How to Reach Makassar

About Makassar

Makassar (historically spelled Macassar) is the capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi. It is the largest city in the region of Eastern Indonesia and the country’s fifth largest urban center after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, and Medan. From 1971 to 1999, the city was named after one of its sub districts, Ujung Pandang. The city is located on the southwest coast of the island of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar Strait.

Makassar is home to several prominent landmarks including:

  1. The 17th century Dutch Fort Rotterdam
  2. The Trans Studio Makassar, the third largest indoor theme park in the world
  3. The Karebosi Link, the first underground shopping center in Indonesia
  4. The Floating Mosque located at Losari Beach, a famous beach in Makassar
  5. The grave of Prince Diponegoro, one of the Indonesian National Heroes
  6. The Somba Opu street, a center for souvenirs and handicrafts of South Sulawesi
  7. The Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park well known karst area, famous for the remarkable collection of butterflies in the local area, is nearby to Makassar (around 4o km to the north)
How to reach Makassar

For International participants, there are several airlines to Indonesia which offer flight to Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport) and Bali (I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport). There are several direct flights to Makassar from Bali and Jakarta, schedules are vary and most of the are available daily. Flights can be booked via Traveloka https://www.traveloka.com/en/ or directly to the airplane website, such as Garuda Indonesia (https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/id/en/). Please paid attention to the baggage allowance before you booked the flight. Some airplanes, such as Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, and Sriwijaya Air, provide the free 20 kg baggage for domestic flights. However, some airplanes, such as Lion Air and City Link only provide free 7 kg carry-on baggage and requires you to buy pre-paid baggage if you wish to bring more baggage. Excess baggage will be charged with the local rates and usually should be paid using cash.

Please ensure that you have enough time to transfer from International terminal to Domestic terminal after arriving in Indonesia. Please also note that the immigration process usually takes time. Therefore, you should ensure you have at least 2-3 hours from your arrival in Jakarta or Bali to your next flight to Makassar.

Transportation in Makassar

The best mode of public transportation to get around Makassar is online taxi service such as Grab (https://www.grab.com/id/en/) and Gojek (https://www.gojek.com/). Conventional taxi is also available, Bosowa taxi is known for their hospitality and trurstworthy service.

Please ensure that you have enough time to transfer from International terminal to Domestic terminal after arriving in Indonesia. Please also note that the immigration process usually takes time. Therefore, you should ensure you have at least 2-3 hours from your arrival in Jakarta or Bali to your next flight to Makassar.