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Prime funeral season is after the harvest in July to October.

 

From the Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, one can fly to Tana Toraja or vise versa. Susi air is flying Makassar to Tana Toraja and vice-versa three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sateurdays. The price is 775,000rp.

Tana Toraja is a solid 300-km, 8-10 hour drive from Makassar. There's several bus companies making the journey from Makassar to Rantepao and Makale The cost is Rp 80.000 for a bus without air-conditioning all the way up to Rp150.000 - Rp250.000 for an air-conditioned bus. There's morning and overnight buses. Frequent mikrolets/bemos leave from Makassar to the bus terminal and take about 40 minutes. Most buses from Makassar to Tana Toraja are clean and comfortable. Please note however, that if you intend continuing further north such as to Togian, the buses are generally slower, in poorer condition and far less comfortable. Always take care of your belongings when travelling overnight.

A chartered car usually costs about Rp850.000 - Rp1.200.000  one-way from Makassar. It is possible to find one for a few hundred thousand less if you can coordinate with someone who is driving in that direction. If you plan on staying for a few days and would like the return trip as well, a driver with car should cost about Rp550.000 per day.

Please beware that if you are planning to drive your own car, the stretch of road from Makassar, starting from Maros district area up to the town of Pare Pare is currently undergoing a road widening works. You may have to suddenly switch onto the opposite lane, because the lane you are on is blocked for the construction work. Be very careful and watch out for this kind of roadblock, because road signs indicating this are virtually non-existent. This problem is made incredibly worse during night time by the absence of proper street lighting, so exercise extreme caution.

The road from the town of Enrekang to Makele (the town before Rantepao) is a stretch of unlit, small, winding, uphill road, accompanied with some fog and drizzle at night. Along this road, you will frequently come across big buses going downhill from Makele. Gas stations are few and far between, with intermittent local shops along the way. Again, these conditions make nighttime driving best avoided.

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