The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park offers some of the most amazing landscapes in the whole of Indonesia. It is especially beautiful at sunrise as the mist rolls over the valley and the sun rises behind Bromo Volcano. However, arranging a Bromo Tour can be surprisingly difficult. It’s easy to get over charged, stay in the wrong place or make a silly mistake (like not bring a warm coat).
To help you arrange your Bromo trip I created this short guide. The guide covers everything you need to know to arrange a Bromo tour. The guide has been broken down into easy to navigate sections. You can click the link to jump directly to a certain part of the Bromo Tour Guide.
- Where to Stay: Find Out More
- Entrance Fee: Find Out More
- Jeep Rental: Find Out More
- Bromo Tour: Find Out More
- Booking a Tour: Find Out More
Let’s get started.
Where to Stay
When you visit Bromo you can stay in one of the following three cities; Malang, Surabaya or Probolinggo. Surabaya is the furthest away from Bromo. It is a 90 minute car drive from Surabaya to Mt Bromo. Malang is a little closer. It is a 60 minute car drive from Malang to Mount Bromo. Probolinggo actually overlooks Mount Bromo.
If you are going to visit Bromo from either Malang or Surabaya you will also need to arrange a car rental to take you here. The cost for a car rental from Surabaya and Malang is Rp 725,000 for 12 hours. This includes gas and a driver. This obviously makes the Bromo tour more expensive.
The 3 Mount Bromo Tours
From Surabaya: Bromo Midnight Tour
If you decide to book a hotel in Surabaya you will join the Bromo Midnight tour. The reason it’s called the Surabaya to Bromo midnight tour package is because you get picked up from your hotel at midnight. From Surabaya you will be driven directly to Bromo for sunrise.
From Malang: Bromo Sunrise Tour
The Bromo Sunrise Tour is for people who are staying in Malang (which is closer to Bromo). The driver of your car will pick you up from your hotel in Malang at 3:30am. It’s a one hour and forty minute to 2,5 hours from Malang to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park at night. During the day it is around 3-3,5 hours journey. To actually visit Bromo you need to swap cars, because only members of the local community can drive the jeeps you need to take to visit the volcano.
From Probolinggo: Bromo Probolinggo Tour
The Bromo Probolinggo tour is the most convenient of the three options. The hotels in Problinggo actually overlook Mt Bromo volcano. If you are staying in Probolinggo then you have the option of either walking to the Penanjakan viewpoint or renting a jeep to take you there. It’s a 3 hour walk from Probolinggo to Penanjakan, which means that you will need to set off at approximately 1:00 am – 2:00 am to reach the viewpoint for sunrise (the walk is almost all uphill).
Mount Bromo Entrance Fee
There is an entrance fee to enter Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. For Indonesians the price for entrance to the national park is at around Rp30,000 per person. For foreigners there are two price prices. On weekdays the price for the entrance ticket is at around Rp 240,000. On weekends and Indonesian public holidays the cost is at around Rp 340,000.
|Entrance Fee||Weekdays||Weekends & Public Holidays|
|Foreigners||Rp 240,000||Rp 340,000|
|Indonesian||Rp 27,500||Rp 37,500|
To take the Bromo tour you will need to arrange a jeep rental. There are two different tours you can choose from, the short tour and the long tour. On the short tour you will visit Penanjakan Viewpoint to watch sunrise and climb Mount Bromo Volcano, before returning to your hotel/ driver.
If you go on the long tour you will go to Savana Hill and Whispering Sands (Sea Sands). You can arrange a jeep rental on arrival in Bromo, but it is more convenient and cheaper to pre-book the jeep. All of the jeep rentals at Bromo are pretty much the same model. A Bromo jeep rental can fit up to five passengers. The price for a Bromo jeep rental changes according to the tourist season. See the table below for more information on jeep rental prices.
|Jeep Rental||Low Season||High Season|
|Short Tour||Rp 500,000||Rp 650,000|
|Long Tour||Rp 700,000||Rp 850,000|
Mt Bromo Tour
If you take either the Bromo Mindnight or Bromo Sunrise tours you will need to change cars to a jeep to get to Penanjakan. If you are staying in the Bromo National Park area the jeep will pick you up at your hotel. Penanjakan does get really crowded for sunrise. There will be a big crowd. For the best experience visit on a weekday, because it’s not as packed and it’s also cheaper (it’s still quite busy though).
