Medan - Sumatra


Highlights: * Maimoon Palace * Mesjid Raya* Sri Mariammam Temple, shopping centers,

golf courses, food markets, Accommodation, Ferry port to Penang, Bus Terminals, Train,

Flights into Medan, restaurants in Medan, money changers


Grand Mosque Medan Sumatra
Bukit Lawang
Lake Toba
Lake Maninjau

Cities and towns in Sumatra


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Medan is the capital of North Sumatra and the largest city in Sumatra (3rd largest in Indonesia) with a population of around 3 million people.

Medan's history stretches back to 1590 when founded by Rajah Guru Patimpus. During the 15th and 16th centuries there was a war between this region and Aceh. In 1823 a British government official reported it to be a small village of around 200 inhabitants. The arrival of the Dutch saw the plantation of tobacco and the village flourished growing into a city of 80,000 and made capital of Nth Sumatra in 1886.


Sight seeing in Medan

The Maimoon Palace, which was built in 1886 by the Sultan of Deli, and is open to the public. The current Sultan still lives in the back wing of the palace so only a few rooms are available to the public. There is a small entrance fee.

Maimoon Palace, Medan Sumatra

Not far from the Palace grounds, located on Jl Sisingamangaraja, you will find the Mesjid Raya or Grand Mosque which was completed in 1906. This Mosque has an impressive black domed Moorish style roof.

Mesjid Raja or Grand Mosque Medan Sumatra

Located 10 minutes by becak from the Mesjid Raya is the Hindu Temple Sri Mariammam Temple which is devoted to the Goddess Kali. The temple was built in 1884. This is located just across from Sun Plaza a large modern shopping centre. Around this area called Kampung Keling is the Indian quarter of Medan where you will find some excellent Indian restaurants.

Sri Marimmam Temple              Sri Marimmam Temple

A Taoist Temple Vihara Gunung Timur is located 500m south of the Hindu temple. The Vihara Gunung Timur overlooks the Babura River and is the largest Chinese temple in Medan and possible the largest in all of Indonesia.

Taoist Temple Vihara Gunung Timur Medan Sumatra   Taoist Temple Vihara Gunung Timur Medan Sumatra

Vihara Gunung Timur Temple

Located next door to the Danua Toba Hotel, on Jalan Imam Bonjol is a the Buddhist Borobudur temple.


If you are looking for a break from the hot and humid conditions of Medan a visit to Medan's public swimming pool (Kolam renang) may be in order. Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja a long block down from the Mesjid Raya. This pool was expanded in 1939 by the Dutch architect Han Groenewegen and renovated in the early 1970's. Entrance fee is 6000Rp. They also have lockers available to lock up your valuables. There are very few visitors during the day on weekdays

Public Swimming Pool Medan Sumatra   Public Swimming Pool Medan Sumatra

Museum of North Sumatera. 51 Jl. H. M. Joni - Open Tue to Sat, 8.30 to 12.00 and 1.30pm and 5.00pm. The museum has displays of natural history as well as all the different cultures and societies within Sumatra.

Medan Zoo is a fairly run down zoo located 10kms from the centre of Medan on Jl Bunga Rampe IV in the Simalingkar B District. The zoo has on display 86 different species of animals including the Sumatra Tiger, Sumatran Elephant and Orangutan. It is best to visit the zoo on weekdays as on weekends it does get crowded with the locals visiting.

The Crocodile farm at Asam Kumband village has over 2000 crocodiles. Located 10km from the centre of Medan. Covers 3 hectares.

Getting Around Medan

The cheapest way to get around Medan is by the various small public buses.

The other cheap option are the thousands of becaks (pronounced 'bechak'). You will see these motorbikes with the side cars everywhere in Medan and throughout Sumatra. Be prepared to bargain hard. The becak driver will always try to charge you 3 times what the trip is worth and more than what they would charge a local person. If you don't like the price just move along the road to the next becak driver.

Becak in Medan Sumatra

Money Changers

The best place to exchange foreign money in Medan is along Jalan Sisingamangaraja, close to the Grand Mosque. On the same side as the Antares Hotel are a number of travel agents who exchange money. I've changed money there many times and have received excellent exchange rates.

Shopping Centres

Medan has some great, modern shopping plazas throughout the city.

Sun Plaza is probably the largest shopping centre in Medan with 8 levels of shopping including a food court and movie cinemas on the top level. The movie cinemas show modern Hollywood movies with Indonesian sub-titles. Price for a movie is 50,000Rp during weekdays and 75,000Rp for week nights and weekends.

Medan Plaza located on Jln Sultan Iskandar Muda, opened from 10am to 10pm everyday has a range of shops, food courts and movie cinemas.

