If you’re planning to see a lot in a short time, it can be a good idea to find out how long each journey will take. Knowing the approximate price for each leg of your trip can help with budgeting. Here are the journey durations and prices for each leg of my Flores trip.
These journey times are accurate for my trip, however, the trans-Flores highway is a two-lane narrow road that twists and turns through the mountains. Journey times can be affected by many factors, including broken-down vehicles in the road, landslides, rain, damaged road surface and cows wandering into the middle of the road.
I travelled by minibus and public taxi, which meant I was collected from my hotel and taken directly to my next hotel at the destination, thus cutting out the hassle of bus terminals and local transport to and from them. Public buses, where you can travel alongside chickens and pigs, will be cheaper. Hiring a private car with a driver will set you back at least Rp. 500,000 per day.
|Maumere airport to town (by airport taxi)||15 minutes||Rp. 50,000|
|Maumere to Moni||3.5 hours||Rp. 50,000|
|Moni to Ende||3 to 4 hours||Rp. 35,000|
|Ende to Bajawa||3.5 hours||Rp. 50,000|
|Bajawa to Ruteng||4 to 5 hours||Rp. 70,000|
|Ruteng to Labuan Bajo||4 hours||Rp. 60,000|
|Labuan Bajo town to airport (by motorcycle)||15 minutes||Rp. 10,000|
All prices are in Indonesian Rupiahs. I use http://www.xe.com for currency conversions, though there are many websites providing this service. At the time of my trip in April 2012, US$ 1 was approximately Rp. 9,000 and £1 was around Rp. 14,000.