Lombok to Nusa Penida

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How to get from Lombok to Nusa Penida by Ferry

Most travellers visit Nusa Penida from Bali, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. You can also reach Nusa Penida from its neighbouring island Lombok.

As the distance between Bali and Nusa Penida is shorter compared to the distance from Lombok, all ferries to Nusa Penida will make a stop in Bali. This will make the journey time a bit longer, but at least you can make the trip in one go.

Compare ferry options from Lombok to Nusa Penida

When travelling the 86 km distance from Lombok to Nusa Penida, you have 2 options. You can book a direct ferry with a short stopover in Bali (2-3 hours) or book two separate tickets (2-4 hours excl. transfers). Fares start from 290,000 IDR ($19) and 340,000 IDR ($22), respectively.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Direct ferry2-3 hours290,000 IDR ($19)Check Ferry Tickets
Separate ferry tickets2-4 hours excl. transfers340,000 IDR ($22)Read article for more info

Lombok to Nusa Penida by Direct Ferry

Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 290,000 IDR ($19)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 290,000 IDR ($19)

Booking a direct ferry ticket is the most convenient way to travel from Lombok to Nusa Penida. The ferry still makes a short stop in Bali, but you can conveniently stay on the boat.

The total ferry ride takes 2.5-3 hours with tickets starting from 290,000 IDR ($19).

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were fast ferries operating the Bali-Gili Islands-Lombok-Nusa Penida route. However, these ferries haven’t resumed operations since the pandemic.

Besides the common (fast) ferries, there is also the “KMP Nusa Jaya Abadi” ferry which is a direct roll-on, roll-off ferry from Lombok to Nusa Penida. It’s a slow ferry used by people with vehicles and locals travelling with goods. However, we don’t recommend this slow ferry for the regular traveller because of its inconsistent schedule and longer travel time.

Short stop in Bali before continuing to Nusa Penida

Even though it’s called a “direct ferry,” the ferries actually make a stop in Padang Bai in Bali. Luckily, you can just stay on the boat while some passengers will disembark here and new travellers from Bali will board.

After this stop, it’s only a 30-minute ferry ride to Nusa Penida. The total travel time from Lombok to Nusa Penida is 2.5-3 hours and tickets for this combined journey start from 290,000 IDR ($19).

More ferries are now available on the Lombok to Nusa Penida route with departure times between 10:00 and 13:30.

Pre-pandemic situation

Before the pandemic, there used to be more options, with travel times between 1.5-3 hours between Lombok and Nusa Penida. These ferry companies included Eka Jaya, Golden Crown, and Gili Getaway.

Although most of these companies already resumed their operations between Bali and Gili Islands, they haven’t resumed their operations for this route yet.

Departure ports in Lombok

Ferries used to depart from the two main piers in Lombok: Bangsal Pier and Senggigi Pier. Both ports are located on the island’s west coast, but Senggigi Pier is more centrally located.

Bangsal Pier is located in the northern part of the island and is closer to the Gili Islands. The last time we checked (December 2022), all direct ferries operate from this pier. From Senggigi, it’s a 30-40 minute drive up north to Bangsal Pier. From Kuta, Lombok, it’s about a 2-hour drive north. Jump to this section to find out how to get to Bangsal Pier.

Senggigi Ferry Terminal is more accessible if you are staying in Senggigi (Rinjani basecamp) or the most popular part of Lombok, Kuta, in the southern part of the island.

Arrival ports in Nusa Penida

In Nusa Penida, there are several piers, all located in the northern part of the island.

The largest pier is Buyuk Harbour on the northeast, where Semaya One, Caspla Bali Sea View, Invinia Fast Boat, and Wijaya Buyuk arrive at.

Starfish and Golden Queen fast boats arrive at Banjar Nyuh Harbour on the northwest coast.

These two harbours are a 20-minute drive away from each other. Taxi fares between these harbours start from 150,000 IDR ($9.50).