Yuki Simpang Raya shopping centre is opposite the Grand Mosque. The ground floor has a McDonald's, DVD stores, hairdressers and a huge selection of stalls selling mobile phones and SIMM cards. Upstairs is clothing and a supermarket. The top level is a children's amusement centre with a mini-roller coaster. The basement of Yuki Sumpang has a 10 pin bowling centre, snooker hall, gymnasium and internet cafe. There are a number of ATM machines in the front of the Yuki Simpang Raya shopping centre.

Medan Tourist Office

Medan has a small tourist information office located on Jl Ahmad Yani 107. Ph: (061) 453 8101.

Golf Courses and Driving Ranges in Medan

There are 6 golf courses in the Medan area, some designed by some the best golfers in the world including Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

Bukit Barisan Country Club

18 holes, 72 Par course desgined by Jack Nicklaus opened in 1996

Desa Tuntungan Km 17

Pancar Batu


Ph: +62 61 836 4009

Fax: +62 61 456 2509


Graha Helvetia Golf Course

18 holes, 72 Par, 5421 course designed by Gary Player. 15 minutes from centre of Medan

Jl. Kapten Soemarsona No 88-90


Ph: +62 61 845 3557

Fax: +62 61 845 3561


Royal Sumatera Golf Course and Villa

18 holes, 72 Par, 6018m course opened in 1998

Jl. Jamin Gintang Km 8.5

Medan 20141

Ph: +62 61 829 7076

Email: royal_sumatra@yahoo.com


Martabe Sejahtera Golf Course

18 hole, 72 Par, 6071m course located an hour from the centre of Medan

Jl. Let Jen Djarmir Gintang Km 22


Ph: +62 61 778 1163

Fax: +62 61 457 1335

webiste: www.martabegolf.com


Tamora Golf Club

18 hole, 7s Par, 4925m course

Jl. Medan-Tj Morowa Km 16.5

Medan 2014

Ph: +62 61 794 0055

Fax: +62 61 794 0233


Deli Golf Club

18 hole course

Jl. Samanbudi No 9


Ph: +62 61 457 5564


MSA Driving Range

Jl. Perhubungan Udara


Ph: +62 61 453 1092


Getting to Medan

Visa on Arrival are issued at Medan Polonia airport and at Belawan seaport. Cost for the VOA is US$10 for a 7 day Visa and US$25 for a 30 day Visa. It is best to pay for the VOA in US Dollars.

By Air

Medan's airport is called Polonia. It is located 5 kilometers from Medan's city centre. Taxi prices are fixed at 35,000Rp to the centre of Medan.

Mandala Air flies to and from Medan and Balikpapan, Batam, Denpasar, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Kupang, Padang, Pontianak, Semarang, Surabaya and Tarakan.



Batavia Air has direct flights from Medan to Batam, Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Padang. www.batavia-air.co.id


Sriwijaya Air flies to and from Medan and Banda Aceh, Batam, Pekanbaru, Jakarta and Penang in Malaysia. www.sriwijayaair-online.com


Lion Air has direct flights from Medan to Banda Aceh, Jakarta and Penang in Malaysia. www.lionair.co.id


Kartika Airlines have direct flights from Medan to Batam, Jambi, Palembang and Pangkal Pinang. www.kartika-airlines.com

Air Asia flies direct to Medan from Jakarta, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Air Asia now have flights 3 times a week from Phuket Thailand directly to Medan. www.airasia.com.

Silk Air have direct flights from Medan to Singapore. www.silkair.com

Pelita Air have charter flights available between Medan and Jakarta. They also have helicopters for charter. www.pelita-air.com

Firefly is a new Malaysian budget airline flying between Malaysia and Sumatra. Firefly have direct flights from Medan to Penang and also to Subang airport in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. www.fireflyz.com.my

Jetstar is a low cost airline that has direct flights between Medan and Singapore. www.jetstar.com

Malaysian Airlines have direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Medan. www.malaysiaairlines.com

By Ferry

Belawan is the sea port in Medan. Ferries can be caught here to Banda Aceh, Pulau Weh and Penang in Malaysia as well as to Batam and Jakarta.

The ferry from Medan to Penang, operated by Langkawi Ferry Service and Fast Ferry Ventures,  takes around 6 hours depending on weather conditions.

www.langkawi-ferry.com Ferries leave Medan Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am. Check in time is one hour before at 10am.


Ferries leave Penang Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am. Check in time one hour before at 8.30am


Cost for Langkawi Ferries is 110RM one way or 180RM return.


Pelni also operate ferries from Medan to Jakarta and Batam.


