Flights to Medan

Flights to Medan, Indonesia

Medan is the capital of North Sumatra. It is the largest city outside of Java Island and the fourth largest city in Indonesia with about a population of 2 million people.

Medan is known for being a melting pot of cultures, comprising of ethnic groups such as Chinese, Javanese, Toba-Batak, Minangkabau, Mandailing Batak, Karo Batak, and Southern and Northern Indians.

The main airport that services flights to Medan is the Kuala Namu International Airport.

  • Airlines that travel to the airport include AirAsia, Batik Air, Citilink, Saudia, SilkAir, SriLankan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, and Garuda Indonesia
  • 39 km from Medan
  • Taxis cost around RM55 (165,000 IDR) from the airport to the city center and takes about 1 hour
  • Direct train services are available from the airport to Medan and cost around RM26 (80,000 IDR) per ticket

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Best Time to Visit Medan

Medan is good to travel to all year around as the warm climate is constant all year long. May to September is generally considered the dry season.

Things to do in Medan

Medan is known for being interestingly multicultural. From Medan, many tourists also springboard to the island of Penang or the popular Lake Toba.

What to see in Medan

At the city centre, you can find architecture that from the Dutch colonial era, and a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist temples, mosques and churches. Families who are visiting the city can also have fun at theme parks such as Hill Park Greenhill City or visit the Maimun Palace. Shoppers have a wide range of options at modern malls or traditional markets.

Nature lovers can also visit a plunge waterfall, The Sipisopiso, in the Batak Highlands.

What to eat in Medan

Food is influenced by Malay, Bataknese, Chinese, Indian, Minangkabau, Javanese and Arabic cuisines and is generally spicy. Specialities include Batak Grilled pork, Chinese noodles and Bika Ambon. Many of these foods are available on the streets.

Getting around in Medan

Taxis and becaks, also known as trishaws or pedicabs, are widely available. However, becak drivers tend to charge more than necessary, so being able to speak and negotiate in Indonesian is essential. Taxis, especially those picked in front of shopping malls, shopping centres or at the airport, are more reliable. Be sure to clarify with the driver if he will be charging by the meter or negotiate the rate before boarding. Mini-buses and rental cars are also available.

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Airports near Medan

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