Ferry schedule from Lombok to Nusa Penida

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Semaya One10:00-13:00
290,000 IDR ($19)
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Invinia Fast Boat12:15-14:15325,000 IDR ($21)
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Starfish Fast Boat13:30-16:30330,000 IDR ($21.50)
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Caspla Bali Sea View13:10-16:10330,000 IDR ($21.50)
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Golden Queen Fast Boat13:30-15:30345,000 IDR ($22.50)
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Wijaya Buyuk13:00-15:30375,000 IDR ($24.50)
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Lombok to Nusa Penida with Separate Ferry Tickets

Duration: 2-4 hours excl. transfers
Cost: 340,000 IDR ($22)
Duration: 2-4 hours excl. transfers
Cost: 340,000 IDR ($22)

If the direct ferries are fully booked, you can still take the indirect ferry. With this ferry, you will need to get off the boat in Bali and take another ferry to Nusa Penida.

Buying the tickets separately will cost at least 425,000 IDR ($28) which is a bit more expensive than buying a direct ticket. Total travel time is also 2.5-3 hours, but this doesn’t include yet the waiting time between the ferry trips.

Via Padang Bai or Sanur?

From Lombok, you can either take the ferry to Padang Bai or Sanur. We recommend taking the ferry to Padang Bai as this is the closest harbour to Lombok. This ferry ride takes only about 1.5 hours. Just note that you need to take any of the earliest trips to make it in time for the connecting ferry that departs at 14:30.

From Sanur, there are more departures to Nusa Penida, but the problem here is that there are only two departures from Lombok to Sanur. Both these ferries arrive at 16:30 in Sanur, which also leaves you with only one option for the connecting ferry.

If the ferry schedules don’t match, you can also take a taxi from Padang Bai to Sanur. This leaves you with the most departure options from Lombok to Bali, as well as the most departure times from Bali to Nusa Penida.

Note that Sanur opened a new port. It’s one of the most modern ports you’ll find in Southeast Asia and all boats now conveniently depart and arrive from a pier instead of from the beach. This new port is about a 5-10 minute walk from the old port.

Via Serangan Pier

Note that there is also an afternoon ferry trip from Lombok to Serangan Pier in Bali, but the connecting ferry from Serangan to Nusa Penida departs in the early morning. This means you’ll have to stay the night in Bali when travelling via Serangan.

Step 1: Lombok to Bali by Ferry

Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Cost: 245,000 IDR ($16)
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Cost: 245,000 IDR ($16)

Below, you’ll find the ferry schedules from Lombok to Padang Bai and Sanur. We recommend booking a ferry with at least 1.5 hours of spare time between the arrival from Lombok to Bali and the departure to Nusa Penida.

Almost all ferries from Lombok to Bali depart from Bangsal Pier in north Lombok. (Jump to this section to find out how to get to Bangsal Pier)

The only exception is the ferry departing from Senggigi to Bali at 10:30, operated by Eka Jaya. This port is more convenient for most travellers staying in Lombok, and you have ample time before the next ferry trip from Padang Bai to Nusa Penida.

Ferry schedule from Lombok to Padang Bai

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Semaya One10:00-11:20
245,000 IDR ($16)
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Kurniya Jaya11:30-13:30
300,000 IDR ($19.50)
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Ostina Fast Boat12:00-13:30345,000 IDR ($22.50)
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Eka Jaya Fast Boat10:00-12:00
365,000 IDR ($24)
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Eka Jaya Fastboat
(from Senggigi)
10:30-12:00375,000 IDR ($24.50)
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Golden Queen
(with hotel pick-up)
12:30-14:00485,000 IDR ($32)
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Gili Gili Fast Boat11:00-12:30490,000 IDR ($32)
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Ferry schedule from Lombok to Sanur

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
StarFish Fast Boat13:30-16:30460,000 IDR ($30)
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Scoot Fast Cruises13:45-16:30490,000 IDR ($32)
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Note that the new port in Sanur has a digital ticketing system, so you are required to buy your tickets online in advance. Your ticket or boarding pass includes a barcode that will be scanned and checked at the port.

