Pulau Weh in Sumatra: Getting there & Getting around

Everything you need to know about getting to Banda Aceh. Read everything on how to get around and rent a motorbike!

Welcome To Pulau Weh

Travelling to Pulau Weh, what a good choice! – You will not regret it, promise! We tell you the best ways how to get there and how to get around on Pulau Weh! 

How to get to Pulau Weh?

Welcome to Banda Aceh in North Sumatra. When travelling to Pulau Weh, you have to catch a ride to the harbour of Banda Aceh called Ulee Lheu. From the airport it takes about 20 minutes by taxi (or tuktuk) to the harbour Ulee Lheu. The taxi from the airport costs about 120.000 IDR, per car. For the ferry you can either choose the fast ferry (45 minutes) or the slow car ferry (1,5 hours). Your choice simply depends on your time and budget you have.

Ferry Schedule from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh

FAST FERRY

from BANDA ACEH

to PULAU WEH

Daily

9:30am, 4pm

8am, 2:30pm

45 min. · Price: 85.000-120.000 IDR

 

SLOW FERRY

BANDA ACEH

PULAU WEH

Wed · Fri · Sat · Sun

11am & 4pm

8am & 2pm

Mon · Tue · Thu

2pm

8am

1.5 hours · Price: 25.000-50.000 IDR

Boat schedule depends on the weather and please be at the harbor 30 minutes before departure time

Direct Flights to Pulau Weh, Sumatra

Depending on your place of origin you can also directly fly to Pulau Weh.

From Medan (KNO) direct flights to Sabang (SBG)

From Jakarta (CGK) connected flights to Sabang (SBG)

How to get around on Pulau Weh

The easiest way to get around on Pulau Weh (and also the cheapest) is renting a motorbike. You can either chose to rent a motorbike for a half day (50.000 IDR) or for a full day (100.000 IDR).

There is no regular public bus service on Pulau Weh.

Though, you can find some mini busses (labi-labi) on the Balohan Harbour. They are waiting for you once arriving at the harbour, they wait for around 15 minutes and travel to Gapang, Iboih and Sabang.

From Balohan Harbour Pulau Weh to Gapang / Iboih: around 60.000 IDR (40 minutes)

From Balohan Harbour Pulau Weh to Sabang: around 30.000 IDR (15 minutes)

You can also enjoy some fresh air and choose a Becak for your travels on Pulau Weh. Becaks and taxis charge around 100,000 IDR from the port to Gapang and Iboih and 50,000 IDR to Sabang. To Sumur Tiga it will cost around 35.000 IDR.

Where to go on Pulau Weh?

Pulau Weh, an island in the north of Sumatra, is a great getaway for snorkelling and diving lovers. Explore the stunning underwater world, white sand beaches, waterfalls. Explore the areas Iboih, Sumur Tiga, Sabang, Sukarkarya, Gua Sarang and much more.

Iboih: Iboih is a little village right at the shore with mostly accommodations on the cliffs. Meet some people there, travel on a shoestring and enjoy some world class diving and snorkelling for every budget. Find cliff top accommodation in Iboih! 

Sumur Tiga: The area of Sumur Tiga has a beautiful white sand beach, nice coral for snorkelling and is only a stone throw away of Pulau Weh’s attraction Japanese Fortress. Close to the Balohan Harbour on Pulau Weh.

Sabang: Sabang is a city consisting of a main island and some islands of the northern tip of Sumatra. The islands form a city within Aceh Special Region, Indonesia.

Sukarkarya: Sukarkarya is the name of the North West region of Pulau Weh in Sumatra. This includes Iboih with its nice snorkelling and diving as well as Long Beach and Kilometer 0 – The north point of Indonesia.

Find the best spots to stay in Sukarkarya! Don’t forget to take a closer look at the beachfront accommodation right at Long Beach! 

Gua Sarang: Gua means cave. Gua Sarang is actually a sightseeing spot. The Sarang Cafe comes with a panoramic view of the blue sea, trekking activities, snorkeling, and cruising the cave into a bird’s nest. Magic on Pulau Weh in North Sumatra!

