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Travel from Bukit Lawang to Ketambe
To go from Bukit Lawang to Ketambe by public transport you have to go via Medan. If you start early morning its possible to reach Ketambe in  the evening.
 1. From Bukit Lawang to Medan Pinang Baris - 3:30 hours
 2. From Medan Pinang Baris to Medan Padang Bulan - 0:30 hours
 3. From Medan Padang Bulan to Kutacane - 7:00 hours
 4. From Kutacane to Ketambe - 1:00 hour

Map - From Bukit Lawang to Ketambe

1. From Bukit Lawang to Medan Pinang Baris
Transport to Medan departs from the main bus terminal in Bukit Lawang (see picture right or below). There are coach buses and minibuses leaving about every hour.
Coach Buses need about 3,5 hours  to reach Medan city. They go to the bus terminal Pinang Baris (east of  Medan). From here its 10 km to Padang Bulan (Jalan Jamin Ginting), where connecting public transport leaves to Kutacane.
Minibuses (L300) are faster and reach Medan after about 3 hours. They terminate at Kampung Lalang, north of Pinang Baris. Its about 13 km from there to Padang Bulan.

Coach buses at bus terminal Bukit Lawang

2. From Medan Pinang Baris to Medan Padang Bulan
When arriving in Medan Pinang Baris (East Medan) from Bukit Lawang you need to go the Padang Bulan (West Medan) where all transport to Kutacane departs. There are options with local minibuses or Labi Labi, but this is very time consuming.
To safe time and hussle, the best option is to take a moto-rikshaw (becak) to pass the traffic through Medan city and go to Padang Bulan for the onward transport to Kutacane.
3. From Medan Padang Bulan to Kutacane
From Medan Padang Bulan you can go by minibus to Kutacane. If you arrive at Padang Bulan from Medan city you will first pass the minibus station of BTN on the left side, about 500 m further is the station of Karsima.  Both have a small ticket counter and a waiting area. The service and the ticket price is equal at both companies. Its 80,000 IDR. In a minibus (see 2 pictures beside/below) there are 2 seats beside  the driver and behind there are 3 rows with 3 seats each (together space for 11 passengers). Try to get a seat behind the driver for more leg space. Women should ask for a front seat. Avoid the last row where you actually sit on the axis.
Minibuses leave when full or about every hour until late afternoon. In the morning they go more frequent. There are few night busses which start about 9 PM. The ride to Kutacane takes about 7 hours.

Minibus from BTN

Minibus from Karsima

The companies Adi Guna and CK Travel Wisata offer a more comfortable, aircon public shared taxi service with modern cars (Toyota Kijang, see picture beside/below) between Medan and Kutacane for about 150,000 IDR. The car has leather seats, one beside the driver and 2 rows with 3 seats each behind. A maximum of 7 passengers can go, but sometimes they start even with less. This service is not as frequent as the minibus. It starts when full or usually about every 2 hours. Each company has one night taxi at least. They have limited space  for luggage. The stations are also at Padang Bulan.
CK Travel is on the left side, opposite the "Citra Garden" (picture see beside/below). Adi Guna Travel is on the right side about 250 meters after "Citra Garden", just 50 m behind the Carrefour supermarket. The public shared taxis will stop for a meal near Berastagi. Normaly the final station is in Kutacane city. If you ask the driver, he can bring you all the way to Ketambe for an extra total of about 100,000 IDR for all passengers in the car.
For the way back we can arrange a shared taxi to pick you up in Ketambe. The driver will drop you off in Medan city at the place you wish or continue to the airport for a negotiatable extra charge.

Shared Taxi - Toyota Kijang

Entrance Citra Garden

4. From Kutacane to Ketambe
The distance from Kutacane city to Ketambe is about 30 km. There are frequent mobil or Labi Labi (local transport - see picture beside/below), leaving from a small place near the old market opposite the Telkom office. You can ask the minibus driver to drop you off at this place.
Labi Labi start when full about every 30 minutes. The first Labi Labi departs about 7 AM, the last transport will leave from Kutacane about 5:30 PM. Normal price is 20,000 IDR, but sometimes drivers ask a little more from foreign tourists. The Labi Labi stops everywhere on the way to pick up or drop off passengers. This is the reason that it can take up to 60 minutes to the last stop Ketambe. Please ask the driver to drop you off at Friendship Guesthouse.               

Labi Labi

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©  Friendship Guesthouse and Restaurant Ketambe 2007 - 2024
©  Friendship Guesthouse and Restaurant Ketambe 2007 - 2024
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Jalan Belangkejeren km 32
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