu. There is however a flight that goes via Juanda International (SUB) and Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG). This services will take at least 4h 20m (not including layover time).

The flight from Labuan Bajo to Palu typically takes around 4h 15m. Flights depart from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) and and arrive into Palu (PLW).

The closest major airport to Palu is Mutiara Airport (PLW) (PLW) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Palu. Tampa Padang Airport (MJU) (MJU) and Samarinda International Airport (AAP) (AAP) 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 Palu. We recommend that you fly from Labuan Bajo (LBJ) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 4h 20m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Labuan Bajo to Palu is to fly which takes, on average, 4h 20m and will usually cost around IDR 4,103,960 ($275).

How do I get from Labuan Bajo to Palu

Compare travel optionsbetween Labuan Bajo and Palu

Transport options from Labuan Bajo to Palu
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
4h 20m
IDR 4,103,960($275)
on demand2,050km (1,274 miles)
Ferry and Car
1 day 7h
IDR 1,557,705($105)
once a week1,238km (769 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Labuan Bajo and Palu

Airlines

Ferry operators

Airports near Palu

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

PLW
Mutiara Airport (PLW)
Domestic Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Palu
MJU
Tampa Padang Airport (MJU)
Domestic Airport
Distance
210km (130 miles) from Palu
AAP
Samarinda International Airport (AAP)
International Airport
Distance
297km (184 miles) from Palu