How to Choose the Best Mount Bromo Tour for You + My Recommendations

Hello, fellow adventurers! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re planning a trip to the majestic Mount Bromo volcano. As someone who’s been there and got the pictures to show it, I’m here to share my insights and help you navigate through the sea of Mount Bromo tour options. So grab your beverage of choice, sit back, and let’s dive in!

No time to Read the whole article – no worries, I’ve got you covered 🙂 Here are my TOP PICKS:

TOP MOUNT BROMO TOUR PICKS

MOST BOOKED MOUNT BROMO TOUR FROM SURABAYA/MALANG: Multi-day 3 day 2 night tour incl: Mount Bromo volcano, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall & Mount Ijen volcano – Private Trip

MOST BOOKED MOUNT BROMO TOUR FROM BALI: Multi-day 3 day 2 night tour incl: Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen volcano – Private Trip

MOST BOOKED MOUNT BROMO SUNRISE DAY TOUR FROM MALANG/SURABAYA: Mount Bromo Sunrise Day trip – Private Trip

MOST BOOKED MOUNT BROMO SUNRISE & WATERFALL DAY TOUR FROM MALANG/SURABAYA: Mount Bromo Sunrise Tour with Madakaripura Waterfall visit – Private Trip

MOST BOOKED MOUNT BROMO SUNRISE DAY TOUR FROM MALANG: Mount Bromo Sunrise Day trip – Sharing/Join in trip

Why Mount Bromo Should Be On Your Bucket List

If you love adventure, stunning landscapes, and cultural immersion, then a trip to Gunung Bromo (Gunung = Mountain) should definitely be on your bucket list. The combination of the towering active volcano, the sea of sand surrounding it, and the charming Tenggerese people who live in the area, make for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

But with so many Mt Bromo tour options available, how do you choose the best one for you? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Mount Bromo sunrise Indonesia

My Personal Experience

I had the opportunity of visiting Mount Bromo last year and it was an absolute highlight of my trip to Indonesia. The tour I chose was a Surabaya Bromo Tour. This 3-day, 2-night Bromo tour package included a hike for sunrise at Bromo, a jeep ride through the sea of sand, and a visit to the nearby Tumpak Sewu Waterfall and then a trek up to Mount Ijen Crater Lake. It was everything I could have asked for and more.

BOOK THIS 3D2N MOUNT BROMO TOUR

>> READ MY FULL MOUNT BROMO SUNRISE HIKE POST

Choosing The Right Mount Bromo Tour For You

Before booking Mount Bromo tours, consider the following factors to help you narrow down your options:

Tour type

Departure and Return Location

Group size

Tour Provider Reviews/Reputation

Inclusions and Exclusions

Duration

The level of physical activity involved

1. Picking Your Type of Tour

First things first – what type of tour suits you best? There are three main types to choose from:

Sunrise Tour: This is the classic Bromo Indonesia Tour experience. Waking up in the wee hours might seem daunting, but trust me, the spectacle of dawn breaking over the volcanic landscape is worth every bit of lost sleep. The downside? You’ll have to be ready for an early start, and the tour ends relatively early too, which might leave you wanting more.

sunrise over mount Bromo landscape at bromo Tengger National Park East Java

Full-Day Tour: If you’re not a morning person or simply want to explore at a more leisurely pace, this one’s for you. It offers the same awe-inspiring views without the early wake-up call. The only drawback is that it takes up an entire day.

Multi-Day Tours (MY RECOMMENDATION): For the ultimate experience, consider tours that include other stunning attractions like Mount Ijen, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, and Madakaripura Waterfall. These tours offer a deeper immersion into the region’s natural beauty but require more time (and possibly a bit more energy). I recommend the 3D2N Bromo tour from Surabaya

2. Departure and Return Location

So this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s important to remember that Mount Bromo volcano tour pricing and itineraries will differ according to where you are departing from.

It’s PIVOTAL to know where your tour is departing from as well as its drop-off destination. Not all tours depart and drop off at the same location so make sure you check your tour details.

