How To Get To Pulau Weh

Some say it is fairly difficult to get to Pulau Weh but actually it is not! There are many different routes to our little Island and here are some travel recommendations from us. No matter what route you decide to take, if you experience difficulties just drop us a line so we can help with your planning.

It's as Easy as it Looks

Take a Flight

To Banda Aceh

Jump on the Ferry

To Pulau Weh

Take a Taxi

To Gapang Beach

Take a Flight

To Banda Aceh

Your options:

From elsewhere the most direct connection is flying to Kuala Lumpur, and then from KL to Banda Aceh.  Depending on arrival times, you may have an overnight in a KL hotel or the airport.
You can also choose to fly via Jakarta or Singapore, then to Medan and onwards to Banda Aceh.

There are flights to Banda Aceh from Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia) and Penang (Firefly and Malindo).

  • From Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh:
    • Daily AirAsia flights, usually 2-3 times a day
  • From Banda Aceh to Kuala Lumpur:
    • Daily AirAsia flights, usually 2-3 times a day

Check the schedule for AirAsia flights here!

  • From Penang to Banda Aceh:
    • Daily Firefly or Malindo flights in the morning
  • From Banda Aceh to Penang:
    • Daily Firefly or Malindo flights in the morning

Check the Malindo flights here or the Firefly flights here!

There are international flight to Indonesia through Medan. Then connect to a domestic flight from Medan to Banda Aceh. Another option from Singapore is by ferry to Batam (Indonesia) and onwards with the domestic LION AIR flight from Batam to Banda Aceh with good connections to the ferries to Pulau Weh.

  • From Batam to Banda Aceh:
    • Daily (1) flight with Lion Air
  • From Banda Aceh to Batam:
    • Daily (1) flight with Lion Air

Check the schedule for Lion Air flights here!

It is also possible to enter Indonesia through Medan on Sumatra. There are a number of international flights flying in from Penang, Ipoh, Malaka and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (Garuda, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, LionAir, Batavia Air, Air Asia and others), from Bangkok (Thailand) (Air Asia) and from Singapore (SilkAir, Jetstar Asia, Air Asia, Tiger Airways). Also it is possible to come with an overnight bus from Medan directly to Banda Aceh (around 12 hours).

  • From Jakarta to Banda Aceh
    • Daily (4) direct flights with Garuda or Lion air
    • Daily (2) flights via Medan with Garuda or Lion air
  • From Banda Aceh to Jakarta
    • Daily (4) direct flights with Garuda or Lion air
    • Daily (2) flights via Medan with Garuda or Lion air

Check the schedule for Garuda flights here or Lion Air flights here!

  • From Medan to Banda Aceh
    • Daily (3) direct flights with Citylink or Lion air
  • From Banda Aceh to Medan
    • Daily (3) direct flights with Citylink or Lion air

Check the schedule for Citylink flights here or Lion Air flights here!

Some hints for your connection:

From Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh: If you arrive in Banda Aceh before 8:00 you can connect to the 10:00 express bahari ferry and be at Lumba Lumba by noon. If you arrive in Banda Aceh before 14:30 you can connect to the last 16:00 express bahari ferry and be at Lumba Lumba by evening. Everything later than arriving in Banda Aceh after 14:30 means an overnight stay in the city.

From Pulau Weh to Banda Aceh: It is not possible to connect to a flight before 11:00. This means you have to leave us the afternoon before and have an overnight stay in Banda Aceh. By taking a plane starting at 11:00 you can connect with the first 8:00 express bahari ferry.

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Jump on the Ferry

To Pulau Weh

It’s quite easy to take a taxi from the airport to the ferry harbour Ulee Lhue. If going directly, it’s a 35 minutes drive with a standard taxi.
Note: Schedule is subject to change (due to weather conditions, holiday peaks or lows, ferry maintenance schedules).

Ferries from Banda Aceh (Ulee Lheue) to Pulau Weh (Balohan)

07:00MondayExpress Bahari fast ferry
07:30DailyASDP BRR car/passenger ferry
08:00Thu, Fri, Sat, SunExpress Bahari fast ferry
10:00DailyExpress Bahari fast ferry
10:30DailyASDP Tanjung Burang car/passenger ferry
14:30DailyASDP BRR car/passenger ferry
16:00DailyExpress Bahari fast ferry

Ferries from Pulau Weh (Balohan) to Banda Aceh (Ulee Lheue)

07:30DailyASDP Tanjung Burang car/passenger ferry
08:00DailyExpress Bahari fast ferry
10:30DailyASDP BRR car/passenger ferry
14:30DailyASDP Tanjung Burang car/passenger ferry
14:30DailyExpress Bahari fast ferry
16:00Thu, Fri, Sat, SundayExpress Bahari fast ferry

Take a Taxi

To Gapang Beach

When you arrive in Balohan, the harbour on Pulau Weh, there are many cars and minibuses waiting for passengers.
  • For private taxis cost a minimum of Rp 180,000-200,000
  • shared taxi with others will cost Rp 50 – 60.000 per person for a car to take you directly to Lumba Lumba
  • There is also the option to take a becak (motorbike-taxi) to Gapang. Prices are negotiable but frequently cost Rp 100 – 120,000 for two people.
It is a 35 minutes drive over scenic roads with great seaviews, while passing villages and forests with monkeys along the way.