How to get to Kuta Lombok from Bali for your next surfing adventure

Bali to Lombok fast ferry

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Just like any paradise that is slightly off the beaten track, there is travel involved. 

There are several routes and methods to travel from Bali to Lombok. 

To put it simply, you will either need to fly or catch a boat. 

This post will explore some of your options, depending on where you are coming from and your budget. 

The information in this post was last updated June 1st 2024. Prices may change and new routes may become available in the future.

Fly from Bali to Lombok

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The fastest way to get to Lombok is to fly from Denpasar. 

There is one international airport in the south of the island of Lombok and there are regular flights from the morning to the early afternoon. 

The flight from Denpasar is approximately 40 – 50 minutes and will set you back about 1 million IDR (around US $65 – $70). 

If you are traveling with surfboards, an extra fee of 230K IDR (approximately $14 USD) may be charged per board (not per bag). You could save on this charge by pre-paying for your luggage when you book your flight.

It is also worth noting that the local airline that runs flights between Bali and Lombok won’t accept longboards with a maximum length of 230cm (around 7 feet 6 inches). 

Lombok airport is small and easy to navigate. It is about a 20-minute drive from the airport to Kuta beach.

If you’re staying with us, a free airport pick-up is included in your package. If not, numerous taxi drivers are available at the airport exit, eager for your business. The fare to Kuta should be around 150K IDR (approximately $9 USD) and the trip takes about 18 minutes.

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Fast Boat from Bali to Lombok 

fast ferry Lombok to Bali

A popular route is to take a fast boat from Padang Bai in Bali to Bangsal in North Western Lombok. This journey costs around 500K IDR (approximately $30 USD) and takes about two hours. One recommended company where you can book online, as suggested by Lonely Planet, is Gili Bookings. If you take this route it takes around 2 hours by taxi from Bangsal to Kuta.

There are multiple departures a day with various transport companies but most leave in the morning. 

fast ferry Bali to Lombok

Most companies that you book with will include transport to the harbour from selected areas in Bali or charge an extra fee if you’re outside of these areas. 

An extra fee will typically be added for surfboards you may be travelling with. 

This route travels via the Gili Islands so is particularly convenient if you’re planning a stopover. 

Gili Islands Stop Off Enroute to Lombok

Located just off the North Western shore of Lombok it’s a perfect place to spend a few days having a special extra adventure.

Spend your time in the Gili Islands snorkeling and swimming and enjoying the crystal-clear waters before jumping on one of the regular boats that travel the short distance (8/9km) from Gili Islands across to Bangsal port on Lombok. 

Bangsal Lombok to Kuta Beach

From Bangsal, it is around a 2-hour drive down south to Kuta, Lombok. You can find a taxi at the harbor, book a drop-off service with the transport agent that you organised your fast boat with or contact us to help you organize transport down to Kuta. 

Alternatively, there is also a daily departure from Padang Bai to Senggigi which takes around 2 hours and will also cost around 400-500K. 

Ferry from Bali to Lombok 

passenger and vehicle ferry Bali to Lombok
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The cheapest and slowest option is the public ferry from Padang Bai to Lembar on Lombok Island. This takes approximately 6 hours, but can take longer depending on how long boarding takes and the weather. 

It is the only option if you are planning on travelling with a scooter or car. 

It costs 62K per person, or 160k with a scooter. 

The ferry is scheduled to depart every hour and a half from around 6:30 am. 

However, these times vary greatly and can change month by month. So, it comes down to luck whether you depart quickly or have to wait an hour or two so bring some snacks and prepare to be patient. 

Be aware that you will need to travel with some documentation if travelling with a vehicle including scooter registration papers which you should get when you rent your scooter, driver’s licence, ID and your ticket. 

Lembar to Kuta beach Lombok

If you want to get to Kuta Beach from Lembar Port, the taxi ride takes just over an hour and costs around 250K IDR (approximately $15 USD).

If you have any further questions on how to get to Kuta Lombok, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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