Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau province, Sumatra and is the centre of oil production in the province.

Pekanbaru has the reputation of being one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia and is the third largest city in Sumatra after Medan and Palembang. The city is developing rapidly, but still has much unique architecture with a taste of Malay culture.

Masjid Agung (Great Mosque) of Pekanbaru

Get in

By plane

From inside Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Batik Air, and Lion Air and other airlines fly to and from Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport, Pekanbaru.

Airline Destination
Batik Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta-Halim Perdana Kusuma
Citilink Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Batam, Bandung, Medan, Surabaya, Yogyakarta
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
Indonesia AirAsia Bandung
Lion Air Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Batam, Medan
Nam Air Medan
Nusantara Air Charter Tanjung Pinang
Pelita Air Service Dumai, Jakarta-Halim Perdana Kusuma, Sungai Pakning
Sriwijaya Air Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
Susi Air Dabo, Dumai, Pasir Pangaraian, Rengat, Tembilahan, Tanjung Balai Karimun
Wings Air Jambi
Xpress Air Palembang, Tanjung Pinang

From elsewhere


  • Air Asia (Call centre 0804-1-333333 in Indonesia; 1-300-88-9933 in Malaysia) flies 2 times daily from/to Kuala Lumpur-Pekanbaru.
  • Firefly Call centre: +603-7845 4543 in Malaysia) flies five times a week from Subang airport (Kuala Lumpur) to Pekanbaru.


By boat

Jalan Tuanku Tambusai

From inside Indonesia

UPDATE: To/From Batam. The way to travel between the Riau Islands and Pekanbaru now involves a 3hr minivan ride and a 3-6 hour ferry. Tickets can be purcahased at the Sungai Duku port in Pekanbaru for the mini-van and ferry combination ticket. The minivan picks you up at your hotel, picks up the rest of the passengers, and then drives to the ferry dock in Tanjung Buton, about 3.5 hours away. Then you wait a bit until the ferry comes. The ferry comes, you pay a 1000Rp terminal fee, and then board the ferry. Pekanbaru-Tanjung Balai ticket cost 265000 on March 26, 2011.

From elsewhere

Get around

A lane in Pekanbaru

There are Mikrolet (Share taxi), Bus, Ojek (Motorcycle taxi), and Taxi. The new mode is Trans Metro Pekanbaru. It is like Trans Jakarta Busway in Jakarta. We have to buy the ticket first at their bus stop, one way fare is IDR 3.000. It's still on going project by Pemko Pekanbaru.

Bus terminal AKAP is located 5km from town. From bus station to town there are many public buses that stop at pre-determined stops. Tickets cost IDR 3000 and can be purchased inside the bus stop from a ticket agent.


Pekanbaru is not like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali or Bukittinggi. Pekanbaru is not a tourist destination for either Indonesians or foreigners, but does have some interesting buildings and places to visit, including some distinctive buildings constructed by local government:



SKA Mall at night

There are three major malls in Pekanbaru. The two best are Mall SKA and Mall Ciputra Seraya. The older Mall Pekanbaru is not as well appointed as the other two but is still a good mall and offer a decent selection of restaurants. The location of the three malls are locally well known so getting there shouldn't be a problem. There are several other less interesting malls in Pekanbaru, some are closer to an indoor market then a mall and are great places for bargains.


Bright red lanterns at Chinese New Year in Pekanbaru's Chinatown

There's also Anom Restaurant at Anom Hotel on Jl. Gatot Subroto, they have the same owner. Whatever food you find on Restoran Anom Taman Anggrek, you also can find at Anom Restaurant.


The Tabuik, paraded to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Muharram

Online booking for hotels in Pekanbaru is not available, except for high end hotels as listed below.


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