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From Surabaya To Bromo

  • By on July 5, 2010 | 12 Comments

    Looking for how to travel from Surabaya to Bromo? You have to make a wise decision on the type of transport you going to take a ride on in this second largest city in Indonesia.

    Our airplane landed on Juanda International Airport, Surabaya in the hot afternoon of 12p.m and we know we have to reach Mount Bromo as soon as possible.

    The hotel in Mount Bromo promise us to hold our room booking until 5p.m which means we have 5 hours left tick tock in our watch.

    Before travel from Surabaya to Bromo, we have checked the distance is around 100km and Google Maps optimistically told us it’s going to be 2 hours 10 minutes journey.

    That’s from Juanda International Airport, Sedati, East Java, Indonesia to Mount Bromo, Sukapura, East Java, Indonesia πŸ˜€

    Transportation To Bromo

    So what is the choices you got to travel from Surabaya to Bromo? I read on the guide on Lonely Planet before and it says we can take public transport from Juanda International Airport, Surabaya.

    Buy the ticket near entrance gate and take Damri Bus from airport to Bungurasih bus station. Do not get off the bus until the Damri Bus enter the Bungurasih bus station.

    Take a bus from Bungurasih to Probolinggo and from there continue to rent a bemo to Cemoro Lawang, Bromo. The overall public transport rate is quite cheap according to the travel guide.

    However, we opt to hire a transporter to bring us from Surabaya to Bromo with the cost of 600,000 Indonesia Rupiah one way due to travel time uncertainty.

    During the journey, we found the traffic is heavy around Surabaya and the transporter even took the small village road (known as Jalan Tikus) to avoid the jam.

    Our transporter drive and cut the queue all the way to Bromo. Just close your eyes and pray to reach the destination πŸ™‚

    Mount Bromo, I am here at last! From Surabaya to Probolinggo took 3 hours and from Probolinggo to Bromo took 1 and half hours. That’s almost 5 hours in total with furious driving speed!

    I can’t imagine if we take public transport from Surabaya to Bromo, maybe we are still stuck in the midway to Malang. By the way, Google Maps just predict the travel time without traffic.

    For those who took public transport before from Surabaya to Bromo, feel free to comment on the time and cost spent in the journey. Gracias πŸ™‚

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  1. #1 dinda
    October 28, 2010 7:27 pm

    True. There’s no way you can get to Bromo in 2 hours from Surabaya, especially now when there’s Sidoarjo mud flow on Porong. The traffic jam there alone took more than 1 hour.

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  1. #2 Linda
    February 26, 2011 7:43 am

    Hey, it means from Subrajaya Airport to Bromo need around 5 hours journey?? Can I have more information from u??

    Izzit dangerous to visit Bromo??? How do u think about it? Please share with me…=)

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  1. #3 ah hong
    February 26, 2011 9:16 am

    @Linda Yes, it took around 5 hours to reach Bromo from Surabaya International Airport through private transportation. I can’t imagine how long will it be if you use public transportation.

    Heard the volcano last erupted on Nov 2011, I think you can get in touch with the hotel over there on the current situation. When are you going? πŸ™‚

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  1. #4 Wattey
    March 31, 2011 10:38 am

    Hello, thanks for your post. It is very helpful! Could you let us know where did you stay in Bromo? And how’s it? Thank you. Cheers, Wattey.

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  1. #5 ah hong
    April 9, 2011 8:47 am

    @Wattey Thanks! I stay in Cemara Indah Bromo Hotel. It’s good enough to rest our head there. One of best reason to stay there is because of the view on Bromo. Check it out here at Cemara Indah Bromo πŸ™‚

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  1. #6 Andreas
    August 2, 2011 1:06 am

    Hi, i plan to go there this month, but not yet book the hotel and transport. how you hire the transporter, can you do it directly inside Juanda airport or need to book first (any recommendation). i try to avoid using mass public transport in indonesia. and can we get the hotel without reservation first (i mean straight away go there and book a room). thanks alot for your reply

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  1. #7 ah hong
    August 2, 2011 7:23 am

    Good day Andreas, I think you can hire the transporter upon arrival at Juanda airport. Try to ask around and compare the price first. It’s a good idea to avoid public transport as it will take longer time to reach Bromo. As for the accomodation, I advise you to book earlier rather than go straight away without booking. Better be safe than sorry right πŸ™‚

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  1. #8 Tim Kow
    March 30, 2012 5:24 pm

    Did you hire the transport to Bromo from the airport terminal? Was the price fixed or you had to negotiate? What vehicle was given for 600,000 IDR? Thank You

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  1. #9 Suh Ching
    June 3, 2012 6:49 pm

    May I know how you go back to Surabaya from Bromo? You took private transport or public transport? Thanks

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  1. #10 Vero
    June 12, 2012 3:50 am


    Thanks for the post, very interesting! I’m planning a similar trip, would you mind to advise how you found the driver? If possible would you mind to give me his contact details?

    Many thansk in advance,


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  1. #11 ah hong
    June 15, 2012 7:35 am

    @Suh Ching It’s the same private transport. We negotiate with the driver in the airport for the two way ticket.

    @Vero I found the driver in Surabaya airport. Sorry cos’ I didn’t jot down his contact. Anyway you will find lots of driver around there. Try to negotiate for the best fare πŸ™‚

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  1. #12 Jhon Alif
    November 15, 2013 1:19 am

    Very helpfull… πŸ™‚

    Please introduce our service
    Bromo Transport
    Budget Travel Center in Malang
    Mountain Bromo, Mountain Semeru, Mountain Ijen, Lovina Beach etc
    We also accept “custom package”
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