Written by Beverley Lennon

While Medan is hyped for its glorious culinary scene, a real jet-setter should never miss on enjoying a lakeside vacation by Lake Toba (Indonesia version of Italy’s Lake Como!). With the newly built Silangit Airport, you can now fly directly from Kuala Lumpur to Lake Toba in less than 2 hours – saves time and cost!

Not only is Lake Toba the largest volcanic lake in the world but it also has an added appeal – it is backed by majestic views of volcano calderas and offers various opportunities for fun activities like kayaking and swimming.

Right in the middle of Lake Toba, you will also find the volcanic Samosir Island with several affordable stays and restaurants that feature endless views of the crater lake.

And though we know that lakes are often overlooked in favour of coastal escapes, these stays with spectacular views of Lake Toba are sure to make you skip the beach on your next waterfront vacation (some even require a boat ride!).

Fun fact: Did you know that Lake Toba (yes the lake itself) is bigger than Singapore?

Get to know the locals!: With its own prehistoric culture, the Bataknese tend to be much more straightforward (compared to Javanese and Balinese). Many might perceive their behaviour as rude but they simply come from a different ethnic group with other norms, traditions and behaviour so don’t get offended, learn to appreciate a new culture!

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Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.

Getting there

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There are 2 ways to get to Lake Toba: 1. Fly directly to Lake Toba (Silangit Airport) or 2. fly to Medan and take a 4-hour car ride to Parapat.

1. How to fly directly to Lake Toba (Silangit Airport)

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From MYR 234.88 per pax for a two-way ticket

Book a flight to Silangit International Airport (Lake Toba) via Airasia. (Flight time: ~1h 20min, only available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

From SGD $152.10 per pax for a two-way ticket

Book a flight to Silangit International Airport (Lake Toba) via Airasia. (Flight time: ~4h 25 min onwards, including transit time in Kuala Lumpur)

From AUD $616.20 per pax for a two-way ticket

Book a flight to Silangit International Airport (Lake Toba) via Airasia (Flight time: ~17h 20m onwards, including transit time in Kuala Lumpur)

From Rp. 1,685,000 per pax for two-way ticket

Book a flight time to Silangit International Airport (Lake Toba) via Citilink Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air,  Batik Air, or Garuda Indonesia (Flight time: ~2h 10min)

2. How to get to Lake Toba via Medan (tap here to find out more)

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1. Wake up with breakfast in bed or by the pool!: Tiara Bunga Hotel & Villa

If your idea of a perfect holiday is far-flung solitude and breathtaking views, don’t miss staying at Tiara Bunga. You’ll fall in love with this romantic lakeside hotel – nothing compares to the level of privacy and seclusion you will enjoy here.

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With a tempting pool overlooking marvelous views of the endless lake, you can’t find a more spectacular hotel setting! And you just need to step out of your room balcony to relish on more blue vistas (for added romance, book one of their suite or villa!).

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The hotel is only accessible by boat and is a 30-minutes ride from Hotel Ompu Herti.* Forget about luxury and super royal treatment, you are here for a retreat away from everyone and that’s the point! 😉

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The area is extremely popular for fishing, so if this is your hobby, don’t miss experiencing it.

We recommend packing a few snacks for your stay as well, as the hotel is very remote and besides the onsite restaurant, there’s no alternative dining options in the area.

*Note: Boat from Hotel Ompu Herti to Tiara bunga Hotel & Villa is available every 2 hours, and you need to contact Tiara Bunga to arrange your boat transfer prior to arrival.

Tiara Bunga Hotel & Villa

Rates: From USD $35 (Approximately Rp.521,860.50) a night
Address: Jl. Tuktuk Tarabunga, Tara Bunga, Tampahan, Balige, Toba Samosir, Kabupaten Toba Samosir, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821-6242-5702

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2. There’s treasure behind your room curtains!: Taman Simalem Resort

If you didn’t think falling in love at first sight was possible, you haven’t seen Taman Simalem Resort. It does not get much more like living with views than here. The idyllic stay sits on an expansive property with panoramic views of Lake Toba.

