Balikpapan travel guide

Balikpapan Tourism | Balikpapan Guide

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. Balikpapan deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

When to visit Balikpapan

Balikpapan in March
Estimated hotel price
$48
1 night at 3-star hotel
Balikpapan in March
Estimated hotel price
$48
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.

Data provided by weatherbase
Temperatures
Temperatures
Data provided by weatherbase

How to Get to Balikpapan

Plane

When flying to Balikpapan, you’ll arrive at Balikpapan Sepinnggan (BPN), which is located 7 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Balikpapan, you’ll arrive at Balikpapan Sepinnggan (BPN), which is located 7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Balikpapan

Airlines serving Balikpapan

KLM
Good (848 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,123 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (834 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (480 reviews)
China Airlines
Excellent (610 reviews)
Garuda Indonesia
Excellent (47 reviews)
Scoot
Good (247 reviews)
AirAsia
Good (149 reviews)
Batik Air
Good (18 reviews)
Indonesia AirAsia
Good (43 reviews)
Lion Air
Good (26 reviews)
Sriwijaya Air
Mediocre (1 reviews)
Wings Air
Good (4 reviews)
Show more

Where to stay in Balikpapan

Average rates range from around $44 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $65 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Balikpapan

Most booked hotels in Balikpapan

Gran Senyiur Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$83+
Hotel Mega Lestari
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$36+
Zurich Hotel Balikpapan
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$56+
Ibis Balikpapan
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$43+
Swiss-Belhotel Balikpapan
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$72+
Swiss-Belinn Balikpapan
3 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$43+

Hiring a car in Balikpapan

Expect to pay $1.59 per litre in Balikpapan (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.05 and $25.40.

Expect to pay $1.59 per litre in Balikpapan (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.05 and $25.40.