Photo: Kalala Beach, East Sumba.

Sumba is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Sumba as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Sumba’s different areas.

How to get to and from Sumba

Use the quicklinks below to jump to the desired section regarding transport in and around Sumba.


Sumba is serviced by two airports, located at either end of the island. West Sumba hosts the modern Tambokala Airport (TMC), and in East Sumba, the smaller, less modern, Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport (WGP) is found in Waingapu.

From Tambokala:
Garuda fly daily to and from Denpasar, Bali (1 hour) and Kupang in West Timor (65 minutes).
Wings Air (a subsidiary of Lion Air) has daily flights to and from Denpasar, Bali (80 minutes).

From Waingapu:
Wings Air fly daily to and from Denpasar, Bali (65 minutes) and Kupang, West Timor (70 minutes). Wings limit baggage allowance to 10 kilograms. You can pay for additional kilos.
Nam Air (a subsidiary of Sriwijaya Air) fly the same routes as Wings from Waingapu three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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A network of local buses, “travel” buses (faster, more direct and more expensive), trucks and bemos connect areas around Sumba. See individual destinations for detailed transport information.

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Ferries depart Waikelo in West Sumba three times per week to Sumbawa, and from Waingapu in East Sumba there are weekly departures for Flores, Sabu and West Timor.

The schedule and prices at time of research in March 2016 are below, but schedules change regularly so try to check closer to your travel time. See for more information.

From Waikelo:
Sape: 70,000 rupiah, 9 hours, departs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 09:00, with a connection to Labuanbajo in Flores.

From Waingapu:
Ende (Flores): 100,000 rupiah, 13 hours, departs Wednesdays at 08:00, with a connection to Kupang.
Sabu: 120,000 rupiah, 15 hours, departs Thursdays at 12:00, with a connection to Kupang.
Kupang (West Timor): 220,000 rupiah, 28 hours, departs Fridays at 23:00.
Aimere (Flores): 70,000 rupiah, 9 hours, departs Saturdays at 22:00, with a connection to Kupang

Pelni, Indonesia’s large passenger ships, pass by Waingapu every two weeks with routes to and from Bali and all over eastern Indonesia. The Pelni office is at 1 Jalan HASANUDIN, WAINGAPU; T: (0387) 61665, (0387) 62605;

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Car and motorbike hire is a bit pricier in Sumba than we have encountered elsewhere in Indonesia. Cost depends on distance and negotiation skills, but a car with driver will be in the range of 600,000 to 1,000,000 rupiah per day; and an ojek (motorbike taxi) 150,000 to 250,000 per day. Additional costs can include drivers’ meals and accommodation — be clear about what is included when you are negotiating a price.

Some local guides can arrange transport and the combined cost of a guide and transport is often a better deal than just a car and driver, depending on your needs.

Self-drive motorbike hire is in the range of 75,000 to 150,000 rupiah per day. We do not recommended novice riders doing this, as roads can be difficult even for experienced riders.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sumba? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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