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Air Transportation to Manado

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Within Manado | Outskirts of Manado



Manado is reachable by land from within Sulawesi Island, sea and air from both within Indonesia and other countries.

There is only one airport in the city called
Sam Ratulangi International Airport, which also serves domestic flights. It is located within the city. This airport is also provides visa on arrival facility.

A passenger service charge (airport tax) will be charged at the airport. It costs Rp. 100,000 for passengers travelling on international flights and Rp. 40,000 for domestic flight passenger. For more about this please refer to the General Information on Indonesia.


Domestic Flights | Getting Out of The Airport


International Direct Flights


To/FromAirlinesFrequencies
Davao, The PhilippinesWings Air
Sriwijaya Air
Please check with Lion Air or Sriwijaya Air
SingaporeSilk Air/Garuda IndonesiaMon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Currently there is only one airline flying regularly between Singapore-Manado (a code share flight between Silk Air and Garuda Indonesia), which is about 3 hour 40 minutes away, on a jet airplane (Airbus A320). As a reference if you buy tickets well in advance, the all-inclusive-published return air fare from Singapore is approximately US$ 350. To and from Davao, the Philippines, you need to check with Lion Air or Sriwijaya Air office in Manado, since the flights they do are charter flights.

Although Changi Airport of Singapore may be a great transit airport, but for those who dislike airport screenings, this airport may be inconvenience for you, since flights coming from Manado may be subject to additional random tight security check, which then AGAIN you will be tightly-security-screened prior to your next flight. (Note: this additional "security check for arriving and transit passengers" coming from Indonesia doesn't exist in either Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, or many other major transit airports in the world). Unless you love having lots of tight airport security checks, Changi Airport still offers good facilities for transit passengers.




For the latest promotional fares please check with the respective airlines.

Domestic Flights


To/FromAirlinesFrequencies
Bali (via Makassar)Garuda Indonesia
Lion Air
Daily
Daily
BalikpapanGaruda Indonesia
Merpati Air
Lion Air
Daily
Mon, Thu, Sat
Daily
JakartaGaruda Indonesia
Lion Air
Batik Air
Merpati
Sriwijaya Air
Daily
Daily
Daily
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Daily
Makassar/Ujung PandangGaruda Indonesia
Lion Air
Air Asia
Merpati
Daily
Daily
Daily
Mon, Thu, Sat
Surabaya (via Makassar)Lion Air
Sriwijaya Air
Merpati Air
Daily
Daily
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
JayapuraMerpati AirMon, Thu, Sat
Manokwari (via Sorong)Merpati AirMon, Thu, Sat
TimikaMerpati AirMon, Thu, Sat
Yogyakarta (via Ujung Pandang)
(via Jakarta)
Merpati Air
Garuda Indonesia
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat
Daily
Batam (via Jakarta)Sriwijaya Air
Garuda Indonesia
Daily
Gorontalo (via Jakarta)Garuda IndonesiaDaily
Jambi (via Jakarta)Garuda IndonesiaDaily
Kendari (via Surabaya, Makassar)
(via Makassar)
Garuda IndonesiaDaily
Ambon (via Makassar)Lion Air
Garuda Indonesia
Daily
Biak (via Makassar)Garuda IndonesiaDaily

Based on commercial jet airplanes, flying time from Bali-Makassar takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, Makassar-Manado and Balikpapan-Manado is about 1 hour 40 minutes. From Jakarta it is around 3 hours 10 minutes, and 1 hour 25 minutes from Surabaya to Makassar.

Note: although the airline schedules above are checked monthly, they can be changed at the last minute. Please check with the respective airlines for any daily changes.


Getting In and Out Of The Airport

The main transportation from Sam Ratulangi airport to downtown Manado is served by either taxi or car rental. All taxis from the airport now charge their passengers by meter reading and they are available just after you step out of the arrival hall. It should cost you around Rp. 100,000 to downtown Manado (depending on your distance, of course). Official car rentals charge about Rp. 120,000 to downtown Manado. Usually they operate small SUVs, which might be useful for travelers with much baggage or surf boards or diving equipment. Their administration counter is located inside the arrival hall (the baggage carousel), just before the arrival hall exit doors (see Within Manado for further information on car rental and taxi).

Another option is by taking a mikrolet but you have to walk out of the airport to reach the main road (about 450 meters/500 yards). Angkot from the airport direction goes to Paal 2 Terminal (fare: Rp. 3,000). Paal 2 Terminal, if you want to continue to downtown, take angkot that goes to Pasar 45 Terminal (fare: Rp. 3,000). If you have big luggage, then you might face difficulties if you decide to take a mikrolet. See Within Manado for details on mikrolets.


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