"The best way to get there is..." Indonesia Transportation Tip by BorderHopper
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The best way to get there is by sea. If you arrive by boat you are doing what people have been doing for centuries and it's a great experience. You can always fly into Medan on Garuda Airlines from Jakarta or other points around South East Asia. You can arrive by ferry from Malaysia & Singapore. <b>You can get back to Singapore by ferry from Dumai to Riau and then from Riau to Singapore</b>. If you want to <b>travel to or from Malaysia you can catch a ferry at Belawan, Sumatra and take it to Penang, Malaysia</b>, or do the reverse. The cost is apx. $13 USD one way.
<b>The Trans-Sumatran Highway</b> runs the complete lenghth of the island, covering a distance of over 2500 km. A north to south journey would take you from Banda Aceh to Bakauheni. This is one of Indonesia's greatest travel experiences. The scenery is beautiful and you will see Muslim villages change to Christian villages, and then back agagin in a blink of the eye. Buses, and long distance vans are easily hired and available for Sumatran road travel. You can actually take the highway straight through from the capital of Jakarta on Java to Banda Aceh in the far northern tip of Sumatra. It will be a grueling 60+ hour trip by bus setting you back about $50 USD.
Once you are on Sumatra it is easy to rent moto's for local touring, and bemos or taxis are also available throughout the island.
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