How to travel from Lake Toba to Samarinda, Indonesia

The distance between Lake Toba and Samarinda is around 2,719km (1,690 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes around 6h 60m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Lake Toba to Samarinda by ferry, car, plane, taxi, train and bus. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out SamarindaLake Toba if you're planning a return trip.

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Taxi and Plane

Take a taxi to Ferdinand Lumban Tobing (FLZ) then fly from Ferdinand Lumban Tobing (FLZ) to APT Pranoto (AAP).

  • Duration10hrs
  • Flight time5h 30m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 5,556,820($370)
Operated by

Multiple operators

2 similiar routes

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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 Balikpapan then take the bus to Samarinda.

  • Duration3 days 23h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 2,037,000($135)
Operated by

Multiple operators

1 similiar route

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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Lake Toba and Samarinda

There are several options for getting from Lake Toba to Samarinda by ferry, car, plane, taxi, 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 1,992,070 ($135) and will take around 3 days 17h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take a ferry, then drive and then fly and arrive in approximately 6h 60m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 4,223,785 ($280).

The distance between Lake Toba and Samarinda is around 2,719km (1,690 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,057km (1,278 miles)

It takes around 6h 60m to get from Lake Toba and Samarinda by ferry, car and plane.

The quickest way to get from Lake Toba to Samarinda is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes around 6h 60m and will set you back approx IDR 4,223,785 ($280).

The cheapest way to travel between Lake Toba and Samarinda is to take a ferry, then drive, then take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 1,992,070 ($135) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Lake Toba and Samarinda. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 6h 60m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Lake Toba and Samarinda. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 6h 60m.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Lake Toba to Samarinda. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 6h 60m.

The closest major airport to Samarinda is Samarinda International Airport (AAP) (AAP) which is approximately 19km (12 miles) from Samarinda. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN) (BPN) and Kalimarau Airport (BEJ) (BEJ) 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 Samarinda. We recommend that you take a ferry to Ajibata then drive to Silangit (DTB) then fly from Silangit (DTB) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 6h 60m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Lake Toba to Samarinda is to take a ferry, then drive and then fly which takes, on average, 6h 60m and will usually cost around IDR 4,223,785 ($280).

How do I get from Lake Toba to Samarinda

Compare travel optionsbetween Lake Toba and Samarinda

Transport options from Lake Toba to Samarinda
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Taxi and Plane + 2 similar
10hrs
IDR 5,556,820($370)
on demand3,225km (2,004 miles)
Ferry, Car and Plane6h 60m
IDR 4,223,785($280)
4 times a day2,719km (1,690 miles)
Ferry, Car, Plane and Taxi8h 10m
IDR 4,807,925($320)
4 times a day2,731km (1,697 miles)
Ferry and Bus + 1 similar
3 days 23h
IDR 2,037,000($135)
once a week4,166km (2,589 miles)
Ferry, Car, Train and Bus3 days 17h
IDR 1,992,070($135)
once a week4,108km (2,552 miles)

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Airports near Samarinda

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

AAP
Samarinda International Airport (AAP)
International Airport
Distance
19km (12 miles) from Samarinda
BPN
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN)
International Airport
Distance
88km (55 miles) from Samarinda
BEJ
Kalimarau Airport (BEJ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
297km (185 miles) from Samarinda