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Local transportation: Becak (motorcycle with sidecar) are available in many places. Between the bus square and the market/bus terminal in Gotong Royong is app. Rp. 5.000. Most RBT (motorcycle taxi) can be found opposite the market and at the bus square. RBT to Tangkahan is Rp. 150.000-200.000 and to Marike Rp. 100-150.000. A one day charter is Rp. 150-200.000, for example for a round trip including visits to waterfall and caves. Two jeeps available in Bukit Lawang for off-road. Rp. 500-600.000 per day depending comfort level. Max. 5 passengers, unless 2 on roof.

Transportation to and from Medan takes 2,5-3 hours by car or 4,5 hours by bus. Public big busses leave Medan from Pinang Baris Bus Terminal. Rp. 15.000. Departs app. every hour. First bus at 07.10 and last at 17.00. Public mini-busses (L300) leave Medan from Kampung Lalang. Rp. 20.000. Departs app. every hour. First bus at 06.15 and last before 18.00.

When going from Bukit Lawang to Banda Aceh by night bus, it is easier to go back to Medan first. Daytime busses to Aceh can otherwise easily be caught in Binjai.

The so called Tourist busses, ply the routes between Medan and popular destinations. Minimum 4 passengers. A minibus, so called L300, or a Toyota Kijang. They have aircon and are not over-loaded. Medan - Bukit Lawang: app. Rp. 100.000 when 4 passengers. Bukit Lawang – Berastagi: Rp. 150.000. Prices can depend on number of passengers. Ask in your losmen, as prices and operators change often.

Nupindo Travel In Medan: c/o Wisma Sahiba, Jl. Armada 3 (in front of Hero’s graveyard), Medan. Tel: 0852 7060 6860, 0852 7028 6348. Departs when enough passengers. In Bukit Lawang: c/o Dani Sipayung at HPI (see map). Tel: 0813 7070 447

Tobali Tours In Medan: Jl. Sisingamangaraja 79C, Medan. Tel: 061-732 4471, 061-732 4472. Departures morning and noon. In Bukit Lawang: In the car parking area.

Elegant Tour and Travel In Medan: Jl. A.H. Nasution 92, Medan. Tel: 061-785 0324, 768 50700

Try also Bagus Holidays in the area near the Grand Mosque. They all pick up and drop at your address.

In Bukit Lawang contact HPI or Elegant Tour and Travel, Tel: 0852 7028 6348.

The nearest airport from Bukit Lawang is in Medan.

An alternative to go by bus is jungle trekking, for example to Berastagi, Tangkahan or Kutacane / Ketambe. An even more unique way is to join the Elephant Jungle Patrol and ride an elephant all the way for 4 days.

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