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With its unique charming features, ideal lakeside location, surrounding gardens, sunrise viewpoint and other several activities, Taman Simalem Resort is a crowd-pleaser and seriously got us at lakeside living!

While at the resort, our friends were given a 5-star service with the staff being attentive, professional and willing to go the extra mile to ensure a pleasant stay.

The rooms are unequivocally bright, cozy and comfortable but the show-stopper is surely the Lodge Room where you get to wake up to phenomenal views of Lake Toba.

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Though you could easily spend all your time gawking at the jaw-dropping vistas from your bed, we highly recommend exploring the 206-hectare property by starting with sunrise at One Tree Hill – the ultimate vantage spot, followed by a 1.5-hour jungle trek that leads to a twin waterfall – one of the complimentary activities at Taman Simalem Resort.

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Just in case you didn’t get it yet, the sensational Taman Simalem Resort is for those who (just like us) love waking up from a deep and restful sleep to the sights of nature, as Lake Toba glimmers nearby.

Taman Simalem Resort

Rates: From Rp.1,200,000  (Approximately USD $80.50) a night
Address: Jl. Raya Merek No.KM. 9, Kodon-Kodon, Merek, Kabupaten Karo, Sumatera Utara 22173, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 6077 616

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3. The perfect combination of traditional and modern – Samosir Cottages

Come in for a potpourri of traditional Batak heritage, modern design and local hospitality! A few of our colleagues visited and Samosir Cottages seems to be one of the few hotels that has managed to introduce contemporary architecture by sustaining the aesthetics of traditional Bataknese culture.

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With an almost 4-star service, the hotel aims at ensuring that guests enjoy a relaxing and memorable experience – they provide airy rooms, modern amenities and try their best when it comes to customer service.

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You can choose from 6 different room types (and you can add an extra bed if required). In fact, the hotel is truly loved by families as the staff is flexible and there are lots of outdoor activities to keep the kids busy while parents enjoy a tranquil romantic time by the lake.

Our team thoroughly enjoyed the banana boat activity – the lake was warm and they were provided with life jackets too.

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If you are lucky enough to get the corner suite, you don’t only get to enjoy views of the pool but also spectacular endless vistas of the jaw-dropping Lake Toba!

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P.S. Do you also notice that the hotel’s pool area resembles one of a cruise ship? 😉

Samosir Cottages

Rates: From USD 24 (Approximately Rp. 363,000) a night
Address: Jl lingkar Tuk Tuk Lake Toba, samosir island, Sumatera Utara, 22395, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 451170/ +62 88261831811/ +62 82164591448/ +62 81375844395

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4. Take the stairway down to heavenly Lake Toba: Inna Parapat Hotel & Resort

Looking for an Instagrammable stay? Inna Parapat is that European-inspired hotel with direct access to Lake Toba.

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Even if you are not a morning person (like some of us), you won’t regret waking up early for that quiet morning swim in the infinity pool right above the lake!

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Though it does not necessarily master luxury appeal, the hotel with well-manicured gardens is comfortable and ideal if you are planning to spend most of your time outdoors by the lake. In the evenings, take a romantic stroll along the expansive stretch of the white sandy shore, lined with paddle boats that you can enjoy as well.

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Don’t need to worry about food – you’ll find a few eateries, restaurants and shops within walking distance too! 😉

On clear weathers, you’ll be left in awe of the lake’s breathtaking beauty and grandeur; and you get to swim in the clear shallow waters right in front of your hotel!

