This is a commonly asked question by travelers planning their Bali or Lombok trip and wanting to visit the Gili Islands.
To answer this question, it all depends on your budget and your required level of comfort while traveling, the boat operator and the location port of your departure. We work both with high end and low budget operators to cater to different travel budgets, all of our fast boat partners have proven track records. On average, prices range from as low as $25 USD for low budget ferry operators and up to $45 USD for high class ferry operators for one way trips.
Simply said, no! Due to the Gili islands being so close next to each other, boat ticket prices are almost always the same amount, whether you visit Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or Gili Air.
We work with a number of low budget fast boat operators offering daily sailings from Bali to the Gili islands, prices start from $25 USD. Prices can depend on the season, high season usually has a higher ticket price for ferry trips from Bali to Gili.
Below are some of the most affordable, yet safe fast boats, to the Gili Islands:
- Wahana Gili Ocean (starting at $25 USD)
- Golden Queen Fast Boat (starting at $28 USD)
- Eka Jaya Fast Boat (starting at $30 USD) - Very well track record - Recommended!
- Gili Gili Fast Boat
- Gili Getaway
- Scoot Fast Cruises
Depending on the port of departure, the average sailing time from Bali to the Gili Islands is 2 hours, with the shortest sailing duration being from Amed in the north of Bali, with a ferry crossing of only 1 hours and 30 minutes. Most fast boats depart from East or South Bali with an average sailing duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. On board, you will have comfortable airplane seats and air conditioning to make your ferry crossing as comfortable and smooth as possible. For the sun lovers between us, most fast boats have a sun deck where you can enjoy the amazing scenery of the Lombok strait where the Indian Ocean meets the Pacific.
Looking for timetables, operators and prices? See the sailing schedules below:
- Bali to the Gili Trawangan Schedule
- Bali to Gili Meno Schedule
- Bali to Gili Air Schedule
When arriving at the Gili Islands by fast boat from Bali or any other port, usually there is a local tourist tax to be paid which is between IDR 20,000 - IDR 30, 000 ($2 USD) per person. This is not included in your boat ticket price.
On GiliFerries.com we talk about fast boats and ferries, both have the same meaning, we only work with partners who use high speed fast ferries / fast boats to ensure fast crossing times from one port to another. We don't work with any public slow ferries as they usually lack maintenance and are not comfortable to travel with. We only work with reputed fast boat companies in the region offering daily fast boat services between Bali, the Gili Islands and Lombok's mainland.