How to get to Kuta Lombok : air, boat, bus

When you plan your trip to Kuta Lombok, the first step is to get there. There are few direct flights from big cities such as London, Adelaide or New York. What travellers will have to do is fly to Singapore, Bali or Malaysia and then hop a smaller flight to paradise.

All Travel Options

We’ve broken down all the transport options available into three sections ‘Air,’ ‘Boat’ and ‘Road.’ You’ll need to use a combination of at least two of these to get to Kuta, although you might be able to book one ticket that covers the whole journey.

By Air

Fly to Lombok International Airport (LOP) + 35 min drive to Kuta town.

Airlines flying into LOP;

  • AirAsia
  • Batik Air
  • Citilink
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Korean Air
  • Lion Air
  • Nam Air
  • SilkAir
  • Wings Air

Useful info;

  • We like Skyscanner.com for searching flights
  • Flight from Denpasar, Bali is only 25 mins

Once you’ve arrived at Lombok airport, you’ll need to take one of the following road options to Kuta which is about a 35 minute drive with some variability based on traffic;

  • Taxi Service Companies – set price (desks outside arrival terminal, inside airport)
  • Metered taxi – metred (taxi rank outside airport)
    • Bluebird Taxi – Bluebird has the best reputation
    • Express Taxi
  • Independent drivers – negotiate price (outside airport) – not recommended
  • Hotel airport transfer – set price (organise before you arrive and driver will usually meet you outside the airport with a sign – We offer this for Sari Inn guests)

By Boat

Flying is the quickest way to get to Lombok but you will need to deal with the whole checkin and waiting process as well as airport transport on either end. If you have the time and inclination then there are various boat options which we’ll outline below.

  • To Lembar Harbour (West Lombok Regency) – Main port
    • From;
      • Padang Bai Harbour, East Bali Indonesia
        • Public Ferry;
          • Runs 24 hours a day
          • Takes 4 hours (can be more in bad weather)
          • Beware: poor safety record
        • Fast Boat
    • To get from the Harbour to Kuta town ~ 1 hour;
      • Bus/van/Bemo negotiated at the port
      • Metred taxi;
        • Bluebird taxi – best reputation
        • Express taxi
      • Info;
        • You may be able to purchase a Ferry ticket with land transfer included to Kuta which can make the journey a lot simpler
        • You can pre-arrange your land transfer with your hotel (like us) or a transport company
  • To Senggigi Harbour;
    • From;
      • Serangan Harbour, East Bali (usually via Gili islands)
        • Fast boat
      • Gili Islands (30 mins – 1 hour)
        • Fast boat
    • For information about getting from Senggigi Harbour to Kuta Town, see the ‘Road’ section below
  • To Kayangan Harbour (East Lombok)
    • From;
      • Sumbawa;
        • Public Ferry
  • To Bangsal Ferry Terminal / Teluk Kode / Teluk Nare (North West Lombok)
    • From;
      • Gili Islands
        • Local Ferry
        • Fast boat

Road

Whether you arrive on Lombok by boat or air, you’ll need to take some road transport to get from your arrival point to Kuta Town.

  • Rinjani (Senaru & Sembalun Lawang)
    • 4 hours to Kuta Town
  • Senggigi
    • 1.5 – 2 hours to Kuta Town
  • Mataram
    • 70 mins to Kuta Town
  • Transport options;
    • Metred taxi;
      • Kuta <-> Airport
      • Kuta <-> Senggigi
      • Kuta <-> Mataram
      • Kuta <-> Lembar Harbour
      • Bluebird is the most trusted company
    • Van/bemo;
      • Negotiate fixed price on the spot
      • Pre-book through transport service, hotel or online service
      • Some Ferry services may include road transfer in the ticket so you don’t have to worry about it
    • Bus;
      • Local bus services are limited to areas around Mataram

Where to Stay in Kuta, Lombok?

If you’re traveling as a couple, family or group then look no further than Sari Inn for the best stay in Kuta, Lombok. We have several accommodation options including one and two bedroom villas and a four bedroom house!

Our staff are one of our greatest assets and will make you feel warm and welcome. Our manager, Hamy, worked for the local tourism commission for 20 years and is one of the top experts on the area.

What to Do?

Once you have all of your travel arrangements set it is time to plan what you will do when on paradise. Check out these popular articles for some ideas;