Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport is 5km from the centre of Balikpapan.
Taxi - can be booked in the Arrivals area; expect a fixed fare, depending on your destination. Taxis do not operate a 24-hour service from this airport.
Bus - shared minibuses operate 2 routes from the airport servicing Balikpapan and beyond; they have a different colored stripe along the side depending on the route they cover. Generally used only by locals, their Indonesian nickname is angkots; confusingly, locals sometimes refer to them as taxis.
Hotel shuttle - as the airport is so close to the center, most hotels can be found within a 20-minute drive. One or two international chains have a presence here, including a Swiss-Belhotel and Ibis near the airport, and a Novotel 30 minutes away. Shuttles or car pick-ups can be organised by your hotel and need to be arranged in advance, usually for a fee.
The single terminal has domestic and international halls that are easily navigated.
There are no in-airport or transit hotels. If you are in need of a room close to the airport, the Sepinggan Hotel is just a few minutes' walk away.
Balikpapan Airport is sometimes confused with Bali's international airport. In fact, that's Denpasar - code DPS.
Kalimantan roughly translates as 'burning weather island'.
It's hot here but also wet and humid and the weather is almost impossible to predict. You're likely to need sunscreen and waterproofs in this rainforest climate whatever the time of year.