You have two options to get from Parapat to Kuala Namu airport. The first option is to take a charger. This means that you have a car with a driver and you do not have to share the car with others. This will cost you 700,000 rupees per car, around €43,75. Not expensive for a car ride of four hours! But you can also choose a minivan where you share the bus with about seven others. This costs 100,000 rupees per person, €6,25. We chose the last option.
On the way to Parapat, we had a really good van with eight people and lots of legroom and air conditioning! This was great and the ride was over before we knew it. We had arranged this bus when we arrived at the airport. We also had this expectation for the return trip. Stupid, we now think we were lucky on the way there. Now we had a real mini-bus for seven people.
The three of us were stuck in the back seat. With our knees, in the belly, we sat like this for 3,5 hours. The van almost fell apart from misery, but it wasn’t that bad. The driver looked like he was in a hurry and caught up with one car or truck after another. The roads have only one lane, so you have to overtake a car through the other lane of the oncoming traffic. Terrifying, I have seen my life flash several times.