GETTING TO BANDA
Updated November 2021 (You may be seeing and old version. Please click on your browser refresh button to see the latest update)
THIS IS THE LATEST INFORMATION WE HAVE ABOUT TRANSPORT. WE KINDLY ASK YOU TO READ THIS SECTION THOROUGHLY BEFORE ENQUIRING VIA EMAIL ON HOW TO GET TO BANDA.
Please keep in mind that even though these travel options have been mostly reliable, this is still a very remote area of Indonesia -which is a great part of its charm. It is recommended to avoid tight flight schedules/connections and have a flexible plan if possible due to occasional problem with local transportation.
The Banda Islands are easiest accessed from Ambon. Direct flights to Ambon with Lion Air, Batik Air, Garuda and others are available from Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar and some smaller airports in Maluku (Wings Air from Tual) and West Papua. From Bali, Ambon is easily reached with Garuda or Lion air with a stopover in Makassar or Surabaya.
Once in Ambon, these are the options to get to Banda:
PLEASE NOTE: The fast ferry Bahari Express 2B that used to cover the Ambon - Banda route has not been operating since 2019 and it does not seem it will ever resume operation, as now there is a newer ferry (Bahtera Nusantara 02) covering the route much more reliably.
NEW FERRY BAHTERA NUSANTARA 02
Schedule: TIBA = ARRIVES BERANGKAT = DEPARTS (click to enlarge)
Trip duration: typically 10-11h.
Overnight trip in a comfortable and clean new ferry with bunkbeds available (must be booked) in a common area as well as airplane-style seats and a large cafeteria.
Pak Jeri (travel agent in Ambon): +62 852 9959 1075
Sam Air is operating the Ambon-Banda route with a small plane. They are the fastest option, but ticket availability and luggage allowance can be quite limited.
Around IDR 350,000 with airport taxes
For more information/reservation of ticket, please visit their website (contact numbers available):
Sam Air Ambon: +62 852 4316 0770
Banda from the air
The new ferry Bahtera Nusantara 02
Arrival by airplane
Pelni ship arriving at Banda Naira
Cruising around Banda
Big liners that cover various large routes throughout Indonesia. Currently there are three ships that include direct Ambon-Banda and Banda-Ambon trips in their routes twice a month: NGGAPULU (8h trip), PANGRANGO (14h trip), and SABUK NUSANTARA 106 (14h trip). Departure from Ambon city harbour. Nggapulu also makes it possible to reach Banda from Tual. Pelnis are the slowest, cheapest and most reliable option (no random cancellations). The Pelni service has improved quite a lot in the last couple of years, and now it is possible to have a pleasant trip overnight when getting a cabin, especially with SABUK and PANGRANGO. It is not possible to buy cabin tickets at the ticket office, they only sell economy, but you can get a cabin upgrade by talking to the crew on the ship (information desk inside the ship), and paying extra (usually around IDR 250,000 per bed).
PELNI Ambon office phone: +62 911 348219; 353161; 342328
National Call Center number: +62 21 162
The full schedule and current prices are available online at www.pelni.co.id/en