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Yogya-Bromo-Bali -- travel advice?

  • travelinchen

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    We are in Jogyakarta right now, and want to get to Bali via Bromo.

    Does anyone have any advice on what the easiest, most comfortable way to do this is? We could get a 3 day 2 night trip by mini bus from Yogya to Bali with stops at Bromo and Ijen, but we're slightly concerned about safety, especially with the roads around Ijen. Also, the lack of a toilet makes the mini bus option a bit more uncomfortable than taking a train.

    Another option seems to involve getting to Probolinggo and doinh Bromo from there. (Is this a daytip with an early start or do we have to stay in a village near bromo overnight?) But does anyone know whether there is a direct train from Yogya, or whether we need to stay a night somewhere on the way? Or whether we can get an executiv bus from Yogya.

    Another option seems to be to get to Malang or Solo and do the tour from there?

    Ideally, we"d like to take trains (executif or bisnis) - does anyone know about the current options?

    Any advice greatly appreciated!

    #1 Posted: 1/8/2011 - 13:28

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  • travelinchen

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    Just to add -- our preferred option would be to take the train as much as possible from Yogya to Bali, with a break for a trip to Bromo. Preferrably with the Eksekutif class. Does anyone know the best way to do this?

    #2 Posted: 1/8/2011 - 14:07

  • busylizzy

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    Now that you in Yogya, I would suggest that the best thing would be to start asking around the local travel agents for some current advice.

    #3 Posted: 2/8/2011 - 02:31

  • douluvme49

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    Hey.. just wondering what you ended up doing. We are in Yogi right now and are thinking of doing the 2 day 1 night Yogi-Bromo-Bali trip.... just wondering if its 'safe'

    #4 Posted: 30/9/2011 - 20:01

  • monkindy

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    I also would love to know what you did in the end or what other recommend. (best way to go from Yogo -> walk up Bromo -> continue on to Bali

    #5 Posted: 29/11/2011 - 14:08

  • douluvme49

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    we booked through a travel agency when we were in Jogyakarta. they have a Jogya-Bromo-Bali package which was decently priced. The first day is a 10 hour drive (thats how long it took us) in a minivan. You spend the night in a town close to bromo. Early morning you go see the sunrise at bromo ( pay extra for the jeep ride!!) and then you head for another 10 hr ride to bali. the driving is grusome, but Bromo was the highlight of our 1 month in INdo!

    #6 Posted: 29/11/2011 - 17:52

  • mooball

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    I'll be doing a blog post on this soon, but basically this is the situation. If you have a bit of time to spare, don't take a tour of Bromo and Ijen. You can do it cheaper yourself and also have the flexibility to stay an extra day in Bromo if that takes your fancy. If you are tight on time, then take a tour. It's not a lot more expensive and simplifies the whole process immensely. A tour from Yogyakarta to Bromo, Ijen and then into Denpasar costs about 600,000, but excludes the cost of jeep and park entry in Bromo and park entry in Ijen.

    So essentially, the best way depends on how much time you have. Regardless, you will have an amazing time as Bromo and Ijen are brilliant and a tour isn't a bad option.

    #7 Posted: 26/12/2011 - 09:33

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