How to travel from Palembang to Medan, Indonesia

The distance between Palembang and Medan is around 1,142km (710 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 55m.

4 routes found

We've found 4 different ways to get from Palembang to Medan by plane, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) to Kuala Namu (KNO).

  • Duration3h 55m
  • Flight time2h 25m
  • Typical cost
    IDR 1,243,170($83)
Operated by

Lion Mentari Airlines

+ 3 others
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bus
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Bus

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

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    IDR 688,985($46)
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 Medan.

  • Duration20h 10m
  • Distance1,375km (855 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Palembang and Medan

There are several options for getting from Palembang to Medan by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around IDR 688,985 ($46) and will take around 1 day 10h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 55m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately IDR 1,243,170 ($83).

The distance between Palembang and Medan is around 1,142km (710 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 423km (263 miles)

It takes around 3h 55m to get from Palembang and Medan by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 20h 10m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Palembang to Medan is to fly which takes around 3h 55m and will set you back approx IDR 1,243,170 ($83).

The cheapest way to travel between Palembang and Medan, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around IDR 688,985 ($46) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Palembang and Medan. We recommend that you fly from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) to Kuala Namu (KNO). instead which will take 3h 55m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Palembang and Medan. It typically takes around 1 day 10h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Palembang to Medan. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Palembang, Terminal AKAP BRPS and Pekanbaru. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 10h.

Lorena and Putra Pelangi run regular bus services between Palembang and Medan. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 10h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Palembang and Medan. Flights depart from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) and arrive at Kuala Namu (KNO) - via Hang Nadim (BTH). The flight takes around 2h 25m.

There is no direct flight from Palembang to Medan. There is however a flight that goes via Hang Nadim (BTH). This services will take at least 3h 55m (not including layover time).

The flight from Palembang to Medan typically takes around 2h 25m. Flights depart from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (PLM) and and arrive into Kuala Namu (KNO).

The closest major airport to Medan is Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP) (HLP) which is approximately 19km (12 miles) from Medan. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) (CGK) and Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO) (BDO) 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 Medan. The distance is around 1,375km (855 miles) by road and it will take around 20h 10m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Palembang to Medan is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 55m and will usually cost around IDR 1,243,170 ($83).

How do I get from Palembang to Medan

Compare travel optionsbetween Palembang and Medan

Transport options from Palembang to Medan
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
3h 55m
IDR 1,243,170($83)
every 3 hours1,142km (710 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 10h
IDR 688,985($46)
once daily1,409km (875 miles)
Bus via Terminal AKAP BRPS1 day 13h
IDR 838,765($56)
once daily1,514km (941 miles)
Drive
20h 10m
IDR 1,153,305($77)
on demand1,375km (855 miles)

Top Carriersoperating between Palembang and Medan

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Airports near Medan

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

HLP
Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP)
Domestic Airport
Distance
19km (12 miles) from Medan
CGK
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)
International Airport
Distance
32km (20 miles) from Medan
BDO
Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO)
International Airport
Distance
113km (70 miles) from Medan