Getting there & away
There are two bus terminals in Maumere. The departure times given below are certainly not precise – be prepared to wait around until there are sufficient passengers and the baggage has been loaded.
Buses to Larantuka (32, 000Rp, four hours), and buses and bemos to Geliting, Waiara, Ipir and Wodong leave from the Lokaria (or Timur) terminal, approximately 3km east of town, at 7.30am and 3pm. Kijang shared taxis also leave from here to Larantuka (60, 000Rp, three hours) at 7.30am, and sometimes later in the day too.
The Ende (or Barat) terminal 1.5km southwest of town is the place for buses west to Moni (23, 000Rp, three hours) and Ende (37, 000Rp, five hours), both at 7am and 3pm. Buses to destinations such as Sikka and Ledalero also depart from here. Kijang shared taxis also leave this terminal for Ende (50, 000Rp per person, 4½ hours) at around 7.30am.
Pelni’s Awu sails fortnightly from Maumere to Makassar and Kalimantan to the west, Larantuka and Kalabahi to the east, and Kupang to the southeast. Pelni (21013; Jl Suryo Pranoto) is near the entrance to the port.
Dharma (21091; Jl Nong Meak 2) operates the fairly smart Kirana ship that connects Maumere with Surabaya (301, 000Rp) and Kupang (115, 000Rp). The day of departure depends on sea conditions, but there’s usually one trip to each destination per week.
Maumere has good air connections. Merpati (21342; Jl Sudirman) has five flights a week to/from Kupang, four to/from Labuanbajo and five to/from Denpasar with connections to Jakarta. The signposted office is just off the main road to the airport.
Departure tax is 6000Rp.