How many airports are there in Indonesia

Information on how to get to Indonesia


Traveling to Indonesia by plane

Indonesia has a large number of airports. The most important airport for international air traffic is Soekarno-Hatto / Jakarta. In addition, Ngurah Rai / Denpasar (for trips to Bali) plays an important role. In addition to these airports, there are a number of well-frequented airports, which are primarily used for domestic connections, and in some places also offer direct connections to other Asian countries (especially Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei).

From Germany you will most often find Via flights on offer, e.g. B. via Singapore from Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich or D├╝sseldorf.

The largest airports in Indonesia (in terms of passenger volume)

  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta or Cengkareng for short). Soekarno Hatta is located about 20km outside Jakarta and is the major hub of Indonesia. With an estimated 50 million passengers per year, it is one of the largest flight hubs in the world. There are (seasonal) direct flights from Frankfurt to Soekarno, and there are also via flights from Germany (via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore).

    The DAMRI shuttle buses run every hour from the airport to Jakarta, and buses leave for Kilideres station every 30 minutes.

  • In addition to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, there is another larger airport near Jakarta, Halim Perdanakusuma (Bandar Udara Internasional Halim Perdanakusuma). It is about 13km from the city and is mainly used as a hub for domestic flights.
  • Juanda International Airport (Bandara Internasional Juanda, also Surabaya Airport) is the airport of Surabaya, the capital of the Jawa Timur province. It is located approx. 20km away from Surabay in eastern Java.
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport is the airport of Bali's capital Denpasar (about 13 km from the city). This makes Ngurah Rai the central airport in Bali. From the airport there are buses to the city every 5 minutes.
  • Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (Bandara Internasional Sultan Hasanuddin, also Mandai) is the airport of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi. The airport is about 20 km away from Makassar. Makassar is one of the largest in Indonesia after Jakarta Airport. Eer is also generally referred to as number two in the country internationally, but the number of passengers is slightly lower than in Ngurah Rai or Juanda.
  • Polonia International Airport (Bandara Internasional Polonia) was the airport of Medan, the capital of Sumatra Utara. It was, if you will, a city airport located relatively centrally in Medan. In the past there were many domestic lines and international routes, today Polonia is owned by the Indonesian Air Force. Polonia has been replaced by the Kuala Namu mentioned below, so to speak.
  • Kuala Namu International Airport has been Medan's new airport since July 2013. Similar to Polonia, Kuala Namu has many domestic routes and a small number of international routes (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand). There are train and bus connections from the airport to Medan (journey time 40 and approx. 90 minutes).
  • Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport (Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman) is the airport of Balikpapan, the capital of Kalimantan Timur. There are mainly domestic flights as well as flights z. B. to Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Adisucipto International Airport (Bandara Internasional Adisucipto) is the airport of Yogyakarta in Central Java. Together with Surakarta Airport, it covers the region's air traffic.
  • Syamsudin Noor Airport (Bandara Syamsudin Noor) is the airport of Banjarmasin in Kalimantan Selatan. It is not an international airport, but it is important for domestic traffic and is one of the ten most important airports in Indonesia in terms of passenger volume.
  • Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (Bandara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II) is the airport of Palembang in Sumatra Selatan. There is a good network of flight connections from the airport, especially to Jakarta, Jambi / Sumatra, Batam / Riau and Pangkalpinang / Bangka as well as lines to Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport (Bandara Internasional Sultan Syarif Kasim II, formerly Simpang Tiga) is the airport of Pekanbaru / Riau in Sumatra. The network is similar to that of the aforementioned Palembang airport: mainly domestic flights, e.g. B. to Jakarta, Medan and Batam as well as lines to Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Achmad Yani International Airport (Bandara Internasional Achmad Yani) is the airport of Semarang in Jawa Tengah. The airport is very up-and-coming, offers many domestic and international flights, especially to Malaysia.
  • Minangkabau International Airport (Bandara Internasional Minangkabau) is the airport of Padang in Sumatra Barat. Minangkabau has been Padang's main airport since 2005 (previously it was Padang-Tabing).
  • Supadio International Airport (Bandara Internasional Supadio) is the Pontianak airport in Kalimantan Barat. For a long time, the airport was primarily used as a domestic airport, but is constantly being expanded in order to be competitive in international air traffic. So far, there have only been connections to Sarawak / Malaysia (as of 2015).
  • Sam Ratulangi International Airport (Bandara Internasional Sam Ratulangi) is the Manado airport in Sulawesi Utara. It is not one of the largest airports in the country, but it is important for tourism as it is the hub for diving tourism in the area. In addition to domestic connections, there are routes to Singapore and the Philippines.
  • Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok) is the airport of Mataram in Nusa Tenggara Barat. The airport replaced the old Selaparang airport after tourism on Lombok increased. It has to be counted among the most important airports in the country in terms of passenger volume. As mentioned, it is particularly interesting for domestic flights as a direct connection to the insider tip Lombok.

