Indonesia (Republic of Indonesia)

Languages: Indonesian

Currencies: IDR · Indonesian rupiah (Rp)

Capitol: Jakarta

Continents: Asia

Borders: Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste

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Area: 1,904,569km2

Population: 273,523,621

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +62

Timezones: UTC+07:00, UTC+08:00, UTC+09:00

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Last updated on February 29, 2024

Cemoro Lawang Village.

Cemoro Lawang is a small village located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java (Indonesia).

For majority of travelers Cemoro Lawang is a base for hiking Bromo Crater and Mount Penanjakan (incredible viewing point).

The village is situated on the edge of the massive Tengger Caldera, with spectacular views of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, which are all part of the complex volcanic landscape in the region.

How to get to Cemoro Lawang village?

First you need to reach Probolingo to get to Cemoro Lawang. Many people take train from Surabaya to Probolingo and from there you have few transportation options to Cemoro Lawang: public bus, mini van (12-15 people) or taxi – which is the most expensive option. 

There were many travelers trying to get to Cemoro Lawang from the main bus terminal in Probolingo. We teamed up and took a van. It should cost you around 40 000 Rp/per person. 

Be aware there is a lot of scamming going on around local transportation to Cemoro Lawang. In Probolingo bus terminal you will be approached by many locals offering ridiculous amount of money for their transportation to Cemoro Lawang. 

Cemoro Lawang is located at an altitude of about 2,217 meters above sea level.

It is good to prepare yourself for some:

  • cool temperatures and crisp mountain air,
  • volcanish ash covering the village – read my experience from Hiking Bromo Crater.

At the time I reached Cemoro Lawang, Bromo Volcano was very active, the village was covered with volcanic ash to the point that we found it very hard to sleep at night. It is advised to check weather forecast/volcano activity for Mount Bromo before the trip.

Where to stay in Cemoro Lawang?

Cemoro Lawang is very original, looks like time has stopped there long ago. The village has plenty of guesthouses, homestays, and small hotels but many accommodations offer very basic standard. Cemoro Lawang is very convenient for exploring the surrounding attractions.

Check all accommodation options on and below are top rated stays:

Cemoro Lawang - a gateaway for Mount Bromo.

The village is surrounded by rugged volcanic terrain, making it a popular base for visitors exploring the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Here is everything you need to know before Hiking Mount Bromo active volcano.

If you are also aiming for Mount Penanjakan spectacular sunrise viewing point – here are hiking details. Hiking Ijen Crater in east Java in Indonesia is a truly magic experience! 

Top rated Mount Bromo tours on Tripadvisor:

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Going back from Cemoro Lawang.

It’s very common that local buses don’t run by the schedule. We got stuck in Cemoro Lawang as the bus never arrived. We had to figure out how to organize a transportation but when we asked local people nobody was really interested in helping out. I found it very odd. Eventually we managed to arranged a van taking us back but it took a while. I though we gonna be grounded in the village for another day.

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