Makassar Airport, also known as Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is an airport located 17km from the city centre of Makassarin Indonesia. The airport lies on the border of Makassar, and Maros, a suburb in South Sulawesi, approximately 15-20 minutes from Makassar city.
Makassar Airport takes its official name from the 16th Ruler of The Sultanate of Gowa , Sultan Hasanuddin. More commonly referred to by locals as Hasanuddin Airport, the airport serves as the primary gateway to Eastern Indonesia and South Sulawesi Province. The current terminal was opened in 2008, and is considered one of Indonesia’s most modern airports.
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport handles numerous domestic flight to most Indonesian cities as well as international flights to neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Airlines such as flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, TigerAir Mandala, Merpati Nusantara, Lion Air and a few other smaller domestic airlines operate from Makassar Airport.
The airport is served by several public transport options. An air-conditioned airport shuttle bus, Damri, runs every half an hour and links the Sultan Hasanuddin Airport to the city centre of Makassar. Taxis are also plentiful. Just make sure you inquire on the rates at the airport transport counter first before haggling with the local taxi drivers. Another option is to take an ojek, or a motorcycle taxi to the main street about 3km from the airport then hop on a bemo or shared minivan to the Makassar Mall in town.
The port city of Makassar is the provincial capital of South Sulawesi province and the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Formerly known as Ujung Pandang, the city was an important trading port during the 16th century Gowa Empire.
Today, Makassar has a population of 1.25 million people, and remains a bustling hub for sea and air travel. It was known between 1971 and 1999 as Ujung Pandang, a name in reference to an old fort located in the city. It is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination for its beaches, local culture and cuisine as well as its proximity to the Tanjung Bira, Selayar, and the famous Tana Toraja highlands.
Getting around Makassar is fairly easy. The becaks or trishaws are can be found almost everywhere and are a popular means of transport by locals and visitors alike. There are also taxis and mini-buses, which are actually minivans, are also abundant in the city. Those traveling in small groups can also opt to hire a car with a driver. This is quite a common practice, and the drivers can double up as tour guide to this charming city. Here are some of Makassar most popular attractions --
This iconic fortress dates back to Dutch colonial period. Here you can visit the La Galigo Museum which showcases the rich history and culture of Sulawesi. Fort Rotterdam is considered one of the finest examples of Dutch colonial architecture in the country.
Al Markas Al Islami
Formerly known as Masjid Raya Makassar, the Al Markas Al Islami is grand and imposing structure located in downtown Makassar. This is a functioning place of worship as well as an Islamic centre for education so visitors are advised to observe modest dress code.
Located across the harbor of Makassar, Pulau Samalonais a beautiful white sandy island is popular for its many recreational activities. Tourists come here for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and boating among the many other surrounding islands. The boat trip from Makassar takes about 30-45 minutes.
This enormous indoor theme park is packed with many rides and games for the whole family to enjoy. The 12-hectare park also features simulation studios, theatres, shops, restaurants, hotels, even a beach and a marina.
Makassar has a tropical climate with only two distinct seasons. The wet season runs from November to April. The dry season stretches from July to September and this is definitely the best time to visit the city and beyond. If you haven’t booked your flights yet, but want to enjoy a tropical holiday in enchanting Makassar, let Skyscanner find you the best deals. Skyscanner Singapore lets you search for the very best flight prices from different airlines quickly and easily.
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