How to travel from Mataram to Lake Toba, Indonesia

The distance between Mataram and Lake Toba is around 2,490km (1,547 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes around 7h 25m.

3 routes found

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

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Plane, Car and Ferry

Fly from Lombok (LOP) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita.

  • Duration7h 25m
  • Flight time4hrs
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,782,375($120)
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Ferry, Bus and Train

Take a ferry to Surabaya then take the bus to Terminal Terboyo then take the train to Jakarta Kota then take a ferry to Belawan then take the bus to Parapat then take a ferry to Ambarita.

  • Duration4 days 4h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,512,775($100)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Mataram and Lake Toba

There are several options for getting from Mataram to Lake Toba by plane, car, ferry, bus, train and taxi. The cheapest option is to take a ferry, then take a taxi, then take the train and then drive which costs around IDR 1,452,860 ($95) and will take around 4 days 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly, then drive and then take a ferry and arrive in approximately 7h 25m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 1,782,375 ($120).

The distance between Mataram and Lake Toba is around 2,490km (1,547 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,278km (1,415 miles)

It takes around 7h 25m to get from Mataram and Lake Toba by plane, car and ferry.

The quickest way to get from Mataram to Lake Toba is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes around 7h 25m and will set you back approx IDR 1,782,375 ($120).

The cheapest way to travel between Mataram 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 1,452,860 ($95) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Mataram and Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Lombok (LOP) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 7h 25m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Mataram and Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Lombok (LOP) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 7h 25m.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Mataram to Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Lombok (LOP) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 7h 25m.

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 Mataram to Lake Toba. We recommend that you fly from Lombok (LOP) to Silangit (DTB) then drive to Ajibata then take a ferry to Ambarita. instead which will take 7h 25m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Mataram to Lake Toba is to fly, then drive and then take a ferry which takes, on average, 7h 25m and will usually cost around IDR 1,782,375 ($120).

How do I get from Mataram to Lake Toba

Compare travel optionsbetween Mataram and Lake Toba

Transport options from Mataram to Lake Toba
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Plane, Car and Ferry
7h 25m
IDR 1,782,375($120)
4 times a day2,490km (1,547 miles)
Ferry, Bus and Train + 1 similar
4 days 4h
IDR 1,512,775($100)
once a week3,272km (2,033 miles)
Ferry, Taxi, Train and Car4 days 13h
IDR 1,452,860($95)
once a week3,166km (1,967 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