Airfare to Padang, Indonesia
Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, is most easily recognizable thanks in no small part to its popular spicy Padang dishes. It is a popular spot for surfers heading toward the coast. Travelers passing through should make time to see the cultural Adityawarman Museum.
Airfare to Padang will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bali or Jakarta. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air and Tiger Airways fly to Padang. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Garuda Indonesia is the national airline. However, Malaysia Airlines and other airlines also stop in Padang.
The most expensive air tickets to Padang are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Bali or Jakarta and traveling overland to Padang via train, bus, or inexpensive flight
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Padang, check out BootsnAll’s Indonesia Travel Guide.