Solo Travel Destination: Mt. Bromo, Indonesia

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Noor, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Noor is from Malaysia, and submitted the following report about Mt. Bromo. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: Indonesian, English

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On top of Mt. Bromo

Reasons to go:  Mt. Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia, is actually one of the many beautiful destinations that I covered in my 2-week backpacking trip there recently. It is about 6 hours by train from Yogyakarta, and you will pass Surabaya before reaching the town called Probolinggo. From Probolinggo, you need to take a taxi to your chosen accommodation for the night before the hike early the next morning. I chose Yoshi Hotel, about a 1-hour drive from the Probolinggo train station. It is a comfortable place for backpackers and many tourists stay in this hotel to see more of what Mt. Bromo can offer.

The hotel will arrange for your transportation the next morning and the jeep will pick you up at around 2:30am to head to Mount Penajakan to see the beautiful sunrise. From there you can also see Mt. Bromo underneath. The jeep will then take you to Mt. Bromo for the hike. The hike is relatively easy except for the ashes which make it more difficult – like walking on the beach. Be prepared to get covered in ashes from head to toe!

The view from the top of Mt. Bromo is breathtaking. I highly recommend it for adventurous solo travelers.

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Sunrise on Penajakan Mountain

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Probolinggo Train Station

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Mt. Bromo is an active volcano.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


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  • Gita Listya Anggraini

    Very pleased you enjoy the trip in Indonesia. Just come back to Indonesia, and find other beautiful places that you should visit and stay. Maybe could be a good recommendation for you to find another interesting destinations in Indonesia :)

  • Richard Crest

    I think its exciting to trek at Mt. Bromo though kinda creepy cause its an active volcano.

  • Janice Waugh

    I’m glad it was of help. When you return from your trip, perhaps you could add to the Solo Travel Destination section with a recommendation of your own.

  • Leonard Bowcott

    Wow, what a great article. I’m researching to plan out my extended tour of the islands that comprise Indonesia and this helped a lot.