Gili Trawangan (also popular among the tourists as Gili T, as ‘Trawangan’ is pretty hard to said) is the most popular, the largest, and most developed Gili among the others (Gili Air and Gili Meno).
Traveling from Bali to Gili Trawangan or return from Gili Trawangan to Bali is very easy either by sea transport (fast boat to Gili Trawangan), or air transport (flight from Bali to Gili Trawangan with overland shuttle).
Fast Boat from Bali to Gili Trawangan
Fast boat from Bali departs from all port in Bali. But, the most crowded one is a route from Padang Bai to Gili. You can find a varied boat in Padang Bai, from a small boat till the big one. The biggest boat from Padang Bai to Gili is Eka Jaya Fast Boat. But, either the small or the big boat, they provide a comfy and safety boat for passenger. Mostly fast boat from Bali to Gili departs in the morning. And fast boat from Gili to Bali departs in the noon.
Fast Boat Bali to Gili Trawangan
|Fast Boat Name||Departure Port||Est. Transfer T|
|Bluewater Express||Serangan||2.5 hours|
|Gili Gili||Padangbai||1.5 hours|
|Scoot Fast Cruise||Sanur||3 hours|
|Wahana Gili Ocean||Padangbai||1.5 hours|
|Eka Jaya Fast Boat||Padangbai||1.5 hours|
|Freebird Express||Amed||1 hour|
How to reach the harbor in Bali
The ticket price for fast boat to Gili island normally includes free pickup / drop off service in Bali between passenger’s hotel and the harbor for the hotels in most tourist areas, so the passengers are no need to worry about the transport between the harbor and their hotel. Some fast boat company also provide free shuttle service from Denpasar airport to Gili Trawangan. Just inform to us before your departure time or before booking the ticket to arrange shuttle easier.
Flight from Bali to Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is a tiny island which has no airport. The nearest airport is Lombok airport in Lombok mainland. If you want to take a trip from Bali to Gili Trawangan by flight, you have to take a flight from Bali airport (Ngurah Rai airport in Kuta Bali. Code: DPS) to Lombok airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok in Praya. Code: LOP). The flight is only 25 – 30 minutes. Once you have arrived in Lombok airport, we can arrange the private shuttle service from airport to Gili Trawangan. This shuttle service consists of 1.5 hours overland transfer from Lombok airport to Teluk Nara jetty or Bangsal harbor by car, and 15 minutes crossing from Teluk Nara jetty or Bangsal harbor to Gili Trawangan.
Fast boat or Flight?
The answer depends on your preference and location. Fast boat saves time than flight. It’s normally about 30 minutes boarding time at the harbor, then 1.5 hours crossing (via Padangbai harbor) or 2.5 hours crossing (via Sanur harbor). Total time for fast boat is around 2 – 3 hours. While domestic flight takes about 1 hour boarding (last check in time for domestic flight is 45 minutes prior depart time and since this is strict regulation you may make it as 1 hour), 30 minutes flight, 1.5 hours overland, 15-20 minutes crossing. Total time for transfer by flight is around 2.5 – 3 hours with many transport switching. The ticket for fast boat to Gili island includes pickup / drop off service between passenger’s hotel and harbor in Bali (for certain areas). It includes all transportations needed from very single step out of the hotel in Bali to Gili island / Lombok harbor. While taking a flight means the passenger need to arrange each transportation separately.
However, if you have any issue with sea crossing in high speed (e.g. have sea sickness or motion sickness, heart attack, pregnant, etc) then taking a flight will be best for you
Departing and Arriving for fast boat transfer
For more detail about departing and arriving for fast boat transfer, please refer to the page Fast Boat Departing and Arriving Guide.