How to Travel from Bali to Lombok and Back

You are about to embark on a trip to Indonesia or maybe you are already there! Indonesia is a beautiful country and it is worth trying to see as much as possible. You have just decided that you want to visit Lombok, but what’s the best way to get from Bali to Lombok and back? You can go by plane, fast boat, or the local ferry. It all depends on your itinerary and budget! 

Drone Photography Shot. Travel from Bali to Lombok and back is simple making it a popular destination for backpackers and travelers.
Travel from Bali to Lombok and back is simple making it a popular destination for backpackers and travelers.

By Plane:

If you are looking for the fastest and cheapest way to get from Bali to Lombok, a 25-minute flight is without a doubt your best option. 

The flight takes you from Denpasar Airport in Bali to Lombok International Airport in Lombok. There are two airlines that you can choose from, Lion Air and Wings Air. Both airlines use the same website but each one offers a few differences in price, flight times, and baggage allowances.

Lion Air’s tickets are usually around $38.00 roundtrip per person with a carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg. While Wings Air averages around $45.00 roundtrip per person with a 10kg carry-on baggage allowance. You can also use Skyscanner to search for the best deals, but beware of the final taxes and fees that will almost certainly be tacked on at the end. Additionally, it is possible to buy flight tickets from the airline counters at domestic airports or use a travel agent. 

Choosing to fly is a great option for those who want to travel quickly. It is also perfect for families with small children or those who are prone to motion sickness by boat. 

By Fast Boat:

If you prefer taking to the water instead of to the air, then the next quickest way is via fast boat. Fast boats are a thrilling way to get to Lombok and back!

Most fast boat services pick up passengers from their hotels and transfer them to the harbor via van. Once everyone is aboard, it is about a two-hour ride across the water. The speedboats can average about 30 knots and hold around 40 passengers. There are life jackets for every passenger and crew member, as well as many other safety measures. Each passenger is usually allowed two bags and a carry on, but if you need more you can contact them ahead of time. Speedboats leave daily but departure times vary depending on the season, so it is important to plan your trip ahead of time to fit your itinerary.

There are many fast boat companies that operate between Bali and Lombok but is essential to find a company that will ensure your safety. The best way to tell is if they guarantee you a seat. If you are not guaranteed a seat, then it is likely that the boat will be overloaded and dangerous. Two reputable companies are Gili Getaway and Blue Water Express.

Tickets for Gili Getaway are around $45 each way or $90 roundtrip. Blue Water Express is only slightly more expensive, usually around $50 each way or $100 roundtrip. 

You are not saving time or money by choosing the fast boat over flying, but you are definitely leaving with an experience. Speeding over the water is a fun and exciting way to get from Bali to Lombok and back. Be advised that fast boat is not recommended for women who are pregnant, children under the age of two, or people with heart or back problems. 

By Public Ferry:

If you want to travel like a local, and you have some extra time, you can choose to use the public ferry. Tickets are purchased at the dock when you arrive.

The ferry technically should leave every hour, but they run on island time which means that they are usually late. Departing from Padang Bai Harbor in Bali, it is about a 4 to 5-hour ride to Lombok’s Lembar Harbor. Keep in mind that this does not include any of the delays that are likely to occur. 

Luckily, the tickets are cheap. Adults tickets are around $3 each way, for a roundtrip total of $6. Children get discounted rates. If you are traveling with a vehicle, motorcycle, or bike, there are added charges, starting about about $10 each way.

Sunset on the budget friendly, local ferry will take between 4-5 hours to travel from Bali to Lombok.
The budget friendly, local ferry will take between 4-5 hours to travel from Bali to Lombok.

You are now ready to start your journey! Check your budget and itinerary to see which options are best for you to get from Bali to Lombok and back! 

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