This is a port town, particularly for the fishing industry and is the nearest town of any size to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The latter is main reason any vistor comes here as there is little else of interest. The park is sometimes day tripped from an accommodation base at Probolinggo.
Be sure to go all the way to the main bus terminal, 6 km southwest of the centre, instead of getting dropped off at some travel agent (who will pay the driver a commission). Minibuses to Cemoro Lawang, the nearest settlement to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru_National_Park leave from the terminal and take about an hour and a half. Purchase any tickets directly at the bus terminal, as the local travel agents are notoriously mercenary and will happily charge you multiples of the real price and/or fake return tickets.
For most people Probolinggo will only be a transfer point to get to Mount Bromo. If arriving by train (from Banyuwangi or Surabaya), you will already be spotted on the platform and freighted in an angkot to the bus stand to Cemoro Lawang (INR 3 000), which is located at the southern entrance of the Bayu Angga bus terminal. There travel agents will try to sell accomodation and tours, but they aren't too persistent. Just pay for the transport (mini bus, INR 35 000, 2 hours, in the unlikely case there are 15 people. 550 000 per van (Aug 2015)) and you should be on track soon. When arriving by bus, the procedure should be similar. According to the -friendly and helpful- tourist information office it is no longer possible to hire a motorbike in the town since 2014. Before it was possible at hotel Sinar Harapan, but some tourist stole the bikes according to the owner.
Probolinggo is famous for its small, sweet green mangoes, known as mangga manalagi.
Be aware for the scams in the bus station if you want to go to Mt Bromo. They try to charge you too much money or entrance fees wich you don't need to pay.
When you take a bemo in the city to the bus station, the driver will drop you of at a tourist office where they will try to sell you an all-inclusive package with transport to and from mt Bromo, homestay, breakfast, and entrance ticket and bus/train ticket to your next destination for 550.000. You don't need to pay this entrance if you walk to Bromo or the sunrise point! It is a scam. The total package is of poor quality.
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