I thought the following information may help people who are looking for a more affordable way to get to Lombok from Bali. Apart from the very cheap public ferry this new company offers an alternative to the rather expensive 'fast boats'. I have seen the boat and it is worth considering.
It is called Suranadi Express
It seats 217 people in 'executive seats' and 36 in 'VIP' It has AC, TV, Music and Cafe.
from 15th september these are the prices & departure times:
Lembar (lombok) to padangbai 9am
Padangbai to Lembar 11am
price: Executive 150,000rp (no air con and cheaper seating),
They also arrange onward transport to places like senggigi, kuta lombok, gilis etc
They advertise the crossing time to be just over 1 hour.
there are a number of telephone numbers to make bookings and enquiries. There is a local agent in padangbai by the name of 'kiss' phone number 081805605519. he is located near the departure point.
the phone numbers from lombok are 0370 633697, 631398
fax 0370 635630.
from padangbai, 0363 41287, 41473
This is a lot cheaper than the fast boats which cost around 600,000.