How to get from Lombok to Flores

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After spending a couple of days on the Gili Islands and Lombok, Flores is a popular destination that backpackers frequent next. On a map, it doesn’t seem that far, but transport in Indonesia can be quite tedious. If money wasn’t a problem, flying would be the best option as it is the most efficient. However, if you’re like every backpacker I know, flying would be the last option! Here are some other alternatives on how to get from Lombok to Flores.

Fly from Lombok to Flores:

There are flights from Denpasar or Lombok airport to Lubuan Bajo (although this is the most efficient way to get to and out of Flores, it can be a little pricey (worth checking and looking into though!)

If you need to go to Bali for visa purposes like us, book your flights ahead of time specially during peak season. Depending on the weather, you may enjoy a spectacular view of the Nusa Tenggara Barat and Nusa Tenggara Timur island groups. We use Skyscanner to check flights.

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Bus/Ferry Combo:

We saw a lot of tourist agencies offer a 24 hour bus/boat combo to flores from Lombok and the Gilis. Average cost would be around 350,000rph-450,000rph (depending on where you book and how good you are at haggling) Doing it yourself is a cheaper option but can get very frustrating as the bus schedules are often not accurate.

You will also have a constant group of people telling you that the bus isn’t coming or is late so you avail of their transport service. I heard of some people doing an insane 36 hour trip from Bali, passing through Lombok-Sumbawa-Flores.

Read: The Ultimate Guide to Raja AmpatA view of an island from the sea

Experience the Lombok to Flores Boat:

Personally, this was the option that we went for as we felt that it was good value for money as it included 4 nights accommodation, all meals, and a stop at all the highlight must see places along the way. To those of you that are interested in traveling from Lombok to Flores, here is a detailed itinerary of the boat trip, including some essential insider tips! If you want to read the full account of our journey, check out the full article at Komodo Boat Trip Review: Lombok to Flores.

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Seniggi Port-Gili Bola

(we reached this place at night due to delays which meant that we couldn’t explore the island anymore.) We left Gili Air at 8am and boarded the vessel at 4pm

-sunset on the boat


-sleep until we start traveling to Moyo Island at 2am.

Day 2: Moyo and Satonda Island


-waterfall trek in Moyo Island

-snorkel around Santonda Island

-Hike to the view point of the Lake (inside Satonda)



-travel all night to Gili Laba
View of a sunset over a mountain from a boat

Day 3: Gili Laba-Manta Point- Pink Beach


-hike Gili Laba viewpoint


-snorkle with manta rays at Manta Point

-snorkle around Pink beach

-boats docked by Kalong Island (boat parties)


Related: Check out our guides on Where to Stay in Indonesia or read Best Liveaboard Diving in Komodo.
Upwards view of manta rays in blue waters

Day 4: Komodo National Park and Rinca

Park Fees at of August 2015: 220,000rph per person (inclusive of 80,000rph/5 people for a guide)


-Komodo National Park (7am- the earlier the better to avoid the people doing the other day tours)

-hike around to see the Komodo Dragons


-Rinca Island

-hike around to see the Komodo dragons

-snorkeling at Kelor Island

-dock at Labuan Bajo (you have the option to spend the night on the boat)

Read: Diving in Komodo National ParkA boat sailing past a green mountainInsider Tips:

  • Brings snacks for the boat trip (cookies, chips, or cup noodles)
  • Bring a book as there will be loads of idle time when the boat is moving
  • DO NOT let your guide collect any fees- pay them yourself so you can be sure you are being charged correctly.
  • Bring baby wipes (useful for getting the salt off your skin at night as there aren’t any showers
  • Bring a bottle of rum (trust us, it will come in handy!)
  • Be ready with motion sickness pills
  • Do not pay the camera fee at the Komodo Park (this is no longer imposed but some guides will still try to charge it)
  • Do your research on which boat company to go with
  • Essential items to pack are: sunblock, sarong, a hat, and shoes (for the hike in Gili Laba, Komodo National Park, and Rinca

Island views with blue waters

Editor’s Note: Looking for more Indonesia Travel Tips? Check out our complete guide featuring the best things to do, where to stay, and more.

Recommended Activities in Komodo

There are heaps of incredible things to do in Komodo National Park. From diving to seeing the komodo dragons in real life, here are a few of our recommended activities in the area that are worth checking out.

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Where to Stay in Flores/ Labuan Bajo

Listed below is a short excerpt of our personal recommendations on where to stay while in Flores. If you want to read the full article with even more recommendations, check out: Best Places to Stay in Labuan Bajo, Flores | Hotels & Hostels

$ Budget: Bajo View

If you’re looking for cheap, go no further as Bajo view allows you to stay in tents for a pretty unique experience. We personally stayed at Gardena (another budget place) but they do not take bookings online. The tents here in Bajo view show off a spectacular view, but please do note that it does get quite hot in the rooms. (Prices start at $15 for two people/ $8 for one person)

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$$ Mid Range: Green Hill Boutique Hotel

This mid range hotel is located behind an Italian restaurant (which serves amazing food). Ignore the long walk up the stairs and stay in a relatively well priced room offering you all the amenities that you need. Although it has mixed reviews online, our friends had a lovely stay there. Read the reviews and decide for yourself. (Prices start at $40 for a double room)

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$$$ Splurge: La Prima Hotel Flores:

For those of you that want to splurge a little bit, spend a little bit more and  stay in this lush place which has a beautiful outdoor pool. Although the rooms could use a facelift, the pool and outdoors area make up for it. The hotel is  located a little bit outside of the main town, the hotel provides a shuttle for guests to use. (Prices start at $50-70 for a double room)

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$$$$ Luxury: Plataran Komodo Beach Resort

For those of you that are looking for a luxurious getaway, this is as good as it gets! The Plataran Komodo Beach Resort has a beautiful resort compound whose helpful staff go above and beyond to accommodate your needs. (Prices start at $300 for a beach front villa)

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Overall, the trip itself was highly enjoyable and fun. It is a great way to get from Lombok to Flores without having to spend too much money on flights. Although it isn’t luxurious, if you get lucky, it is a great way to meet new people and make the most of the scenery.

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