Traveling to other cities from Medan


Medan has 2 main bus terminal for travel to other parts of Sumatra:


Pinang Baris Bus Terminal is in the northern part of Medan. Pinang Baris has buses going from Medan to Aceh, Binjai, Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan. To get to Pinang Baris from the centre of Medan a becak will cost between 20,000 - 40,000Rp depending on your bargaining skills. A taxi will cost between 50,000 -70,000Rp. There are also oplets, the small public buses which you can get on the corner of Jalan Halat and Jalan Sisimangaraja. Or further along Jalan Halat turns into Jalan Insinyur Haji Juanda. Price for the oplet is 8,000Rp.


Amplas Bus Terminal have buses going to places in the south including Berastagi, Parapat (Lake Toba) and Bukittinggi.


Traveling by Train


Medan's Train Station (Setasiun Kereta Api Medan) has on display out the front one of the original steam trains that was first used in Sumatra.


There are daily train services from Medan to Siantar (Pematangsiantar), Tanjung Balai and to Rantauparapat. (Parapat). Ticket prices from Medan to Siantar are Economy - 15,000Rp for Adults and 12,000Rp for children. Business Class 40,000Rp for Adults and 35,000Rp for children and for Executive class 60,000Rp for both adults and children.


Medan Train Station

Hotels/Accommodation in Medan


For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Medan Hotels for more information.

Ronna's, previously named Sputnik's is probably the cheapest hostel you will find in Medan. Prices start at 25,000Rp. Located in the lane just behind Jalan Sisingamangaraja a few minutes from the Mesjid Raya.

Blue Angel (3 reviews) Pondok Wisata Angel Guest House is one of the best backpacker style hotels in Medan. Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja 50m down from the Mesjid Raya. Rooms from 40,000Rp. For pictures, pricing and contact details click here.

Residence Hotel, on the same lane way as Ronna's is a cheap hotel with prices starting at 40,000Rp per night with more expensive rooms with TV at around 100,000Rp.

Hotel Sri Deli (2 reviews) Rooms from 85,000Rp. Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja in the centre of Medan. For pictures , pricing and contact details click here.

Hotel Sumatra rooms from 110,000Rp up to 250,000Rp per night. For pictures, pricing and contact details click here.

Guesthouse  Jimmy  Janssen  Medan located close to Polonia Airport. Room prices from 140,000Rp. www.guesthousemedan.com

RM Famili - Ibunda Hotel. (1 review) Rooms from 150,000Rp per night. Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja. For pictures , pricing and contact details click here.

Hotel Garuda Citra (2 reviews) Rooms from 234,000Rp per night.  Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja. For pictures , pricing and contact details click here.

Hotel Antares (2 reviews) is a great 3 star hotel right in the centre of Medan. Great rooms and conference facilities. Rooms from 240,000Rp per night. For pictures, pricing and contact details click here.

Dhaksina Hotel (1 review) Rooms from 250,000Rp per night. Located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja. For pictures , pricing and contact details click here.

Inna Dharma Deli Hotel (reviews) Jalan Balakota No 2 Medan Ph: +62 61 415 7744. A modern 3 star hotel with a swimming pool in the heart of Medan close to Medan train station (Setasiun Kereta Api Medan). Room prices from US$35 including breakfast (around 345,000Rp). For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Inna Dharma Deli Hotel click here.

Inna Dharma Deli Hotel Medan  King room at Inna Dharma Deli Hotel Medan


My Dream Hotel (1 review) Jl. Surabaya 88 Medan Ph: +62 61 410 77 777. The newest 3 star hotel located in the heart of Medan (5km from the airport) and close to Sun Plaza, Merdeka Walk and not far from the Istana Maimoon and Grand Mosque. Free Internet access. Online reservation available. Room prices from US$35 - 345,000Rp per night. For reviews and contact details for My Dream Hotel click here.

Madani Hotel Medan (4 reviews) a 3 star + hotel located on Jalan Sisingamangaraja in the centre of Medan, diagonally opposite to the Mesjid Raya and across the road from Yuki Simpang Raya shopping centre. New WiFi wireless internet access in public areas and broadband internet connections in room. Rooms from 375,000Rp per night + tax. For pictures, 2009 pricing and contact details click here.

Garuda Plaza Hotel. Rooms from 396,900Rp. For pictures, pricing and contact details click here.

Semarak International Hotel (1 review) a 3 star hotel with rooms starting from 498,000Rp per night. For pictures, pricing and contact details click here.

Travellers Suites Hotel (reviews) Jalan Listrik No 15 Medan. A 4 star hotel located in the centre of Medan just 10 minutes from Medan Polonia International Airport. With outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre, massage, business centre, Free WiFi internet in public areas, LAN wired internet access in rooms, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$58 including breakfast (around 557,000Rp). For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Travellers Suites Hotel click here.