Whichever tour you take, the first place you will stop is Penanjakan viewpoint (or other viewpoints such as King Kong Hill, Cinta Hill, etc). This is where you will watch sunrise from (it’s where everybody takes those beautiful photos that Bromo is so famous for). There’s a perfect 15 minutes or so to take some amazing photos and then it’s over for another day. Those 15 minutes are worth waking up really early in the morning for.
After sunrise the jeep will take you to Bromo crater. It is a 25-minute car drive from Penanjakan to the crater. The jeep will drop you off on the dusty valley floor. From there it’s a relaxing 30-minute walk to the crater. If you have children, or you just want to do something different, you can ride a horse to the crater.
It is an easy climb to the top of Bromo crater. On the final part of the climb there are concrete stairs dug into the side of the crater. From the top of Mount Bromo you can look inside the crater, which is normally smoking. Many locals throw offerings into the crater. The view from the top are really beautiful. If you are on the short tour the driver will take you back to your hotel after climbing Mt Bromo.
The Long Bromo Jeep Tour
After you’ve climbed the volcano you will visit the Tengger Sea Sands and the Savanna Hill. This part of the tour takes around an hour. During the tour you can ask the driver to stop so you can take some photos. The landscape is really impressive. At the Tengger Sand Sea you see the volcanic sand. This area is popular for people who do off road motocross.
In the Savannah area you are surrounded by an island of green (or brown-ish if it is dry season). The visit to these two places is a real chance to see the contrasts in the landscape of Mount Bromo. On the tour of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park you’re guaranteed to take beautiful photos that you’ll want to share with your family and friends.
Arranging a Bromo Tour
The Bromo tour is really special. The view of the sunrise is an unforgettable experience. You can probably understand why I tell all my friends they have to join this tour if they visit Surabaya or Malang or Probolinggo. To help you arrange a tour without the usual hassle I’ve partnered with some local independent drivers and we can take care everything.
Here’s What’s Included in the Package:
- Pick up from your hotel or the train station/ airport
- Transport in a comfortable car
- Experienced local driver
- Entrance costs for Bromo
- Drop off at your hotel
Bromo is an active volcano. We do monitor the volcanic activity at the crater. Sometimes people are not allowed to visit the crater when the authorities request the visitors to be 1-3 km away from the crater. You can still enjoy the amazing landscape of Bromo.
Interested in joining the Bromo tour and visiting the most famous tourism sites in East Java? Press the button below to find out more.
Have you ever visited Bromo? Do you have any tips, advice or places you’d recommend?
Take me there kak Fisrta…. 🙂
Ah Kak Indra, namaku aja salah tulis. 🙁
Yuk berkunjung ke pulau Jawa, nanti kita main ke Bromo!
keren kali kak Fistra!
Thanks Kak Wira 🙂
Very nice article, Firsta. Masih terus terkagum-kagum kalau baca blog yg pake Bahasa Inggris. Kapan aku bisa nulis casciscus gitu ya 😀 *e koq malah curcol
Yes, you give so much reason to come back to Bromo. Longing for it 😉
Thank you Uniek! Namanya seru sekali 🙂
Ini jg masih banyak latihan, dan kadang masih suka aku revisi karena kalau dibaca lagi suka ada yg aneh / salah tulis. Hahahaa..
Yes, I really want to go to Bromo again! Hopefully in the near future. Thanks for dropping by here, Cheers!
bagus…….. aku punya kenalan anjing disana, namanya ROCKY…
What? Mas Arik, anjingnya domisili sebelah mananya Bromo? :p
Di warungny mas Adi, sebelah timur pangkalan bensin buat jeep.
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I just discovered Mt Bromo while researching for inspiring weekend getaway from Brunei. There is a direct flight to Surabaya from here and I am so tempted to see Mt Bromo. Your article convinced me to visit, but the flock of tourists may change my feeling about visiting. Just want to compliment on your article 🙂
Thank you for your kind words and the visit to my blog. You should go to Bromo. 🙂
Promise that you will not regret. :p It is pretty amazing!