Inna Parapat Hotel & Resort

Rates: From USD $40 (Approximately Rp.596,412) a night
Address: Danau Toba, Jl. Marihat No.1, Tiga Raja, Girsang Sipangan Bolon, Kabupaten Simalungun, Sumatera Utara 21174, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 41012

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5. Why choose between lake views and infinity pool?: Debang Resort

With its lime green exterior, Debang Resort goes almost unnoticed amidst hills and lake. Basic, yet comfortable, this resort’s most luxurious appeal is its infinity pool that overlooks the majestic Lake Toba with hills and volcanoes sitting afar.

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The paradisiacal location is a feast for your every senses!

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The stay is suitable for people looking for tranquility and peace as the area wins it at quietude. Families with kids and elders will find respite at the resort as they offer 3 types of rooms that include breakfast as well, though not much options when it comes to food.

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If you are here for more than just the good views, you can also opt for their traditional village tour or trekking packages to Debang Hill while other iconic attractions are around 1-hour drive away.

Debang Resort

Rates: From Rp 350,000 (Approximately USD $23) a night
Address: Jl. Silahi Sabungan, Silalahi 3, Sabungan, Paropo, Silahi Sabungan, Kabupaten Dairi, Sumatera Utara 22281, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 6067 661 (Kindly call for direct reservation)

6. Enjoy sunrise from your lounge chair with toes in the water: Samosir Villa Resort

Samosir Villa Resort distinguishes itself with its two swimming pools and direct access to Lake Toba. You will only be able to reach the hotel by boat as it is located on Samosir Island, right in the middle of the lake.

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Don’t expect anything fancy here except for the gorgeous lake views. The pool area provides a panoramic view of sunrise over Lake Toba and from the restaurant terrace, alluring plants, birds, mountains and lake grace your vision as you savour breakfast. The Suite Room with terrific lake views does not disappoint either!

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The hotel feels blissfully tranquil and secluded though it is relatively near other accommodations and numerous small restaurants. You’ll love chilling in your spacious room and relaxing on the balcony, where you can sit all day long to relish on even better panoramic views.

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Breakfast buffet is served every morning with a reasonable range of items, though most are local-style dishes. Depending on the season and weather, it can get chilly at the restaurant terrace so we recommend you to carry a light jacket at breakfast time.

TripCanvas Tip: Samosir Villa Resort is a local favourite and it tends to get crowded and noisy during school holidays in June, July, December and January, so we would not recommend you to stay during those periods if you are looking to relax.

Samosir Villa Resort

Rates: From USD $33 (Approximately Rp. 492,040) a night
Address: Jl. Lingkar Tuktuk Siadong, Simanindo, Kabupaten Samosir, Sumatera Utara 22395, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 451 399


7. Your annual lakeside family retreat: Silintong Hotel

Before you judge this hotel’s antique looks, check out its terrific lakefront view and splendid gardens!

Silintong Hotel is located on Samosir Island and you can opt for their special package that includes both hotel room night and ferry transfers – so you don’t need to book both separately. And guess what, even if you don’t enjoy hot and humid Southeast Asia, here, it wouldn’t even matter that there’s no air conditioning in the rooms – with the chilly weather by the lake, it’s already pleasantly cool enough!

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The hotel is also known to be one of the few in Silintong with a white sandy shore by Lake Toba, and though it looks basic, you get to choose a room with splendid lake views. And how about a pampering massage by the lake too? You can do it here at an affordable price 😉

Don’t worry about your meals here – simply take a few steps from the hotel and you’ll find plenty of restaurants offering delicious traditional Bataknese food, including fresh seafood, caught directly from the lake.

TripCanvas Tip: Guests can only enjoy hot water within a specific time frame (5am-8am. and 5pm-8pm), so make sure you hit the shower at the right time!

Silintong Hotel

Rates: From Rp. 400,000 (Approximately USD $27) a night
Address: Tuktuk Siadong, Simanindo, Samosir Regency, North Sumatra 22395, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 451 242 / +62 823 666 00090

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8. Jump from one tree top to the next for panoramic views: Niagara Hotel

The breathtaking surroundings of Niagara Hotel – a profusion of green hills,bright blue skies and an abundance of Lake Toba views!

