By Air, By Sea, By Land & Sea
Today, there are several ways how to get to Flores.
Depending on your travel preferences, your budget and time, you can choose to go to Flores/Komodo by air, by sea or by the combination of land & sea.
Labuan Bajo in the West of Flores is the main destination town for many tourists. Labuan Bajo has an airport with daily flights from Denpasar, Bali and Jakarta, Java as well as with several weekly flights from Surabaya, Java.
Also, the main boats as well as the PELNI passenger ship arrive at the harbour of Labuan Bajo.
Either from the airport or from the harbour it is only a few minutes to your hotel, hostel or resort. Several taxi drivers and Ojeks (motorbike drivers) are available for the travellers upon arrival. The most convenient and easy way is to organise your pick-up in advance with your hotel or the dive centre.
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The fastest and probably the most convenient way to travel to Flores is by air. There are daily flights from Denpasar, Bali and Jakarta, Java and weekly from Surabaya, Java. . Several airlines serve the route offering economy and even business class.
You can book a flight online directly at the airline’s webpage, through a travel agent or directly at the airport. Several search machines can help you to find the currently available airline and their schedule.
It is a fact that the schedule can change fast and without prior notice, there are some delays and sometimes other local issues that might make your travel a bit longer. Just take it as an adventure and be patient.
However, we recommend allowing yourself one day as backup, especially when flying back from Labuan Bajo to catch your flight back home.
Currently operating airlines are Nam Air, Lion Air, Wings Air, Transnusa Air Service, Batik Air and Garuda Indonesia.
|Flight time:||Denpasar – Labuan Bajo||=> 50 minutes to 1h20|
|Jakarta – Labuan Bajo||=> 2h 20|
|Baggage allowance:||10 – 30 kg, depending on the airline. Please check when booking|
Have a safe flight and see you soon.
For those who have more time and would like to make an adventure out of their travel, can choose to take the national ship PELNI or do the boat trip between Lombok and Flores. The journey on the PELNI ship starts at the Benoa Harbor in Bali and takes up to 36 hours to reach Labuan Bajo. Several classes, including the economy class with a large dormitory are offered on the PELNI vessel. There are some restaurants, cafeterias, kiosks and even movie theaters besides a huge amount of people, animals and vehicles.
For schedules and current information on PELNI services it is best to check their webpage, or contact their office in Kuta, Bali.
The boat trips between Lombok and Flores differ from operator to operator but generally might take between one or two nights to reach Labuan Bajo.
By Land & Sea
Alternatively, there is the opportunity to travel from Bali via Lombok and Sumbawa that combines ferry, boat and bus service. It is a rather longer journey and you would need to plan and check it in advance. Only choose this option if you have plenty of time to travel as the schedules of ferries, boats and busses are rather unreliable.
You can start your journey from Bali and cross over to Lombok. To go overland from harbour to harbour, you can then take either a public bus or a taxi. And for the sea crossing between Lombok and Sumbawa and then from Sumbawa to Flores you have an option of taking either a local boat, or a ferry or a speedboat – this will depend on the local availability on spot.
However, remember that besides being a long journey, it might also be an exhausting one. While you will see beautiful landscapes and meet many different people, just be careful and enjoy the experience.