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Kupang is a city in West Timor and the provincial capital of East Nusa Tenggara.

Get in[edit]

El Tari Airport

By plane[edit]

Kupang's El Tari Airport (IATA: KOE) has services to Surabaya, Denpasar, Jakarta, Maumere, Ende and many other remote regions in East Nusa Tenggara.

There are no flights to Dili!

  • Bandar Udara El Tari (El Tari AIrport), Jl. Adi Sucipto, ☎ +62 274 484261 (fax: +62 380 - 881263).

By bus[edit]

Kupang is a 12-hour bus ride away from Dili, East Timor.

Get around[edit]

You can use "Microbus" (locally called bemo). The uniqueness of public transportation in the city of Kupang is due to the appearance filled with accessories, decorations and music blaring.


Kupang Lighthouse, and the anchorage for yachts that took part in Sail Indonesia in 2004
  • Lasiana Beach (Pantai Lasiana). Famous for its white sand. There aren't many buildings, so you can enjoy the natural beach.


If you like loud music, you can try "Diskotek Berjalan" style of Kupang.

  • Roslin OrphanageKupang (Timor). If you are in Kupang a visit to the Roslin Orphanage is a definite must. Google and youtube "Roslin Orphanage" for more information. Peggy and Budi Soehardi are CNN heroes and once you read about their story, you will understand why. Better yet, don't just read about it- go and visit the orphanage and meet them in person.
  • Waterpark KupangJl. WJ Lalamentik. A water-amusement park.


  • 1 Flobamora MallJl. WJ Lalamentik. The largest mall in area is the Ramayana Department Store, which includes shops, food courts, games, and other facilities. Flobamora Mall is a family mall concept to provide all the needs of the family in one place.
  • 2 Hypermart KupangJl. El Tari II Bundaran PU +62 380 8585060.


Kupang is famous for seafood in Indonesia. Also, "Jagung Bose" is found only in Kupang. If you want to eat corn fuel, you can buy it along the sidewalk on the street El Tari (in front of the Governor's office).

  • Restoran NelayanJl. Timor Raya 14 +62 380 823000. Beachside restaurant with lots of choices including seafood. You can enjoy this dish in huts on the seafront
  • Restoran Teluk KupangJl.Timor Raya +62 380 822757. Also beachside restaurant which served delicious seafood.
  • Grilled Banana in Lasiana Beach. Here you can eat grilled banana with a variety of flavors while enjoying the beautiful beach and the sound of waves


  • Lavalon Hostel +62 8123770533. Is an actual backpacker spot with a friendly English speaking staff, who will happily (and accurately) answer any question about flights, buses and ferries, flyers and maps on other hostels in Roti and East Timor, and is a good place to meet other backpackers with whom you can talk and share information. They have cheap rooms (40,000 rupiah). It seems to be the backpacker pick for Kupang.
  • 1 SwissBel Inn KristalJl. Timor Raya 59 +62 380 825100. A three-star international hotel located in the heart of Kupang. Only 20 minutes from El Tari Airport, the hotel allows easy access to the business and government district as well as some of the most noteworthy sites located in the vicinity, making it the ideal choice for business and leisure travellers alike
  • T-More HotelJl. Piet A. Tallo +62 380 881555. Three star hotel with the concept of transit and business

Go next[edit]

No ferry from Kupang to Dili is running as of January 22, 2012. You can currently only go to Dili via land. As of May 26th, 2015, all EU passport holders except for those with Ireland or UK passports no longer need a visa to East Timor due to an agreement signed between the EU and East Timor government, and are permitted free entrance to E.T for 90 days. Otherwise, for all nationalities except Indonesian, a free 'Visa Authorisation Letter' must be obtained from the East Timorese Consulate prior to reaching the land border.

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