Balikpapan travel guide

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You're Going to Love Balikpapan

With a population of 433,866, Balikpapan is the largest city in East Kalimantan, Indonesia by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 56 days in order to fully appreciate everything Balikpapan has to offer.

When to visit Balikpapan

Balikpapan in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel
Balikpapan in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Balikpapan in January, when the average temperature is 27 °C, and the highest can go up to 29 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 25 °C, with an average temperature of 27 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 250 mm. In contrast, November is usually the driest month of the year in Balikpapan, with an average rainfall of 170 mm.

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How to Get to Balikpapan


When flying to Balikpapan, you’ll arrive at Balikpapan Sepinnggan (BPN), which is located 4 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Balikpapan from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 39h 35m.

Airports near Balikpapan

Airlines serving Balikpapan

Good (511 reviews)
Excellent (1,466 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (591 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (445 reviews)
Excellent (283 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (104 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (266 reviews)
Good (175 reviews)
Garuda Indonesia
Excellent (24 reviews)
Good (77 reviews)
Batik Air
Good (8 reviews)
Indonesia AirAsia
Good (20 reviews)
Good (4 reviews)
Lion Air
Good (14 reviews)
Wings Air
Excellent (3 reviews)
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Where to stay in Balikpapan

Average rates range from around C$ 31 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 68 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Balikpapan

Most booked hotels in Balikpapan

Whiz Prime Hotel Balikpapan
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 32+
Ibis Balikpapan
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 31+
Swiss-Belhotel Balikpapan
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 62+
Golden Tulip Balikpapan Hotel & Suites
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 62+
Swiss-Belinn Balikpapan
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
C$ 31+

Renting a car in Balikpapan

Expect to pay C$ 1.14 per litre in Balikpapan (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 13.66 and C$ 18.21.