dont bother to worry-any of Yogya 1000+ tr-agents has all the packages-go back to Yogya or onward to Bali. The touts at that town down Bromo are so pesky, that youll regret that decision to 'go by own''. Yes-around 24 hrs is what most people do as stop-time there. (arr late aft-dep. same or little later on nightbus). And DO use that brains and ASK about all the packages-what is incl and what NOT-its often better to buy a more expensive one.
THere are very, very few ''sights'' in between Yogya and there anyway-the 2 best, Solo and Prambanan, are best done as daytrip as Yog-or stay Solo-much more sedate and offers same turis-structure. As is-with so many Qs here- simple a rundown to be found in any guidebook. The rest is only barely interesting if you speak the bahasa.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Two ways to get to Bromo from Yogya. Firstly, you can take a tour which makes the whole process very simple, but costs a little bit more and also locks you into a departure time from Bromo which sucks if you want to spend a couple of days there instead of one or whatever. You give up a little flexibility.
The second option is to do it yourself. You can either go via Malang or go via Probolinggo. Most people go via Probolinggo. Doing it this way can be quite cheap, but you have to depart Yogya early in the morning to make it to Probolinggo for the last bus up the hill to Bromo.
My favourite place to stay in the area is called Yoschi's. It's not close to Bromo itself like most hotels, but the quality is about 10 times better. And besides, if you're going to be catching a jeep to the viewing points of Bromo in the morning anyway, it doesn't really matter where you stay.
The amount of time to stay in the Bromo area depends on how much time you have on your entire journey. But I highly recommend getting around the back of Bromo as well to the Savannah. Better still, drive through the savannah and up the other side of the caldera to the town of Jemplang where you can get some great views of the Savannah. An ojek from your accommodation can take you for about 50,000 rupiah per person.