Bima Transportation

  • Terminal Dara, Jalan Sultan Kaharuddin, Bima
    Terminal Dara, Jalan Sultan Kaharuddin,...
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  • Using a foot to steer while crossing Bima Bay
    Using a foot to steer while crossing...
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  • Loading a motorbike onto a boat, Bima
    Loading a motorbike onto a boat, Bima
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    From one side of Bima Bay to the other

    by Daihappydai Updated Jul 30, 2013
    Using a foot to steer while crossing Bima Bay
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    I hired an ojek driver to take me to the Donggo area on the west side of Bima bay. We decided that rather than ride all the way around, we would take a boat across....
    We headed to the port, which at 9am was fairly devoid of traffic, where my driver negotiated for a boat to take us across. This was done successfully, but then I saw the boat - an old wooden craft floating on the water at least two metres below the level of the pier. We had to lower the heavy motorbike down onto the boat as it was rocking in the water.
    Then a family of four decided to join us, and their motorbike had to be lowered down too. We all clambered aboard and the old diesel motor started up.
    Because the stern view was blocked by the motorbikes, the boat driver had to sit on the roof and steer the rudder with his foot!
    It was quite an experience - a pleasant journey across the bay which ultimately saved considerable riding time although it would probably be difficult to organise for yourself if you don't speak Bahasa Bima or Bahasa Indonesia.

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    Buses to and from Bima - Terminal Dara

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 15, 2013
    Terminal Dara, Jalan Sultan Kaharuddin, Bima

    Buses coming from and travelling to the east of Sumbawa - to Dompu, Sumbawa Besar, and further to Lombok - leave from Terminal Dara. The terminal is on Jalan Sultan Kaharuddin - a few minutes walk from central Bima hotels. Most of the inter-island buses leave in the evening but there are plenty of public buses travelling to Dompu (approx 15,000 rupiah) and Sumbawa Besar (50,000 rupiah) during the day. They can be crowded but I've certainly travelled on worse buses.

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    Transporting heavy goods in Bima by horse and cart

    by Daihappydai Written Feb 15, 2013
    A 'Ben Hur' travelling through central Bima
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    Bima, like many of the towns in Sumbawa, still has a thriving 'horse and cart' transportation system. On Sumbawa, these are called Ben Hur. They are a little more expensive than ojek to hire but are very useful when large items need to be transported. As very few families own a car and rely on motorbikes for most of their transport, Ben Hur come in handy on market day. Women may travel from home on the back of a motor bike and get dropped off at the market. Then, when they have purchased all their fresh produce, they will hire a Ben Hur to help get the goods home. It is not uncommon to see 6 to 8 children in the one cart travelling home from school.

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    Flying to Bima from Denpasar

    by Daihappydai Written Feb 14, 2013
    Flying to Bima from Denpasar
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    The flight from Denpasar, Bali to Bima takes just on an hour. Lion Air flies 3 times a week and Merpati 3 times a week. I tend to fly Lion Air. While Lion are often running late, Merpati have a greater rate of cancellations. I can also book Lion Air tickets from Australia. Price for a one-way ticket in January 2013 was approx $60 U.S.
    There are some great views so try to get a window seat on the left hand side.
    Note that the airport is 17km out of central Bima and the airport taxi pirates will try to get as much out of you as they can so be ready to negotiate.

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  • Bus from Bima To Sape

    by talbot75001 Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    On july 2010, price of the bus from Bima to Sape is 20,000 IDR. You can take these bus at the same terminal where buses arrive. Bus leave as early as 4am.
    When you arrived at the Bima bus terminal, some touts may try to force you to take one particular bus where they get a commission. Be firm and choose the bus where the locals are already inside. They might even threat you, be firm or call the police if they attack you. Good luck !

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