From Mataram (Lombok) to the Gili islands cheaper than 3€/pp

In a previous post, we wrote about our trip from Bali to Lombok. Now, we are going to tell you all you need to know to get from Mataram (main town in Lombok) to the Gili islands, a really touristic place famous for its crystal clear waters and big waves (perfect for surfing), north of Lombok.

From Mataram, take a bemo (yellowcars) for 5.000 IDR/pp (0,3€) to the Mandalika Terminal. From there, change to a blue minibus to Bengsal. This should not cost you more than 20.000 IDR/pp (1,20€).

Bemo Mataram to Bengsal (1)
Many bemos are in a pretty poor shape, but still comfy 😀
Bemo Mataram to Bengsal (2)
Plastic strings to hold your bags on the roof, along with local stuff (wood planks, sometimes fruits, …) :p

Once in Bengsal, you have to get to the ticket counter for one of the islands:

  • By speedboat: 85.000 IDR/pp (5€)
  • By public Ferry:
    • To Gili Air: 19.500 IDR/pp (1,15€) (*)
    • To Gili Meno: 20.500 IDR/pp (1,2€) (*)
    • To Gili Trawangan: 22.500 IDR/pp (1,3€) (*)

(*): These are Bule prices. Locals pay only 10.000, 12.000 and 15.000 IDR/pp to get to the islands. Bule have to pay an additional 5.000 IDR/pp tourism fee and harbor fee (2.500 IDR/pp)

Public ferry Bengsal - Gili Trawangan (2)
A few pics from of the ferry in Bengsal to Gili Trawangan

Public ferry Bengsal - Gili Trawangan (3)

FYI: Bring flip-flops to board the ferry because all of them only come alongside the beach 😀 If you mind it, know that speedboats come alongside pontoons :p Same on the islands.

Public ferry Bengsal - Gili Trawangan (1)

 

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