Lembar is Lombok's main port for ferries, tankers and Pelni liners coming in from Bali and beyond. Though the ferry port itself is scruffy, the setting – think azure inlets ringed by soaring green hills – is stunning. If you need cash there are ATMs near the harbour entrance.
Public ferries (child/adult/motorbike/car 27,000/40,000/112,000/773,000Rp, 5-6 hours) travel nonstop between Padangbai in Bali and Lembar. Passenger tickets are sold near the pier. Boats supposedly run 24 hours and leave about every 90 minutes, but the service can be unreliable – boats have caught on fire and run aground.
Bemo and bus connections are abundant and bemos run regularly to the Mandalika bus/bemo terminal (15,000Rp), so there’s no reason to linger. Taxis cost 80,000Rp to Mataram, and 150,000Rp to Senggigi.