How to travel from Medan to Balikpapan, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Balikpapan is around 2,686km (1,669 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 30m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Medan to Balikpapan by plane, bus, car, ferry and train. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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

🚀 Fastest
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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN).

  • Duration5h 30m
  • Flight time4h 35m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 3,894,270($260)
Operated by

Batik Air

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Bus and Ferry

Take the bus to Bandar Lampung then Jakarta and then to Surabaya Kota then take a ferry to Balikpapan.

  • Duration3 days 14h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,842,290($125)
Operated by

Multiple operators

💰 Cheapest
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Ferry and Train

Take a ferry to Port of Tanjung Priok then take the train to Surabaya Pasar Turi then take a ferry to Balikpapan.

  • Duration4 days 1h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,243,170($83)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Bus, Car, Ferry and Train

Take the bus to Bandar Lampung then drive to Bakauheni Port then take a ferry to Merak then drive to Citeras then take the train to Tanahabang and then to Surabaya Pasar Turi then take a ferry to Balikpapan.

  • Duration3 days 9h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,527,750($100)
Operated by

Multiple operators

Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Balikpapan

There are several options for getting from Medan to Balikpapan by plane, bus, car, ferry and train. The cheapest option is to take a ferry and then take the train which costs around IDR 1,243,170 ($83) and will take around 4 days 1h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5h 30m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 3,894,270 ($260).

The distance between Medan and Balikpapan is around 2,686km (1,669 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,226km (762 miles)

It takes around 5h 30m to get from Medan and Balikpapan by plane.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Balikpapan is to fly which takes around 5h 30m and will set you back approx IDR 3,894,270 ($260).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Balikpapan is to take a ferry and then take the train which will typically cost around IDR 1,243,170 ($83) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 5h 30m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Medan and Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 5h 30m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Balikpapan. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN) - via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). The flight takes around 4h 35m.

There is no direct flight from Medan to Balikpapan. There is however a flight that goes via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). This services will take at least 5h 30m (not including layover time).

The flight from Medan to Balikpapan typically takes around 4h 35m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN).

The closest major airport to Balikpapan is Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN) (BPN) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Balikpapan. Samarinda International Airport (AAP) (AAP) and Gusti Syamsir Alam Airport (KBU) (KBU) 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 Medan to Balikpapan. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN). instead which will take 5h 30m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Balikpapan is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 30m and will usually cost around IDR 3,894,270 ($260).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Balikpapan

Transport options from Medan to Balikpapan
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
5h 30m
IDR 3,894,270($260)
every 2 hours2,686km (1,669 miles)
Bus and Ferry
3 days 14h
IDR 1,842,290($125)
once a week3,848km (2,391 miles)
Ferry and Train
4 days 1h
IDR 1,243,170($83)
once a week3,678km (2,285 miles)
Bus, Car, Ferry and Train
3 days 9h
IDR 1,527,750($100)
once a week3,819km (2,373 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Medan and Balikpapan

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Airports near Balikpapan

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

BPN
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN)
International Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Balikpapan
AAP
Samarinda International Airport (AAP)
International Airport
Distance
106km (66 miles) from Balikpapan
KBU
Gusti Syamsir Alam Airport (KBU)
Domestic Airport
Distance
241km (150 miles) from Balikpapan