By plane, one can either plan to fly in from Singapore or Bali. From Singapore, SilkAir flies directly to Lombok (Praya) a few times every week. The duration of the flight lasts around 2 hours and 20 minutes. From the Lombok airport, it takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive to the southern coast of Lombok where local fishermen have boats that take people to Gili Gede. Lion air flies 3 to 4 times daily from Bali to Lombok and also provides flights from selected destinations in Indonesia. The flight duration is only 20-30 minutes from Bali, and the drive from the airport to the harbour opposite Gili Gede takes approximately 1.5 hours.
One can also arrange cars from several places in Lombok such as Mataram, Senggigi, Bangsal, Kuta, Lembar etc. A combination of car and speedboat transfers can also be provided. The duration would be approximately 2 hours by car and a speedboat will take approximately 1 hour.
By boat, the public ferry crosses from Padangbai, Bali to Lembar, Lombok. It costs around Rp. 40.000 per adult, and kids aged 2-12 pay less. One can get off in Tembowong where there are taxi boats to Gede. The other option is to take a taxi from the harbour to Tembowong. It shouldn't cost more than Rp. 250.000.
A fast boat from Bali, Gili T or Senggigi can also be taken. It is by far the easiest, cheapest and the quickest way to Gili Gede. Gili Getaway, a Western-owned company is operating the first fast boat service from Bali, Gili T and Senggigi to Gili Gede. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours from Bali and also includes a pick-up and drop off from your respective hotel in Bali.
There is neither a taxi nor any cars on the island of Gili Gede. It is advisable to walk around as the island is only about 4 km long. Any place on the island is within walkable distance. Fishermen of the island can also be asked to bring you to the beach with his boat. A motorbike for hire on the mainland can be organized.