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Get in
From Medan Polonia airport you can fly directly to Silangit with Susi Air daily [http://www.susiair.com]. Flights take approximately 30 minutes and is a much better and safer way than the road trip. 2012 September the flight costs 380,000 IDR $38 USD one way. Transportation options from Silangit airport are limited; it is a good idea to pre-arrange a driver to be waiting; From Silangit Airport to Parapat take 2 hours drive. To Silangit airport from Parapat there are many transport providers available around the ferry terminal area. Costs to / from Silangit and Parapat should cost around 300,000 IDR each way per vehicle.
You can go there by taxi at Medan Airport to tiga raja harbour.There are '''RAJA TAXI''' +62 617 366 555;'''PARADEP ARTHA TAXI''' +62 617 712 3029 / [email protected]; and <listing name="TOBATRANSPORTER" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+6285261492668" url="http://www.tobatransporter.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></listing> '''SAM TRANSPORTER''' +6282163766720 / [email protected]for tour packages and trip price you can see in their sites,You can also go from [[Berastagi]] to [[Parapat]] and from [[Bukit Lawang]] to [[Parapat]] for leaving service from both way with some places that you can visit on the way go to Lake Toba
You can schedule a '''shared''' 7 passenger minivan to Parapat, which costs Rp 80,000 IDR/person (7 seaters) and for 5 seaters is 100,000 IDR/person and for '''private''' (5 seaters or 7 seaters) car service leaving from Medan airport at scheduled times as well as appointment its take and that costs Rp 600,000 with Toyota Innova 7 seaters car and big trunk.With good driver and many experience on the way to toba lake,it makes you comfortable in the car. Alternatively, Toyota Avanza which 5 seaters, for Rp 550,000; but this vehicle is too small for 5 seaters; no more space for trunks. Same guy organizes tours around the island and flight e-tickets and pick-ups from Silangit airport. Parapat is a nice little town with reasonable hotels/guest houses, good food options and so on. However its on the island itself that you get the real feeling of Toba Lake.
Parapat is connected to Tomok and Tuk Tuk on the Samosir Island by boat/ferry that run every 1-2 hr, the last one at 6PM 7PM (Rp 710,000). The place to catch the ferry to Tuk Tuk is called "Tiga Raja" harbour/jetty. Some ferry's owner are tourist hunter and man will overcharge drop you for Rp 20-30,000 for the same trip to Samosir Islandwhich place you stay in Tuk Tuk . In my opinion try to observe the ferry with wooden bench inside and light green colored ferry. Those are the ferries that charge Rp 7,000 and the locals take to cross over. Self proclaimed 'Tourist Hunters' may befriend you on the boat but are harmless and often helpful. Tuk Tuk is the main town to stay on Samosir. Use the boat service not the large ferry, they will drop you directly at your Tuk Tuk resort.
There are also two other harbour in Samosir, they are: Nainggolan (1 hour drive from Tomok) connected Muara, the ferry runs every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the other located in Simanindo (30 min drive) connected to Tigaras which runs daily until 6PM.
Please note: As of Sep 2012 here is only one cirrus/mastercard ATM on the island (at the white beach entrance), better to get enough cash at Parapat before crossing the lake to the island.
It is also possible to go to [[Parapat]] from [[Dumai]] by mini-van, leaving in the afternoon. The trip takes around 11 hr, and costs Rp 150,000.
 
You can go from Parapat to Berastagi/Bukit Lawang,the price to Berastagi is Rp 500,000/car/trip and the price to Bukit Lawang is Rp 900.000
==Get around==
Local transportation around the lake takes the form of boats (cheaper, school boats with limited schedules and more expensive public boats that operate throughout the day).
Public Boats from Parapat and surrounding areas sail from either Ajibata or Tigaraja to Tuktuk or Tomok at Samosir Island. The fee is Rp 710,000 per trip.
There is also bigger ship which transports Cars and Busses sailing between Tigaraja and Tomok.
