In my recent visit to Medan, I was excited not to see the city, but also excited to see the newly built Kuala Namu International Airport.
When I bought the flight ticket to Medan, the airport was still using Polonia Airport which is located in the city of Medan. Then in July, the airline sent me another e-ticket with the new code for the new airport. Since then, I heard or read people’s update status that they were in Kuala Namu International Airport, even some news about how expensive is the train ticket that connected Kuala Namu International Airport with Medan.
I just couldn’t wait to see it with my own eyes!
How good is it? How’s the train that connected the airport with the city?
When my plane landed safely on the runaway, I was so excited just like a little kid that are going to a toy store. The facade of the terminal has a similar characteristic of the new airport in Indonesia which is using glass from the top to the second floor. There are a few Air Bridge at this airport, but for us, we needed to go down stairs and continue with the bus.
The arrival area is, as always, crowded, especially in the baggage collection area. With a lower ceiling, it seemed the area was packed, but the next area is different. The next area, which is more like a ‘public area’ where the passengers and the people, who pick them up, meet has a very high ceiling. From here, I could see that this airport is another two levels up. The first floor has a few restaurants and snacks shop, but the second floor are mostly still empty. The third floor is for the departure area with Starbucks sign that was easy to spot on (it’s not open yet at the moment).
I’ll talk about the third floor later.
Now, let’s talk about the train …
The distance from the new Kuala Namu International Airport to the city (Medan) is around 40 km, and there are a few transportation method that we can use. One of them is the new train that connects the train station in Medan straight to Kuala Namu International Airport with no stops. The price looks expensive, but with the long distance and the short travel period (about 37 minutes); I think it’s worth the money.
Everything looks good since I arrived in the train station at Jalan Stasiun Kereta Api, including the ticketing counter area. All looks neat and clean. This train station also connected to a new Lotte Mart with a sky bridge.
From the news, I read that this train is made in Korea, and I am so in love with the train. It’s so comfortable, and clean. One thing that I feel this train should have is a wi-fi connection. Then it will become more perfect! 😉
Update : now Jakarta also has an airport rail link service that connect Soekarno Hatta International Airport to some of the train station in Jakarta and Bekasi.
Read it here : Soekarno Hatta Airport Train
The train station at Kuala Namu International airport is in a different building with the airport, but located next to each other. I just walked out from the train station and head to the departure area on the third floor of the airport.
I like the arrangement of the check-in counter in the departure area on the third floor. It’s similar to the one in Changi Singapore airport, where the area is big and the most important thing is it has plenty of check-in counter! Superb.
Just like the first floor; the third floor of this airport has quite a few of restaurants and retail shops. Not sure what they will put in the second floor, but I think they will use it for retail shops and restaurants too! The more the merrier! 🙂
(Update: I read in an article, that they will use the second floor for hourly rate hotel … So it’s similar like the one in Singapore I guess 🙂 ).
While I needed to go three levels up to the departure area, I needed to go three levels down to the waiting room 🙂
The arrival area has a lot of waiting room that can accommodate many domestic and quite a few of international flights. Not too mention that the waiting area is very spacious too!
Even though I felt like I was in the ferry terminal just like in Hong Kong or Singapore when I was in the arrival area, but I like what they do in the departure area – check-in counters and also love the train. Overall, I like Kuala Namu International Airport plus the train system. The airport is still under construction in some part, and hopefully it will be much better when the construction is complete.
Let’s keep this new airport and train clean, so our trip become more comfortable 🙂
For the train schedule and ticket booking. please go to the Airport Railink System website:
Stasiun KA Bandara Medan
Jl. Stasiun No. 1 – Medan
Sumetra Utara, Indonesia
Phone: +62 61 4561331
Original train ticket price: IDR80,000 (per December 2013)
Current promotion for train ticket (per December 2013):
– AirAsia passengers: IDR65,000
– Garuda Indonesia passengers: FREE!