Flight times from Germany / Austria / Switzerland to Indonesia (Via flights)

  • Frankfurt to Jakarta from 14:55 hours
  • Frankfurt to Denpassar from approx. 16:35 hours
  • Hamburg to Jakarta from approx. 17:05 hours
  • Munich to Jakarta from approx. 15:10 hours
  • Vienna to Jakarta from around 15:45 hours
  • Zurich to Jakarta from approx. 15:35 hours

Arrival in Indonesia by train

There is a direct connection to other countries between Belawan (Sumatra) and Penang in Malaysia. The country's rail network is reasonably well developed, especially in Java, but only partially in Sumatra. The line between Jakarta and Surabaya is particularly well developed. The journey takes about 10 hours on the route.

Arrival in Indonesia with your own vehicle

Traveling with your own vehicle is difficult, overland this only works theoretically via etiquong in West Borneo.If entry is to be made by your own vehicle, an import permit from the Indonesian embassy in Dili (East Timor) must be applied for in advance.

Arrival in Indonesia by ship

Important seaports in the country are z. B. Tanjung Pinang (Sri Bintan Pura Harbor), Batam (Batam Center and Sekupang) and Tanjung Uban.

A direct journey by ship to Indonesia would be conceivable above all with ferries from Singapore (to Sumatra, Batam and Bintan), from Malaysia (to Belawan) or the Philippines (to Mandalo).

Some ports in the country are called by cruise ships; theoretically, it would be possible to arrive with a combined cargo / passenger ship.

Domestic sea traffic is primarily served by a state company which connects practically all of the major ports in Indonesia with one another. However, the safety standard of the ships used seems to be problematic.

Traveling to Indonesia by bus

Direct entry by bus is usually not possible. There is a decent long-distance bus network within the country. However, experience has shown that bus journeys are very lengthy and you usually have to change to long-distance routes at least once.

Entry requirements for German citizens

Entry is possible with a passport (children with a child's passport), provided the papers are valid for at least six months after entry. With a provisional passport you have to apply for a visa before entering the country. Whether you otherwise need a visa depends on the length of the trip and the purpose of your stay.

If you are staying for tourist purposes, you can enter the country for a maximum of 30 days without a visa. This applies to entry via the following border controls:

  • Airport in Jakarta / Soekarno-Hatta), Denpasar / Bali Airport Ngurah Rai, Medan Airport Kualanamu, Surabaya Airport Juanda and Batam Airport Hang Nadim.
  • Tanjung Pinang seaport (Sri Bintan Pura harbor), Batam (Batam Center and Sekupang) or Tanjung Uban.

Anyone who does not come to the country as a tourist or who wants to visit the country for longer than 30 days (maximum 60 days) can apply for a Visa-On-Arrival upon arrival with a valid passport.

The Visa on Arrival is only available at the following border crossing points:

Airport: Banda Aceh, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam, Padang, Palembang, Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surakarta / Solo Surabaya, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Manado, Makassar, Denpasar (Bali), Mataram (Lombok) and Kupang.

Sea ports: Batam (Sekupang, Sekupang, Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam Center), Tanjung Uban (Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi, Bandar Sri Udana Lobam, Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Balai Karimun), Belawan, Sibolga, Yos Sudarso in Dumai, Teluk Bayur in Padang, Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Padang Bai and Benoa in Bali, Bitung, Makassar, Pare-Pare, Maumere, Tenau in Kupang, Jayapura.

By land via Etiquong in West Borneo.

When entering via another border crossing point, the visa must be applied for before entering the country.

The visa before entry is also necessary if you only have a provisional passport, want to stay in the country for more than 60 days and z. B. comes to the country as a journalist, researcher or worker.

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