Hire a motorcycle for a day or two and get out and about Rp 7085,000 per day including full petrol. You can bargain down to Rp 5080,000 per day in low season if you hire for several days. Most of the motorcycles available for rent are the owner's own transportation, so you may need to return it to them before sunset (depends on owner) or you may be charge for an extra fees. Take a map. There are no police checking licenses and there is not much traffic - just watch out for the big trucks, buses and diabolical bridges. Honking around is a norm to indicate that there's incoming car from the opposite or there's a car bypassing you from the back (in driver's point of view). A good journey to take on a motorcycle would be to travel North from Tuk Tuk around to the western shore, stopping at the tourist sites along the way such as the many and varied traditional houses and villages. The roads are very bad in the centre of the island (bumpy and washed out) and it takes half a day to cross this way (verse 1-2 hours by coast road which is more scenic anyway). You can expect to ride at least up to 100 km in the day. If you're going around the island with motorcycle or bicycle, be sure to put on some '''sunblock''' as when you venture out in the morning things can be deceiving due to the cooler temperatures in the morning cause of the higher elevation, but the sun will be intense by mid-day.
It may be obvious but just remember there are no taxis around Tuk Tuk. Sure you can walk the small part of the island in an hour or so but if you are heading out for the night plan ahead on how you will get back home. The locals are very friendly people who will go out of their way to help. However, some corners of the island are very quiet at night and you may find yourself on a long long walk.
*<eat name="Maruba Restaurant" alt="" address="Tuk-tuk" directions="In between Amberoba Hotel and Rodeo Accommodation" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Traditional Batak and Indonesian food and a variety of Western meals such as schnitzels, real homemade burgers, pasta and roast chicken with fresh herb stuffing. Brown bread, burger buns and baguettes baked most days. English breakfast with smoked bacon is delicious. You can order a Batak feast one day (or less)in advance. Some choices are boneless fish curry, ikan na neura (very fresh raw fish marinated with candlenuts, spices & lime juice), napi nadir (a Batak style curry made with grilled chicken), saksang (chopped pork cooked with Batak spices and fresh pig's blood (blood is optional). Also available to order..delicious Lake Toba freshwater lobster (crayfish) at a very reasonable price.</eat>
* <eat name="Orari Restaurant" alt="" address="Tuk-Tuk" directions="Next to Anju" phone="+62 625 451093" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant with traditional Batak, Indonesian and European cuisine. Spaghetti bolognese, nasi goreng 'special', beef rendang, BBQ fish. Restaurant has a view of the lake. Motorbike rentals also available for Rp 60,85.000.</eat>
*<eat name="Tabo Cottages" alt="" address="Tuk-tuk" directions="" phone="+62 625 451318" url="www.tabocottages.com" hours="" price="from 215.000" lat="" long="" email="http://[email protected]" fax="">Free wifi, western-styled food served, the extensive menu is possibly pricier than other options. They have baked goods and European quality natural yoghurt. Fish is caught directly from the lake.</eat>
==Get out==
 You can also get out go by <listing name="TOBATRANSPORTER" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+6285261492668" url="http://www.tobatransporter.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></listing> with who operates a schedule shared 7 passenger minivan to Parapat costs Rp 100,000 IDR/person (7 seaters) and for 5 seaters is 150,000 IDR/person and for private car with (5 seaters or 7 seaters) car service leaving from Parapat at scheduled times as well as appointment its take and that costs Rp 600,000 (Feb 2012)with Toyota Innova 7 seaters car and big trunk and Toyota Avanza which 5 seaters, for Rp 550,000 to Medan International Polonia Airport,and from [[Parapat ]] to [[Berastagi ]] cost Rp 500450.000/car and from [[Parapat ]] to [[Bukit Lawang ]] Rp 900.000/car who operates a private (5 seaters or 7 seaters) car and for leaving service leaving from Parapat to Berastagi or Bukit Lawang both way with some places that you can visit on the way go to Berastagi,with good driver and many experience on the way back from toba lake,it makes you comfortable in the car.The trip takes four hours from Parapat to Medan,four hours from Parapat to Berastagi,and seven hours from Parapat to Bukit Lawang. 
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