Tarakan TRK (Juwata)
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Tarakan airport info
Juwata Airport (TRK) is an airport in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Tarakan which is off the coast of Borneo. The airport was the main Allied objective during the Battle of Tarakan (1945). From Juwata Airport Garuda Citilink and Kartika have flights to Balikpapan; DAS and Kal-Star - to Samarinda, Kal-Star also flies to Tanjung Selor and DAS flies to Long Bawan.
Departure tax at Tarakan airport
When flying within Indonesia, everyone must pay a departure tax that may vary from airport to airport. In general, expect a departure tax between Rp. 20,000 and Rp. 40,000. Make sure you have this amount in Rupiahs as the departure tax must be paid at the airport before you proceed to the departures area.
Transport to and from the airport
A taxi to or from the airport costs about Rp 35,000. Alternatively you can walk out about 200m to the highway and try to catch a public minibus for the standard price of Rp 3000. There are also ojek for hire at various street corners. The best spot to catch a taxi, ojek or minibus is the terminal on Jl Yos Sudarso.
Airports near Tarakan
The following airports are very close to Tarakan. As prices can differ remarkably you may want to check flights to these airports. Then, in case of finding a good fare, catch a bus, boat or train to your destination city.
- Balikpapan airport
- Banjarmasin airport
- Berau airport
- Makassar airport
- Mamuju airport
- Palangkaraya airport
- Palu airport
- Samarinda airport
Airlines which serve Tarakan airport
|Batavia||Balikpapan, Jakarta, Surabaya,|
|Lion air||Balikpapan, Jakarta, Tual, Medan, Sorong, Surabaya, Makassar,|
|Mandala||Balikpapan, Jakarta, Tarakan,|
|Merpati||Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Surabaya,|
|Sriwijaya||Balikpapan, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya,|
Tarakan city info
Tarakan is a small town on an island of the same name in northeastern East Kalimantan province. It serves as a visa-free border-crossing between Indonesia and the Malaysia town of Tawau in Sabah. Although it’s conveniently close to the Sabah border and a stepping stone to other places, Tarakan offers little of cultural interest.
Apart from the links with Sabah, the history of Tarakan, namely the WWII battle, is a point of visiting for many tourists. The fighting was between the Allies, chiefly the Australians, against the defending Japanese at the end of WWII. Tarakan was also part of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Those who are interested in diving can head for the Derawan Islands from Tarakan, a four-hour journey aboard a speedboat.