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How to get to Toraja?


Toraja is in the northern peninsula of South Sulawesi. To reach this place, tourists can take two common routes : land and air.


At present Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar is one of the main gates to Toraja. After landing at the airport, use the airport taxi to take you out to the hotel or inn before continuing your trip to Toraja.

The Makassar-Toraja land route is the most commonly used. You can choose to use a bus or car rental. If using a bus, you can sleep on the road while relaxing, spacious seats and other facilities, but you must adjust the scheduled departure time. If you have more time off, use the bus.

Using a rental car allows you to arrange a more flexible departure schedule. Once landing at the airport you can be picked up immediately or other things depending on your agreement with the rental owner.

It takes around 8 hours by land from Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, to cover a distance of about 325 km, which passes through several regencies / cities, namely Makassar, Maros, Pangkep, Barru, Pare-Pare, Sidrap and Enrekang.

Makassar – Toraja routes (round-trip) have been served by dozens of bus transportation fleets with varying facilities and price ranges. You are free to choose the type of bus class you want, namely economy, VIP and executive. The facilities obtained are according to the type of bus class you choose. Bus operator to Toraja.

Makassar-Toraja bus (round-trip) departure schedules are generally morning and evening. If you leave early in the morning you arrive at night and if you use the night bus you will arrive at dawn. To book a ticket, you can contact the fleet in question or go directly to the destination bus address.

If planning a visit in December, you have to order bus tickets ahead of time because this month the number of passengers to Toraja is very crowded. December is a time for many Torajans to return home.

The journey is quite far, but believe me what you will meet is exoticism that is not anywhere in this world.

After arriving in Toraja you don’t need to worry about accommodation. There are dozens of hotels and inns that you are free to choose according to the desired criteria.


Indonesia has many international airports as a gateway for tourists to enter. Soekarno Hatta International Airport (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Denpasar, Bali), Juanda (Surabaya), Sam Ratulangi (Manado) and others. From one of these airports you then choose a flight to Sultan Hasanuddin (Makassar) airport.

From Makassar you can choose land or air travel. Air travel is the fastest route, but you must adjust your itinerary to the Makassar-Toraja flight schedule which is only available on certain days and hours.

In Toraja there is a Pongtiku airport that serves flight routes with pioneering aircraft. In addition to flights from Makassar, there are also several regions that serve flight routes to Toraja with certain schedules.

Following are the flight routes to Toraja (pp).

  • Makassar – Toraja (45 minutes)
  • Mamuju (West Sulawesi) – Toraja
  • Kolaka (Southeast Sulawesi) – Toraja
  • Seko – Toraja
  • Rampi – Toraja
  • Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) – Toraja (1 hour)

Alternate flight paths to Toraja can also be through several airports in the nearest city, then from there you can continue to Toraja by road. These airports are:

  • Palopo (Bua airport), the distance is 40 km (1 hour) via the Bastem line or 68 km (2 hours) via the Palopo-Lebang-Rantepao line.
  • Masamba (Andi Djemma airport), 96 km
  • Mamuju (Tampa Padang airport), via the Mamuju-Mamasa-Tabang-Toraja route
  • Makassar (Sultan Hasanuddin airport), 325 km

Aside from Pongtiku Airport, there is still one more airport in Toraja that will soon be operating in the near future, namely Buntu Kuni Airport, which is currently in the works. If it has been operated, the trip to Toraja will be much faster with flexible time.

By Sea

This is a more extreme route compared to land and air. For tourists this route is almost never an option because of the long and complicated journey. This route is only used by migrants returning to their hometown and generally from the Kalimantan Island region.

But if you intend to try it does not matter. The closest entrance is the Nusantara Pare-Pare port. From here we take another land trip to Toraja for 5 hours by bus. If you use a small car, the travel time can be shorter.

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