Labuan Bajo is located on the West coast of Flores in the NTT region.
It’s considering as a major transit HUB and can been joined by daily car-ferry service from the island of Sumbawa ferry service from Bali and Makassar (south Sulawesi).
There is daily public bus service from Labuan Bajo to all major cities of Flores such as Ende and Maumere.
At Dragon Dive Komodo, we strongly suggest you to focus only on the Flight to join Labuan Bajo from Bali / Jakarta operated by GARUDA INDONESIA (5* Skytrack and member of Skyteam )as there is 9 flights daily at the moment and you can grab any of them depending on your international flight connection!
The easiest and fastest way to reach Flores is by air from Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. There are daily flights from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo (90 minutes) or Maumere (about 1 h 45 min). Depending on the weather, you may enjoy a spectacular view of the NTB (Nusa Tenggara Barat) and NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur) island groups.
Unfortunately changes in schedule, prices and operating airlines are the order of the day.
The most precise information about the current flight connections is best obtained via the websites of the operating airlines, at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, or at the local travel/airline agencies in Flores.
The airlines that currently fly to Flores are: Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air, Lion air, KalStar.
– Garuda Ngurah Rai Airport office: +62 361 751011 ext 5216, +62 361 759764
– Wings Air & Lion Air office: (+6280) 4177 8899 ,(+6221) 6379 8000
– Kalstar office:+62 21 2934 3456
BY A COMBINATION LAND/SEA
Alternatively, Flores Island is also accessible by a combination of overland and sea travel from Bali via Lombok and Sumbawa, and vice versa. This ultra-long trip requires an accurate planning and to reserve all your bus/boat in advanced.
As you head over from Bali to Lombok and then cross Sumbawa to reach Flores, you may choose between different options of transportation: To cross the islands overland from harbor to harbor, it is most convenient to take a public bus. For the sea crossing you have the option to take speed boats, local boats or ferries, depending on the on-spot availability.
This alternative way to reach Flores should only be chosen if you have plenty of time to travel. Else, we do not recommend to do this trip except if you want to visit deeply Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima before reaching Flores/Labuan Bajo.