If you go to Mt. Bromo from Surabaya by bus, you will need to stop at the bus station in the city of Probolinggo before you take other local transportation to Ngadisari, where Mt. Bromo is.
However, I recently heard an unpleasant story from VTers who went to Mt. Bromo.
Instead of waiting until the bus arrives at the bus station, the bus conductor tells tourists to get off at one of the small travel agents located not very far from the bus station, which have a sign of "Information Center". Those travel agents are not the official information centers. Do not get off at any of those travel agents. that'a scam!
Unique Suggestions: These are what you can do to avoid the scam:
- Make sure you get off at the bus station, not at those travel agents
- If you decide to get off at those travel agents, make sure you bargain for the prices they offer you.
According to the story I heard, the travel agents usually offer a package which includes the transportation from the travel agent to Mt. Bromo, the accomodation, the jeep ride to go around the national park including a ride to Mt Penanjakan to see the sunrise, and a walking trip around Mt Bromo area. Sometimes the travel agents also offer a return trip to Mt. Ijen (Ijen Crater) in Bondowoso, which is about 4 hours driving from Mt. Bromo.
Those things in the package are great, but the travel agents tend to overcharge visitors. So, don't forget to bargain!
tourist are easy prey for local criminals, and local vendors.
be careful of knock off items, overpricing, and your own safety
Unique Suggestions: travel with friends, preferably male(s)
wear something comfortable for running.
travel at daytime
Fun Alternatives: the zoo and the museums are fun for tourists. i think.
for night life just visit the pubs at the hotels, its safer and more people there.
Plan your journey to arrive at SURABAYA Airport in a day time. If possible ,early in the morning.Coming out from airport ....ha ..ha...alot of Private cab operators offer their services to BROMO. Don't take how cheap the fare is.....'The AXE is behind you ' . The best thing go to the taxi/cab counter,located next to enterance,pay the fix fare. This will avoid the PIRATE ( not Private ) to ' slaughter ' you with their fancy reasons.
You can be there by bus. Take cab to downtown bus terminal BUNGASEH. From there to BROMO.