IMPORTANT TO KNOW
If you are planning on traveling around the island and visiting small villages it is more respectable to wear slacks or knee length shorts, a shirt with sleeves or a sarong. If you happened to be here during Ramadan, which is the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, please do not to eat, drink or smoke out in the open public during this month long fast. Even though the people don't seem bothered in the common tourist areas like, Senggigi and the Gili islands, it is better to respect the people and not eat or smoke openly
Taxi Service in Lombok
Taxis operated from all major hotels and airport with rate varying according to destination. Taxi companies in Lombok are Lombok Taxi (627000), Lendang Express (634444) and Airport Taxi. Taxis are metered and charged accordingly to distances.
Lombok Bemo Service
The main means of long distance transportation in Lombok are the Lombok Bemo services. There not very good transport networks throughout the city. Therefore the best way to make traveling easy here is by plying these Converted Passenger-Carrying Minivans also known as Bemo. Lombok Bemo Service is the commonest form of transport available in major town i.e: Mataram, Ampenan and Cakranegara, founded in every corner of the island with quite inexpensive price. You can even ply the Lombok Bemo Service for reaching short distances around Senggigi.
The larger Bemo cover the long distance routes, while the smaller ones take up the short distances within the city. The main bus terminal of Lombok is Mandalika located at Bertais, which is about 1 km east of Sweta. Besides Mandalika, Praya, Kopang, Anyar and Pancor are the other regional bus terminals from where Lombok Bemo Service could be availed.
Although Lombok Bemo Service fare is pretty cheap compares to other transport services available here. The official fare from Mataram to Senggigi is Rp. 5,000 (US $ 0,5). But you should be careful as the drivers have a tendency to overcharge the visitors. Check out the rate chart outside the Mandalika terminal. You might be charged for carrying luggage. Children upto the age of 11 can travel at half price. Lombok Bemo Service runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.
The most unique way to roam around the city is by Cidomo, which is a pony driven cart.
Different then others public transportations, ojek is using motorbike to carry they passengers. Most ojek operates at night when bemo no longer operates. There is no basic tariffs for this transports. The tariffs is depend on both agreement, between ojeker and passengers. If you like to use they service, make sure you and the ojeker agree first about the tariff and they ojeker know where the destinations you want to go.
Other Transport Systems in Lombok include Flights and Helicopters, Boats, Buses, Motor Bikes and Bicycles. Lombok is connected with several airlines for example Garuda Indonesia Airways, Batavia Air, Lion Air, Merpati, GT Air, and Wings Air.
Ferries run frequently between Lembar in Lombok and Padangbai in Bali. On the land, road network is overwhelming in Lombok. Buses run all over the island. If you are an adventurous type then the best way to explore Lombok is by hiring a bike or a bicycle. They are the cheapest and also easily available. Prahu or the Outrigger boats are used for short trips to snorkeling spots or surf breaks.
Carry small changes to pay public buses or taxi.
Call the taxi operator: 627000 (lombok taxi) if you need to be picked up.
If you have to go by private car, try to fix the price first rather than argue at the end of the journey.
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