Step 2: Bali to Nusa Penida by Ferry

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: 95,000 IDR ($6)
Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: 95,000 IDR ($6)

While most ferries from Lombok to Bali arrive at Padang Bai, only one ferry company operates from Padang Bai to Nusa Penida. Travel time is about an hour from this port.

You have more choices if you take a ferry to Sanur Port. From this port, Nusa Penida is just 30-45 minutes away.

Ferry tickets start from 95,000 IDR ($6).

Ferry schedule from Padang Bai to Nusa Penida

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Semaya One11:30-12:30
95,000 IDR ($6)
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Ferry schedule from Sanur to Nusa Penida

Fastboat CompanyScheduleTickets
Caspla Bali Sea View08:00-08:30110,000 IDR ($7)
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Angel Billabong07:30-08:00
130,000 IDR ($8.50)
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Axe Stone07:30-08:00
145,000 IDR ($9.50)
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Starfish Fast Boat09:00-09:30
150,000 IDR ($9.50)
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El Rey Junior08:00-08:30
155,000 IDR ($10)
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Idola Express08:15-09:00
160,000 IDR ($10.50)
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Arrival ports in Nusa Penida

Unlike the direct ferries from Lombok to Nusa Penida, most of the ferries arrive at Banjar Nyuh Harbour. Only two ferries head to Buyuk Harbour.

See here the ferries on this route and the ports in Nusa Penida that they arrive at:

  • Banjar Nyuh Harbour (northwest coast)
    • El Rey Junior Fast Cruise, Starfish Fast Boat, Axe Stone Fast Cruise, Angel Billabong, Idola Express
  • Buyuk Harbour (northeast coast)
    • Semaya One, Caspla Bali Sea View

For more details on this last leg of the journey, check out our specific route guide about the ferries from Bali to Nusa Penida.

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How to get to Bangsal Pier in Lombok

Bangsal Pier is a small pier, located in the North of Lombok. It’s the main gateway from Lombok to the Gili Islands, as well as a common stopover for boats servicing the Nusa Penida – Bali – Lombok – Gili route.

From Senggigi Pier

The easiest way to reach Bangsal Pier from your accommodation in Senggigi is by taxi. Taxi fares start at 115,000 IDR ($7.50) when coming from Senggigi and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes along the scenic coastal road.

Bluebird is the most reliable taxi company and can be flagged down in the street or booked by phone (0370 627000) or via a dedicated app.

Another option is to ask your hotel if they offer shared rides to Bangsal Pier. This will help save a few dollars, although the travel time will likely take a little longer.

From Kuta in South Lombok

From Kuta, there are no metered taxis such as BlueBird, but there are plenty of tour desks that can arrange a taxi. You can also simply inquire at your accommodation for a taxi.

Most taxis can accommodate up to four passengers, while larger cars or vans are available on request. Expect to pay at least 400,000 IDR ($26) for this 2-hour journey to Bangsal Pier.

Renting a bike in Nusa Penida

If you plan on exploring the island by motorbike, you can easily find motorbike rentals outside the pier. There is much to see on Nusa Penida and one of the best ways to explore the island is by motorbike.

Bike rental in Nusa Penida normally starts from 75,000 IDR ($4.95). If you want to book in advance, you can rent via Klook for 85,000 IDR ($5.50) per day.

If you book via Klook, you can already start your journey at the harbour because the renter will wait for you there with your bike. No need to queue up or negotiate for the best rates. It’s basically a no-brainer if you plan to rent a bike.

It goes without saying that a valid driver’s license is still required and you should be comfortable driving a bike.

For more details on how to get around, check out our more extensive travel guide on the journey from Bali to Nusa Penida.

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