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Kupang is a city in West Timor and the provincial capital of East Nusa Tenggara.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

KOE airport official website.

Kupang's El Tari Airport (IATA: KOE) has services to places all over Indonesia, but not to Dili in East Timor. Sometimes, plane is not directly go to Kupang. More Plane transit on Labuan Bajo Airport or Maumere Airport Xaverius Seda

By bus[edit]

Kupang is a 12-hour bus ride away from Dili, East Timor.

By boat[edit]

Kupang offers the main port to the island with services of ASDP and Pelni.

By car[edit]

Get around[edit]

You can use "Microbus" (or Bemo). The uniqueness of public transportation in the city of Kupang is due to the appearance filled with accessories, decorations and music blaring.

In early 2015 Rp. 2,000 was an acceptable payment for bemo rides around town and to the airport. Longer overland journeys can be conducted by car, bemo, bus or rental scooter.

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  • Tablolong Beach, Kupang Barat, [1]. White sand beach with blue-green color of the ocean. It is very quite and clean. Along its way you can enjoy shady trees and wide hills open area. You can see Semau Island and Kera Island over the ocean. On specific season, birds species from Australia fly over to the beach.  edit

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If you like loud music, you can try "Diskotek Berjalan" style of Kupang.

  • Roslin Orphanage, Kupang (Timor), [2]. If you are in Kupang a visit to the Roslin Orphanage is a definite must. Google and youtube "Roslin Orphanage" for more information. Peggy and Budi Soehardi are CNN heroes and once you read about their story, you will understand why. Better yet, don't just read about it- go and visit the orphanage and meet them in person.  edit
  • Crystal Cave (Gua Kristal). A clear, blue underground pool, ideal for cooling off and an adventure to climb down into a cave to get to the crystal-clear water. To get here, take Bemo for Bolok and get off just as it turns towards Bolok ferry port (IDR2000 per person from Kupang, IDR5000 if it turns into the port as the Bemo has to pay an extra fee). Continue walking west on the main road (in the direction the Bemo was travelling) and after a couple of kms, you'll see a turning to the right marked with a big blue sign for the water police. Look for the words 'Pol Air'. After a few hundred meters, you'll start to see some little paths leaving the road to the left - follow any of these as they converge around the cave entrance. Clamber down and have a lovely swim! Take a torch/flashlight and be prepared for slippy rocks as you go down into the cave. (10°13'28S,123°30'38E) edit


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Grilled corn (jagung bakar) is a popular snack. It is available at Pantai Teddy's (near Pantai Laut and Teddy's bars) and along El Tari street.

Pasar Malam (Night Market) is a popular dinner location for both tourists and locals alike. It specialises in grilled fish but other seafood, chicken and common Indonesian staples are available as well. It is occasionally even possible to find the local dish "Jagung Bose" for sale at the market. You will also find many vegetarian staple dishes, such as tempe bakar, gado-gado and more. Location and photos of night market.

The main local disk is Sei Babi (smoked pork) which while most popular from Baun (a town about 25km west of kupang) there are a number of options available in Kupang as well. The most popular of these are Bamboo Kuning near the mall, Pondok Sawah near the stadium and Aroma near the school SMP2. There are also many smaller warungs that sell sei around.

Pantai Laut bar and restaurant by the old harbour (now just a broken pier) is a popular place for tourists to eat and have a cold drink by the sea.

Rotterdam Steakhouse is located near Hotel Kristal. It specialises in steak and is known for a nice seaside setting.

Nalayan restaurant located by the sea is a large restaurant that is popular for larger groups. They have a wide range of food but are occasionally full with a wedding or similar celebration.

Palapa Resto is a newer restaurant that serves mostly chinese and seafood dishes. It is located near the Governer's house on a moderately busy road. You are subject to some street noise from here but it has a nice courtyard enclosed by trees that offers an escape from the nearby traffic.

OCD beach cafe in Lasiana is a recent addition to Kupang. It is about 15 minutes out of the main city of Kupang at the popular Lasiana Beach. It offers both open indoor and outdoor seating at a lovely location. However it may be difficult to get back to Kupang in the evening when the bemo's stop running unless you have other transport arranged.

