Getting here

Traveling around Sumatra can be daunting but also a real adventure, as the island is huge and infastructure leaves a lot to be desired, The roads are often crowded and driving can be...er, somewhat crazy at times. 

If you've made your way to Medan you might be wondering how you can finally reach Bukit Lawang to see those orangutans you've heard so much about.

Bukit Lawang bus station can often be crowded and you may be approached by unofficial guides selling tours. We recommend you say you have already booked your tour, to avoid any misunderstanding.  

If you let us know ahead of time we can arrange to meet you at the bus station in Bukit Lawang.

Whatsapp: +6281375987779 

Read how to get to Bukit Lawang from Medan.

From MEDAN, Kuala Namu International Airport to Bukit Lawang

Private transport- Car

We can arrange a private with air-con to meet and pick you up from the airport in Medan. Drive takes 3-4 hours depending on traffic. Our staff will then escort you to your hotel and help with bags. 

Maximum group size 4/5 depending on luggage....

Cost 750,000 idr approximately 50 Euro 

Private transport- Minivan

If you are traveling in a larger group, a minivan with air-con can be arranged. 

Maximum group size 9

Cost 1,200,000 idr approximatly 80 Euros 

"Tourist bus" /shared car

If there a number of travelers sometimes it is possible to travel using a shared car, also called the "tourist bus". This is a seperate organisation, but can be booked by your accomodation or your tour provider. The price from Medan is set at Rp.150,000. Be aware this car doesn't always leave promptly, sometimes they will wait until the next group arrive into the airport if they haven't filled their seats. 

Public transport from Medan Airport

Prices are shown in local currency (IDR)

It is also possible to travel by public bus if you are on a tigh budget or want a new experience! Be aware this bus ride has no air-co, is bumpy and can take around 6 hours.

The ALS bus (orange colour) from Medan Airport runs every 30 minutes to Binjai city.

This bus can take around 2 hours depending on traffic and should have a fixed price of Rp. 40,000.

Once you arrive in Binjai station you need to transfer to Tanah Lepang station OR Binjai Supermall by tuk-tuk. the Tuk-tuk should cost around 5,000, from either of those locations you take a bus market to go to to Bukit Lawang, running every 30 minutes. Rp. 25.000/30.000 approximately

Please be aware that buses do not run late, the last bus leaves Binjai between 4-7pm and it can vary depending on how busy it is.

From Medan City to Bukit Lawang

Private transport- Car.

can be arranged to meet you at your hotel

Cost 700,000 idr approximately 45 Euro 

Private transport- Minivan

If you are traveling in a larger group, a minivan with air-con can be arranged. 

Maximum group size 9

Cost 1,200,000 idr approximatly 80 Euros 

Public bus from Medan City to Bukit Lawang

First, take a grab or a tuk-tuk (becak) to the main bus station, Pinang Baris. From here you can catch the orange buses marked for Bukit Lawang. The cost is approximately Rp. 15-30,000, which gets paid at the end of your journey.