The Express Bahari 2B boat is currently the most recommended transportation from Ambon to Banda. The boat departs from Tulehu Harbour in Ambon on Tuesdays and Saturday at 9AM, and returning from Banda to Tulehu Harbour in Ambon on Wednesdays and Sunday at 9AM. Ticket price is at Rp 410.000 for Economy Class and Rp 650.000 for the VIP. For the Economy class you can sit outside to enjoy the view or inside in the AC area. The VIP class has one big screen for intertainment and the seats are extendable. Trip from Ambon to Banda is about 5 to 6 hours depending on the weather. For more info and reservations please contact Mr. Farouk (Fast Boat Transport Coordinator) at +62 813 4329 2900. Tips: Boat trips are sometimes canceled due to bad weather. Check your travel dates and plan your trip carefully, make sure you've plan your trip on the right months for a safe trip and a pleasant stay.
The PELNI Ships are the national interinsulair transportation that also do the trip from Ambon to Banda. At the moment, there are three PELNI Ships that comes here, KM. Nggapulo, KM. Leuser and KM. Pangrango. The duration of the trip from Ambon varies from boat to boat. KM. Nggapulo and KM. Leuser will take around 7-8 hours and the KM Pangrango takes 12 hours. Prices range is from Rp. 110,000 and up (using a cabin). For more information on PELNI schedules please check their website here. PELNI Ambon office phone: (+62) (911) 348219; 353161; 342328, and their national Call Center number is: +(62) 21 162. Tips: Before entering the harbour make sure all your valuable belongings are safe and secure (passport, wallet, cellphones, etc), it's the best to have them around your neck or inside your shirt, this is to prevent any action of pickpocket.
Susi Air is this year's flight operator (2018). The flight is running three times a week every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, leaving Pattimura Airport in Ambon between 7:30- 8:00AM, and return to Ambon from Banda Airstrip between 9:30 - 11:00 AM. We are able to help our hotel customer for booking their flight (subject to availability). Please try to book way in advance as seat allocation is very limited.
For further information, please see go to http://www.susiair.com/
There are plenty of flight connection to Ambon from bigger cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar (Bali) and Makassar. To minimise the risk of not getting here, please choose your dates carefully and accordingly with all the transportation options to come to Banda, whether it's the flight, the PELNI or the Bahari Express (kapal cepat/fastboat).