From Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh
Air Asia fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh.
See website www.airasia.com
From Penang to Banda Aceh
Firefly direct from Penang to Banda Aceh.
See website www.fireflyz.com.my
From Medan to Banda Aceh or Jakarta to Banda Aceh
By Plane: Two airlines fly between Medan and Banda Aceh. Besides Garuda Indonesia there is low cost carriers: Lion Air.
Garuda Indonesia: www.garuda-indonesia.com
Lion Air: www.lionair.co.id
By Bus: the non-stop night buses between Medan and Banda Aceh are comfortable. The major bus companies are PMTOH, New Pelangi, Kurnia, Pusaka, Sempati Star, Travego, Sanura, Putra Pelangi and Anugerah. In Medan they all have ticket offices on Jl. Gajah Mada. All becak and taxi drivers know the place. From there the bus companies have free transfers to their respective bus depot. The journey takes 9-10 hours.
From Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh
From the airport of Banda Aceh to Ulee Lheu Harbour ask for “labi-labi” or taxi, or you can also go to the center of Banda Aceh before you go on to Pulau Weh.
Pulau weh can be reached by fast boat or slower ferry. The fast boat takes 45 minutes and leaves from Ulee Lheue in the morning at 09.30 and afternoon at 16.00. One way is Rp 90.000 – Rp 110.000 depending on class. The slow ferry takes 1.5-2 hours and departs from Ulee Lheue at 14.00. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 and 16.00. Price is Rp 25.000 one way.
In the afternoon crossing, you can watch the sunset and often see dolphins as you approach Pulau Weh. Once at the Balohan (Pulau Weh), there is some local transport to Sabang Town and to Iboih Beach; a minibus (Rp50,000 per. person/Rp 250,000 charter) or Taxis (Rp 200,000 charter). If travelling alone there are also some taxi bikes available for a negotiable price.