It's kinda risky to visit Bromo these days, however, you can try your luck if you want. But if you want to be on the safer side, you can fly directly to Yogyakarta and then move your way to Sumatra.
Thanks, I don't want to take the risk, so now the scenario is that I have my flight booked for tomorrow from Bali to Jakarta and my plan was to miss this flight and travel to Java overland, now if I can't change this flight to Yogyakarta and fly to Jakarta instead what are my options of getting to Yogyakarta and how long does it take?
So, rather than to get around, it's advisable if you can get a flight from Bali to Yogyakarta.
Other option to get to Yogyakarta from Jakarta is by train, but this would take 8 hours and from recent train incident (2 days ago), it's hardly a commercial that taking train is preferable choice.
Thanks heaps, I am going to book another flight to YOGYAKARTA, however not sure if domestic flights are also effected by the eruption.
What are the places to stay in on a budget and the area to stay in that is easier to get around for touring. How far is Broobudur from Yogyakarta.
Domestic flights so far not affected.
Most people choose to stay in/around Malioboro area; that's the main tourist street in Yogyakarta; easy to get everywhere such as Keraton (Sultan Palace) and markets. Also, from there you can easily take comfortable TransJogja bus system that goes all the way to Prambanan, another interesting temple to visit other than Borobudur. Prambanan is located closer to Yogyakarta airport. Lots of budget accommodation can be found at Sosrowijayan, a backpacker area off Malioboro Street. But for a comfortable stay, I recommend Ibis Maliboro (3 star, right at Maliboro Street, adjacent to shopping mall - easy to get food).
She stayed at a hotel outside the town and use car hire + driver to get around (so she's not on a budget, but car rental is pretty cheap). You can use her trip report as an inspiration on your trip as well.
As volcano's go, you can still visit Ijen crater and Kelud volcano. See my tips on Virtual Tourist (Ijen: members.virtualtourist.com/m/c8969/1297dc/, Kelud: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/c8969/1290c9/4/).
If you take en interest to temples, see also Trowulan and Blitar.
Bromo, this volcano is still in eruption today, we don't know when will be stoped. If you force to visit Bromo at this moment, you just allow to see (if you get lucky wheather) sunrise from View Point 2. Forbiden to through the sea of sand and the crater, coz the safe area is 2 km square from the crater. My suggestion, skip Bromo and change to Ijen Crater, Batu Village, Mt Kelud (with son volcano), Sempu Island, Sukamade Turtle Beach etc. These are in one province with Bromo. You can try it ..... After finished to explore them, you may head to Yogyakarta. It's from of my experiences .... Have a nice trip
Where are you going to visit in Sumatra?