Three main roads connect Kerinci with the outside world. The most important
is the road to Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. Padang (275km from Sungai
Penuh) can be reached by direct flights from Jakarta, Medan, Batam, and Singapore.
From Padang there are daily buses to Sungai Penuh departing from the city bus
terminal, although it is advisable to take one of the smaller mini-buses that
will pick you up from your hotel in Padang. Popular companies are Citra Wisata
Nusantara (CWN), Maratama, and Kelinci Putih (Padang 0751-446676, Sungai Penuh
0748-22687). The latter is slightly more expensive but has better and more comfortable
couches. The journey (207 km) takes about seven hours including a break of about
one hour and costs Rp. 85,000 per person (May 2008). Kelinci Putih will also
pick you up fom the airport and drive you straight to Kerinci at a cost of Rp.
850,000 for one to ten persons - meal included. Most buses and mini buses depart
at 20:00 from/to Sungaipenuh arriving early in the morning. Some buses and mini
buses also depart at 10:00. For more comfort book three seats so that you can
sleep all night through.
There are also daily buses from Bukittingi, from Jambi via Bangko on the Trans-Sumatran highway (418 km - 10 hours) and from Bengkulu (18 hours).
Sungai Penuh's Depati Parbo Airport dates back to Dutch colonial times, but was never used after independence until the local government decided to rebuild the airstrip in 2003. The airport operated for a few months in 2005 from and to Jambi and Padang, but then the airport closed its operations. Currently the airfield is being upgraded to accommodate larger airplanes and is said to resume its operations in 208 or 2009.
International: Tiger Airways has two flights per week from and to Padang for about 80 Euro per journey. AirAsia serves Kulala Lumpur. n alternative way of getting to Padang from Singapore is by taking the ferry from Singapore's World Trade Centre to Sekupang (Island of Batam). Arriving in Sekupang, take a taxi to the airport (about Rp. 60,000), and catch a Merpati or Mandala flight to Padang for about Rp. 450.000.
Domestic: There are plenty of flights from Jakarta and Medan operated by AirAsia, Mandala, Garuda, and Lion Air. Merpati and Mandala also fly to Batam. From Jakata you can also fly to Jambi, Bengkulu, and Palembang.
Three main roads connect Kerinci with the outside world. The most important is the road to Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. There are two roads from Padang to Sungai Penuh. The shortest one takes the inland route through the mountains. Kerisik Tuo (access to the Kerinci Seblat National Park) is on this road and is reached one hour before arriving in Sungai Penuh. The other road takes the coastal route to Tapan and then enters the park via the Mura Sako valley. Both routes are very scenic.
From Padang there are daily buses to Sungai Penuh departing from
the city bus terminal, although it is advisable to take one of the
smaller mini-buses. These are air-conditioned and will pick
passengers up and drop them off at specified locations. Popular
companies are Citra Wisata Nusantara (CWN) and Maratama. They cost
about 50% more than the regular bus fare, but are still reasonably
inexpensive (Maratama Rp. 20,000, CWN 25,000). The journey (207 km)
doesn't take longer than five to seven hours. Most buses and mini
buses depart at 8pm arriving in Sungai Penuh early in the morning.
Some buses and mini buses also depart at about 10 am. For your
convenience you can charter a CWN mini bus for about Rp. 175,000.
Another convenient way is to book three seats so that you can sleep
all the way through.
Travel minibuses also serve the Kerinci-Muara Labuh route (7 hours), Jambi (10 hours), and Pekanbaru (via Padang)
The buses to Sungai Penuh are not air conditioned and not very
convenient. Daily buses run from Padang (10 hours), Jambi via
Sarolangun and Bangko on the Trans-Sumatran highway (418 km - 12-15
hours), Bengkulu via Tapan, Muko Muko, Ipuh (18 hours), and from
Pekanbaru (via Padang,, 20 hours).
For more information about local transport, see http://www.kerinci.org/getting.html.