By plane, bus or rent car. Here’s some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best.
Makassar is the nearest international hub to Toraja. With international standard airport, Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar serves major domestic and international airlines from main cities in Indonesia and South East Asia. To save time, you can reach Toraja by plane. There are flights especially tailored for those with finite staying time. Serving only several days in a week, the airplane leaves at 07.00 AM from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport. Within an hour you will arrive directly in Pongtiku Airport, a small airport in Toraja, and within same day, the airplane will fly back to Makassar.
It takes 7-8-hour drive to reach Toraja from Makassar by car, but it won’t be a problem since convenient buses are available to take you there. Take the journey to the magnificent highlands in the morning or night. After arrival at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, take a taxi to bus representative offices located nearby. The morning bus leaves daily from Makassar or Toraja at 08.30 AM and arrives at Toraja or Makassar in the afternoon. For adventurers preferring to travel underneath the pale moonlight of the tropics, you can take the daily evening bus departing to Makassar or Toraja at 21.00 PM, arriving at Toraja or Makassar the next morning at 05.30 AM.
Makale is the entrance to Toraja. You can get off the bus either in Makale or Rantepao. It usually depends on which area of hotel or accommodation you’ll be staying. The capital tourism city for Toraja is Rantepao that provides visitors with choices of hotels, restaurants and shops.