Bus from Probolinggo to train station for bus to Cemoro Lawang
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 17, 2012 1:55 AM Last Post By: jabalong
Feb 14, 2012 4:46 AM
Bus from Probolinggo to train station for bus to Cemoro LawangHi, LP says that upon arrival in Probolingo train station we need to catch a bus that takes off from a place near the bus station. Is this spot easy to find? Are there signs? Can you share experience if you've done this before. We want to get to Bromo and are not sure what to do when we arrive in Probolingo train station. Thanks
Feb 14, 2012 6:05 AM
1You'll need to get from the train station to the bus terminal, a couple of kms away. As you come out of the train station you'll see local minibuses passing. Take one heading right - it will get you to the bus terminal. If the driver tries to convince you to get off before the terminal, be stubborn, likewise if someone speaking English approaches the minibus at the roadside.
The local buses to Cemoro Lawang run from inside the terminal, in a separate section from where the big longhaul coaches depart...
Feb 14, 2012 9:01 AM
2good luck getting to the bus terminal from the train station...all the minibus drivers there behave exactly the same, they will tell you yes ok to the bus terminal, standard fare 3.000 rp...so far so good...but then they don't actually bring you to the bus terminal but to a travel agent a distance away, who will claim there are no more public busses but you'r in luck, they got a minibus standing by! (at a hugely inflated price of course)...simply refuse to get out and tell the driver over and over again you want to go to the actual bus station...problem is he gets a commission for dropping you off at that agent, so he's not very keen on bringing you any further...it helps if there are some locals in your minibus that actually want to go to the bus station....otherwise you will be stuck...all this happened to us just the other week, even though i speak fluent bahasa and know the set-up, it was still hard to get out of the situation...every other traveller i met since then had the same story (most ended up paying for the overpriced travel agent, as they didn't know what was going on)..just stand your ground!
Mar 16, 2012 7:51 AM
Mar 16, 2012 8:15 AM
May 17, 2012 1:55 AM
5Nice to see this scam is still going strong. It happened to me 11 years ago!
Was the only foreigner on a large aircon bus from Surabaya and we stop at this little travel agent seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Guys get on and come right to me telling me this is where I have to get off. There were a bunch of locals on board, and I'm like hell no, I'm going to the bus terminal with them. Finally, they threw up their arms in exasperation and gave up as the bus had to carry on, then sure enough there was the bus terminal a few minutes down the road and everyone got off. Was no hard feelings though, as I was pointed to the regular minibus where I packed in with all the locals and up we went to Bromo where they left me off with no problems.
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