How to travel from Medan to Makassar, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Makassar is around 2,866km (1,781 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 40m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from Medan to Makassar 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 MakassarMedan if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG).

  • Duration5h 40m
  • Flight time4h 45m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 3,534,795($235)
Operated by

PT. Sriwijaya Air

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Bus and Ferry

Take the bus to Bandar Lampung then take a ferry to Gambir Station then take the bus to Surabaya Bungurasih Station then take a ferry to Makassar.

  • Duration4 days 1h
  • Departs3 times a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,617,620($110)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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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 Makassar.

  • Duration4 days 2h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,318,060($88)
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 Makassar.

  • Duration3 days 8h
  • Departs3 times a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,407,930($95)
Operated by

Multiple operators

Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Makassar

There are several options for getting from Medan to Makassar by plane, bus, car, ferry and train. The cheapest option is to take a ferry and then take the train which costs around IDR 1,318,060 ($88) and will take around 4 days 2h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5h 40m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

The distance between Medan and Makassar is around 2,866km (1,781 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,384km (860 miles)

It takes around 5h 40m to get from Medan and Makassar by plane.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Makassar is to fly which takes around 5h 40m and will set you back approx IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Makassar is to take a ferry and then take the train which will typically cost around IDR 1,318,060 ($88) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Makassar. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG). instead which will take 5h 40m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Medan and Makassar. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG). instead which will take 5h 40m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Makassar. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG) - via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). The flight takes around 4h 45m.

There is no direct flight from Medan to Makassar. There is however a flight that goes via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). This services will take at least 5h 40m (not including layover time).

The flight from Medan to Makassar typically takes around 4h 45m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG).

The closest major airport to Makassar is Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) (UPG) which is approximately 16km (10 miles) from Makassar. Tampa Padang Airport (MJU) (MJU) and Baubau Airport (BUW) (BUW) 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 Makassar. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG). instead which will take 5h 40m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Makassar is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 40m and will usually cost around IDR 3,534,795 ($235).

How do I get from Medan to Makassar

Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Makassar

Transport options from Medan to Makassar
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
5h 40m
IDR 3,534,795($235)
every 3 hours2,866km (1,781 miles)
Bus and Ferry + 1 similar
4 days 1h
IDR 1,617,620($110)
3 times a week3,574km (2,221 miles)
Bus to Dumai, ferry6 days 1h
IDR 1,377,970($90)
once a week3,268km (2,030 miles)
Ferry and Train
4 days 2h
IDR 1,318,060($88)
once a week3,367km (2,092 miles)
Bus, Car, Ferry and Train
3 days 8h
IDR 1,407,930($95)
3 times a week3,508km (2,180 miles)

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Airports near Makassar

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

UPG
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG)
International Airport
Distance
16km (10 miles) from Makassar
MJU
Tampa Padang Airport (MJU)
Domestic Airport
Distance
286km (178 miles) from Makassar
BUW
Baubau Airport (BUW)
Domestic Airport
Distance
352km (219 miles) from Makassar