HOW TO GET IN BUKIT LAWANG

First you have to get in Sumatra as Bukit Lawang is located in North Sumatra, about 3 to 5 hours from Medan & Kualanamu airport (depending on the traffic). The best airports from which to get here are Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta. From there take a short flight to Kualanamu airport (around 1 hour). We recommend Air Asia which offers very good flight deals ! Then there are 3 transportation options to go to Bukit Lawang according to your budget, time & comfort:  private car, tourist bus or public bus. 

If you are doing a roundtrip in Sumatra you can also come to Bukit Lawang
from Berastagi and/or Lake Toba by tourist bus (shared car). 

Once you are in North Sumatra, you have to reach to small village of Bukit Lawang,

at the entrance of the Gunung Leuser National Park! 

It takes approximately 3 to 5 hours from the Kualanamu airport to Bukit Lawang depending on traffic

but also on the time and the day at which you travel. If you book mid-day, early flight

or late flights, it will only takes about 3 hours by private car to go to Bukit Lawang!

If you are coming from Medan city / Kualanamu airport there are two means of transportation to go to Bukit Lawang : you can either take the cheap public bus or book a private car with us! 
 

If you are doing a roundtrip in Sumatra, you can come from Berastagi (5 hours) and Lake Toba (7 hours) to Bukit Lawang but also go from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi and Lake Toba but also Singkil or Banda Aceh by private car or tourist bus (shared minivan).

Once in Bukit Lawang, wheter you arrive at the Gotong Royong bus station or are dropped off at the entrance of the riverside walk, we will pick you up. As most of the guesthouses are located next to the river, they can only be reached by foot. So we will pick you up and drop you to your guesthouse (around 10-20 min of walk).We will also pick up your luggage by motorbike. Same for your return from Bukit Lawang to Medan, Berastagi or Lake Toba. 

FROM KUALA NAMU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MEDAN TO BUKIT LAWANG

OPTION 1
Public Bus
OPTION 2
Tourist Bus
OPTION 3
Private Car

1. Public Transport

Travellers on a smaller budget can opt for the public bus to go to Bukit Lawang. Choosing this kind of transportation will be an unforgettable adventure as you will share the bus with local people, it’s cheaper, but it takes longer and it's not really comfortable.

You have to take 2 different bus to reach Bukit Lawang:

 

  • First take the local ALS bus (Antar Lintas Sumatera/orange color) from Medan Aiport to Binjai, it takes around 2 hours and cost around 40,000 IDR per person (≈ 2.50 euros)
     

  • Once arrived at Binjai bus station, you have to take a tuk-tuk costing 5,000 IDR (≈ 0.30 euros) to Tanah Lapang Binjai terminal or you can stop directly at Binjai Supermall and take the bus there!
    Please note that the last buses can be at 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm (no fixed hours, welcome in Indonesia!) so please be sure to reach Binjai before 4:30 pm otherwise take the tourist bus!

  • Then take the L300 or PS bus from Tanah Lapang Binjai terminal or from Binjai Supermall to Bukit Lawang. It takes around 3 hours and costs 30,000 IDR per person (≈ 2 euros). 
     

  • From here, take a becak (tuk-tuk) for 10,000 IDR to Bukit Lawang or ask us to pick you up by motorbike for free (call or text us 1 hour before on whatsapp : +6282304187433). Once at the entrance of Bukit Lawang one of our guide will pick you up with your luggage and drop you to your guesthouse by walk.

2. Private Car Organised by Sumatra Orangutan Explore 

If you are looking for a more comfortable and faster option, we can organize for you a pick up/drop off  from/to Kuala Namu airport service by private car for maximum 6 people.

This pick up/drop off service includes transport by private car with air conditioning to/from Bukit Lawang and pick up or drop off from/to your guesthouse in Bukit Lawang. Your driver will also stop on the way  at ATM and/or Money Changer if needed.

Private car costs 650,000 IDR per car for maximum 6 people. It will take around 3 to 5 hours to reach Bukit Lawang according to traffic.

FROM MEDAN CITY TO BUKIT LAWANG

1. Public Transport

Travellers on a smaller budget can opt for the public bus to go to Bukit Lawang. Choosing this kind of transportation will be an unforgettable adventure as you will share the bus with local people, it’s cheaper, but it takes longer and it's not really comfortable.