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This rather aged hotel features a grand-size swimming pool with a round-shaped jacuzzi sitting right into it, so you can jump from pool to bubbly water- possibly the highlight of this stay.

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White the lobby is on the third floor, please note that the hotel does not have a lift and is in no case wheelchair friendly. At the time of booking, we recommend you to request for a room on the third floor as this is the only way to avoid carrying your luggages up and down the staircases.

The hotel does not give direct access to Lake Toba but the difference is that it offers guests with hilltop lake views due to its elevated location (and yes, getting there means you have to drive through some steep hills).

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Spectacular views are de rigueur at Niagara Hotel and on clear evenings, you get to salute the sun retreating beyond the lake’s horizon right from your room balcony!

Niagara Hotel

Rates: From Rp. 632,000 (Approximately USD $42.40) a night
Address: Jl. Pembangunan No. 1 Parapat Girsang Sipangan Bolon Simalungun Sumatera Utara, Tiga Raja, Girsang Sipangan Bolon, Kabupaten Simalungun, Sumatera Utara 21174, Indonesia
Contact: +6262541028

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9. A little paradise with Swiss hospitality – Zoe’s Paradise Waterfront Hotel

Feel at home at Zoe’s Paradise – its charming looks will capture your heart at first sight.

The 14-room family hotel is named after Zoe (the owner’s daughter) and is run by a Swiss lady and her husband. Previous guests even rate it as “the best accommodation option in Lake Toba” and it’s no surprise why. After all, what we need on vacation is the feeling of being at home with all necessary comforts and little extras like good views! 😉

Hygiene is at its utmost at Zoe’s Paradise – rooms and surroundings are spotless and the pool is well-maintained and always welcoming. Breakfast served at the hotel is like nowhere else on the island – you don’t only get an extensive choice but the items offered are freshly-made. We recommend their famous canapés (guests return for that!).

Once you don’t expect the Western norms on anything, you’ll really see that this is a gem on the island!

P.S. To add to the exclusivity, you’ll reach the hotel’s private jetty by ferry from Parapat to Tuk Tuk, and they even help to arrange transportation if you wish to rent a motorbike.

Zoe’s Paradise Waterfront Hotel

Rates: From USD $28 (Approximately Rp.417,488.40) a night
Address: Jalan Lingkar, Tuktuk, Samosir Island 22395
Contact: +62 812 6327 1701

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10. Breakfast is served with a side of Lake Toba views – Parapat View Hotel

Booking a Superior Lake Room View at this hotel is how you do lakeside vacation right – the room comes with a balcony so you get to wake up, head outside to watch the morning sun change the hues of the ever-changing Lake Toba!

Relaxing days can be spent by the poolside on comfortable nest-shaped loungers, enjoying the gentle natural breeze or simply taking a dip with endless views of the lake and mountains in the backdrop.

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On the main road, you get to choose from several restaurants or you could cross over to Samosir Island for a fun day trip on “the island within a lake”!

But as lovely as sightseeing can be, hurry back to the hotel’s pool area for the unbeatable view of the  setting sun streaking the sky as it slowly disappears behind Lake Toba.

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Parapat View Hotel

Rates: From USD$ 40 (Approximately Rp.596,412) a night
Address: Jl. Sidaha Pinto No. 7, Simalungun, Girsang Sipangan Bolon, Kabupaten Simalungun, Sumatera Utara 21174, Indonesia
Contact: +62625 41376 /  +62813 7608 2596 / +62812 6059 7376

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11. Swing from palm trees to the lake – Mas Cottages

Can’t decide between nature and culture? At Mas Cottages, you’ll get the best of both worlds – stunning nature at the very heart of the wonderful Lake Toba and traditional Batak experiences.

Spend a day sunning outside while marvelling at the beautiful lake (before jumping right into it) or meander around the hotel’s grounds and relish the sight of the gorgeous gardens!