Firs..ini kyknya gw mau ke bromo december nanti.. hehe.. waktu itu elo berangkat dr mana dan sewa mobil ga yah? hehe
Jenitaaa.. Aku udah kirim infonya by email yaa. 🙂
Great articles! Very inspiring. What is the best way to get from Yogyakarta to Surabaya or Probolinggo? We are leaving in one week to Indonesia 🙂 I’m very excited.
Hi Ayla. Thanks for the kind feedback. I’d recommend taking the train from Yogyakarta to Surabaya or alternatively the plane. It really depends on your timetable and budget. If you haven’t done the train before I think it’s worth it though 🙂 Hope that helps.
Thanks for your information. Can you please email me a package for a midnight tour from Surabaya airport?
We sent you an email on Sept 22. Please let me know if you receive the email ok.
Look forward to hearing back from you, Anton.
Can you help me with the tour, i fly from Jog to Surabaya and from Suryabaya i intend to stay at Malang so i can avoid the midnight ride to Bromo, can you help me with best way to get to Malang frm Suryabaya airport. i would like you to help me stay and a tour for Bromo as well, from here i intend to flyout to Bali.
appreciate your help
Though on the google maps you can go to Bromo through Wonokitri / Poncokusumo, but it is not the usual route. I personally never tried it. I always go through Probolinggo, this means it takes 3-4 hours drive from Malang to Bromo. From Surabaya to Bromo is 4-5 hours. The best way to travel from Surabaya to Malang is by rent a private car. If you don’t want to do anything in Malang, it is better to go straight from Surabaya to Bromo. When is your travel date? Please get in touch with us through email: [email protected]. Thank you.
Hye Firsta..ur article is very helpful for me to plan my trip to Bromo next April 2018. Im looking forward to experience milky way in Bromo..heard the view was awesome!!
Can u give any tips on combining the milky way session with sunrise?will be reaching at Juanda Airport airport around 5:55p.m. Is the camping site at Bromo being recommended anyway?and if it yes, any suggestion on how to rent it for a night?
Hi Sue, I don’t have the experience of camping in Bromo so I don’t know if they have a campsite around the area. My suggestion is to stay overnight at Lava View Lodge, it is one of the best lodges in Bromo in regards to location. From in front of the lodge, you can see the Bromo volcano, Mount Batok, etc. The view is something like this (I took this shot). You can come out from the hotel around 10-11 pm or 1 AM to see the milky way. You can get some rest afterwards and start the sunrise tour with the jeep at 3:30 AM. Hope this helps. If you are interested in arranging the tour with us, complete the form closer to your travel date (1,5 months before is sufficient). Have a good day!
Thanks Firsta for your prompt reply..
the shot is so beautiful!!!
Hi Firsta. Very Useful information.
I am planning to visit mount bromo in march 2019 and may I know what time i should arrive the Surabaya airport if i wish to join the 3 days 2 night Bromo and Ijen tour which mean pick me up in the airport directly.
Arrival max at 10 am on day 1 is the best. 🙂
Could you please send me detail and price of Bromo tour. We plan to come at Surabaya airport at 9:00 am in 22.11.
We sent you an email. Hope you receive it ok. Look forward to hearing back from you.
Plan March 2019. Deciding go on weekday or weekend. From surabaya Town.
We have sent you an email. Look forward to hearing back from you. 🙂
Bromo is a very popular tourist destination in Indonesia so it is mostly busy. However usually weekday is better than weekend.
Halo Kak Firsta salam kenal, kalau berkunjung ke Bromo di bulan Desember apakah recommended Kak? rencana ingin hunting sunrise dan milkyway, thank you Kak Firsta!
Sekarang ini sudah masuk musim hujan, biasanya sampai Maret. Kalau musim hujan seperti ini biasanya kesempatan lihat sunrise dan milkyway-nya lebih kecil.
Hi Firsta, Thanks for your useful information. I’m going to Bali in March 2019 and planning to go to Ubud, visit Mt Batur, Lombok, Bromo and Ljen in 2 weeks. Can you give me some advice to fit all all those places in 2 weeks.
