How to travel from Medan to Semarang, Indonesia

The distance between Medan and Semarang is around 1,845km (1,146 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 4h 20m.

7 routes found

We've found 7 different ways to get from Medan to Semarang 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 SemarangMedan if you're planning a return trip.

🚀 Fastest
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plane
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Fly

Fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Ahmad Yani (SRG).

  • Duration4h 20m
  • Flight time3h 30m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,752,420($115)
Operated by

Super Air Jet

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3 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Bandar Lampung then Jakarta and then to Kota Semarang.

  • Duration2 days 5h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,377,970($90)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

💰 Cheapest
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ferry
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bus
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Ferry and Bus

Take a ferry to Port of Tanjung Priok then take the bus to Semarang.

  • Duration2 days 22h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 778,855($52)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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ferry
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train
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Ferry and Train

Take a ferry to Port of Tanjung Priok then take the train to Semarang Tawang.

  • Duration2 days 17h
  • Departsonce a week
  • Typical cost
    IDR 823,790($55)
Operated by

Multiple operators

1 similiar route

We’ve grouped similar routes together, click the arrows to see the other options.

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car
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ferry
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car
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Car and Ferry

Drive to Bakauheni Port then take a ferry to Merak then drive to Semarang.

  • Duration1 day 8h
  • Departshourly
  • Typical cost
    IDR 3,864,310($260)
Operated by

Multiple operators

1 similiar route

We’ve grouped similar routes together, click the arrows to see the other options.

Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Medan and Semarang

There are several options for getting from Medan to Semarang by plane, bus, car, ferry and train. The cheapest option is to take a ferry and then take the bus which costs around IDR 778,855 ($52) and will take around 2 days 22h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 4h 20m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 1,752,420 ($115).

The distance between Medan and Semarang is around 1,845km (1,146 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 396km (246 miles)

It takes around 4h 20m to get from Medan and Semarang by plane.

The quickest way to get from Medan to Semarang is to fly which takes around 4h 20m and will set you back approx IDR 1,752,420 ($115).

The cheapest way to travel between Medan and Semarang is to take a ferry and then take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 778,855 ($52) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Medan and Semarang. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Ahmad Yani (SRG). instead which will take 4h 20m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Medan and Semarang. It typically takes around 2 days 5h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Medan to Semarang. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Bandar Lampung, Lampung and Jakarta. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 2 days 5h.

Putra Pelangi, Damri and Nusantara run regular bus services between Medan and Semarang. Buses run once daily and take around 2 days 5h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Medan and Semarang. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and arrive at Ahmad Yani (SRG) - via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). The flight takes around 3h 30m.

There is no direct flight from Medan to Semarang. There is however a flight that goes via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). This services will take at least 4h 20m (not including layover time).

The flight from Medan to Semarang typically takes around 3h 30m. Flights depart from Kuala Namu (KNO) and and arrive into Ahmad Yani (SRG).

The closest major airport to Semarang is Achmad Yani International Airport (SRG) (SRG) which is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Semarang. Adisumarmo International Airport (SOC) (SOC) and Adisucipto Airport (JOG) (JOG) 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 Semarang. We recommend that you fly from Kuala Namu (KNO) to Ahmad Yani (SRG). instead which will take 4h 20m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Medan to Semarang is to fly which takes, on average, 4h 20m and will usually cost around IDR 1,752,420 ($115).

How do I get from Medan to Semarang

Compare travel optionsbetween Medan and Semarang

Transport options from Medan to Semarang
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
4h 20m
IDR 1,752,420($115)
every 2 hours1,845km (1,146 miles)
Bus
2 days 5h
IDR 1,377,970($90)
once daily2,366km (1,470 miles)
Ferry and Bus
2 days 22h
IDR 778,855($52)
once a week2,285km (1,420 miles)
Ferry and Train + 1 similar
2 days 17h
IDR 823,790($55)
once a week2,261km (1,405 miles)
Ferry to Port of Tanjung Priok, Train2 days 19h
IDR 808,810($54)
once a week2,261km (1,405 miles)
Car and Ferry + 1 similar
1 day 8h
IDR 3,864,310($260)
hourly2,340km (1,454 miles)
Bus, Car, Ferry and Train1 day 22h
IDR 1,123,345($75)
once daily2,400km (1,491 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Medan and Semarang

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Airports near Semarang

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

SRG
Achmad Yani International Airport (SRG)
International Airport
Distance
5km (3 miles) from Semarang
SOC
Adisumarmo International Airport (SOC)
International Airport
Distance
69km (43 miles) from Semarang
JOG
Adisucipto Airport (JOG)
International Airport
Distance
88km (55 miles) from Semarang