Taxi Transportation around Lombok
Just came back from a 4 night trip to Lombok - stayed at the Holiday Inn - about 10 mins north of Senggigi.
Just wanted to tell you (and theo) that the Lombok Taksi is the best way (for your budget) to get around the island. "Lombok Taksi" is part of the famous Blue Bird Group of taxis all over Indonesia - they always go by meter - almost all drivers (at least in Lombok) speak english and can be hired for the whole day for Rp. 350,000. The meter runs until 350,000 and then that is the maximum (for 10 hours I think) or you can "book" for say 9 am to 6 pm. The hotel staff can arrange it for you.
Even when you come out of the airport, don't go to the "pre-paid" taxi counter - some cheap airport taxis have pre-arranged with the airport staff to take you to your hotel.
For example, I pre-paid Rp 70,000 to my hotel - whereas the fare by Blue bird taxi (Lombok taksi) was around Rp 40,000. It might be more convenient to hail one from the pre-paid counter though...bcause you might have to step out to look for a blue bird taxi.
Hotel rates are twice (or more) as expensive in USD as opposed to local Rupiah rates. Unless you know someone in Indonesia who can make the booking for you (like talk in Bahasa Indonesia etc), it is difficult - a travel agent MIGHT help...
Didnt too too much exploring - except going to Senggigi.
Lombok is very well connected and has an extensive network of roads. There are public buses, the Bemos (minibuses) and also the authentic Cidomos or pony carts. But maybe the best way to see the island is renting a motorcycle.
Self drive in Lombok
Self drive in Lombok is cheap and easy. We hired a Suzuki Katana for Rp 150,000 per day only (excl. petrol of course), and drove it ourselves for nine days.
However, you have to keep a few points in mind:
1. You should have an international or Indonesian driving license.
2. Insurance is virtually non-existent. If by chance they say the car is insured, it means just that: the car. Not yourself, nor the cars or lives of others.
3. Secondary roads may be on the map, but not passable without four wheel drive.
So drive carefully, never be in a hurry, and always look out for erratic motor cycles.
We hired our car from "Bintang Berlian" in Mataram. They are at Jalan Catur Warga 12C, which was close to our hotel, Lombok Garden. Actually there are several car rentals on Jalan Catur Warga, and they cooperate if the car you want is not available. We preferred a small Suzuki jeep for the two of us, and the owner of Bintang Berlian, Ir Anton, phoned around to get it for us.
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Blue Bird Taxi
Blue Bird Taxi is the 5* taxi group in Indonesia. (according to me) It is the most available type of public transport in Lombok.
The starting fare is Rp 3.850 and then every fare stage thereafter would add Rp 220. If you book a taxi, the minimum payment is Rp 7.500 and the cancellation fee is Rp 3.000
The passenger is responsible for all parking and toll charges incurred. The fare is expected to be rounded up (never rounded down) to the nearest Rp 500 or Rp 1.000. Luggages attracts no extra charge.
A ride from Central Senggigi to Selaparang Airport in Mataram would cost around Rp 30.000 and 1hr airport parking of Rp 2.000.
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The cheapest way of getting to Lombok
from Bali is by big vehicle carrying passenger ferries
which leave Padang Bai on Bali’s east coast hourly and
dock at Lembar, a kind of Sydney harbor without the buildings
in Lombok’s south west.
The trip takes 3 to 4 hours.
The cost is $3, and the 3 hours to Bangsal by local buses,
changing in Mataram and Senggigi, will cost about the same.
However a much less complicated way is to
use one of the big Indonesian transport companies like
Perama or Nominasi.
No direct shore to shore ferry but Perama Travel,
can pick you up at the hotel in Bali,
take you there via their very slow ferry to Lombok
and then bus and ferry to the islands for $15 inclusive.
Prices subject to change
Perama Travel - south end of Jln Legian near Bemo corner.
From Padang Bai go to Sengiggi ( Lomok )
then from Senggigi to the Gillis
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Travel to Gili Islands
I have just come back from Gili Air to Legian (August 2006).
We flew with Lion Air going (about US$40) to Mataram then a US$6 taxi ride to Senggigi and a US$30 (chartered as 3 people travelling) boat ride taking 2 hrs direct to Gili Air. (7 hrs door to door due to check-in time, transfer times and a lunch stop in Senggigi)
Travelling back we used Perama which involved a 20min ferry ride to Bangsal, a 500m walk to the bus station, a 1.5hr bus journey to Senggigi and then a 4hour boat crossing to Padang Bai. This cost US$25 per person. (8hrs door to door as we had breakfast and lunch on the boat and very little waiting for transfers and caught a cab from Padang Bai back to our Hotel).
