Inside the arrival hall, just opposite the ALPHA MART, a small super market, is the Information and Taxi Desk. Unfortunately, taxi company names are not shown, so guests may not feel comfortable approaching this desk. This stand is primarily operated by Nice Trans providing shared taxi services to Parapat.
Outside the Airport, just before the big parking place, there is another taxi stand, in principle for transportation to Medan. If you ask here for shared taxi service to Parapat one will call Nice Trans for you.
The shared taxi service is operated regularly on a minimum number of 6 passengers basis. This is transportation only, no touristic stops. If full, 7 passengers, the cost is Rp 75.000,-- or Rp 80.000,-- per seat. Should you wish you can buy extra seats at the regular price. Otherwise you may have to wait for minimum 5 fellow passengers, which may take a while.
‘Transportation only’ means that you have hardly any say over your driver or over your fellow passengers. It means that smoking may be allowed in the car and your driver may be the crazy racing star driver training for the upcoming F1 races.
Most likely you will have just one stop en-route to Parapat. This may be a sanitary stop at a petrol station or a stop at one of the Dodol Shops in Pasar Bengkel. Around lunch time your driver may suggest to stop for a quick lunch and if everybody agrees your driver will pick the restaurant for you. This will then be one of the best Nasi Padang Restaurants which your driver can find. If you are not familiar with Nasi Padang Restaurants you will possibly be happily surprised with how fast the food is served and the quality of the food. You will possibly also be surprised with the bill, maybe not happily, but making your drivers day.
Normally the technical state of the shared taxi’s is quite ok. The service is operated with cars such as Kijang Innova, Avanza, Suzuki APV or similar type and make. These cars seat 7 adult passengers apart from the driver, with not too much space for luggage. If you travel with rather big suitcases or backpacks you may consider buying an extra seat for your luggage.
Shared taxi service from the Airport to Parapat is also operated by transporters based in Parapat with haltes in Medan. These are:
PT. BAGUS HOLIDAY’S (Tour & Travel)
Parapat (Kantor Pusat)
Jl. Pelabuhan Tigaraja No.02
Jl. H.M. Joni No.11 Samping Ke Kiri
(Makam Pahlawan Medan)
CV. ARTHA TRANS
Jl. Pelabuhan No.12, Tigaraja
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No 212 A
Depan Hotel Grand Antares
CV RAJA TRANSPORT
Kantor Perwakilan Parapat
Jl. (Tiga Raja Pelabuhan)
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No 130 B (Depan T. Pahlawan)
You have to arrange this service before you come to Medan to enable these transporters to pick you up from the airport. Cost of the shared taxi seat is also Rp 80.000,-- but you may have to wait at the Airport or ‘the halte’ in Medan for fellow passengers to fill up your shared taxi.
The system is the same as explained above. The shared taxi’s are operated by the operators as mentioned above. You can just go with the ferry to Parapat and report to one of the operators or try to book a seat ahead, which may give you possibly a little bit of advantage over fellow travelers in your seat assignment.
The shared taxis drop you at the Airport or at any place in and around the centre of Medan.
When based in or around the centre of Medan just give one of the operators a call and arrange the time with them to pick you up from your place. Most likely they will bring you to ‘the halte’ where you may have to wait for fellow passengers. During high season, when all the cars are on the road, the picking up may not work and than it is better that you report in person to ‘the halte’ of your preferred transporter.
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