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If you are looking for an ultimate lakeside vacation in all seclusion, Mas Cottages is that very place to settle in, as it’s located far from the town centre and all its hustle and bustle. The surroundings are peaceful, tranquil and serene – the perfect spot to tie your hammock!

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We highly recommend you to opt for their traditional Batak houses to stay in – besides waking up to panoramic views of Lake Toba, you’ll get to immerse in local culture!

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Mas Cottages

Rates: From USD $14 (Approximately Rp.208,744.20) a night
Address: Tuk Tuk Pinda Raya, Tuk Tuk, 22395, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 451051

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12. This hotel is almost floating on Lake Toba – Carolina Hotel

Thought you always had to leave your hotel and hike a few hours to catch the sunrise? Not when you reside at Carolina Hotel! Enjoy the sky’s dancing hues with your feet in the lake!

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At this surreal location, you might almost feel that you’re floating on Lake Toba itself!

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You’ll be surrounded by lovely greenery around the lake, but that also comes with its downside – mosquitoes and other insects are in abundance so you might want to carry some mosquito repellent as well. Do also close your room door after sunset to avoid inviting armies of mosquitoes and other insects.

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The rooms at the hotel are pretty basic yet comfortable – besides towels and a small soap, don’t expect any other toiletries provided, so be sure to pack all your necessities! While the staff is known to be friendly, do note that only few of them are able to communicate in fluent English.

But if what’s most important to you is the view, you’ll get exceptional value at this place – as even while you enjoy your daily breakfast (included in your room rate) in the hotel’s open-air restaurant, you can bask in the magnificent views of the lake too – quite a vantage spot!

Carolina Hotel

Rates: From USD $22 (Approximately Rp.328,026.60) a night
Address: Tuktuk Siadong, Simanindo, Samosir Regency, North Sumatra 22395, Indonesia
Contact: +62 625 451210 / +62 625 451100/ +62 812 65000 422 (WhatsApp)

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Do take steps to ensure that you are taking a safe ferry during the right conditions. Here’s some tips shared by one of our writers based in Medan who recently travelled to Lake Toba:

– Get to Pandu Hotel of Prapat as they have their own standard ferry, with adequate number of life vests. You need to charter the whole ferry and it starts from Rp 700,000 (approximately USD 50) during the normal season. It is well-maintained, and they often work with travel agent for foreign group bookings. So if you are coming in a huge group of 15-20 people, this is a value-for-money and safe option.

– Around the area with main hotels, there are ferry services that are in better condition and are slightly more expensive (Rp.25,000 per person, approximately USD 1.80) than the ones docking in the main harbour near the market.

– Look for signs of big winds before boarding, as most ferries (besides the ones we mentioned above) are wooden ferries that are not very stable. The wind tends to pick up around 3-4pm onwards.

– You get what you pay for. Our writer took a wooden boat that costs Rp.15,000 per person (approximately USD 1), and the boat was very rundown. Due to the cheap price, they kept delaying and trying to load more people on board.

– Assess the ferry’s appearance. If it looks new, sturdy and reliable, even if it is more costly, go for it.

Ready to sit back and admire the pristine Lake Toba? Who are you bringing along to enjoy the simple pleasures of a calming view and a refreshing splash in the water? Tag them in the comment section below!

How to get to Lake Toba via Medan

1. Fly to Kualanamu International Airport (Medan)

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Take a flight to Medan (Kualanamu Airport) via Jetstar. It will take you around 1 hour 25 minutes, and starts from around SGD 105 (approximately USD 76).

Take a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Medan via AirAsia. (Return flights from RM 165) It will take you around 1 hour.