The Surabaya to Mount Bromo tour is the most common and the ones that leave from Malang. The trip from Surabaya to Mount Bromo National Park by car is approximately 2.5 hours. Always make contact with your tour providers about what you would like your itinerary to be (this is usually a bit more flexible with a private tour).

3. Group Size

Next, let’s talk about group size. Are you considering a private tour or a group one?

Private Tours (MY RECOMMENDATION): These are my personal favourite. With a private tour, you get a flexible schedule and the ability to customize your itinerary. Plus, you don’t have to worry about keeping up with a group or waiting around for others.

Group Tours: On the flip side, group tours can offer a vibrant social atmosphere. But be aware that larger groups might lack the intimacy and personal attention you get with smaller ones or private tours.

Depending on the type of tour you choose, the tour might have a minimum size, There are also small group private tours that are great for families and groups of friends.

4. Choosing a Reputable Tour Operator

Choosing a reputable tour operator is crucial. Companies like Viator, Get Your Guide and Klook are great options as they outsource to local tour operators. You can check how many times these tours have been booked and read reviews from fellow travellers.

TRAVELIST INSIGHT: Trying to visit Mount Bromo on your own might seem exciting, but it comes with safety risks and failing to pay for Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park entry fees really is NOT COOL. National parks need to be maintained and this is what these fees go towards.

You may find a number of blog posts that ‘teach you’ how to visit Mount Bromo on your own, but if you are doing this just know you really are doing an injustice to Indonesian tourism by trying to cheat the system.

By choosing a tour, you’re supporting the local economy and families, contributing to the sustainability of tourism in the region.

Mount Bromo private tour

5. Paying Attention to Inclusions and Exclusions

Always check what’s included in your tour. some of the inclusions/exclusions I’d recommend checking are:

  • Transport to the different locations on your itinerary (AC vehicle),
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Jeep ride to the sunrise viewpoint, jeep ride to the Bromo crater rim area
  • Accommodation
Mount Bromo Jeep ride

Knowing what’s excluded helps avoid unexpected surprises and allows you to budget accordingly.

6. Considering the Duration

Whether it’s a day tour, an overnight escapade, or a multiple-day adventure, your choice should be guided by your schedule, stamina, and how immersive an experience you desire.

Short on time: If you are short on time then the sunrise tour is highly recommended. It’s also by far the most beautiful.

Mount bromo tour

Plenty of time: Definitely choose the Multi-day tour experience and specify the sunrise tour option. Although it’s an early start that means your travel time to the next destination allows you plenty of time to catch up on sleep.

7. Assessing Physical Requirements

Lastly, consider the physical demands of the tour. Can you manage the trek to the crater? It doesn’t require a considerable level of fitness, but walking through the sand is uncomfortable to some (it is not ankle-deep or anything). Also the Mount Bromo hike to the crater rim also only requires climbing up a few flights of stairs (yes they’ve created concrete stairs up to the crater rim).

Mount Bromo stairs
Mount Bromo stairs

If you’re not up for walking to the stairs, there are alternatives like horse rides or simply enjoying the view from a distance. Choose a tour that suits your fitness level to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

Mount Bromo tour with horse ride across sea of sand

Remember, every journey to Mount Bromo is unique, just like every traveller. By considering these factors, you’re one step closer to experiencing the magic of this volcanic marvel in a way that’s perfect for you. Happy adventuring!

My Top Mount Bromo Tour Recommendations

Private Multi-day Tour

MY #1 TOP MOUNT BROMO TOUR PICK – FROM MALANG/SURABAYA

Mount Bromo Multi-day 3 day 2 night tour from Malang/ Surabaya (incl: Mount Bromo volcano, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall & Mount Ijen volcano)

Ideal for travellers who have a bit more time and looking for an immersive adventure experience with all the planning and logistics covered.

