How to get to Lombok
You can choose the type of transport to Lombok based on a few things.
- Which part of Lombok will you be staying?
- Do you get sea sick quickly?
- Are you also planning to visit the Gili Islands?
- From where in Bali are you planning to depart to Lombok?
Based on your answers to these questions, you can decide what the best way is to get to Lombok.
Fastest way to get to Lombok
By Airplane. With a new international airport, Lombok is reachable with a 30 minute flight from Bali’s international airport in Denpasar. Flight tickets are almost the same price (around €30) as a fast boat ticket.
Cheapest way to get to Lombok
The cheapest way to get to Lombok from Bali is with the public ferry from Padang Bai harbour in East Bali to Lembar Port in South West Lombok, close to Mataram. This will cost you around 50,000 IDR (€3) per person and takes approximately 4 hours.
Going with the fast boat to Lombok
About 10 fast boat operators service fast sea transfers to Lombok from different areas in Bali. Mostly it’s including a free pick up and drop off service. But make sure to check this with the agency you book with. The fast boats depart through several ports in Bali and take about one hour to get to Lombok. So depending on where you stay in Bali, you can decide which harbour is the closest for you. The ports from where the fast boats leave to Lombok are from Sanur, Serangan Island (close to Sanur), Benoa (in between Nusa Dua and Sanur) and in North-East Bali from Amed and Padangbai.
If you want to travel from Bali to the Gili Islands, and then to Lombok, you will arrive to Bangsal harbour in North Lombok from one of the Gili’s .
The fast boat routes from Bali to Lombok are as following:
Amed (North Bali) – Bangsal (North Lombok)
Benoa Harbour (South Bali) – Bangsal (North Lombok)
Sanur (South Bali) – Senggigi (North West Lombok)
Padang Bai – Teluk Kode (North Lombok)
Padang Bai – Bangsal (North Lombok)
Serangan Island – Bangsal (North Lombok)
Serangan Island – Teluk Kode (North Lombok)
Best time to visit Lombok / Lombok weather
There are two distinct seasons in Lombok, the rainy season from October to March and the dry season from May to September. Throughout the year, daytime temperatures normally remain around 30°C but during rainy season the island experiences its highest levels of humidity. If you can bear the hot and humid conditions, you’ll have the island to yourself as this is low season. In April, temperatures begin to drop and the countryside becomes lush with green vegetation. May and June is considered to be the best time to visit Lombok as the days are sunny and not too hot with beautiful green nature around. At the end of the dry season and before rainy season start, you can expect the nature in Lombok to be very dry. Based on that, September, October and November are not the best months to visit Lombok if you want to enjoy the lush nature.
How to get around in Lombok
If you are comfortable driving a scooter we would definitely recommend to rent one so you have the freedom to go and stop wherever you want. But be aware because we heard stories of other travellers being scammed in Lombok with their rental scooter. They either got (almost) scammed for damage they didn’t make, or their motorbike got “stolen” (but not really stolen), and they needed to pay a huge amount of money to the owner. Read more about typical Lombok scams and how to avoid it at the end of this blog post, just to warn you about these louche scenes… Another option is to book a tour to see all the highlights of the island in one or a few days.
Where to stay in Lombok
This definitely depends on which part of the island you want to explore. But the ‘main’ tourist areas are Kuta Lombok and Senggigi. Both have stunning beaches, but Kuta Lombok is especially popular among surfers with the incredible waves on the South coast of the island. Senggigi is the place to go for the more luxury beach resorts and family vacations.
In North Lombok you won’t really find any luxury resorts. It’s more backpack vibe with very affordable guesthouses. We stayed a few days in a very cheap but good guesthouse in Senaru with views on Mount Rinjani. See the picture below.
Our daily view from the guesthouse where we stayed in Senaru