Thank you x
Dear Phuong Le,
Sure. I’ll get in touch through email. Speak soon.
Im going to do a bromo + ijen 3d2n in late feb.
Any guide/tours for this? Theres 3 of us.
Yes, we can help to arrange that. We will contact you through email.
We are going to bromo + Ijen 4 days 3 nights. Any guide or tour for 4 pax on 7/2/19 to 10/2/19.Thanks
Hi Chea Sow Eng,
I have sent an email to you. Look forward to hearing back from you.
Firstly thank you so much for this very informative article.
I am traveling from Singapore, and wish to visit Bromo, Ijen, as well as head onward to Borobudur.
We are two young adults traveling with a 1 year old baby. Heard that Ijen is very sulfuric. Is it suitable for a young baby?
Is the best way to do this trip to book a tour before arriving in Indonesia? Or can I book a tour when I am there?
Dear J Choo,
We have sent a reply through email on Jan 28. Hope you receive it ok.
Look forward to hearing back from you.
I am planning for midnight tour to bromo from Surabaya. Single traveller. Please let me know the available packages.
We have sent a reply through email. Look forward to hearing back from you.
we are planning to visit mt bromo from jakarta around mid of june..also wish to see milky way..we are a group of 4 adults n 1 kid please lemme knw the best pacakage
I’ll get in touch through email. Speak soon.
Hi planning for 5d4n to bromo/ijen in aug 2019
Hi YC, We have sent you an email.
Please let us know if you receive it ok.
Look forward to hearing back from you.
Hello, I am a KITAS holder and i really want to go to brom from surabaya. I have asked to a travel agent and they said I have to pay for bule price for this year (2019). I always have local price in Indonesia (borobudur, bali, komodo island). Is this thing true?
Sorry for the late reply. Yes, I think started from 2016 or 2017, you can’t get a local price with Kitas anymore.
Hey Firsta, my girlfriend and I have just arrived to an airbnb in Malang and we are looking for a genuine driver willing to take us to either one of these Bromo tours or to a bromo tour followed by Tumpak Sewu. Do you have anyone honest to recommend as most drivers start throwing the randomest numbers out there thinking that we “bule” produce money out of our ass ? And it’s definitely not the case. Please help ???
Riri sent you an email a few days ago, but I think its probably too late.
Hope you had a great time in Indonesia.
We are planning to do a 3d2n Bromo Ijen tour on 2nd of June. Any tips?
4-5 June is Idul Fitri, it is one of the biggest Muslim celebrations in Indonesia. Usually some destinations especially those in Java will be quite packed and the traffic will be generally bad.
If you can, I recommend to change your travel date.
Looking to do the Bromo & Ijen tour 7th and 8th of May. I’m a single traveller on a tight budget. Could you please help me out?
Unfortunately we don’t have recommendation for a shared tour for Bromo and Ijen. We only run a private tour arrangement.
Hope you can find something and have a great time in Indonesia.
Hai, saya Faridha dari Bandung rencana long tour Bromo di awal Juli sekitar tgl 5. Kalo saya menginap di Plataran Bromo jam brp Jeep jemput ? Dan berapa biaya nya ? Terimakasih
Hi Firsta, thanks for your informative guide. Me and my girlfriend will be in Probolinggo in the first two weeks of August and want to do a Bromo tour. How much is the long tour for this period? And are there any options to do a two day tour with a night near Bromo?
My colleague Riri has sent you an email. Please let me know if you receive it ok.
PS: Please check your spam folder too. Look forward to hearing back from you.
I will travel to Bali on 12th of June and will stay in Ubud. Would you please give me an advice how can i arrange to book a Bromo tour 3D2N? I’d love to join it, from 13th is okay to me. This is the first time i visit Bali…?, your recomendation is really valuable to me.
Can you send me tge detail of the tour and price as well? Thanks.
Have a great day!
Sorry for the late reply. I have sent you an email. Look forward to hearing back from you soon.
I would like to do a Bromo-Ijen tour 16-19 Jun. Can you please send me an itinerary with prices, inclusions/exclusions. I am available from evening of 16th from Surabaya and would like to be back there at the end of tour. I am single and would appreciate help. I am also okay to extend the tour by a day if necessary but would prefer to be back on Wednesday night at Surabaya. Thanks.