Viator Badge of Excellence | 5-star Rated Tour >> BOOK IT

Mount Bromo tour at sunrise

Inclusions:

Private Trip – Only you and/or your group

Return Round-trip transport from Malang (incl) or Surabaya (additional)

Approximately 3 Days and 2 nights

2 Nights accommodation included (budget & premium accommodation options)

3 x breakfast included

English-speaking guide

Sharing Jeep transfer to Mount Bromo

EXCLUSIONS:

Lunches and dinners

Pick up/drop off in Surabaya (additional fee)

Travel Insurance

Personal Expenses

Tips for guides

Motorbike taxi to the waterfall

CHECK PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

MY #1 TOP MOUNT BROMO TOUR PICK – FROM BALI

Mount Bromo Multi-day 3 day 2 night tour from Bali (incl: Mount Bromo volcano & Mount Ijen volcano)

This is a great tour for travellers based in Bali who want to experience the most epic volcanic highlights of East Java

Highly Reviewed | 4.9/ 5 Star Rated Tour >> BOOK IT

acid lake kawah ijen east java with petrified tree and crater rim

>> READ MY FULL BLOG POST ON THE MOUNT IJEN SUNRISE HIKE

INCLUSIONS:

Return Transportation from South Bali

Return Ferry from South Bali

Entrance fees to Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen

Professional Guides for Mount Bromo and Ijen

Jeep Transport for Mount Bromo

Accommodation for Mount Bromo and Ijen

EXCLUSIONS:

Travel Insurance

Personal Expenses

Tips for Guides

Personal toiletries and towels

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#1 TOP MOUNT BROMO TOUR – FROM YOGYAKARTA

Mount Bromo Multi day 4 day 3-night tour from Yogyakarta ending in Bayunwangi/Surabaya or Bali (Incl: Borobudur Temple, Mount Bromo Volcano & Mount Ijen Volcano)

This is a great trip for those who want to add a bit of culture to their adventure experience by starting your trip in Yogyakarta and setting sights on the largest Buddhist temple in the world, then continue adventuring through East Java to Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen and then you have to option to continue to Bali or return to Surabaya and/or Banyuwangi.

Highly Rated | 5 Star Rated Tour >> BOOK IT

Borobudur temple at sunrise with woman standing between stupas and sunrise pink lighting

>> READ MY FULL BLOG POST ON BOROBUDUR TEMPLE IN YOGYAKARTA

INCLUSIONS:

Hotel Pick up

All transportation throughout the trip

Accommodation for Mount Bromo and Ijen

Breakfast for Mount Bromo and Ijen

English speaking Guides

EXCLUSIONS:

Accommodation for Yogyakarta

Lunch and Dinners

Other Yogyakarta activities after Borobudur Temple

Personal Expenses

Tips for Guide

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Private Day Trips

#1 TOP MOUNT BROMO SUNRISE DAY TOUR – FROM MALANG

Mount Bromo Sunrise Day trip from Surabaya/ Malang

Ideal tour for those short on time and want to make the most of their short time in East Java. The tour starts around midnight and finishes in the morning.

Viator Badge of Excellence | 5 Star Rated | Approximately 537+ Reviews >>BOOK IT

sunrise at Mount Bromo King Kong hill view

INCLUSIONS:

Return Transport from Malang/Surabaya

Hotel/Airport Pick-up and drop-off

Breakfast Included

Driver and Guide

Jeep transportation to Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo National Park entrance fees

EXCLUSIONS:

Personal Expenses

Travel insurance

Accommodation in Malang/Surabaya

CHECK PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

#1 TOP MOUNT BROMO TOUR WITH TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL

Mount Bromo Sunrise & Tumpak Sewu Waterfall from Malang

Great for those would are short on time and want to capitalize on their time in East Java by adding an epic waterfall visit to their day trip.

5 Star Rated >> BOOK IT

panoramic viewpoint of Tumpak Sewu waterfall

>> READ MY FULL BLOG POST ON TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL

INCLUSIONS:

Pick up and Drop off in Malang

Air-conditioned Transport

English speaking guide

Mount Bromo National Park & Tumpak Sewu waterfall Entrance Fees

Jeep Transportation to Mount Bromo

EXCLUSIONS:

Accommodation in Malang/Surabaya