Explore the city, enjoy the food. Welcome to Medan!
Located on Sumatra’s northern coast, Medan is Indonesia’s fourth-largest city after Jakarta, Surabaya and Bandung, and the largest Indonesian city outside of Java. It’s a city where Batak and Chinese culture blend seamlessly in its architecture but more importantly in its mouthwatering cuisine. Medan is the ideal starting point for a Sumatra adventure, as it’s within easy reach of Gunung Leuser National Park, home to Bukit Lawang orangutan sanctuary. Beyond that, just a few hours from Medan is Lake Toba, a supervolcano and crater lake. Relax on Samosir, a volcanic island situated right in the middle of the lake.
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When to go
Like most cities in Indonesia, Medan boasts sunshine nearly year round, with high humidity and average temperatures of about 23-31°C. Rainy season runs from October to March, though generally there’s no extreme temperature drop during this time. Medan is home to the International Coffee Festival, Medan Film Festival and Lake Toba Festival.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Medan from Singapore, which connects to cities in South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Find cheap flights to Medan
Metered taxis can be flagged down just about anywhere. Be wary of drivers who offer a fixed price as this is not a common practice. You can also arrange taxi pickups by phone. Alternatively, travel around by motorized becak or toyoko (both are types of rickshaw) but get ready for a bumpy ride!
Travel time 2 hours
Taxi Approx IDR130,000
Airport train to the city takes about 30 minutes and the fare is IDR80,000