Here is your itinerary to reach Bukit Lawang:

 

  • If you come from Medan city you have to reach the Pinang Baris bus station located a bit far away from the city centre (about 8km). The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi (we recommend Blue Bird taxi). Ask your driver to drop you at Mawar bakery (1km from the bus terminal) as you can directly take the bus to Bukit Lawang from there. Please note that the last buses can be at 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm or 7:30 pm (no fixed hours, welcome in Indonesia!) so please be sure to be there before 4:30 pm otherwise take the tourist bus!

  • Once at Mawar bakery, take the local bus to Bukit Lawang. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Bukit Lawang and takes several stops on the way. It costs around 30,000 IDR if you have luggage (≈ 2.00 euros). Go out from the bus at the bus terminal in Gotong Royong, a small village just around 5 minutes from Bukit Lawang. 

  • From here, take a becak (tuk-tuk) for 10,000 IDR to Bukit Lawang or ask us to pick you up by motorbike for free (call or text us 1 hour before on whatsapp : +6282304187433). Once at the entrance of Bukit Lawang one of our guide will pick you up with your luggage and drop you to your guesthouse by walk.

2. Private Car Organised by Sumatra Orangutan Explore 

If you are looking for a more comfortable and faster option, we can organize for you a pick up/drop off  from/to your hostel/guesthouse in Medan city service by private car for maximum 6 people.

This pick up/drop off service includes transport by private car with air conditioning to/from Bukit Lawang and pick up or drop off from/to your guesthouse in Bukit Lawang. Your driver will also stop on the way  at ATM and/or Money Changer if needed.

Private car costs 650,000 IDR per car for maximum 6 people. It will take around 3 to 5 hours to reach Bukit Lawang according to traffic.

TO/FROM BERASTAGI, LAKE TOBA, SINGKIL & BANDA ACEH

1. Tourist Bus Organised by Sumatra Orangutan Explore 

If you are doing a roundtrip in North Sumatra, you might come from Berastagi or Lake Toba to Bukit Lawang or maybe you want to come to Bukit Lawang from Berastagi or Lake Toba.

 

The cheapest transportation mean then is the tourist bus, a minivan with air conditioning shared with other tourists that aim to reach the same destination.

 

We can organize the pick up/drop off service by tourist bus for you including the pick up / drop off from/to your guesthouse in Bukit Lawang for you and your luggage :

 

  • The tourist bus from/to Berastagi takes around 3/4 hours and costs 170,000 IDR per person (≈ 10.50 euros). Departure at 08:00 am from Bukit Lawang. Contact us if you want to know the departure time from Berastagi to Bukit Lawang.  

  • The tourist bus from/to Lake Toba takes around 8 to 9 hours and costs 230,000 IDR per person (≈ 14.50 euros). Departure at 08:00 am from Bukit Lawang. Contact us if you want to know the departure time from Lake Toba to Bukit Lawang.  

  • The tourist bus from/to Singkil takes around 12 hours and costs 450,000 IDR per person (≈ 28.00 euros). Departure at 08:00 am / 04:00 pm / 05:00 pm from Bukit Lawang. Contact us if you want to know the departure time from Singkil to Bukit Lawang.  

  • The tourist bus from/to Banda Aceh takes around 14 hours and costs 375,000 IDR per person (≈ 23.00 euros). Departure at 03:00 pm / 04:00 pm / 05:00 pm from Bukit Lawang. Contact us if you want to know the departure time from Banda Aceh to Bukit Lawang.  
     

  • The tourist bus from/to Ketambe takes around 8 hours and costs 450,000 IDR per person (≈ 28.00 euros). Departure at 08:00 am / 04:00 pm / 05:00 pm from Bukit Lawang. Contact us if you want to know the departure time from Banda Aceh to Bukit Lawang.  

2. Private Car Organised by Sumatra Orangutan Explore From/to Berastagi & Lake Toba only

If  you are doing a round trip in North Sumatra and you are looking for a more comfortable option, we can organize for you a pick up/drop off service by private car from/to a Berastagi and Lake Toba for maximum 6 people.

This pick up/drop off service includes transport by private car with air conditioning to/from Bukit Lawang and pick up or drop off from/to your guesthouse in Berastagi & Bukit Lawang. Your driver will also stop on the way at ATM and/or Money Changer if needed.

  • Private car from/to Berastagi costs 800,000 IDR per car (≈ 50 euros) for maximum 6 people. The trip takes around 5 hours. 

  • Private car from/to Lake Toba costs 1,200,000 IDR per car (≈ 75 euros) for maximum 6 people. The trip takes takes around 8 to 9 hours.

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