How to travel from Medan to Samarinda, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Samarinda is around 2,790km (1,734 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 35m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Medan to Samarinda by plane, taxi, 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 SamarindaMedan if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to APT Pranoto (AAP).

  • Duration5h 35m
  • Flight time4h 35m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 4,118,940($275)
Operated by

Batik Air

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Bus, Ferry and Train

Take the bus to Bandar Lampung then take a ferry to Gambir Station then take the train to Surabaya Pasar Turi then take a ferry to Balikpapan then take the bus to Samarinda.

  • Duration3 days 13h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,527,750($100)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Samarinda

There are several options for getting from Medan to Samarinda by plane, taxi, bus, car, ferry and train. The cheapest option is to take the bus, then take a ferry and then take the train which costs around IDR 1,527,750 ($100) and will take around 3 days 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5h 35m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 4,118,940 ($275).

The distance between Medan and Samarinda is around 2,790km (1,734 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,292km (803 miles)

It takes around 5h 35m to get from Medan and Samarinda by plane.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Samarinda is to fly which takes around 5h 35m and will set you back approx IDR 4,118,940 ($275).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Samarinda is to take the bus, then take a ferry and then take the train which will typically cost around IDR 1,527,750 ($100) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Samarinda. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 5h 35m.

Bus travel

Sorry, looks like there is no bus service that runs between Medan and Samarinda. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 5h 35m.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Samarinda. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at APT Pranoto (AAP) - via Jakarta Halim Perdana Kusuma (HLP). The flight takes around 4h 35m.

There is no direct flight from Medan to Samarinda. There is however a flight that goes via Jakarta Halim Perdana Kusuma (HLP). This services will take at least 5h 35m (not including layover time).

The flight from Medan to Samarinda typically takes around 4h 35m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into APT Pranoto (AAP).

The closest major airport to Samarinda is Samarinda International Airport (AAP) (AAP) which is approximately 19km (12 miles) from Samarinda. Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN) (BPN) and Kalimarau Airport (BEJ) (BEJ) 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 Samarinda. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to APT Pranoto (AAP). instead which will take 5h 35m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Samarinda is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 35m and will usually cost around IDR 4,118,940 ($275).

How do I get from Medan to Samarinda

Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Samarinda

Transport options from Medan to Samarinda
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5h 35m
IDR 4,118,940($275)
every 2 hours2,792km (1,735 miles)
Plane and Taxi6h 45m
IDR 4,553,300($305)
every 2 hours2,790km (1,734 miles)
Bus, Ferry and Train + 1 similar
3 days 13h
IDR 1,527,750($100)
once a week3,912km (2,431 miles)
Bus, Car, Ferry and Train3 days 11h
IDR 1,692,510($115)
once a week3,937km (2,446 miles)

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Airports near Samarinda

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

AAP
Samarinda International Airport (AAP)
International Airport
Distance
19km (12 miles) from Samarinda
BPN
Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport (BPN)
International Airport
Distance
88km (55 miles) from Samarinda
BEJ
Kalimarau Airport (BEJ)
Domestic Airport
Distance
297km (185 miles) from Samarinda