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Getting to Lombok

Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, commonly abbreviated to BIL, and using the IATA code “LOP”) is the only airport on Lombok.
The airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta.
Airport departure tax is Rp 45,000 for domestic departures (Rp 75,000 from Bali) and Rp 150,000 for international departures (Rp 200,000 from Bali).

BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR

In Lombok, all flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport.

Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok and Bali every day. Call Centre: 0 8041 807 807, Sales Office: +62 370 642303 / 649999. www.garuda-indonesia.com

Wings Air / Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok daily. The companies code-share, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair.co.id

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival (VOA) facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. A 30-day Tourist VOA costs US $35. Ph: +62 370 622987.

Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, five times per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Lombok, ph: +62 370 628254 / 628255. www.silkair.com

Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and two destinations in Malaysia, with many international connections available. Flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur operate every day, and between Lombok and Johor Bahru 3 times per week. www.airasia.com

Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. International connections from around the world are available, via Jakarta. Call Centre: 08041 807 807. Airport: +62 370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Java), Bali and other capital cities such as Jogjakarta, Surabaya and Makassar.

Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights.

Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta, Surabaya and Makassar and is an important connection for travel to the eastern islands, in particular the islands of Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores.

Garuda Indonesia / Citilink have direct flights daily between Lombok and Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta. Call Centre: 08041 807 807. Sales Office: +62 370 642303 / 649999. Airport: 0370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com

Lion Air / Wings Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. www.lionair.co.id

Batik Air flies direct between Lombok and Jakarta, with two flights every day. www.batikair.com

BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA

Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok.

Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service.

Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The crossing between the islands costs Rp 40,000 per person and takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840

FAST BOATS

There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok.

Blue Water Express has services between Bali and mainland Lombok, with convenient departures from two different locations on Bali – Serangan (near Benoa Harbour) and Padang Bai Harbour – every day. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers in Bali. Ph: +62 361 895 1111 / 0813 3841 8988. www.bluewater-express.com

Gili Getaway also connects Bali and mainland Lombok, Gili T and Gili Gede with daily transfers from Serangan Harbour on Bali. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers to main points in Bali. Ph: +62 819 1673 3051 /
+62 813 3707 4147. www.giligetaway.com

book a fastboat GiliBookings.com is an online booking service offering easy reservations with the leading fast boat operators between Bali and Lombok. Availability checks, schedules and e-ticketing, as well as accommodation options and more, are all available online from their website: www.gilibookings.com

See the “Getting to the Gilis” section for details.

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