Top tips for hiring a car at Praya Lombok Intl Airport
Lombok is not as celebrated in Indonesia as its nearby neighbour of Bali but it is an incredible location to visit. It would be very challenging to see the best of this dramatic mountainous island without a car and a driver. The roads are very basic but even more difficult to navigate by public transport. There are fewer tourists in Lombok than neighbouring destinations, making it even more attractive to many, but organised tours and transport are consequently under-resourced, so a hire car with a driver is best.
The road quality outside cities isn't always very good, the driving experience is very different to the UK or EU and security concerns are often higher for tourists driving than you might experience in other parts of Asia. It’s for these reasons, among others, that hiring a driver is best.
If you take the recommendation to hire a driver as well as a car then you won’t need to worry about returning the car. The driver will drop you at the airport to meet your departing fight and a representative will complete the paperwork with you there. If you do take the self-drive option then the car hire representative will meet you at the airport and again complete the paperwork and take the keys. On approach to the airport follow the signs for the main car park and wait there for the representative. They will have explained to you when collecting the car where you should meet them.
Car hire at Praya Lombok Intl Airport operates according to demand. As there are no desks at the airport it’s best to book online and they will ask you for your flight details and meet you when you land. They are generally available for pickup from 08:00 to 22:00 but can arrange other hours if required.
FAQs about hiring a car at Praya Lombok Intl Airport
Car hire at Praya Lombok Intl Airport is quite limited. There are no rental desks in the airport or on the airport campus. You can book with one of the local car hire firms, such as Trac, and they will send someone to collect you at the airport and bring you to the car collection point. Other options include taking a shuttle bus from the airport to the car. None of these collection points will be at the airport.
Driving conditions in Lombok are very challenging. The road surfaces outside the main towns can be poor and the volume of traffic is very high, particularly on Sundays. Anyone self-driving their hire car will have to remain alert for oncoming traffic, bikes and motorbikes which are plentiful, overtaking vehicles and speed limits.
Car hire at Praya Lombok Intl Airport differs as the car hire representatives are not based at the airport. You will meet a representative of the company in the main terminal arrivals area when you land. While there you will have access to all the amenities of the airport such as cafes, retail, ATMs, currency exchange, waiting areas and toilets.
If you plan to self-drive then Praya Lombok Int Airport car hire will require a valid driving licence for your country of residence, an International Driving Permit, a credit card, and possibly a cash deposit. They will also ask to see your flight details. The minimum age to hire a car in Indonesia is 23 years old and you need to have held your licence for at least two years. If you plan to hire a driver then the International Driving Permit will not be required. Your car hire company can identify and arrange for the driver.