Lombok is Bali’s nearest neighbor. This island offers the same great, hypnotizing beaches with Bali. Senggigi Beach, Pink Beach, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno, just to name a few. Lombok is the perfect companion of Bali. When you are full enough with Bali and the crowd of tourists in the island move you to a more tranquil and peace location, Lombok is the best place to just lie down, enjoy the beach, and the music. Most interestingly, Lombok is cheaper than Bali! That is if you know how to handle your wallet. Follow below tips to get travel cheap in Lombok.
Travel to Lombok from Bali
The cheapest option to reach Lombok from Bali is by boat. Use speed boat. It takes around 2 hours from Serangan. If you depart from Padang Bai, it takes 1,5 hour. The boat ticket is around $13,4.
You can take economy seat from Denpasar, Bali to Lombok International Airport. Book the ticket at Tiket.com. The cheapest ticket is tagged at USD 15,02. You will fly with Lion Air. Garuda Indonesia is there to transport you to Lombok. Their cheapest seats are tagged at USD 33.93. It’s okay to take the cheapest flight, because you can save more of your time. It takes around 30 to 45 minutes to fly to Lombok, while the price you would pay is just a bit more expensive compared to the speedboat ticket.
If you travel alone, take buses. Bluebird taxis are expensive for solo travelers. To travel to Gili you should take bus and enjoy the trip with locals in public boat. In Gili’s islands the best option to take is Cidomo, a donkey drawn cart. You will find no motorised transport in Gili. It’s best to take Cidomo to travel from one end of the island to the other quickly. If you want to save more money, just walk.
Rent A House
For a more authentic experience of exploring Lombok, rent a house. It’s much cheaper than hotel rates. Find some friends to share the house with, and you can pay only for USD 33 a night.
Eat at the food stalls at the street. They offer the same delicious foods as you can see at the tourists’ restaurants, but label the foods at surprisingly lower prices.