Getting there & away
Sumbawa Besar’s main long-distance bus terminal is the Sumur Payung terminal at Karang Dima, 5.5km northwest of town on the highway, although some morning buses to Bima leave from the Brang Bara Terminal (Jl Kaharuddin). Routes include Bima (45, 000Rp, seven hours via Dompu, six daily between 7am and 8pm); Poto Tano (12, 000Rp, two hours, very regularly until 5pm); Mataram (70, 000Rp including ferry, seven hours, four daily between 7am and 10am); Denpasar (180, 000Rp including ferries, around 12 hours, two daily). You can book tickets at Tiara Mas (21241; Jl Yos Sudarso). Cheaper buses without air-con leave for Mataram (55, 000Rp) throughout the day.
Pelni’s Tilongkabila calls in at the small port of Badas, 9km west of Sumbawa Besar, every month en route to Lombok, Bali, and Sampit, Kalimantan. The Tatamailau links Badas with Flores, Alor, Timor and Papua. The Pelni office is at Labuhan Sumbawa, the fishing port, 3km west of town on the Poto Tano road.