Getting there & away
It’s about 5km from town to Wolowana terminal, where you catch buses for eastern Flores. Buses to Moni (14, 000Rp, two hours) operate from 6am to 2pm. Buses to Maumere (37, 000Rp, five hours) leave at 7am, 9am and 4pm. Maumere buses will drop you in Moni but charge the full fare through to Maumere. A bus to Nggela leaves at 7am, and a through bus to Larantuka leaves at 7am (nine hours).
Buses heading west leave from the Ndao terminal, 2km north of town on the beach road. Departures from Ende are to Ruteng (70, 000Rp, nine hours) at 7.30am; Labuanbajo (105, 000Rp, 15 hours) at 7am; Bajawa (44, 000Rp, five hours) at 7am and 11am; and Riung (26, 000Rp, four hours) at 6am.
Kijang jeeps that operate as shared taxis also leave Ende for Maumere (front/rear seat 60, 000/50, 000Rp, 4½ hours). There’s at least one every day operated by Simpati (23777); call them first for a pick-up.
Ende is the major port for southern Flores and is well connected to other islands. Ships dock at Pelabuhan Ipi, which is the main port, 2.5km southeast from the town centre.
The following schedules change frequently. ASDP (22007) ferries to Waingapu (42, 500Rp, six hours) leave Ende on Thursday night, before looping back again and heading to Kupang. Buy tickets at the harbour. There are also twice-weekly services to Kupang (58, 000Rp, seven hours) on a small fast ferry, but this stops when conditions are rough.
Pelni’s Awu and Pangrango stop in Ende every two weeks. Awu sails west to Waingapu, Lembar and Benoa, and east to Kupang, Kalabahi and Larantuka. The Pangrango sails from Ende to Waingapu, Badas and Surabaya and on the return route east to Sabu and Kupang. Visit the helpful Pelni office (21043; Jl Kathedral 2; 8am-noon & 2-4pm Mon-Sat).
Other boats sail irregularly to these and other destinations; for details, ask at the harbour master’s office at Pelabuhan Ipi.
Schedules change every few months in eastern Nusa Tenggara, so always check flight information in advance. At the time of research, Transnusa (24222; fax 23592; Jl Kelimutu 37) was very well connected, offering flights to Kupang (11 weekly, some via Maumere) with connections to destinations such as Waingapu and Alor. Merpati (21355; Jl Nangka) has three weekly flights to Kupang and two weekly to Bima.
Departure tax is 6000Rp.