How to travel from Lake Toba to Palu, Indonesia

The distance between Lake Toba and Palu is around 2,942km (1,828 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes around 7hrs.

3 routes found

We've found 3 different ways to get from Lake Toba to Palu by ferry, car, plane, train and bus. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Ferry, Car and Plane

Take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to Palu (PLW).

  • Duration7hrs
  • Flight time4h 45m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 4,418,495($295)
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Ferry and Bus

Take a ferry to Ajibata then take the bus to Amplas Station, Bandar Lampung then Jakarta and then to Surabaya Kota then take a ferry to Pantoloan.

  • Duration4 days 11h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 2,096,915($140)
Operated by

Multiple operators

1 similiar route

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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Lake Toba and Palu

There are several options for getting from Lake Toba to Palu by ferry, car, plane, train and bus. The cheapest option is to take a ferry, then drive, then take the train and then take the bus which costs around IDR 1,917,180 ($130) and will take around 4 days 7h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take a ferry, then drive and then fly and arrive in approximately 7hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 4,418,495 ($295).

The distance between Lake Toba and Palu is around 2,942km (1,828 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,363km (1,468 miles)

It takes around 7hrs to get from Lake Toba and Palu by ferry, car and plane.

The quickest way to get from Lake Toba to Palu is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes around 7hrs and will set you back approx IDR 4,418,495 ($295).

The cheapest way to travel between Lake Toba and Palu is to take a ferry, then drive, then take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 1,917,180 ($130) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Lake Toba and Palu. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 7hrs.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Lake Toba and Palu. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 7hrs.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Lake Toba to Palu. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 7hrs.

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 Lake Toba to Palu. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to Palu (PLW). instead which will take 7hrs.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Lake Toba to Palu is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes, on average, 7hrs and will usually cost around IDR 4,418,495 ($295).

How do I get from Lake Toba to Palu

Compare travel optionsbetween Lake Toba and Palu

Transport options from Lake Toba to Palu
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Ferry, Car and Plane
7hrs
IDR 4,418,495($295)
4 times a day2,942km (1,828 miles)
Ferry and Bus + 1 similar
4 days 11h
IDR 2,096,915($140)
once a week4,424km (2,749 miles)
Ferry, Car, Train and Bus4 days 7h
IDR 1,917,180($130)
once a week4,372km (2,716 miles)

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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