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There are 2 ways to get from Semporna to Balikpapan by bus, plane, ferry or car ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Minibus, fly  •  6h 24m

  1. Take the Minibus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
  2. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (BPN) TWU - BPN

$50 - $114

1 alternative option

Minibus, ferry, car ferry  •  3 days 6h

  1. Take the Minibus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
  2. Take the ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
  3. Take the car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
  4. Take the ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan

$128 - $155

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Semporna to Balikpapan is to Minibus and fly which costs RM 200 - RM 480 and takes 6h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Semporna to Balikpapan is to Minibus and fly which costs RM 200 - RM 480 and takes 6h 24m.

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The distance between Semporna and Balikpapan is 669 km.

It takes approximately 6h 24m to get from Semporna to Balikpapan, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Tawau Airport to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport. The quickest flight takes 8h 30m and has one stopover.

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Batik Air, Lion Mentari Airlines and Malaysia Airlines offer flights from Tawau Airport to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport.

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There are 70+ hotels available in Balikpapan. Prices start at $11 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Semporna to Balikpapan.
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  • Distance: 418.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h 24m

What companies run services between Semporna, Malaysia and Balikpapan, Indonesia?

There is no direct connection from Semporna to Balikpapan. However, you can take the Minibus to Tawau Airport, take the walk to Tawau airport, fly to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, then take the taxi to Balikpapan. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Semporna to Balikpapan via Tawau Airport, Tawau, Tarakan, Tarakan, Tolitoli, and Tolitoli in around 3 days 6h.

Airlines
Lion Mentari Airlines
Website
lionair.co.id
Flights from Tawau to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$23 - $85
Batik Air
Website
batikair.com
Flights from Tawau to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman via Tarakan
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $100
Bus operators
Syarikat Uddang
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
easybook.com
ASDP Indonesia Ferry
Phone
(021) 191
Website
indonesiaferry.co.id
Car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
indonesiaferry.co.id
Pelni
Website
pelni.co.id
Ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
40h 7m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
pelni.co.id

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