Bromo and Ijen tour, a 3-day route

Bromo and Ijen tour, a 3-day route

Bromo and Ijen tour, a 3-day route

Visiting the Bromo and Ijen crater is one of the popular reasons to visit Java in Indonesia. It is best to do this Bromo and Ijen tour via Malang. You can expect three days full of adventures and natural wonders. Driving across the wide-stretched sea of sand at Bromo, visiting the Coban Pelangi and Madakaripura waterfall, driving through Ngadas Village, the highest vegetable mountain area on Java.

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This 3-day Bromo and Ijen tour route starts in Malang but can be done the other way round starting at Ijen from Bali.

Day 1 – Waterfall, hill farms & Savannah

The drive from Malang to Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) is a beautiful two-hour drive with a 4×4 jeep. You will need a four-wheel-drive car since you will be climbing a lot towards Ngadas village. Just before entering the Ngadas region you can visit the Coban Pelangi waterfall.

➳ Read: Best Waterfall in Java, Tumpak Sewu

bromo ijen tour Coban Pelangi waterfall

You can either see it from a viewpoint (5 min walk, 10000 IDR) or experience its power at the foot of the waterfall (Free). It is a 15-minute walk down over a well-paved path and definitely not too hard.

➳ Find: Hotels near Bromo

bromo ijen viewpoint

Ngadas Village is a vegetable area (farms) located on steep hills. Not many foreign tourists pass this route as it is not a well-known way to follow the Bromo and Ijen tour.

➳ Follow our full Java Route Guide.

After Ngadas you will start descending into the Savannah, the flat area around Bromo. Drive around through the ‘Sea of Sand’, take some awesome photos with your jeep and arrive at Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) before sunset and visit the secret sunset viewpoint which you can find in the article linked below.

➳ Read: Everything about a Bromo tour

bromo tour sunrise

Day 2 – Sunrise at Bromo

Make sure to head to bed early on day one and set the alarm 2:45 AM. At 3 AM your jeep will take you up to one of the viewpoints that look onto the Bromo volcano. Followed by visiting the actual crater and have a look inside an active volcano.

➳ Read more: Bromo Tour Guide

On that same day, make your way towards Ijen with a stop at the second-highest waterfall in Indonesia. The Madakaripura waterfall. As water cascades from all sides, you and your camera will get wet. Don’t worry; rain jackets are sold at the entrance. From Bromo to Ijen is a 4-hour drive.

➳ Find: Hotels near Bromo

bromo ijen tour sunrise viewpoint

Day 3 – Sunrise on Ijen

For your trip to the Ijen Crater lake, you have to start hiking at 2 AM to experience the ‘Blue fire’ or 4 AM to experience sunrise on the lake.

It is a 1.5-hour walk so make sure to leave on time to not miss one or both of the above named moments at Ijen.

➳ Read about: Ijen Crater tour

bromo ijen crater

Book a Bromo and Ijen Tour

A Bromo and Ijen tour can be done in many ways. If you are not on a super strict budget, we recommend you to book a tour since it saves so much time and hassle.

Contact our great driver Azhar on Whatsapp (+6281336042045). Make sure to tell him you came via ‘Salt in our Hair’ so you’ll get the best price.

Hotels near Bromo

Hotels near Ijen

Blog comments (27)

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  • Hi, thank you so much for the tips! This tour sounds perfect. I just would like to know if you think it’s safe to do by my own. I really wanna do it, but my friends will be already gone when I head there.
    Would your friend accompany in every trail or does he just drive?

    Thank you again!
    Best Regards
    *sorry to post it again, but at the first time it went as a reply

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Erika! Yes it’s very safe to do alone.You would have to contact the driver to ask you if he would accompany you or not and that would probably raise the price a bit. Worth asking! Have an amazing time ❤️

  • Hi, your tour sounds awesome and is exactly what we are looking for, but we are travelling with our 4yr old and a couple of suitcases.

    Few things, (1) if we arrived in malang in the morning of day 1, would be able to jump in the jeep with our luggage and get on the way with the tour, and (2) do you thing the Ijen hike to the top will be a struggle with a child?


  • Stephanie N.

    Thank you very much for the amazing posts. Very helpful!
    My mother and I would like to do the same tour and tried to contact him few weeks ago withôut any answer. May I ask you to help me to reach out to him?
    Many thanks and best regards

  • Fred Davies

    Hi! The tour sounds amazing. Myself and 4 of my friends were hoping to do get involved on this tour within the next few days! Is there anyone we can call or make contact with quite urgently to discuss costings and logistics? Thanks!

  • Hallo,
    Amazing post on the 3-days trip! Love it.
    Did the tour take you to the Cemoro Lawang and Ngadas Village as well? Correct me if im wrong, so the same tour guide took u to all the described locations within a period of three days?
    Thanks :)

  • Hi, thank you for this! I plan to visit Bromo and Ijen and this is so much helpful. May I ask you about the price you pay to Yande (Bromo and Ijen tour)? I’m going to contact him, but first I would like to know if it is not completely out of my budget :D Thank you very much once again!

    • saltinourhair

      The price of the Bromo-ijen tour (for 2 persons) is 6.245.000 rupiahs / 389 euros)

      Included: Bromo jeep, fuel, driver, parking ticket, mineral water, all entrance ticket, tour guide, local guide, gas mask and hotel.
      Meals and tipping excluded.

      For some reason, Yande isn’t responding that quick the last couple of weeks. Let us know if we need to help you with that.

  • Nicola Spink

    Hi, did you stay at Bromo then Ijen in between your hikes? Thank you!

    • saltinourhair

      We spend the night at Bromo, did sunrise at Bromo made our way to Ijen where we again spend the night and again did sunrise haha!

  • Also, I hope Yande’s okay! :-)

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the reply and recommendation! Do you know if he does the same kind of tours? We really liked the idea of the one you did :-) (sorry to post a new comment, the website wouldn’t let me reply).

    • Hi, thank you so much for the tips! This tour sounds perfect. I just would like to know if you think it’s safe to do by my own. I really wanna do it, but my friends will be already gone when I head there.
      Would your friend accompany in every trail or does he just drive?

      Thank you again!
      Best Regards

      • Salt in our Hair

        I’m not sure but you can at least ask him. Ijen is quite the walk but its easy, one-way so I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t do that climb. (As he needs to be focused on driving afterward too)

    • saltinourhair

      Yes! He’s a friend of ours and did multiple tours already, just tell him what you would like and he will give you a price. enjoy! (Sorry, there is an issue with the comment area on the website)

  • Any recommendations on other tour guides? We can’t get in touch with Yande (tried Whatsapp, messenger and e-mail) unfortunately..

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Michelle,

      Oh, that doesn’t sound like Yande at all. We will contact him to see if he is alright.
      In the meantime, we can recommend our friend on Java. Azhar. You can contact him on messenger:

  • Sophie Hofstädter

    Hey there,

    How did you guys get from Bromo to Ijen?


    • saltinourhair

      Hi Sophie,

      by car. You can do it by train but I don’t think it will be possible to do it this quick.

  • Thank you for great guide! Please let me know where your booking this tour? With your friend Yande or other way in Malang (maybe you have a contact) ?

  • Hi there,

    what was your hotels on this tour?

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