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Lavalon SeaView Cafe Also has has quite a good menu including the only western breakfast in town ( Burger, BB Chiken,also BB Fish, French Fries, pancakes, french toast, bacon and eggs, omelette, garlic soup, Pumbkin leap soup)Pantai Laut bar and restaurant is a popular open air seaside bar that draws tourists, expats and a small number of locals. This is probably the most popular of the drinking options although is called "Teddy's" by many locals as the side used to be occupied by Teddy's bar.

Teddy's bar is small bar across the road from Pantai Laut that can be heard playing karaoke until the early hours of the morning.

Rotterdam Steakhouse is a slightly more expensive option but has a well decorated seaside setting and live music on weekends. It is more of a restaurant than a bar and closes earlier than the others but is a nice place if not planning to stay up until the early hours of the morning.

OCD Beach Cafe on Lasiana is a quiet cafe on the popular Lasiana Beach (and is currently the only place to get a drink on the beach in Kupang). It is about 15 minutes out of the main city and may be difficult to get too and from in the evening by bemo. So if planning to stay late private transport should be arranged in advance. The staff may be able to assist with this.

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  • Lavalon SeaView Hostel and Cafe, (The hostel is located just next to a beach and has a beautiful view.), +628123770533 (), [3]. This is an actual travelers spot with a friendly English speaking owner Edwin Lerrick, who will happily (and accurately) answer any question about flights, buses and ferries, flyers and maps on other hostels in Roti Island or east nusa tenggara and East Timor, and is a good place to meet other tourist with whom you can talk and share information. They have dorm rooms but with shower (50,000 rupiah)also twin room Rp 70.000 and nice seaview Double Rooms (100,000 rp) ac, and hot water include free breakfast banana pancakes, Best coffee bali or timor leste also flores and tea). Sometimes he can organise pick up from airport or ferry, contact him by email. This is the travelers pick for Kupang. Also has has quite a good menu including the only western breakfast in town ( Burger, BB Chiken,also BB Fish, French Fries, pancakes, french toast, bacon and eggs, omelette, garlic soup, Pumbkin leap soup) as well as more typical Indonesian fare (Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng). ATM across the road and car/motorcycle hire available.Bookings can be made via WhatsApp using the number listed above.  edit
  • Hotel Pantai Timor, Jl Sumatera 44, 831 651. checkout: 12. Central large 3 story hotel overlooking the coastline. Plenty of rooms some in not so good condition. WIFI in lobby. 200 000-250 000.  edit
  • Hotel Maliana, Jl Sumatera 35, 821 879. checkout: 12. Delightful Indonesian hotel set back from the road and across from the coastline. Choice of fan or AC rooms. WIFI in lobby. 150 000-225 000.  edit
  • Kopa Guesthouse, Jalan Bumi 1, Gang 3, Liliba, Kupang, +62-812-2119-808, [4]. Host is very friendly. A guy works at police office in his daily routine. It is a house-like accommodation nearby El Tari, Kupang Airport. They provide motorbike to rent and a small car starts at Rp 150.000 per room.  edit

Get out[edit]

Fast ferry running from Kupang to Dili is not running as of January 22, 2012. You can only go to Dili overland and you will have to arrange your visa in advance.

Stay safe[edit]

There were fraud cases reported in Kupang about foreigners who were robbed by local women. This seems to be a big problem in the city so just be aware about the scammers.

Saltwater crocodiles are present within Kupang Bay; be cautious before swimming.


  • Tt-flag.png Timor-Leste, Consulate General of Timor-Leste Kupang - Indonesia Consul General Feliciano da Costa Jl. Eltari II, Kupang, NTT, Indonesia Phone: + 62 8133 9367 558 / 8133 9137 755 Fax: +62 380 8554 553.  edit

Timor-Leste(East Timor) consulate in Kupang.


Local police seem quite anxious to stop foreigners on motorbikes, but any bribe attempts are easily diffused by smiles and friendliness. The city's main intersection, where the road splits in to four separate arteries, may best be avoided as the police tend to set permanent road blocks up here.

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