LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – To reach the Gili islands there area three options. The fast boat is the fastest, easiest but also the most expensive way. Several companies operate from various ports in Bali and offer a free transfer from your hotel to the boarding point, depending on your location. Journey times vary from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on weather conditions.
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You can also go to the pier on your own and buy your ticket directly. Below you will find details of schedules and departures. For more information and online booking, visit gilibookings.com or see our recomendation in recomendation page.
If you have a limited budget, you can choose the ferry option. The crossing takes five hours from Padang Bai in Bali. If you want to get to the Gili islands in the evening, take a boat in the morning, from 08:00am. Once at Lembar port Lombok, find a means of transport to get to Bangsal port, then take a public boat after buying a ticket at the office. Allow 10-30 minutes to cross depending on your destination.
The last option is by air. Take a flight via the international airport in Lombok Praya, go to Bangsal (about 3 hours) and take the public boat.
Source : Gililife, August 2013 Editor : Jackysan