When is the best time to travel to Pulau Weh?

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The best time to visit Pulau Weh is in the dry season, which is takes place from April to November. At this time of the year you can expect perfect weather, both for the sea and the sun! On Pulau Weh there isn’t constant heavy rain. Raining season has random raining days alternated with beautiful sunny days – So basically Pulau Weh is a great island getaway at any time of the year.

What to do on Pulau Weh?

Pulau Weh is a beautiful untouched island, known for its ecosystem, the coral reefs around are home to a great diversity of fish species, like sea turtles, sharks, rays, dolphins and pelagic staff. What is good for diving, is also great for snorkelling, there is plenty of snorkelling spots! When not playing in the water make sure to visit the waterfall, the Kilometer 0 (very nice fur sunsets) and many more amazing attractions. We got them all for you – Find the best things to do on Pulau Weh! 

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Where to stay in Pulau Weh?

Other questions you might have when travelling to Aceh Region

In general speaking North Sumatra with it’s region Banda Aceh and Pulau Weh is very safe. Follow the dresscode and don’t stay out late. Normal awareness when travelling applies here in Banda Aceh and Sumatra. Locals are very friendly. When travelling to rural areas they might stare a bit at you, but that’s just because they are fascinated. Simply give them a smile!

Dress code: The region of Aceh, so also Pulau Weh, is under the Sharia Law. While in Banda Aceh this is more strict, on Pulau Weh it’s very easy going. At some public beaches you are not allowed to swim in your bikini but most of the accommodations have a private beach access where it’s absolutely fine to wear a bikini. On the streets it’s highly recommended to cover your shoulders, elbows and knees. Even though you might see some tourists wearing hot pants and shorts we advice you to not wear this.While being in Aceh, make sure to wear long sleeves and cover (at least) your elbows and knees. As a woman it’s highly recommended to wear a sarong. Respect the culture and simply dress accordingly. We are all tourists on this world and guests in their country. 

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Pulau Weh: Pulau Weh, an island north of Sumatra with Kilometer 0 of Indonesia is a great getaway for snorkelling and diving lovers. Explore the stunning underwater world, white sand beaches, waterfalls. Explore the areas if Iboih, Sumur Tiga, Sabang, Sukarkarya, Gua Sarang and much more.

Iboih: Iboih is a little village right at the shore with most accommodation in the cliffs. Meet some people there, travel on a shoestring and get some world class diving and snorkelling for every budget.

Sumur Tiga: The area of Sumur Tiga has a beautiful white sand beach, nice coral for snorkelling and is only a stone throw away of Pulau Weh’s attraction Japanese Fortress. Close to the Balohan Harbour on Pulau Weh.

Sabang: Sabang is a city consisting of a main island and some islands off the northern tip of Sumatra. The islands form a city within Aceh Special Region, Indonesia.

Sukarkarya: Sukarkarya is the name of the North West region of Pulau Weh in Sumatra. This includes Iboih with it’s nice snorkelling and diving as well as Long Beach and Kilometer 0 – The north point of Indonesia.

Gua Sarang: Gua means cave. Gua Sarang is actually a sightseeing spot. The Sarang Cafe comes with a panoramic view of the blue sea, trekking activities, snorkeling, and cruising the cave into a bird’s nest. Magic on Pulau Weh in North Sumatra!

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2 comments

  1. Sara Coyle

    Hello! I’ve been reading articles from your page for the last few days while planning my trip to Pulau Weh. It’s so informative and helpful! I will be there during Ramadan and I wanted to ask if you know whether it’ll be difficult to buy food in restaurants or elsewhere during this time.
    Thanks,
    Sara

    1. Sara

      Hi Sara, thanks so much for your kind words! During the main celebrations not all restaurants and warungs will be open. You can get snacks from the shops. Other than that during Ramadan you will be fine. I recommend you buying a view fruits and snacks before and keep a little stock when travelling in the main period.

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