Lombok is very accessible by air, with daily flights to/from major Indonesian destinations such as Jakarta and Denpasar, plenty more to lesser Indonesian hubs, and international connections with Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Airports & Airlines
Lombok International Airport (www.lombok-airport.co.id), near Praya, is getting increasingly busy. There is good service to Bali and Java, with fewer services going east into Nusa Tenggara. Some routes to less-frequented Indonesian destinations require transit through Denpasar, Jakarta and smaller domestic hubs such as Surabaya and Kupang. Daily flights also serve the international hubs of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. You’ll find travel agents for airline tickets in Kuta, Mataram and Senggigi.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
Sea & Land
Mandalika Terminal in Mataram is the departure point for major cities in Bali, Sumbawa, and Flores, via inter-island ferries. For long-distance services, book tickets a day or two ahead at the terminal, or from a travel agent.
If you get to the terminal before 8am without a reservation, there may indeed be a spare seat on a bus going in your direction, but don’t count on it, especially during holidays.
There are direct buses from Denpasar on Bali that connect to the Padangbai–Lembar ferry and then continue on to the Mandalika Terminal in Mataram (225,000Rp). Buses also connect to Bima via the Lombok–Sumbawa ferry (225,000Rp).
Tourist Shuttle Bus
There are tourist shuttle-bus services between the main tourist centres in Lombok (Senggigi and Kuta) and most tourist centres in south Bali and the Gilis. Typically these combine a minibus with public ferries. Tickets can be booked directly or at a travel agent. These schemes are heavily marketed.
Public ferries connect Lembar on Lombok’s west coast with Bali, and Labuhan Lombok on its east coast with Sumbawa. Fast-boat companies link Lombok with the Gili Islands and Bali. These are centred on Senggigi, Bangsal and Gili Gede.