Tongkanan traditional houses, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

Getting In & Out of Sulawesi


Sulawesi has two International airports at Makassar, the main entry point, and Manado. Both airports are serviced by direct flights from Singapore and other Indonesian islands with regular scheduled flights operating every day of the week. Makassar also has direct flights to/from Kuala Lumpur and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Indirect flights to/from a number of other major Asian transport hubs travel via Jakarta.

Flights with major carriers such as Garuda, AirAsia, Etihad Airlines, China Airlines, Bangkok Airlines and ANA can easily be booked directly on line. For smaller Indonesian carriers such as Lion Air, Wings Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya and Citilink we recommend finding and booking flights online with or a reputable travel agent once you’re on the ground in Indonesia.


Pelni (Indonesia’s national shipping company) operates numerous passenger services between Sulawesi (including offshore islands) and other Indonesian islands. Ports of call on the west coast include Makassar, Pare-Pare, Pantoloan and Toli-Toli. East coast ports include Kendari, Kolonedale, Luwuk, Gorontalo, Bitung and Manado. Tickets can be purchased through any authorised Pelni agent. Check the Pelni website for the latest information (use Google Translate) regarding routes, schedules and authorised agents.