Depending on the season, crowds in Lombok will vary; with an influx of travellers over the dry season in July and August. Plan your trip accordingly, to make your adventure to Lombok as seamless as possible. Whether you arrive in Lombok by sea or air, each mode of transport has its benefits with services running regularly.
Starting with air travel, of course, flying is a convenient way to reach the island. Lombok International Airport offers both domestic and international flights, set in south-central Lombok. When you arrive at Lombok airport from another country, depending on your citizenship, you will be required to organise a visa on arrival.
Flying is considered the best option for families because often, the boat between Bali and Lombok can be a little rough depending on the conditions. Therefore, it is not as reliable or comfortable for kids. Flights between Lombok and Bali depart regularly, and before you arrive, arrange a transfer from the airport to your hotel. Otherwise, the airport provides a bus service or airport taxi; which is an official service based on fixed fare zoning. If you opt for a taxi, you will need to pay at the counter, not to the driver. Be mindful that metered taxi services and rideshare apps are not allowed to operate within the airport grounds.
If you are already in Bali, then arriving in Lombok by boat can be a scenic way to reach the island. Ferries depart from the east of Bali near Kuta and Seminyak and will dock at either Lembar Harbour in the southwest or Senggigi Beach on the west coast of Lombok. Senggigi Beach does not have a pier; consequently boats and catamarans arriving will dock straight onto the shore. On your journey, it is best to wear shoes that you can remove easily, as your feet may get wet stepping off the vessel and on to the sand. The cheapest option is a public ferry; however, they are often delayed due to weather conditions. If you are willing to pay a little more, the fast boat services take half the travel time, and are a two-hour trip in total. For visitors going to the Gili Islands, grab a boat directly from Bali, which is the easiest way to arrive on the islands.
When travelling by ferry, pay attention to the weather conditions, as the Lombok Strait between Bali and Lombok can be quite rough.
Plan your trip and book transfers ahead of time, or arrange a taxi on your arrival using Blue Bird Taxis; which are the cheapest and most reliable on the island. Whether you choose to fly or arrive by boat in Lombok, the transport options are well connected and easily accessible.