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.
From Surabaya - at the Purabaya (aka Bungarasih) Bus Terminal, board a Patas (express) bus to Bayuangga Bus Terminal in Probolinggo for 30,000Rp (March 2016).
Be sure to go all the way to the main Bayuangga Bus Terminal in Probolinggo, 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.
On boarding intercity buses at Bayuangga Bus Terminal, beware of 2 scams targeting foreign tourist boarding buses: 1) someone insisting you have the wrong bus even if the bus lane or sign on the bus are correct; 2) someone insisting he is the bus conductor to be paid to, quoting a higher price and even showing a bus ticket to be issued. In both cases they will get very intimidating and will insist you pay or leave the bus, but stay firm in ignoring or politely declining them. They will leave the bus at some point after the bus begins its journey. Only pay to the conductor who collects from the locals shortly after the bus starts out. The locals are not targeted by these scammers and touts, and seem aware but are indifferent to them. Even the locals who do try to help might not see through their scam. Take the nearest seats to the front of the bus to stay within the crowd and to deter touts if it helps.
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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