How to get here

About Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is located 80 km away from Medan, in the province of North Sumatra. The village is famous for the orangutan’s rehabilitation center, as well as the entrance of Gunung Leuser National Park to see the animals in their natural habitat. The tropical rainforest is a World Heritage Property by UNESCO due to its biodiversity.

In the forest reserve orangutans, different species of gibbons, macaques, wild elephants and tigers and many insects, butterflies, frogs and its very characteristic flora and fauna can be found.


Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and Mainland China. There are only two surviving species, both are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongopygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongoabelii). The name “orangutan” comes from the Malay-words “orang” (man) and “(h)utan” (forest); hence, “man of the forest”.

At your arrival from Medan Airport

Private Car : Pick-up service by private car from Medan Airport (KNO) to Bukit Lawang, when booking in advance.

Price for a private car (max. 4 persons): 41.00 EUR

Bus & Private Car : From Medan Airport (KNO) take the bus (ALS company) to Binjai Bus Terminal (40.000 IDR / per person). Pick-up service by private car from Binjai to Bukit Lawang, when booking in advance.

Price for a private car (max. 4 persons) : 25.00 EUR

Public Transportation : Take the bus (ALS company) from Medan Airport (KNO) to Binjai (40.000 IDR / per person). Stay on the ALS bus until the bus terminal in Binjai. Then cross the road and wait in front of the Binjai Super Mall for the bus to Bukit Lawang (B. LAWANG). Then take the orange mini-bus to Bukit Lawang (25.000 IDR / per person).

At your arrival from Medan City

Pick-up service by private car from Medan City to Bukit Lawang, when booking in advance.

Price for a private car (max. 4 persons): 31.00 EUR

Travel Time

By car from Medan airport to Bukit Lawang about 4h 30min.

By bus, from the airport to Binjai, the travel time is around 2h 30min. The last bus from Binjai to Bukit Lawang leaves around 4:30 pm. From Binjai to Bukit Lawang it takes about 2h.

Having arrived in Bukit Lawang, it is a 15 minutes walk (approximately 1 km) next to the riverside reaching Garden Inn.