I am going from Ubud to Gili T and looking for the quickest way to get there. I guess Fast Boats but from which location ?
Take transport to Padangbai. There you can catch all sorts of Fast Boats to Gili T. About an hour drive from Ubud.
Okay thank you for your advice. The hotel in Gili T suggested that I depart from serangan harbor sanur, but Sanur is down South, so it didn't make sense to me to go south when Gili T is North.
Most fast boats service is inclusive pickup from Ubud to the jetty. So you just only need to wait for the driver to pickup you at hotel lobby in Ubud.
Padangbai harbor departure is better even it's more rush than others. Padangbai has shortest sea cross and more calm water.
There are several fast boat harbors: Padangbai, Sanur, Serangan, and Amed.
It takes about 3.5 hours for total transfer time from Ubud to Gili Trawangan, either from Padangbai or Serangan. if it is Padangbai, it is 1.5 hours overland driving, 0.5 hours gathering before depart, then 1.5 hours sea cross. If it is Serangan, around 1 hours overland driving, then 2.5 hours sea cross.
Sanur is longest trip around 3-3.5 hours sea cross, because the boat is intended as transfer and trip, so it runs at not very fast speed.
It is faster to go from Padangbai than Sanur by boat. You can catch the perama bus from ubud to padangbai for about 50'000 rupiah. By memory I think the journey by bus was roughly an hr and the boat was about 3hrs. It was about an hr longer by boat from Sanur.
Here is the link about the Perama bus
Once you get to Padangbai there will be various boats going to the islands. You should have no trouble buying a ticket.
Flying is unquestionably more comfortable and certainly a lot safer
Though the air services are safer you will then need to do a trip by road (approx 1.5-2 hours), and then a short small boat crossing to the Gili islands.
However if you can conveniently access the airport in Bali then that is a better option if it avoids a long road trip in Bali to get to the boat departure.
It depends a lot upon your position in Bali prior to departure.
The road trip between the Lombok International Airport and the Beach departure point to access the Gili islands is scenic and interesting.
If you arrive early and therefore are not in a rush to get to the boat departures (best get there before 4:00pm) then take the modern and air conditioned DAMRI public bus to Senggigi on the west coast, then a taxi to either the public boats at Bangsal, or the private (more expensive) speedboats at Teluk Nare.
The bus is only Rp25,000, it sometimes stops to let people off at the side of the road and it goes via the DAMRI depot and the islands main bus terminal Mandiika on the eastern outskirts of Mataram.
As the seat position in the bus is elevated above that of a car the view out the windows is a lot better, and some may find it quite interesting, as well as quite scenic in some parts.
The trip northward from Senggigi by taxi is very worthwhile, that is a very scenic road and some of the views are very well worth seeing.
It would be unfortunate to view the road trip from the airport to the north west departure points to the Gili islands as a negative aspect of a Bali to Lombok transfer.
Full airport to Gili transfers are also available.
Air ticket prices vary seasonally, anticipate Rp200,000-325,000 1 way/PAX.
Airport departure tax is Rp35,000 ex Bali and Rp25,000 ex Lombok. It must be paid in IDR only.
A taxi Service Fee is payable per taxi exiting the LOP gates. It is Rp17,500 (or Rp10,000 to Lombok central destinations such as Sembalun or Kuta) and payable at the 'Taxi Service Desk' in the central area of the terminal after you exit from the arrivals halls. It must be paid in IDR only.
J_Hercules is soooo right!! I can confirm that as I just recently back from the island.
To add to Hercules post we chose to fly this time to Lombok with Merpati airlines this was booked on line and literally you are in the air for 15 or so minutes then on the way down again-it is a nice way to appreciate the island and its size
if you go by fast boat, do not use scoot fast boats! they are awefule, unreliable, unprofessional, and stink of gasoline! ours broke down and left us stranded for 3 hours and they woudn't even refund our ticket even though they made us miss an entire day in Gili!
Hi, I am doing the same in February. So from Ubud to Gili T what is the fastest way to get there by ferry or by air? What is the transfer duration for both? Is one cheaper than the other?
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