Minangkabau International Airport (Bandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau – BIM) (IATA: PDG), located 23km north-west of Padang, is the main gateway to West Sumatra, with frequent flights to destinations throughout Sumatra and Java such as Indonesia.
Some arlines serving Padang:
- AirAsia operate flights to Kuala Lumpur.
- Garuda Indonesia operate flight to Jakarta.
- Batik Air operate flight to Jakarta.
- Citilink operate flight to Jakarta and Batam.
- Lion Air operate flight to Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, and Batam.
- Sriwijaya Air operate flight to Jakarta and Medan.
- Xpress Air operate flight to Bandung
- Wings Air operate flight to Nias
A Rp 100,000 departure tax is levied on outbound international flights and Rp 35.000 on domestic flights. As of 2015 though, all taxes are paid included in the flight.
If you are coming from Bukittinggi, ask a local how to take an angkot from wherever you are to Jambu Air. This should cost you Rp.2,000-3,000. From Jambu Air, take a minivan to Padang. This costs Rp.20,000-30,000 and will take 2-3 hours. It will only leave when relatively full. This van can get excessively crowded. Ladies are advised to wear long pants and at least a t-shirt with sleeves as you are entering a conservative city. Be aware that the men can get overly forward and cheeky.
Crazily-decorated Angkots run along the two main roads. Prices for a trip start at Rp4,000 (though most commonly Rp5,000). You can get taxis from the Minangkabau International Airport to town for less than Rp50,000 if you speak the language.
You may have to haggle a little, but be fair.
There are several alternatives that you can choose for transportation in Padang, such as bus kota (for city bus transportation), angkutan kota (Abbreviated “Angkot” for transportation in the city), taxi, car rental and Ojek (Motor Taxis). Most public transportations are not very safe and clean compared to international standard. During rush hour, you can see the buses overcrowded. Be careful with your valuables as sometimes there are pickpockets and thieves taking advantage while riding on the public transport, though this is very rare.
If you’re looking to spend a few days in Padang, car rental is the preferred way to go around. All car rentals include the driver, who can also act as your guide. It’s not recommended for tourists to drive around because road signs are not followed by the locals and courtesy while driving almost do not exist in Indonesia.