There are 3 ways to get from Tawau to Balikpapan by ferry, plane 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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Ferry to Tarakan, fly  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
  2. Fly from Tarakan (TRK) to Balikpapan (BPN) TRK - BPN

$69 - $107

Cheapest option

Fly from Tawau  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to Balikpapan (BPN) TWU - BPN

$38 - $103

1 alternative option

Ferry, car ferry  •  4 days 3 h

  1. Take the ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
  2. Take the car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
  3. Take the car ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan

$104 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tawau to Balikpapan is to fly which costs RM 150 - RM 430 and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Tawau to Balikpapan is to fly which costs RM 150 - RM 430 and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The distance between Tawau and Balikpapan is 624 km.

The best way to get from Tawau to Balikpapan without a car is to ferry and car ferry which takes 4 days 3 h and costs RM 430 - RM 550.

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It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Tawau to Balikpapan, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Tarakan Airport to Balikpapan Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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PT. Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air, Garuda Indonesia and Lion Mentari Airlines offer flights from Tarakan Airport to Balikpapan Airport.

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There are 61+ hotels available in Balikpapan. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tawau to Tawau Airport is to taxi which takes 27 min and costs RM 45 - RM 55.

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Map of how to get from Tawau to Balikpapan.
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  • Distance: 390.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 33 min

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

Malaysia Airlines, PT. Sriwijaya Air and two other airlines fly from Tawau to Balikpapan once daily.

Airlines
Lion Mentari Airlines
Website
lionair.co.id
Flights from Tarakan to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Flights from Tawau to Balikpapan via Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$23 - $85
PT. Sriwijaya Air
Website
sriwijayaair.co.id
Flights from Tarakan to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Flights from Tawau to Balikpapan via Tarakan
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$23 - $85
Batik Air
Website
batikair.com
Flights from Tarakan to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Flights from Tawau to Balikpapan via Tarakan
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $100
Garuda Indonesia
Website
garuda-indonesia.com
Flights from Tarakan to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Ferry operators
Indomaya Express
Ferry from Tawau to Tarakan
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
easybook.com
ASDP Indonesia Ferry
Website
indonesiaferry.co.id
Car ferry from Tarakan to Tolitoli
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
indonesiaferry.co.id
Pelni
Website
pelni.co.id
Car ferry from Tolitoli to Balikpapan
Ave. Duration
43 h 42 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
pelni.co.id

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