How to travel from Medan to Banda Aceh, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Banda Aceh is around 478km (297 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 2h 15m.

3 routes found

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

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

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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Banda Aceh (BTJ).

  • Duration2h 15m
  • Flight time1h 20m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,183,260($79)
Operated by

Wings Air

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bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Bandah Aceh.

  • Duration12hrs
  • Departs5 times a day
  • Typical cost
    IDR 224,670($15)
Operated by

CV Sanura

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car
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Drive

Drive to Banda Aceh.

  • Duration8h 35m
  • Distance598km (372 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Banda Aceh

There are several options for getting from Medan to Banda Aceh by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around IDR 224,670 ($15) and will take around 12hrs. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 2h 15m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 1,183,260 ($79).

The distance between Medan and Banda Aceh is around 478km (297 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,830km (1,137 miles)

It takes around 2h 15m to get from Medan and Banda Aceh by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 8h 35m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Banda Aceh is to fly which takes around 2h 15m and will set you back approx IDR 1,183,260 ($79).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Banda Aceh, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 224,670 ($15) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Banda Aceh. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Banda Aceh (BTJ). instead which will take 2h 15m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Medan and Banda Aceh. It typically takes around 12hrs and departs every 20 mins.

Yes there is a direct bus service that runs between Medan and Banda Aceh with no changeovers required. The bus runs every 20 mins and takes 12hrs.

CV Sanura run regular bus services between Medan and Banda Aceh. Buses run every 20 mins and take around 12hrs on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Banda Aceh. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at Banda Aceh (BTJ). The flight takes around 1h 20m.

Yes there is a direct flight between Medan and Banda Aceh with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 1h 20m.

Wings Air and Garuda Indonesia fly between Medan and Banda Aceh. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Banda Aceh (BTJ). These flights usually take around 1h 20m.

The flight from Medan to Banda Aceh typically takes around 1h 20m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Banda Aceh (BTJ).

The closest major airport to Banda Aceh is Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (BTJ) (BTJ) which is approximately 12km (7 miles) from Banda Aceh. Malikus Saleh Airport (LSW) (LSW) and Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) (KNO) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Medan and Banda Aceh. The distance is around 598km (372 miles) by road and it will take around 8h 35m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Banda Aceh is to fly which takes, on average, 2h 15m and will usually cost around IDR 1,183,260 ($79).

How do I get from Medan to Banda Aceh

Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Banda Aceh

Transport options from Medan to Banda Aceh
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
2h 15m
IDR 1,183,260($79)
every 3 hours478km (297 miles)
Bus
12hrs
IDR 224,670($15)
5 times a day593km (368 miles)
Drive
8h 35m
IDR 509,250($34)
on demand598km (372 miles)

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Airports near Banda Aceh

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

BTJ
Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (BTJ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
12km (7 miles) from Banda Aceh
LSW
Malikus Saleh Airport (LSW)
Domestic Airport
Distance
184km (114 miles) from Banda Aceh
KNO
Kualanamu International Airport (KNO)
International Airport
Distance
448km (279 miles) from Banda Aceh