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......
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!)
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.
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
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.
Go to the boat ticket office right on the beach to the left –
a whitish building about 20m from the water.
Note that if you arrive after about 4pm you
are unlikely to get a boat unless you charter one individually.
Don't allow a porter to grab
your heavy bag from the cidimo or
a boat on return until you fix a price –
it seems from discussion that 2000 per item is the go.
You can get a taxi at the airport directly to Bangsal
(it is a fixed price - maybe 75k max)
which is where the ferries leave to the Gilis.
Bangsal has a bad reputation for hassles.
It is a bit hectic but no real problem.
Just be aware of some of the pointers to follow.
It is only a 400m trip from
the carpark where
taxis and buses drop you, to the boat –
easily walked if your luggage is not huge.
Otherwise 5000rp (less than one dollar) per person
for the cidimos seemed to be acceptable,
although they will ask for more.
Always agree on the price first.
Don't buy boat tickets off anyone in the carpark
or on the way down the road.
Nor allow yourself to be steered
to the restaurant across the street,
You ware warned: they will approach you,
and try to convince you that
you need to buy your return ticket before hand ,
try to sell you half of Gili Trawangan & Lombok
along with a RTW ticket for $25 all up.
For another $2 they will throw in
a night with Miss Indonesia.
Unless you leave Kuta Bali really early,
you will not make the last boat to the islands.
Perama for instance is too late
(although they sometimes run an afternoon boat from Senggigi) –
but Senggigi is a nice place to spend the night
with plenty of restaurants, lots of accommodations
of all standards and some nightlife.
Eitherwise, taking the ferry from Bali to Lombok
and then on to Gili,
will take up most of your day.
11 hours to go and another 11 to come back.
So unless you want to spent your day traveling by boat,
then consider flying to Lombok and
then taking the boat.
You can charter a ferry to Gili Trawangan, the farthest island
There is also a fast ferry from Padang Bai to Lembar
called the “Lombok Express”, taking one hour for $6.
Some of the transport companies link their shuttle buses
to this ferry and usually you can get right thru in one day.
Another fast ferry is the luxurious“Bounty”
Bali Bounty Group
which runs 3 times a week from Benoa harbour near Kuta
in Bali onto a platform a km or so from Gili Meno
(their jetty at Bounty hotel on Meno is currently storm damaged),
from where you are shuttled across to the islands.
However it has been seen recent info saying
Bounty has not run this high season.
Bemos is a familiar form of transport on Lombok. It resembles that Tut Tut in Thailand. The driver will pick up passengers as and when needed and passengers hop on & off as when needed as well.
The standard fare for travelling between points on the island was 1000 Rupiahs (US$0.10) circa 2001.
I took a bemos from Senggigi beach to Mataram for that fare! It seems that the authority on the island had imposed a standard fare (1000 Rupiahs) to prevent drivers from wanton profiteering so we as tourists, also benefits! Kudos!
There is only 1 airline that served Lombok from Singapore directly. It's Silkair, a daughter company of Singapore Airlines. The airline fly into Mataram, the island's administrative capital and folks usually make their way to the main 3 attractions on the island: Senggigi (in the west), Kuta (in the south, and not to be confused with the same named beach area on Bali) and the Gilis just off the west coast of Lombok.
The flight takes about 3 hours.
If you are not on an extremely tight budget, flying to Lombok is the way to get there.
The flight to Lombok from Bali is ~25 minutes long. Two airlines fly over to Lombok- Merpati and GT Air. Merpati is the larger and more well known, but they are notorious for their delays. GT Air is a much smaller operation.
Both of these airlines have offices at the domestic terminal at Ngurah Rai (DPS). Roundtrip, the GT Air flight was (in May 2005) ~446,000 rupiah, and the Merpati flight was ~480,000. You can walk into the their offices and book a ticket. GT Air doesn't take credit cards.
The planes are fairly small and do get booked up. There are ~ 3 flights each day (back and forth)- as I recall. Booking a few days in advance is recommended. However, if you were only a couple of people, you could probably get a flight for the next day (I saw people who got a flight that afternoon).
The flights that do get booked rather quickly are those that begin or end near/on the weekend. For example, when we checked on a Sunday morning for 4 people (for a flight out that next Thursday with a return on Sunday night) the following Sunday evening's flight (4:30PM) on Merpati was already booked, but GT Air was still available. We ended up booking GT Air, which was perfectly fine and timely- while the Merpati flight over on our departure date had delays (so we could hear from the announcement at the airport).