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Sumbawa Besar is a city on the island of Sumbawa in Nusa Tenggara, eastern Indonesia.


The Dutch reformed church in Sumbawa Besar.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport (SWQ IATA, also known as Brang Bidji Airport). Has flights by Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air from Lombok. Brangbiji Airport (Q3813722) on Wikidata Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

Tiara Mas offers daily direct transfers to Sumbawa Besar from Mataram for Rp 70.000. Leaves 9AM, 12 noon, 3PM and 7PM. Takes 7 hours. Including ferry. Tiara Mas office Mataram: Jl. Pejanggik 108a Phone: 0370642597. Office Sumbawa Besar Jl. Yos Sudarso Depan Kodim. Phone 037121241. You can also book for Tiara Mas from the Perama office in Senggigi for 125.000 including pickup from your hotel with transfer to Mataram.

Update Feb 2016: a number of big buses (coaches) leave Mataram in the afternoon between 3-4 p.m. bound for Flores. Cost until Sumbawa Besar 175-200.000 incl. Ferry, arriving in Sumbawa Besar around 9 p.m.

Get around[edit]





  • Warung Kita 2, Jl. Yos Sudarso (near market). Small, basic but clean warung with buffet style choice. Also vegetarian opions. Popular with locals during lunch. Meals from 15.000 Rs.



  • Hotel Tambora, Jl Kebayan. Has nice rooms for 120,000 with aircon and tv, incl. breakfast. Beds ok. Nothing glamorous, but quiet and friendly staff. The hotel also has less expensive rooms available. From 80,000.
  • Hotel Dewi, Jl. Sultan Hasanudin (Ojekdrivers will now, from Busstation about 20.000 Rp), +62 81917677724. Basic place, a bit run down, cold showers. Reception 24h, good for late arrivals, but mosque and school nearby, so early morning wake up. 150,000 no AC, 200,000 AC as of July 2016.
  • Hotel Dian, Jl. Sultan Hasanudin. Very basic place. Rooms start at 100,000 without AC and squad toilets. Rooms and beds are a little bit messy. Direct on the opposition site of the street of hotel Dewi.


Go next[edit]

There are 'tours and travels' that arrange transport to the West, including Mataram on Lombok (includes ferry). For addresses of the offices see the 'get in' section. They don't offer any transport to Bima. If you want to go to Bima, Lakey or Hu'u take an ocek to Sumur Payung bus terminal (8.000 - 10.000). There you can take a bus to Bima (80.000, about 9 hours, 1 stop). For Lakey change bus in Dompu.

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