The 4hr boat trip was not too bad with a hearty breakfast and lunch served.
We bought our flight ticket 2 days before we left in a travel agent in Legian.
Perama have several offices in Bali and can include a transfer from Padang Bai although this is fairly slow.
we came back to bali by plane. it costs much more (about 30-40 euro, not so much), but it took from hotel to hotel 5 hours and not 12 hours like the bus + boat..............we arrive in benoa where we stay the last 5 days. the flight takes about 30 minutes. planes are small and safe. watch out in summer it could be difficult to find a plane!
nightmare trip to lombok, TAKE THE PLANE OTHERWISE YOU LOOSE 1 DAY FOR THE TRIP. we go with bus and boat. sanur-ubud-padangbai-boat to lembar-kuta,lombok.
it's very cheap but very slow (it depends on the sea.....) we took about 5 hours......
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It's quick and fast and efficient
If you don’t care to deal with
hassle of getting transportation
from the airport to the post
and from the port to the island,
for a higher price you can use the
transportation services provided by
The Beach House.
All according to your time and needs!
Now that is service.
Ferry are easy and cheap way to access to Lombok. Approximately ferry ride take between 5-6hrs depends on the weather. Be ready that the ferry carry vehicle aswell so the departure will be not on time or delay depends on the passenger accurancy in the ferry. Ferries travel between Padangbai in Bali, and to Lembar harbour in Lombok about every two hrs Be alert that touts selling everyhing are rather irritating than convenient!!.Just put a warm smile and simple say 'No Thanks'. if you doesnt want to buy any of the stuff. This ferry is not express cruises and the journey are very slow ride Its very warm inside the seat row..!!
the typical local transportation in lombok which is a horse cart. you can find all over lombok and need to bargain before you get on. it's enviromental friendly because it doesn't use any fuel. most of the driver doesn't speak english (sometimes they don't even speak indonesian!)
It's hot and smelly in here!
They have several flights from
Jakarta – Surabaya – Bandung – Sumbawa – Flores – Kupang
and from many other cities in Indonesia.
Tel. 0730- 629111 or 629222
The have a regular flight between Lombok to Jakarta and Surabaya.
Because of poor ventilation,
these small aircrafts when
parked in the sun too long,
get very hot and smelly.
It is important to reconfirm,
because all flights are on small planes
and it is very easy to get bumped.
As Soft as Silk Air
On Mondays and Thursdays Flight MI126 & 125
from Singapore 15:20 to Mataram 18:00
and from Matram 18:45 to Singapore 21:20
On Fridays and Sundays Flight MI 122 & 121
from Singapore at 7:55 to Matram 10:35
and from Matram 11:10 to Singapore 13:40
schedule subject to change
Jalan Usalla No. 11
Call Centre: 0807-1-427832
They fly Boings 737 – 300/400 to Lombok.
Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Matram (Daily)
Dep.. JKT :8:30
Arr. JOG :9:30
Dept. JOG :10:10
Arr. AMI 12:30
Matram – Yogyakarta-Jakarta (Daily)
Dep.. AMI :16:10
Arr. JOG :16:30
Dept. JOG :17:10
Arr. JKT :18:10
Surabaya – Matram (Daily)
Dept. SUB :13:40
Arr. AMI :15:30
Matram – Surabaya (Daily)
Dept. AMI :13:10
Arr. AMI :15:30
Jakarata – Surabaya (Daily)
Dept. JKT :18:00
Arr. SUB :19:15
Dept. SUB :20:00
Arr. AMI :21:50
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The Air, Land & Sea Combo
If you decide not to
spend the whole day traveling by boat,
& do the land and sea combo thing instead:
Lombok’s Mataram airport is international –
and there has been a regular Silk Air flight from Singapore.
Trouble is, with the introduction of
the $US25 visa on arrival this year,
Mataram was not designated as
one of the places where you can buy the visa.
So unless you organize a visa before departure,
they send you right back to Singapore!
No problems flying into Bali
and hopping across from there.
There are very cheap fares from
Bali’s Denpaser airport to Mataram
on mainland Lombok -
Merpati was charging $US25 one way.
Denpasar-Mataram takes around 25mins.
Mataram airport is less than an hour by taxi
where motorised praus will transfer you
to the islands for a few dollars in around 20 to 45 minutes.
The Taxis at the airport refuse to use their meters,
setting the transfer to 75,000 Rp.
We were able to negotiate the rate down to 50,000.
But with the prices of petrol raising up 50% more,
those days of cheap transportation are changing.
Airport Fess do apply.
Calculate around 30,000 RP p.p. each way.
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