Probolinggo (Probolinggo) – a city on the Northern coast in the Eastern part of the island of Java in Indonesia (Probolinggo on the map). It is a little remarkable for tourists to do from the first glance there is nothing, and even though its riverside location and there is no hint of a beach vacation.
However, for travelers this is an important transit point for a visit to the Bromo volcano and the national Park Bromo-Tengger-Semeru. To Bromo mountain can be reached in three ways, and the most convenient, inexpensive and popular is through Probolinggo. To the volcano from here is only 60 kilometers, and the road leads to the village At Lawang (Cemoro Lawang), which is located at the foot of the volcano. But not necessarily go directly in At Lawang, where accommodation options are not very many, and the prices are too high. It is also possible to stay in Probolinggo, and hence to get to Bromo tour or independent travel for one day.
In order to stay in Probolinggo for 1-2 days, everything you need is available: a few dozen hotels, cafes and restaurants, shopping, tours to Bromo, and affordable transportation, with which budget, you can get to the volcano.
Hotels in Probolinggo are not very many, only the most simple options with minimum facilities. But in contrast to accommodation At Lawang and other places closer to the volcano, the prices are two or even three times lower. Book accommodation in Probolinggo can through the search system hotels Agoda.comor via the hotel reservation system booking.com.
To choose a hotel based on its location on the map can:
How to get to Probolinggo
In Probolinggo you can get on a bus or train. If you are coming from Jakarta or Yogyakarta, your route will pass through Surabaya; if from Bali, via Banyuwangi.
On the train to Probolinggo can be reached from Yogyakarta, Solo, Surabaya (from Jakarta) or Banyuwangi (if you come from Bali). Probolinggo is located between Surabaya and Banyuwangi, all passing trains make a stop here. Goes at least 6 flights a day at different times, there is night and day. From Jakarta direct trains there, and have to transit in Surabaya or Yogyakarta.
- From Yogyakarta train on the way 8-9 hours, worth 74 000 rupees advance purchase in the cheapest class.
- From Surabaya train on the way 2 hours, costs 30 000 rupees.
- From Banyuwangi train 4-5 hours, and tickets for the cheapest class are also nearly 30 000 rupees. If you are arriving by ferry from Bali, the Banyuwangi Baru station, from here trains depart, is within walking distance from the ferry.
Railway station Probolinggo (code to search for a station - PB) is located in the city center (station on the map), and reach from it on foot, the city is small. The bus station connected station fixed-route taxi (yellow vans) to the value of 5,000 rupees.
Probolinggo notorious conman tourists. Problems tourists create middlemen scammers who offer bus tickets at inflated prices. They catch tourists on the W/d or bus station, and under various pretexts sell tickets for the Shuttle and private buses at prices several times higher than they really are, or put the tourists on the tourist minivans or taxi under the pretext that the buses no. Scammers are so sly that even while you wait for the bus driver, in his absence, make it yourself, collect the money for the fare and disappear. Just politely refuse their services, do not pay attention even if they become aggressive yourself looking for the correct bus and pay the cost of the driver, and only after the bus is going. What is bad, the locals, even when they see how tourists are fooled, silent and never help.
Another common type of fraud – the fake station. Buses arriving from other cities, including minivans from Cemoro Lawang, not dovozili passengers to the bus terminal to probolinggo Bayuangga, and drop you at the travel agencies. If you go to a place that you either propose to reach the bus station by taxi, or will offer tickets for the tourist bus again at inflated prices. So before you get off the bus, make sure that you have arrived indeed at the bus station. Information on other buses, or using the Navigator.
Tricks await tourists and when you move from the rail station to the bus station. On arrival at railway station you will catch the false drivers of minibuses with a proposal to take to the bus station at the standard price in 5000-7000 rupees. When you're already in the marshutka, you will have to persuade a bus to Cemoro Lawang no longer go and will to offer in return a cab, or again, bring not a real bus station.
Bus station Bayuangga – the only one in town. She is out of town 5 kilometers from the centre and 8 from the railway station (bus station on the map). From the railway station and from the center to her in the daytime there is the taxi for 5000 and 3000 rupees.
In Probolinggo can be reached by bus from Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Malang. Go in the daytime every 1-2 hours.
Probolinggo from Bali
If you need to get from Bali, then drive to Banyuwangi by bus from Denpasar (with ferry crossing). Near the ferry is in walking distance of the railway station to Probolinggo trains (see above). Also from ferry port can be reached by minibus or taxi to the bus station Banyuwangi Sritanjung, and to go there by bus (go in the daytime every hour). Cm. read more about Banyuwangi and how to get there.
There is also a direct route from Denpasar to Probolinggo cost from 125 000 rupees, on the road 12 hours.
From Probolinggo to Bromo volcano and to the village of Cemoro Lawanag
From the bus station Probolinggo to the village of Cemoro Lawanag, which is located at the foot of the volcano, minibuses, referred to herein as "bison". To be more precise, these minibuses depart not from the station itself, and the spot next to her on the road Jalan Raya Bromo. This is not a regular flight departs for occupancy, most often in the first half of the day, and after 16 hours they do, you can go only if you pay the full cost for empty space. The price is also not fixed and is called the driver depends on the number of passengers and tourists especially take an increased cost. Usual price 35 000 rupees, after lunch can reach up to 50 000. In the path of one and a half hours.
Be careful upon arrival in Cemoro Lawanag and try to check on the Navigator that you were brought into the centre of the village, as on this route tourists are often imported to affiliated guesthouses or travel agencies that are far away from the village.