The easiest way to get around Banda Aceh is by becak. I hired a becak to take me to see some of the tsunami memorial sites and other places of interest - starting at the Kherkoff i went to the Tsunami Education Park, Kapal Tsunami Lampulo (Boat in the Roof memorial), a local coffee shop, the Rumah Aceh and museum, back to the Tsunami Museum, on to the Aceh 'Thanks the World' park and back to my hotel.
The whole trip took four hours and the driver was very knowledgeable. I paid him 80,000, - although I didn't negotiate and could have tried to pay less, but it was such a memorable day that I wanted him to be happy too.
A becak from central Banda Aceh to the port to go to Pulau Weh is between 40 and 50,000 - depends on negotiations. A labi-labi, public mini bus would be less 10 - 15,000 at most, but becak is more convenient as you can leave directly from your accommodation and you don't have to worry about trying to cram your luggage - and yourself - into a crowded bus.
hello, i found this info on how to get from B.Aceh to airport by bus for 10000 Rp only. please take note:
Banda Aсeh -> AirPort
10am, 11am, 14.30pm .price to the city is 10000Rp (=1USD)
and AirPort-> Banda Aсeh : bus leaves few minutes after airplane lands. So departure time depends on landing time, more or less.Yet i am afraid those who comes via AirAsia has no chance to catch it. anyway, its advised to hurry to catch the bus (its on your left when you leave airport buliding). cheers
We had a self-drive car for two days from IMG Car Rental. A Toyota Avanza for just Rp 300,00 per day (December 2010) exclusive of petrol. The car was delivered to and picked up from our hotel by mr Faisal, mobile 0813 6010 9676.
Address: Jalan Tgk Diblang no 42, Mulia, Kuta Alam, Banda Aceh.
By taxi from the airport to the city center i paid after some haggling Rp 60000.
There is also a Damri Bus meeting most flights but not Air Asia, Rp 10000, when you leave the airport go to the left, the bus is hiding there in a corner of the building.
Becak (motor tricycle) i got from the city center to the airport for Rp 40000
From the city center to the port Rp 20000.
As of 8.6.10 A Visa On Arrival is available from the airport at Banda Aceh.
Check out this post written on LP Thorn Tree forum by an expat who has been down to the local ministry to check out the validity and it is 100% correct.
Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport is the only airport in Aceh. It takes around 20 minute driving from the center of the city. To and from the airport, there are taxis and now bus is also available. Cost for taxi to the town costs around Rp 50,000 to Rp 80,000 depend on the location. There are also people offer you service to use their car. If you can bargain, this is sometimes cheaper.
Now the airport serves several national airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, Lion, Adam Air, Sriwijaya, Mandala and now Air Asia for direct flight to Kuala Lumpur.
From Banda Aceh to Medan, it takes around 45 minute. While flying from Banda Aceh to Jakarta, direct flight will take around two and half hour. In the weekend, most of the fligh are fully booked, carry passangers who wish to spend weekend out of Banda Aceh. So, book in advance is required if you will travel in the weekend.
Banda Aceh could be reach by Air Transportation. All flights from Jakarta is indirect, where the plane have a 30 minutes transit at POLONIA AIR port Medan. Then continue to Banda Aceh in about 45 minutes.
The flight landed at Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Port, located 15 km from Banda Aceh City Center. The trip from Jakarta to Banda Aceh is a nice Experience, in a good weather condition, we can enjoy a beautiful landscape of Sumatra island from South to the North. The ticket fare is depend on the Air liner, it range from IDR. 600,000,- to more than a million Rupiah ( 60 to 120 US.$ ), an additional air port tax is IDR. 30,000. Adam Air, Lion Air, SriwiJaya Air are the domestic air line which offer a good fare ticket , while Garuda Indonesia is a Premium air line with the ticket fare more higher than the others
Sleek black expensive 4x4s jostle for parking space in the airport car park, their drivers huddle by the small exit door thrusting forward signs in the faces of arriving passengers as they arrive blinking into the strong sunshine. The drivers ignore the arriving Indonesians, focussing on the various thrill-seeking young men, motherly-looking elder women and assorted VIPs representing the jumble of capital letters scrawled on their signs: UN, USAID, OXFAM, CARE, EU, OIM, AMM and a host of others.
Rickshaw drivers look on forlornly as the only passengers with bulging wallets glide out of the airport compound in their Toyota Landcruisers asking their drivers what it was like to be caught up in the Tsunami. The road into the town centre is now in almost perfect condition, and every few hundred metres there are small estates of prefabricated houses that have sprung up in double quick time in the year and a half since the Tsunami displaced hundreds of thousands of Acehnese. Large signs on the driveways advertise the generosity of the various donors: the government of Turkey; the EC Humanitarian Organisation; the Rotary Association of South-East England. I can’t help wondering if there any anonymous donors.
From city center by Oplet/Minibus Rp 20000.
From Ulee Lheue by Becak/Motortricycle after some haggling Rp 70000, and from there to the airport Rp 100000
Boats from Ulee Lheue port.
Fast boat leaves 9 am, from 55000 Rp, Car ferry at 2 pm, from 18000 Rp.
On weekends are more boats