Getting to Tana Toraja from Makassar
There are numerous bus companies that travel the route between Makassar and Rantepeo. Many buses travel overnight - leaving Makassar at around 10 pm and arriving in the Toraja region at 6 am. On my first trip to Toraja, I had just flown down from Manado. I got off the plane and was immediately engulfed by travel agents. After some hard bargaining on my behalf, they had me on a bus that evening and had arranged the accommodation I wanted along with a guide for the next couple fo days. Its a long and windy road but the bus stops in the middle of the night so you can stretch your legs. On the way back, I took a day bus - paid a little more for one with extra leg room - so I could enjoy the scenery. Bus prices range from 80,000 rupiah to 110.
On my second trip I was with friends and we hired a guide and driver from Makassar - in fact the same guide as I had had two years earlier because he was so good. This was of course far more expensive, but it meant we could stop off at places along the way, enjoying the sights and scenery.
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Makassar to Tana Teroja
We hired a car to to Tana Teroja instead, you should take a night bus (IDR$80,000, US$8.00 one way) which we think it will helps to save a lot of your times and money. Since we travel in the day time, we wasted our day time (almost 8 hours) on the car doing nothing to Tana Teroja, no doubt, along the way, it deos offer some good spots that worth to see and visit.
You also need to pre-arrange you local transport to visit all places in Tana Teroja once arrive, but it should not too difficult for you to hire one. Do recuit a tour guide and they shall give you lot of info that needed, at least they know where to bring you to the funeral site.
Hiking Your Way
Most travellers get to Rantepao by (long-distance) bus companies, booked in home-land like we did (trip is about 8-9 hours). One of the best-known is Liman Express, from Ujung Pandang, though there are more companies. You can try to charter a minibus by asking around at hotels or at the market in Ujung Pandang. There are a lot of self-appointed local tour guides and English-speaking young people who can show you around. Motorcycles can occasionally be rented (if they're not broken) and, the alternative to the long bus trip is to fly Ujung Pandang-Rantepao with Merpati ...
When chartering a minibus take care of the price. We booked our trip in the Netherlands and payed a while ago about 200$ (one person) for 5 nights all in ...
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Buses Makasar - Rantepao
The access to Tana Toraja is not easy, first you must flight to Makassar. From here the best way to get to Rantepao is by bus (or car). The journey takes about 8 hours (less if you travel by night bus). There are a lot of companies but first check the buses because some of them are very old and uncomfortable.
One good company is LITHA & CO but there are more and some of them are cheaper and have newer buses.
If you don't want to sleep in Makasar take the night bus (buses can stop at the Makasar airport). Although you'll mis the Torajan landscape.
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Rent a car will be nice too :)
We can enter Rantepao and tourist spots in many ways. Using bus from Makassar - Rantepao, takes 8 - 10 hours. Rent a car from the airport to the destination takes 7 - 8 hours and using bemo [local transport] after reach Rantepao for continuing to the attraction places. Or still using the same car that already rented from the airport.
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Sunrise at the east
My trip from Jakarta to Rantepao, using Makassar as entry point [you can also choose north entry point of Manado or central entry point of Palu]. So I fly from Soekarno-Hatta airport to Hasanuddin airport using Lion Air, early morning. Then continue it with 8 hours drive from Makassar to Rantepao. Here are several airlines which have daily flight to Makassar:
~ Lion Air
~ Xpress Air Celebes
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