Ten years ago Lombok was only served by a number of flights from Jakarta and Bali and the local network of ferries, fast boats and charter boats.
With a massive push from central government into Lombok tourism and the addition of the International Mandalika Street circuit we have seen a huge increase in accessibility to the island.
Getting to Lombok from within Indonesia and outside Indonesia has never been easier and it looks like it’s getting better.
Prior to the Covid pandemic international flights were extending on a monthly basis to the new Lombok International Airport which is located 25 minutes away from the town of Kuta and Villa Amani.
We have summarised a list of transport essentials for you when planning your journey, please bear in mind that some of these roots and itineraries may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions so check first with your embassy or travel agent.
Lombok now has an International Airport and prior to the pandemic was welcoming flights from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar and mainland China.
Most of these international flights were operating on a daily basis and we hope for them to resume shortly.
Airlines serving Lombok airport up until the pandemic were AirAsia, Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian airlines, tiger hair and Virgin blue.
A common way to get to Lombok is also to fly via Jakarta or Bali and take a connecting domestic flight onwards which takes between 30 and 1.5 hours.
There are a range of domestic airlines in Indonesia however we suggest using the national flag carrier Garuda as they are generally on time, have a better service experience and better international connections.
Domestic rates have continued throughout the pandemic and see tens of flights a day now coming from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Jogja and other key Indonesian cities.
Indonesia has a good network of local ferries which you can travel on by foot, car or public transport. The ferries leave from Bali and neighbouring islands such as some Baauer into Lombok and times vary depending on weather and tidal conditions. Ferry is an inexpensive way to travel and definitely an experience, if you intend to drive from BALI this is your only option.
When in Lombok
Travelling in Lombok with public transport is very limited so we always suggest that you either self drive on a bike or car or rent a car and driver for the duration of your trip which can be arranged by the team at Villa Amani.
When in Kuta the easiest way to travel is using a motorcycle or car be sure to carry an international driving license in case you get stopped by the police. Oh babe they are less aggressive than the police in Bali where there are far more road users.
Continue from Lombok
Lombok is a great staging post to explore the other islands in the southern archipelago such as Sumba, Sumbawa and Flores.
It is possible to take ferries on bikes or cars from Lombok and also there are a number of domestic flights leaving from Lombok to other islands.