Does anyone know if it is possible to travel from Yogyakarta to Mt Bromo in one day? I have seen some tour companies that do it, but have read fairly awful things regarding reliability. I would also prefer to take the train as far as possible rather than the bus.
#1 Rohan has been a member since 16/6/2009. Posts: 63
You can take a 7:15 train from Yogyakarta that arrives in Surabaya around noon. Then its probably fastest to take a bus to Probolinggo (3hrs) and from there a minibus to Bromo. There are trains that go from Surabaya to Probolinggo, but the nice ones don't ply the route as often.
Thanks Casey. I had been looking to overnight in Surabaya and take the more comfortable train you mentioned the next day, but Garuda has moved my flight home, making the timing tighter.
#3 Rohan has been a member since 16/6/2009. Posts: 63
It is possible to do it in one day by public transport, but you will be cutting it fine as the last bus to Bromo leaves Probolinggo at between 3 and 4. After that you'll either have to charter a bus or ojek. Ojek will set you back 75,000. A better option might be to catch the overnight train to Malang and go up Bromo the back way. That way you'll get to see two entirely different approaches.
If it is still any help now (though probably past date) I got up to Bromo - CL Village, can't remember how to spell it right now (or probably ever) around 8pm by catching what I'm sure was the last minivan up to the top. Had to wait for the minivan to fill up with what was likely another bus coming up from Surabaya before we took off, that's what made the arrival so late.
Has anyone tried a night trip package from Yogyakarta -Mt.Bromo. I saw a losari travel site that has a night trip to Mt.Bromo, leaves at 4pm Yogyakarta and estimated to arrive at Cemoro Lawang at 3am, just right in time for the sunrise hike. Has anyone tried this? Is it safe??? It gives me more time to spend in Yogyakarta rather than losing an entire day on the road for typical daytrip package to Bromo.
#6 jen_on_vl has been a member since 26/5/2013. Posts: 7
I haven't tried it, but I wouldn't want to. I don't think I've ever slept more than about 30min on a bus in Indonesia. The roads just aren't conducive to a smooth and comfortable ride. That said, if you absolutely had to save a day, it might be worth it. Just be ok with operating on almost no sleep.