5 Tips Before Visiting Mount Bromo
1.Nearest Airport? Surabaya or Malang!
For those who are coming from outside Java Island, the most convenient airports to fly into are Surabaya and Malang. I personally prefer Surabaya. It is one of the major cities in Indonesia, and hence there are more flights, especially international ones, available.
2. Where to Stay?
You don’t fancy waking up early to see the sunrise? Then stay as close to the mountain as possible. One decent place that I know is called Java Banana Lodge, located at Wonotoro. From there it would only take at most 1 hour to reach the viewpoint. You can also stay in Malang or Surabaya, but get ready to wake up as early as 1 AM as it will take ~3 hours to get to the viewpoint.
Do note that there are two viewpoints in Bromo, as mentioned in our previous post here. If you arrive late, the mountain would already be so crowded that it’d be quite a chore (and almost impossible on particularly busy days!) to reach the first, and higher, viewpoint.
For our recent trip, we stayed at Harris Hotel in Malang, because unfortunately Java Banana was already fully booked. Harris Hotel was decent and pretty affordable – only SGD 65 per night for a twin room 🙂
3. Getting to the Mountain – Hire a Driver.
It costs us about SGD 145 to hire a drivers plus the cars. This included everything except for the driver’s tip and entrance fee to Mount Bromo.
Your journey to Mount Bromo will consist of two parts. First, a driver will pick you up in a normal car. Then, at the resting area before entering the national park, you will have to get on a 4WD jeep with a new driver! The driver will bring you to 4 destinations – Viewpoint to see sunrise, Crater, Pasir Berbisik (Whispering Sands) and Savana.
You can rent a motorbike to go up to the viewpoint as well, but of course it’s not for the weak-hearted. The road is very narrow, steep and winding, with the mountain to one side and a sheer drop on the other, with no safety railings at all! If you are adventurous, you may want to consider hiking Mount Bromo 😉
To rent a car (with driver), please contact Ranie @ +6281 2613 24999.
4. What to Wear?
Don’t forget to pack your winter attire!
Yes, there is no winter in Indonesia. Yes, the average temperature is usually about 27 degree Celcius.
But we are talking about Mount Bromo here and since you are planning to see the sunrise, the weather up there can be as low as 0 degrees Celcius. And nope, I kid you not.
I almost “died” on that day for only wearing a thin layer of stocking. I thought the three layers of clothes (t-shirt, knitted sweater, winter coat and scarf) would help but I was very wrong! So if you want to see the sunrise comfortably, wear what you would wear on a trip to Europe in winter.
I’d recommend a layer of undergarments (Uniqlo’s Heattech is a good choice here!), a sweater, a winter jacket, a scarf to wrap your neck in, leggings or jeans on top of your heattech, socks and covered shoes. Sounds a bit much but it’s better than having your sunrise experience ruined because you are freezing!
In case you forget to bring any of the items, you can buy or rent it there. There will be many people selling gloves, beanie and scarf on that day – they could get pretty intrusive and annoying, but could be quite useful if you really need the items. Otherwise just firmly ignore them!
5. Don’t forget to bring Rupiah!
How much Rupiah do you need? It really depends on what you want to do, eat, see and buy, really. But here is a list of expenses that you will incur while visiting Mount Bromo:
1. Entrance fee per person:
- Indonesians: SGD 3.70 (weekdays) or SGD 6.70 (weekends)
- Foreigners: SGD 27 (weekdays) or SGD 67 (weekends)
2. Car with driver: SGD 145 during low season or SGD 175 during peak season (max. 6 people in a car)
3. Food and drink at Mount Bromo: SGD 4-5 (cup noodle, snacks and drinks)
So that’s it! Let me know if I missed anything, or share your stories of chasing the famous Mount Bromo sunrise!
Remarks: all the currency in this post is converted based on this rate SGD 1 = 10,000 Rupiah