Take a flight from Perth to Medan via Jetstar. (Return flights from AUD $370, Flight duration 12~13 hours including a stopover at Singapore)

Option 1:

The flight to Medan city takes about 2 hours 30 minutes, and starts from Rp. 1,447,411 (approximately USD 109) via Lion Air for a return trip. You will land at Kualanamu Airport in Medan. From here, you can continue the journey by taxi, DAMRI bus or train. Train schedule here. Currently, Medan is the only city in Indonesia whose airport is connected by train.

Option 2 (Direct Flight to Lake Toba):

Alternatively, book a flight to Silangit Airport at Lake Toba via Sriwijaya Air, Citilink Indonesia,  Batik Air or Garuda Indonesia. (Flight time: ~2h 05 min, from Rp.1,600,000 per pax for a two-way ticket)

2. From Kualanamu International Airport (Medan) to Lake Toba:

For a more affordable option, you can opt for mini vans that are available in the airport that will directly take you to Parapat, the town by Lake Toba. It will only cost you Rp. 80,000++ (approximately S$7.60 or MYR22.60) as you have to share the van with 7 other passengers, and the van will only depart after all seats are taken up.

But if you prefer more comfort and flexibility, here are the best options :

a. Renting a car with private driver/tour guide (Our recommendation)

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Reviewed for their excellent service and reliability, Yoga Rent a Car Medan offers car rental services with various transportation options and ideal for 3 to 12 people! All their  vehicles below are insured and are in good condition!

Hire a driver or driver with guide to get around the island privately and enjoyably while you relax in the comfort of your vehicle and get to know about your surroundings with insights from the knowledgeable guide!

Yoga Rent a Car Medan (with driver/guide)

Price: From Rp. 300,000 per day (Toyota Agya or similar) (Approximately USD $22)
Address: Jl. Kamboja, Komplek Permata Setiabudi No.1 , Tanjung Rejo, Medan 20132
Contact: +62 852 9700 0264 (Whatsapp)
*Note: Prices differ based on the number of people travelling (type of car required) and tour itinerary.

b. Renting a car without driver

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If you prefer freedom, flexibility and travelling at your own pace, you might want to consider self-driving car rental services from Yoga Rent a Car Medan itself.

Tip: If you are unfamiliar with Indonesia’s roads and traffic, we strongly recommend you to rent a car with driver instead, as the road conditions might be challenging to navigate, and fellow drivers might not be easy to deal with!

Yoga Rent a Car Medan (self-drive)

Price: From Rp. 200,000 per day (Toyota Agya or similar) (Approximately USD $14)
Address: Jl. Kamboja, Komplek Permata Setiabudi No.1 , Tanjung Rejo, Medan 20132
Contact: +62 852 9700 0264 (Whatsapp)

Getting around

To enter Tuk Tuk, Samosir Island (the main tourism area of Lake Toba), you’ll have to catch a ferry from Ajibata Harbour in Parapat to Tomok Harbour in Tuk Tuk. The trip will cost you Rp. 8,000 per person (approximately S$0.80 or MYR2.30) but remember to double check the prices to avoid scams.

If you are renting a car, you can also ship your transportation all the way to Tuk Tuk (include drivers and passengers) at only Rp. 91,500 (approximately S$8.70 or MYR26).

Ferry Schedule

Parapat to Tuk Tuk: 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 18:00,19:00
Tuk Tuk to Parapat: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Important note: Please be reminded that the above departure time is subject to change!

On Samosir Island, we recommend you to rent a bicycle or motorbike (Rp.100,000 a day) to explore the island. Both are available on the island and do be cautious as the road safety here isn’t at its best.

Best time to travel

To enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba at its fullest, we recommend you to travel here during their dry season which occurs between May to September. During this period, you can explore clearer blue skies and sunny weather.

Unless you want to spend your holiday stuck in the hotel due to the unceasing rain or use an umbrella as your photo accessory, avoid the rainy season from November to late March.

Public holidays such as Eid holidays or Chinese New Year are not ideal for travelling here too because everything from the crowd to the prices will go up.

This post is made possible by Indonesia Tourism Board

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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