The Airport is located very near to the city (infact with in the city) most hotels can be reached with in 15 minutes max by Taxi or by the Becak, you need to do isavoid the Taxi Company Agents and Tauts come out from the terminal parking lot, walk a little and cross the street infront you will find Motor Becaks standing. It cost cheaper then airport taxi (IDR10,000 to 15,000) while Taxi company have fixed charges over IDR45,000.
Domestic and International Arrivals are handled with in same terminal since the Original Domestic Terminal was destroyed because of fire. All terminals are adjecent and only few minutes walk away from each other.
Motorcycles (Ojeks) also available if you dont have heavy or large size luggage.
On my return from Medan I walked to the airport from my accomodation, it took less then 15 minutes.
In April 2007 we made a trip from Medan to Lake Toba via Pemangtansiantar then returned via Kabanjahe/Brastagi. After went to Bukit Lawang.
The trip from Medan to Lake Toba took with a few stops and the ferry ride about 6-7 hourse. You could reach Prapat in 4 hours if you go non-stop. Then we went on the boat to Samosir Island, a beautiful place to stay. We stayed in Tuk-Tuk at Tabo Cottages.
You can find this hotel on the internet. It has nice rooms; fairly clean and the food is home-cooked and tasty. It is directly on the Lake. I think as far as i can judge is one of the better places at Lake Toba. We had lunch at Bagus cafe, which is a tranquil etnic hide out and we made a small tour on the Island. We went to Simanindo to see the Batak dance which is lovely and to the graves in Tomok. Watch out there as there is a fake site, you bump on the first one from the main road, but walk a bit further in and you will find the real one.
After that we took the ferry back to Prapat and then made the drive up to Brastagi, which is a bit longer, but beautiful. Hotel Siantar is a nice and very clean spot for coffeestop on the way.
Do not forget to visit the Batak kings palace on the way and Sisipiso waterfal.
We went back to Medan and the next day left for Bukit Lawang. Which is a hell of a drive of at least 3 hours. Bad road, full of potholes, but certainly worth it and there stayed at the Jungle Inn. The people and the food were lovely, but the room was not so good. Anyway you can go for the honeymoon suite, but they sell now every room as the honeymoon suite. The other place to stay is Eco lodge. Its more down stream. Jungle Inn is directly opposite of the Orang Oetan center and we did catch them wandering along the river....so that was great.
We did a wonderful trek up the mountain and tubed down river again.
I can certainly recommend both locations. Medan is a city you might not like, but look under the covers and there is quite some history there. Its been modernized and more agreeable too. Ardy Timmer
Yes, you will find cheap prices in Bali because there are loads of tourists using the services.
In North Sumatra there are few tourists so prices will be so much higher.
I have a contact in Medan who would be able to quote a price for you.
His details are here
Are you crazy? That is what my host said when I asked him to book me a seat on a bus from Medan to Jakarta and I said YES I am. Took ALS Bus leaving Medan (Terminal at Jalan Sisangamaraja) to Yogjakarta via Jakarta at 3.00 PM and arrived in Cikaranag Terminal at 3.00 PM 2 days later. 2 Nights and 2 Days crossing zig zag roads of Sumatra Passing the Lake Toba with spectecular scenary and crossing the Sunda Seas on Ferry, sittiting of the Front Seat (#1) with a clear view ahead.
An Adventure of a life time stopping at almost every noteable city/town of Sumatra, Ticket Cost that time IDR215000.00 for Airconditioned Bus. The Foods/Drinks on the way are not very expensive, just a little higher then the usual prices which is justified
From Medan, Terminal Amplas take a Sejahtera Bus to Parapat (it goes about every hour in the daytime to the ferry pier in Parapat, no aircon and 5 seats in a row), Rp 22000, 4-5 hours.
Ferry to Tuk Tuk every hour from 7 am, Rp 7000.
For more comfort take a Kijang/shared taxi maybe Rp 65000.
If you are unfamiliar with Medan or need a translator for travel by Airport Taxi (the white taxi) around Medan from the Airport, a friendly travel ambassador is present at Polonia International Airport to escort you. Be prepared to give him a tip. There is no Airport Bus at Polonia International Airport.
Jatayu Airlines flies you to Medan from Jakarta at S$130 (around Rp 600,000), including taxes. Pay domestic airport tax at Rp 16,000. It's advisable to check the rates at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng rather than checking Jatayu's web-site for rates.
It is so so odd. In Malaysia we have trishaw mainly for tourists in Malacca and also Penang and the trishaw men - or we call them behca man peddles. We also rode them in Beijing.
But in Medan, you see loads of them but they are equiped with a motorbike - and a very unenvironmental one...lots of smokey pollution!!
Medan's international airport is known as Polonia International Airport (MES) and is located about 15 minutes from the city.
There are direct flights to/from Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Batam and other cities.
AirAsia to/from Jakarta
Kartika Airlines to/from Batam and Jakarta
Lion Air to Jakarta and Banda Aceh
Becaks are everywhere and are cheaper than taxis. Just have to confirm the price before you hop on. We paid rp10,000 and rp15,000 for our rides. We didn't know how far a place was and how long the ride would take so we didn't really bargain. I think for shorter distances (less than 5 minutes ride), we could probably have gotten the ride for rp5,000. The rides saved time and energy.
Take yellow Bemo # 64 from Terminal Amplas to Terminal Pinang Baris (via Maimonides palace, near the backpacker area at Grande Mosque), Rp 5000, take white Bemo MR X if you want to go from Terminal Amplas to Grande Mosque, Rp 3000
I want to travel in the morning (26Oct'08) to Parapat, Samosir and come back to Medan airport next day evening (27Oct'08 on or before 8:00 Pm) but passing via Berastagi. Please advice for best transport means and hotel stay.
I am able to get in touch with Samosir Cottage. He promised to arrange a car from Parapet to Medan via Berstagi for Rp 750,000 (One way). Also from Rp 600,000 to pick from Medan to Parapet.
A sort of motorized rickshaw, they are a common site throughout Medan, spewing black smoke everywhere.
Ferry from Medan (Balawan) to Penang is not running anymore.
Dumai to Malakka (and Port Klang) is still running.