Silangit International Airport is the new international gateway to Lake Toba. Located in the town of Siborongborong, North-Tapanuli, the airport has a 2,650 m x 45 m runway. Garuda Indonesia carried the first international flight from Singapore to Siborongborong on October 28, 2017.
Silangit International Airport provides the nearest entrance to the lake for international visitors. It only takes 25 minutes to get from the arrival hall to the most adjacent shoreline by car. The ride from the airport to Ajibata Port (the dock connecting the mainland with Samosir island) is only 2 hours, compared to 5 hours from Kualanamu International Airport.
Garuda Indonesia had planned to serve the Silangit-Changi flight route three times a week, i.e., on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, using a CRJ 1000 Bombardier fleet with a capacity of 96 people. Garuda suspended the direct flights, apparently due to the low demand. But the company still operates the indirect flights via Jakarta and Medan.
Garuda Indonesia, along with Wings Air, Sriwijaya, and Citilink, also serves a number of domestic routes to and from Siborongborong.
What to Expect
The airport is small. There is no money changer. Exchange your money in Singapore or other cities before your departure. But there are some cash machines outside the terminal. They accept VISA, MasterCard, Cirrus cards. Make sure you remember your personal identification numbers (PIN) otherwise you won’t be able to use them. Some hotels on Lake Toba exchange foreign currencies such as US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros, but the rates are not competitive.
There is no metered taxi, either. You can book a car transfer service upon arrival at the car rental desk outside the terminal. Service is on the first come first served basis subject to vehicle availability. The fare is around $20 for the city transfer. If you are not sure about the arrangement, you may book a car here.