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Padang Bai

Getting there and away

Boat

The ferry terminal is at the southwestern end of town and is crowded day and night with locals that have travelled or are just about to travel on the ferry. The ferry departs roughly every hour day and night for Lembar on Lombok. The fare is 31,000 rupiah for passengers without vehicles and takes approximately four hours, depending on the weather. Motorbikes and cars can also be taken on these ferries, but at additional cost.

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the left hand side after entering the terminal perimeter. Despite their size, two of these ferries have sunk in the past eight years. Local word is that the paintwork hides enormous amounts of rust.

Fast boats service the Gili Islands and prices are highly negotiable despite them being printed in brochures. The Eka Jaya office is located in the northern corner of the market square along Jalan Silayukti and sells commission-free fast boat tickets to the Gilis. The listed price is 660,000 rupiah, but this journey can be had for as cheap as 350,000 rupiah. Negotiate hard and try and steer clear of the many agents selling the same tickets on commission.

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  • The fast boats can (and have) sunk as well as the ferries, as the article doesn't mention that at the moment it implies that the ferry may be more of a risk than the fast boats, and I'm not sure that's true!

    Update by itinerantlondoner (1)
    Written on 1st November, 2010

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Bemos depart from the ferry terminal for Klungkung to the southwest and Amlapura via Candi Dasa to the northeast. There is no fixed price for foreigners travelling on bemos, so bank on having to pay 10,000 rupiah to Candi Dasa and 20,000 rupiah to Klungkung. For destinations further afield, you will need to catch connecting bemos in Amlapura or Klungkung.

A convenient way to travel from Padang Bai is via tourist shuttle. You will be asked if you need a transport on a charter basis as you leave the ferry which can make sense if there are more than four of you travelling to the same destination. However, scheduled shuttle buses are widely available through agents in town. Sample fares are as follows:

Ubud, Sanur, Kuta, Airport: 45,000 rupiah, twice daily and taking about 2 hours
Lombok: from 70,000 rupiah, four times daily, taking around 4 hours plus the bus ride to the town of your choice
Gili Islands: 125,000 rupiah, four times daily, taking around 6 hours via Singgigi on Lombok.

Many less popular destinations than those mentioned above are serviced by tourist shuttles only if minimum passenger numbers are reached, in which case a private charter would be more economical.

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