Getting there

Mount Tambora is located on the island of Sumbawa in the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

Sumbawa Mount Tambora getting there Map

None of the transport, to and from the Tambora region, is included in the price of our packages. Distances in Sumbawa are great and Tambora is still so quiet that we can’t provide shuttle-services.

From Bima to Tambora

You can fly to Bima (BMU) either from Lombok (LOP) with Garuda Indonesia or from Denpasar (DPS) with either Wings Air or Nam air.

We can organize for you to be picked up at Bima airport with a private car for IDR 900.000 (4 hours) The driver has to go back the distance that same day, it’s not an easy drive, so believe us that the price is fair.

Airport taxis charge Rp1.000.000 and most of those drivers have never been to Tambora so better have us arrange it for you!

Or take a public bus from the Bima ‘Dara’ Bus Terminal to Calabai.  The first bus leaves at 6:00 a.m and the next one leaves around 3:00 p.m, the latter means that you’ll arrive in Calabai in the evening. The bus fare is Rp60.000 per person. You can buy the ticket at departure, not on the day before. It’s a non-ac bus and usually packed to the roof.

Ask the bus driver to stop at ‘Rumah Makan Optimis’ (Calabai) just 50 meters passed the Puskesmas (hospital).


From Labuan Bajo (Flores)

Take the ferry to Sape (6-7 hrs) it leaves around 9 a.m.  We can pick you up in Sape and drive you straight to our guesthouse (5 hrs) @ Rp 1,600,000 or take a bus, that is awaiting upon arrival in Sape, to Bima and stay the night there in order to catch the bus at 6 a.m the following day.

From Lombok

There are several buses leaving for Tambora from the bus terminal in Mataram. The journey takes about 15 hours. Ask around at the bus terminal for the schedules, but usually the buses leave around 8:30am and arrive in Calabai around midnight. These buses are Non Airco and usually packed to the roof. Among the bus companies are; Sinar Rejeki, Latonda, Mulya Sejati.

You can also take a large bus going into the direction of Bima and get of in Cabang Banggo which is the intersection Dompu turn right and Tambora turn left.  There you can wait for the bus coming from the direction of Bima going to Tambora. Or get of in the small city of Dompu, stay the night there and catch the morning bus coming from Bima.

From Sumbawa Besar to Tambora

Wings Air and Garuda Indonesia fly to Sumbawa Besar (SWQ) from Lombok (LOP)

The price of our chartered boat from Sumbawa Besar to Calabai-Tambora is IDR 2,100.000 one way.

The price of our chartered boat from Labuhan Aji village on Moyo to Calabai-Tambora is IDR 1,600.000 one way.

As shown on this picture you can also bring your motorbikes.


Another way of going from Moyo Island to Tambora is by crossing Moyo on the back of a motorbike to the north-east side if the island (Rp300.000 per bike) and cross the bay of Saleh to Calabai on a small outrigger (Rp300.000). You can also do this using your own bikes.


People coming from the direction of Bima often choose to continue their journey in the direction of Moyo Island and Sumbawa Besar, after visiting Tambora. It’s possible for us to arrange this on your behalf.

From Calabai to the hiking portal

A) After a good night sleep at the guesthouse we drive you to the National Park office in Pancasila village (20 menits) where you register and receive your entrance tickets to the park.

B) From Pancasila you continue on motorbike-taxis (20 menits off-road) to the hiking portal located in the coffee plantation of Oi Bura village.

A & B are included in the price of our hiking packages.

GPS Coordinates

Tambora Gemilang Guesthouse

  • 8°12’45″S 117°42’30″E


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