How to travel from Palembang to Banda Aceh, Indonesia

The distance between Palembang and Banda Aceh is around 1,931km (1,200 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5hrs.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Palembang 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 AcehPalembang if you're planning a return trip.

🚀 Fastest
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plane
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Fly

Fly from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) to Banda Aceh (BTJ).

  • Duration5hrs
  • Flight time4hrs
  • Typical cost
    IDR 3,864,310($260)
Operated by

Garuda Indonesia

+ 3 others
💰 Cheapest
2
3 x bus
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Bus

Take the bus to Terminal AKAP BRPS then Medan Putra Pelangi and then to Bandah Aceh Terminal Batoh.

  • Duration1 day 22h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    IDR 898,675($60)
Operated by

Multiple bus 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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Drive

Drive to Banda Aceh.

  • Duration1 day 3h
  • Distance1,931km (1,200 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Palembang and Banda Aceh

There are several options for getting from Palembang to Banda Aceh by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around IDR 898,675 ($60) and will take around 1 day 22h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 3,864,310 ($260).

The distance between Palembang and Banda Aceh is around 1,931km (1,200 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,414km (879 miles)

It takes around 5hrs to get from Palembang and Banda Aceh by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 3h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Palembang to Banda Aceh is to fly which takes around 5hrs and will set you back approx IDR 3,864,310 ($260).

The cheapest way to travel between Palembang and Banda Aceh, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 898,675 ($60) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Palembang and Banda Aceh. We recommend that you fly from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) to Banda Aceh (BTJ). instead which will take 5hrs.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Palembang and Banda Aceh. It typically takes around 1 day 22h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Palembang to Banda Aceh. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Palembang, Terminal AKAP BRPS, Pekanbaru and Medan Putra Pelangi. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 22h.

Lorena, Putra Pelangi and CV Sanura run regular bus services between Palembang and Banda Aceh. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 22h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Palembang and Banda Aceh. Flights depart from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) and arrive at Banda Aceh (BTJ) - via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). The flight takes around 4hrs.

There is no direct flight from Palembang to Banda Aceh. There is however a flight that goes via Soekarno–Hatta (CGK). This services will take at least 5hrs (not including layover time).

The flight from Palembang to Banda Aceh typically takes around 4hrs. Flights depart from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) 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 Palembang and Banda Aceh. The distance is around 1,931km (1,200 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 3h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Palembang to Banda Aceh is to fly which takes, on average, 5hrs and will usually cost around IDR 3,864,310 ($260).

How do I get from Palembang to Banda Aceh

Compare travel optionsbetween Palembang and Banda Aceh

Transport options from Palembang to Banda Aceh
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
5hrs
IDR 3,864,310($260)
every 3 hours2,247km (1,396 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 22h
IDR 898,675($60)
once daily2,002km (1,244 miles)
Bus via Terminal AKAP BRPS2 days 1h
IDR 1,108,370($74)
once daily2,114km (1,314 miles)
Drive
1 day 3h
IDR 1,617,620($110)
on demand1,931km (1,200 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Palembang and Banda Aceh

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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