How to Visit Banda Aceh

Visit Banda Aceh by Plane (Flight)

Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (IATA code is BTJ) is the main airport in Banda Aceh. Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport was built by the Japanese Government in 1943.The airport have been under major redevelopment since. And the latest re-development was in 2009. This runway of this airport is currently of 3000 meters long and 45 meters wide. In the event the World Halal Tourism Awards 2016, Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport won the title of “World’s Best Airport For Halal Travellers” and Aceh as the “World’s Best Halal Cultural Destination”.

There are two direct international regular flights to Banda Aceh. The international flight operated by Air Asia from KLIA International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Firefly from Penang International Airport, Penang, Malaysia. There are some domestic regular flights operated by Garuda Indonesia from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta (frequent); Batik Air and Lion Air from Halim Perdana Kusuma International Airport, Jakarta (frequent).; and City Link, Lion Air from Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (frequent). The city centre can be reached by airport taxi for approximately 100,000 rupiah (8 USD).

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Visit Banda Aceh by Bus

Banda Aceh can also be reached from Medan via road trip. There are non-stop night buses, with travel times ranging from 8-12 hours – from Medan to Banda Aceh. Major bus companies such as Sempati Star, Putra Pelangi and Kurnia have offices on Jl. Gajah Mada, Medan.