Makassar, formerly called Ujung Pandang, is the capital of South Sulawesi province. It has the largest population of any city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is the fifth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Medan. The city is on the southwest coast of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar strait. It is regarded as the gateway to the eastern part of Indonesia. But how to get Makassar City ?
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG IATA) (is located 20 km from Makassar). Acts as the primary hub for flights to Eastern Indonesia which encompasses the whole Sulawesi island, Maluku and Papua. There are multiple flights from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta as well as smaller cities such as Surabaya and Bali. The only international flights are from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (not daily though). Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (Q1432006) on Wikidata Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport on Wikipedia.
The airport is well-equipped, with a brand new airport hotel (operated by Ibis Budget), two Starbucks cafés (beside numerous other shops), various ATMs, and free Wi-Fi.
Reaching Makassar city center from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport
Taxi is the most feasible option and should cost around Rp 90,000 – Rp 160,000 to the city.
The Airport Bus (operated by Perum Damri) is operating on the lower ground floor, linking the airport to the city. Ticket costs Rp27,000 (as of March 2019). If there is no one on the counter, you can board the bus and pay after the bus departs. The bus should be departing at a 30-min internal. The journey takes about one hour.
Airport bus (city center). 07:00-19:00. Route: Airport (start) – Jl. P. Kemerdekaan – Jl. Urip Sumoharjo – Jl. G. Bawakaraeng – Jl. Kartini – Jl. Kajoalalido – Jl. Arif Rate – Jl. Sultan Hassanudddin – Jl. Pattimura – Jl. Ujung Pandang – Jl. Ribura’ne (end)
The main port of Makassar is the Soekarno-Hatta Harbor. Makassar is a major port for Pelni ships for Central and Eastern Indonesia. It takes about 16 hours to Balikpapan, 24 to Surabaya, and 30 to Tanjung Priok.
Makassar has several bus terminals. One of the most useful bus terminals is Terminal Daya, 200 m from the main road from Makassar to Pare-Pare (and Rantepao). The Daya bus terminal is the one that serves Tana Toraja.
- Terminal Daya (on the main road towards the airport).
- Terminal Bintang Prima.
- Terminal Litha (On the main road towards the airport (much closer to the city center than terminal Daya and terminal Bintang Prima).