Balikpapan BPN (Sepinggan)

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Balikpapan airport info

The Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan is the largest airport on the Indonesian side of Borneo. It is located about 4.5 km east of Balikpapan. It is also the busiest airport in Kalimantan and permits large aircraft. Airlines currently using the airport are Lion Air, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Batavia Air, Trigana Air, Kartika Airlines, and Sriwijaya Air (domestic routes), and Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, and Silk Air (international routes). The airport is one of the nine principal locations in Indonesia used by Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca. The airport was named after Sepinggan, a village in which the airport is located.

Departure tax at Balikpapan 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.

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Transport to and from the airport

The airport, Sepinggan, is located on the coast just outside of the city. Airport taxis operate from the terminal. There is a fixed fare depending on the destination, a ride to the city center is Rp 45,000. Alternatively, route 7 angkot wait on the highway just outside the airport gate, bound for Damai Terminal. Transfer to route 1 or 3 for central Balikpapan.

Airports near Balikpapan

The following airports are very close to Balikpapan. 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.

Airlines which serve Balikpapan airport

Batavia Banjarmasin, Berau, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Yogyakarta, Manado, Surabaya, Lampung, Tarakan, Makassar,
Citilink Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Surabaya,
Garuda Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Makassar,
Lion air Ambon, Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Fak Fak, Yogyakarta, Kaimana, Manado, Medan, Mamuju, Nabire, Palu, Sorong, Semarang, Surabaya, Tarakan, Makassar,
Mandala Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Tarakan,
Merpati Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Kupang, Manado, Medan, Merauke, Semarang, Makassar,
Sriwijaya Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Kendari, Palu, Semarang, Surabaya, Tarakan, Makassar,

Balikpapan city info

Balikpapan is a seaport city with the population of nearly 470,000, on the eastern coast of Borneo island in the East Kalimantan province, a resource-rich region well known for its timber, mining and petroleum export products. It is the second largest city in the East Kalimantan. It is located on an inlet of Makassar Strait, about 115 km from Samarinda, the capital city of East Kalimantan. Mostly surrounded by sea, Balikpapan is an important center of the petroleum, mining, and timber industries. The Sepinggan International Airport are the main transportation access to and from the city. Surrounded by a bay, called Balikpapan Bay, the city also has potential for business, such as trades and tourism. Many diverse people live in this peaceful city: Dayak, Bugis, Javanese, and some foreigners.

Balikpapan was an isolated Bugis fishing village, and then the oil boom started in the early 1900s - a Dutch oil company arrived in the area, and construction of roads, wharves, warehouses, offices, barracks, and bungalows started. Oilfields made Balikpapan a target for Japanese forces in 1941 and for advancing Allies in 1944-45. During the Suharto administration, Indonesia achieved unprecedented economic growth by promoting foreign investments, particularly in the exploitation of natural and mineral resources.

Balikpapan's name (balik means behind and papan is a plank) comes from a folk story where a local king threw his newborn daughter into the sea to protect her from his enemies. The baby was tied beneath some planks, which were discovered by a fisherman.