As of February, 2012, Minangkabau International Airport in Padang can only be accessed from Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Batam and Medan.
Kuala Lumpur has been the most popular route recently, with several different flights arriving daily through Air Asia. Air Asia charges a small excess fee for boards and luggage (you can find more information about their fees on this page here: (www.airasia.com/au/en/baggage-info/sports-equipment.page). Guests should allow at least 3 hours between their arrival into Kuala Lumpur and their flight out, as guests have had delays and missed flights. 4 hours is the minimum the airline recommends. The city of Kuala Lumpur is at least 90 minutes via taxi away from the airport, so please take that into account in staying a night in town for layover. There is a hotel airport operated by Air Asia (www.tunehotels.com/our-hotels/klia-lcct-airport ) for those who do not wish to go into KL.
You may need to change terminals in Kuala Lumpur. ALL domestic and international AirAsia flights operate out of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) which is approximately 15-20 minutes by car from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Main Terminal Building. You should allocate ample time if you need to travel between the two airports for connecting flights. There is a shuttle bus (Nadi) that runs between the Main Terminal Building of KLIA and LCCT. The frequency for Nadi KLIA feeder bus is every 20 minutes. These feeder buses will wait at the curbside at the LCCT. The first trip from LCCT to KLIA MTB is at 5:55am, and the last trip runs at 12:35am midnight. The fare is RM1.50.
Jakarta has many different airlines servicing Padang, Garuda being the most reliable and well known (and not surprisingly, slightly more expensive). Lion Air is the budget carrier, but has more frequently experience delays. Additional airlines include Mandala Air, Tiger Air, Sriwijaya, and Citilink.
Upon arrival in Jakarta, most guests will be arriving into the international terminal. Then, to fly out from Jakarta to Padang, guests must use the domestic terminal. This can entail a relatively long walk, or a short taxi ride/free shuttle bus that runs regularly and takes 5 minutes. Blue bird and Silver bird are the recommended taxis in Jakarta. If you decide to walk, this is one instance where the porters can be very helpful. It’s a longish hike and guests must change floors, and it’s not exactly easy to navigate if you’ve never done this trip before. So, porters can help you carry your baggage and make sure you get to the correct destination. No more than 2 porters are necessary (1 is usually enough), and a rough guide is 10,000 rupiah per bag per porter. For guests staying overnight in Jakarta, we recommend FM7 hotel right near the airport for everything you will need (www.fm7hotel.com)
We kindly ask that your group tries to arrive and depart from Padang on same flights or similar times, this will help with pickups and drop offs.
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