How to travel from Medan to Palopo, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Palopo is around 3,097km (1,924 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 6h 45m.

7 routes found

We've found 7 different ways to get from Medan to Palopo by plane, bus, taxi, 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 PalopoMedan if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Palopo Lagaligo (LLO).

  • Duration6h 45m
  • Flight time5h 50m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 5,272,240($350)
Operated by

Lion Mentari Airlines

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3 similiar routes

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Ferry and Bus

Take a ferry to Port of Tanjung Priok and then to Makassar then take the bus to Palopo.

  • Duration5 days
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,348,015($90)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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3 x ferry
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Bus and Ferry

Take the bus to Dumai then take a ferry to Tanjung Balai Karimun then Tanjung Pinang and then to Makassar then take the bus to Palopo.

  • Duration6 days 10h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,482,820($100)
Operated by

Multiple operators

1 similiar route

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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Palopo

There are several options for getting from Medan to Palopo by plane, bus, taxi, car, ferry and train. The cheapest option is to take a ferry and then take the bus which costs around IDR 1,348,015 ($90) and will take around 5 days. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 6h 45m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 5,272,240 ($350).

The distance between Medan and Palopo is around 3,097km (1,924 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,508km (937 miles)

It takes around 6h 45m to get from Medan and Palopo by plane.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Palopo is to fly which takes around 6h 45m and will set you back approx IDR 5,272,240 ($350).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Palopo is to take a ferry and then take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 1,348,015 ($90) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Palopo. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Palopo Lagaligo (LLO). instead which will take 6h 45m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Medan and Palopo. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Palopo Lagaligo (LLO). instead which will take 6h 45m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Palopo. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at Palopo Lagaligo (LLO) - via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). The flight takes around 5h 50m.

There is no direct flight from Medan to Palopo. There is however a flight that goes via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK) and Sultan Hasanuddin (UPG). This services will take at least 6h 45m (not including layover time).

The flight from Medan to Palopo typically takes around 5h 50m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Palopo Lagaligo (LLO).

The closest major airport to Palopo is Tampa Padang Airport (MJU) (MJU) which is approximately 137km (85 miles) from Palopo. Mutiara Airport (PLW) (PLW) and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) (UPG) 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 Palopo. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Palopo Lagaligo (LLO). instead which will take 6h 45m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Palopo is to fly which takes, on average, 6h 45m and will usually cost around IDR 5,272,240 ($350).

How do I get from Medan to Palopo

Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Palopo

Transport options from Medan to Palopo
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 3 similar
6h 45m
IDR 5,272,240($350)
every 2 hours3,097km (1,924 miles)
Plane and Taxi10h 55m
IDR 6,051,095($405)
every 2 hours3,416km (2,122 miles)
Plane and Bus14h 10m
IDR 4,568,275($305)
once daily3,209km (1,994 miles)
Plane, Car and Ferry20h 55m
IDR 5,107,485($340)
every 20 mins3,703km (2,301 miles)
Ferry and Bus
5 days
IDR 1,348,015($90)
once a week3,717km (2,310 miles)
Bus and Ferry + 1 similar
6 days 10h
IDR 1,482,820($100)
once a week3,637km (2,260 miles)
Bus, Ferry and Train3 days 18h
IDR 1,677,530($110)
3 times a week3,847km (2,390 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Medan and Palopo

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Airports near Palopo

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

MJU
Tampa Padang Airport (MJU)
Domestic Airport
Distance
137km (85 miles) from Palopo
PLW
Mutiara Airport (PLW)
Domestic Airport
Distance
234km (145 miles) from Palopo
UPG
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG)
International Airport
Distance
242km (150 miles) from Palopo