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a VirtualTourist member from Cheltenham asked on Jul 29, 2013


getting to Mount Bromo from Jakarta...

hey all
we arrive in Jakarta end of of August for about 7days... we want to climb Mount Bromo for sunrise... whats the quickest way to get there from Jakarta? thanks :)

5 Answers

answered on 7/29/13 by
a VT member from Alhaurín el Grande

Hi Neil,
Fly to Surabaya, there rent a car with driver.

answered on 7/29/13 by
a VT member from Cheltenham

Theo thats great thank you, do you know any good drivers? or approx how much it could cost for 2 people?
i just read that its possible to take a sleeper train... do you recommend this? we have already a flight from jakarta to KL to fly back to UK from KL and i dont want to increase my carbon footprint any further!!!

answered on 7/29/13 by
a VT member from Alhaurín el Grande

Hi Neil,
You asked for th equickest way....

Based on the distance and the fact that the driver needs to stay over to take you back to Surabaya, I estimate that the cost for a rental car fromSurabaya to Bromo and back could be between Rp 1,500,000 and Rp 2,000,000.
I have no info about drivers, but I think you can rent a car at a booth on the airport.
Alternatively you can take a train or a bus from Surabaya to Probolinggo, and there hop in a minibus that more or less regularly goes to Bromo. That needs a taxi or bus tranfer from the airport to the railway or bus station.

If you want to take the train to Surabaya, there is one overnight train leaving at 5pm and arriving at 5am. But... Indonesia has no sleeper trains, you have to try and sleep on a bench. You need to take a taxi from Jakarta airport to Gamir railway station, and arrive at Gubeng station in Surabaya. Then change to a train for Probolinggo.

Look up train schedules here (Indonesian language):
Look up flights here:

Good luck!

answered on 7/31/13 by
a VT member from Jakarta

Hi. To add to what Theo has written, there are 3 modes of public transportation you can take to go to Bromo from Jakarta: airplane, train and bus.

1. Airplane: Many airlines fly from Jakarta to Surabaya (Garuda, Air Asia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Citilink). One-way airfare ranges from Rp385,000 to Rp1,500,000. From Juanda Airport Surabaya you can take a taxi to the Bungurasih bus terminal (around Rp70,000). From there you can take the aircon bus (Patas AC) to Probolinggo bus terminal (Rp25,000), then take the ‘angkot’ to Ngadisari (Rp 25,000).

2. Train: You can take the BIMA executive train from Gambir station in Jakarta to Gubeng Station in

Surabaya. The train leaves Gambir at 5pm and arrives in Gubeng at 5:15am. Fare ranges from Rp.440,000-470,000.

For a cheaper alternative, you can take the non-aircon economy Gaya Baru train from Kota station to Gubeng station Surabaya. It leaves Kota at 11AM and arrives Gubeng almost 2AM. The fare is Rp 110,000 during the Eid holiday season or Rp 55,000 (normal rate during non-holiday season).

From Gubeng station in Surabaya, you can then take the Mutiara ‘bisnis’ train that goes to Banyuwangi (Rp70,000), get off in Probolinggo.

3. Bus: From Pulugadung Terminal, you can take the Jakarta-Bali bus (Rp250,000) and get off at Probolinggo bus terminal.

From Surabaya to Mount Bromo if you are taking a private vehicle, there are 4 routes you can take:
1. Surabaya-Malang-Tumpang-Jemplang-Mount Bromo
2. Surabaya-Pasuruan-Purwodadi-Wonokitri (Tosari)
3. Surabaya-Tongas-Sukapura-Ngadisari-Cemoro Lawang
4. Surabaya-Terminal Probolinggo-Sukapura-Ngadisari-Cemoro Lawang

From Cemoro Lawang, Tosari or Ngadisari you can rent a jeep (6-seater) that can take you to the Pananjakan viewing point for Rp300,000). You can share cost with the other tourists.

From Surabaya you may also opt to take a package tour. My most recent trip to Bromo from Surabaya I took a package tour. It costs Rp2,250,000 (maximum of 3 people), which included the transportation (Surabaya-Bromo-Surabaya), the jeep to Pananjakan for sunrise viewing, entrance ticket, snacks and mineral water. We left our hotel in Surabaya for Probolinggo at 12pm, arrived in Cemoro Lawang around 3am, then the jeep took us to Penanjakan viewing point. After viewing the sunrise, we went down to the sea of sand (lautan pasir). From the parking area to the stairs to the Bromo caldera you can either walk or ride a horse. We opted to ride the horse (this is not included in the package). I think we paid Rp 50,000 for the horse ride. but if you’re a foreigner sometimes they will quote you Rp150,000. We spent about 30 minutes on the caldera edge taking photos and by around 9am we are on our way back to Surabaya.

answered on 7/31/13 by
a VT member from Cheltenham

this is great Astene & Theo, thanks again :)

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