Rooms at Travellers Suites Hotel Medan


Grand Swiss-Belhotel Medan (reviews) Jalan S Parman No 217 Medan. A brand new 5 star hotel in the centre of Medan's business district, 10 minutes from Polonia airport. With swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre, massage, spa, bar/pub, coffee shop, meeting facilities, free WiFi in public areas, LAN wired internet in rooms and a rooftop restaurant with excellent views over Medan. Room rates start from US$64 per night (around 615,000Rp) or US$66 including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Grand Swiss-Belhotel click here.

Grand Swiss Belhotel 5 star hotel Medan   Rooms at Grand Swiss Belhotel Medan


Grand Angkasa Hotel Medan (reviews) Jalan Sutomo No1 Medan. A 5 star hotel in the heart of Medan with large swimming pool with poolside bar, jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom, tennis courts, fitness centre, massage, free LAN and WiFI internet access, 24 hour room service, business centre, bar/pub, restaurant and coffee shop. Room prices start from US$117 per night including breakfast (around 1,112,000Rp) - internet specials sometimes from US$47 per night. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Grand Angkasa Hotel Medan click here.

Grand Angkasa Hotel Medan  Rooms at Grand Angkasa Hotel Medan


J W Marriott Hotel (1 review) Jalan Putri Hijau No 10 Medan. A 5 star hotel centrally located in Medan with a swimming pool on the roof with an amazing view over Medan, jacuzzi, sauna, spa, massage, fitness centre, 24 hour room service, business centre, WiFi internet access in public areas, complimentary wired internet in rooms, shower and huge bath tub in bathroom, coffee shop, bar/pub and Prime Steak House restaurant. Room prices start from US$112 per night including breakfast (around 108,000Rp). For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for JW Marriott Hotel click here.

JW Marriott Hotel Medan 5 star hotel  King size room at JW Marriott Hotel Medan


Hotel Aryaduta Medan (reviews) Jalan Kapten Maulana Lubis No 8 Medan. The newest 5 star hotel in the heart of Medan with outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar, fitness centre, massage, business centre, free LAN internet and WiFi internet in public areas, 24 hour room service, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$124 per night including breakfast (around 1,119,000Rp) internet specials from US$62 including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Hotel Aryaduta Medan click here.

Hotel Aryaduta Medan 5 star hotel  Rooms at Hotel Aryaduta Medan


4 star hotels

Novotel www.novotelmedan.com

Jl. Cirebon 76A Medan
Tel: 061-450-1234
Fax: 061-457-2222

Best Western www.bestwestern.com

Jlh Adam Malik No. 5, Medan
Tel: 6261 456-3888
Fax: 6261 456-1978


Hotel Danau Toba International room prices from 400,000Rp per night.



Tiara Hotel www.tiarahotel.com

Jl. Cut Mutia Medan Located in the heart of Medan only eight minutes from Medan airport. Around US$100 per night.


Hotel Deli River www.hotel-deliriver.com
Jalan Raya Namorambe 129  Medan
Tel.: 061-7032964 / 7032967
Fax: 061-7032965 Room rates are 50 euros per night

Hotel River Deli Medan Sumatra

Hotel Deli River

Best Western Asean International Hotel

Jalan Adam Malik Medan 20235 Tel (061) 561 965

Places to eat

There are some great night food markets between Jl Pandu and Jl Bandung serving great Chinese food.

Japanese restaurants

Sushi Tei has opened it's second Japanese sushi restaurant in Medan. The new locations is within the Sun Plaza only a few streets away from the original restaurant.

Jl. Nibung Raya No.58-60
Medan 20112
Phone: (061) 522944

Seafood restaurants

Sheraton Palace
Jl. Orion No.101-103,
Medan 20112
Phone: (061) 529542, 523760

Jl. Kol. Sugiono 16 CDEF, Medan
Phone: (061) 324973Wisma Benteng
Jl. Kpt. Maulana Lubis No.3,
Medan 20112
Phone : (061) 543000

Dinasty Int.
Jl. M.T. Haryono No.1A,
Phone : (061) 532629

Chinese restaurants

Jl. Glugur By Pass No.5,
Medan 2011
Phone : (061) 546710

Jl. Hindu No.8,
Medan 20111
Phone: (061) 514422

Jl. Palangkaraya 84-86
(I.ABC), Medan 20212
Phone: (061) 548163

Tai Pan
Jl. Pemuda 10 3th floor,
Medan 20151
Phone: (061) 534597

For more information about Medan check out the Kota Medan website.

Last updated 16th October 2013

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