How it works:
- Stage 1 (at Probolinggo bus terminal):
- Step 1: to reach the bus terminal from the train station, touts here will offer you bemos or taxis.
- Step 2: take them however, and you will end up at an agency peddling expensive tours.
- Step 3: they claim that a bus to the Probolinggo bus terminal will pass by here but it does not. This is to delay you so that when the real bus stops operating at 4pm, you have to use their expensive private bus/taxi.
- Stage 2 (at Bayuangga bus terminal):
- Scam 1: touts offer overpriced tours.
- Scam 2: taxis will claim that there are no more buses.
- Scam 3: scammers posing as bus drivers will try to sell you tickets at 3-4x the normal fare.
- Scam 4: scammers go up a bus, insist you are on the wrong bus and demand that you buy another ticket or take their tour/taxi.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Probolinggo: use the yellow Angkot (and use GPS to track) to get to the bus terminal.
- Bayuangga: do not pay the bus fare if the bus is not moving. The real conductor will collect the fare once the bus starts moving.
- Alternatives: if heading to Cemoro Lawang (Mt Bromo), you can take a go-Jek ride or bison ride (green vans) at Depot Marinda.