Sorry for the late reply. We have sent an email to you.
Hope you receive it ok.
Hi can i know a packages to the bromo and ijen
I have sent you an email yesterday. Look forward to hearing back from you.
Read ur article on Mount Bromo .Interesting.should I carry warm clothing.Is the temperature on minus degree now
Dear Vasantha, yes, bring a warm jacket. It can be as cold as 3C.
You can also rent a warm jacket on the spot, if you don’t bring any.
What a complete guide you have here, kak!
I’m sure everyone will need this guide.
Nice post 😀
Hi Walter! Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Hope to see you again sometimes in the future! Safe travels and keeps on blogging.
I will be travelling to Surabaya in Oct 2019 with my husband and two kids age 4 & 2 years old respectively. We are planning to do the 1 day sunrise tour. Would need some advice from you.
I have sent you an email a few days ago. Look forward to hearing back from you.
Hi, I am thinking to go bromo. I have 4 days 3 night on August 2019.
Can u recommend different type of tour. Can I bring my 11 n 13 years old kids along?
Yes, you can definitely bring your 11 and 13 yo kids.
We have sent you an email a few days ago. Look forward to hearing back from you.
I will be there with my 2 friends in August 2019. We will need a guide from Surabaya airport. We reach Surabaya in the morning around 9.30 am. Need your favor to give us complete guide to enjoy our trip in Bromo.
My colleague will email you the details. Thank you.
Me and 2 two are planning to go to Bromo from Malang. We are planning to arrive by train at 3:30am and go directly to Bromo. I have no idea if it is possible but we were thinking to go to Probolinggo after Bromo instead of coming back to Malang.
We would like to know if it is an executable idea, and how should we do in terms of renting the car, the tour, etc etc.. ?
Can you please help us with that?
Thank you a lot in advance,
I have sent an email to you. Look forward to hearing back from you.
Hi, there is 2 of us arriving on Saturday night in Surabaya airport at 11pm and would like to go to Mount Bromo straight from there. Would it possible to let me know prices.
Hi Mauricio, we’ll get in touch through email. Speak soon.
We like to have the long tour with starting in Malang on Wednesday the 25th. We are 2 people. Do you have prices and can you arrange the tour, starting at our hotel? Please leave me a mail.
I have sent you an email. Looking forward to hearing back from you.
I would like to go this Monday, I am alone, is it possible to arrange a tour fro. Malang?
Hi Jorge, I have sent you an email.
Look forward to hearing back from you.
Hi Firsta, my husband and I are interested in a Bromo Tour next week. Best, Christina
We sent you an email 5 days ago. We haven’t heard anything back from you.
I hope you receive it ok.
Hi! Can I check the price for the Bromo tour?
We have sent two emails to you. Hope you receive it ok.
1. Is Ijen safe for a 6 year old child?
2. Surabaya–> Bromo/Ijen –> Batu, Malang (price for the transfers/package please)
My colleague Riri sent you an email. We need more information from you to be able to send a quotation.
Look forward to hearing back from you.
What will the price be if picking up from Plataran Bromo?
And is it possible to visit Madakaripura Waterfall as well?
We will get in touch through email. Thank you.
i wish to do a 3-4days trip to Surabaya that include : Mt.Bromo, Tumpak Sewu and Madakaripura waterfalls.
May i know any suggested itinerary and price.
Traveling date : 23 JAn – 28 Jan 20201
Thanks for the message. We have sent you an email a few days ago.
I wonder if you receive it ok.
Me & my family plan to visit Bromo in June.
We’ll arrive from Surabaya.
Could you send me the itinerary for private tour please. We plan stay stay 3-5 for this trip.
I have sent an email to you (please check the Junk folder if you can’t see it in your inbox).
Look forward to hearing from you.
Apa khabar, saya physically disabled (using elbow crutches). Is it possible for me to enjoy Mount Bromo trip ?
I think it should be fine. The journey to the crater will be challenging. You can take a horse, but you need to hike some stairs.
Bromo is also nice to see from afar (from the viewpoint or several points around the sea sands and the savannah, which you don’t need to hike to reach).