Photo: Quite amazing.

How to get to and from Gunung Bromo

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Bus

Travelling to Gunung Bromo is a relatively straightforward affair despite what some guidebooks may say. Advice from tour agencies and guesthouses who are trying to sell tours should likewise be taken with a pinch of volcanic salt.

To/from Probolinggo:
Green minibuses to Cemoro Lawang for Gunung Bromo depart outside and just to the south of Probolinggo’s Terminal Bayuangga on Jalan Raya Bromo to the west of the city. If coming from the train station by ojek, make sure you are taken to the bus station and not some random travel agent.

They operate from 07:00 to 21:00 and leave when they have 15 passengers, which may mean waiting several hours in low season, although will depart with less if passengers pay the equivalent of 15. Luggage is stored on top, and sometimes covered with a tarp in wet season, so you may wish to have a rain cover or large plastic bag for extra protection from the elements.

The fare to Cemoro Lawang is 35,000 rupiah and takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. You can charter a bus for 525,000 rupiah. The best time to arrive for the bus is around 10:00 to 11:00 as this is when buses and trains from other cities in Java usually connect so you won’t have to wait too long.

If you wish to visit Madakaripura Waterfall, jump off the bus at Sukapura where you can catch an ojek to the falls.

For the return journey the same green minibuses leave from the junction at Cemoro Lawang near Cafe Lava Hostel. The deal is the same and they will depart with 15 passengers. The best time is around 09:00 when waiting time will be less.

For a private car with driver expect to pay 400,000 to 650,000 for the return trip. An ojek (motorbike taxis) will set you back between 150,000 and 250,000 depending on your bargaining skills.

We found that the cheapest and most direct way to reach Gunung Bromo is download the Go-Jek app and hire a Go-Car—the comfortable 1.5 hour trip cost us less than 150,000 with no added extras, no haggling and no requests for a “offline” price. If you are a single traveller, travelling light and the weather is good, you may consider a Go-Jek motorbike taxi, but for two people a car is the cheaper option. Beware it’s a steep windy ride.

To/from Malang:
There is no public transport directly between Malang and Gunung Bromo, but tours and Jeep hire are easily arranged though hotels and travel agents. From Gunung Bromo to Malang we were quoted 300,000–350,000 for an ojek one way and 600,000-1,000,000 for a Jeep. Shop around.

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Getting around

Walking to the various Gunung Bromo viewpoints from Cemoro Lawang is straightforward, but if you are unable to hike or are staying further down the mountain, a Jeep tour may be the better choice. Prices vary depending on duration and your starting point. Check it it’s a private tour or you are sharing with up to five others, not necessarily the most comfortable option.

Shared Jeep tour’s go for around 125,000 rupiah per person. Ojeks can also be hired to zip around the caldera for about 100,000 rupiah. At the viewpoints and in the Sea of Sand, you will likely be hassled to hire a horse for the journey. If you are a large person, have a little consideration for the small overworked animals and give it a miss.

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Where to next?

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


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