Bali is one of the most popular tourist destination for
both adventurers and those in need of a little
relaxation. The waters off the coast of Bali's white
beaches are an ideal spot for diving, while the dense
jungles, teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples,
call out for exploration. Hike the rugged path to the
summit of Mount Batur, and your effort will be rewarded
with a stunning view.
There is many variety access to getting Bali Island such
as by Plane, by Sea, or by Fastboat and by Bus.
Most visitors will arrive at
Ngurah Rai International Airport (IATA: DPS) also known
as Denpasar International Airport. Despite this
misleading name, the airport is actually located in
Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran, roughly 30 mins away
Ngurah Rai is Indonesia's third-busiest international
airport (after Jakarta and Surabaya) and a major hub
well-connected to Australia, South-East Asia, and the
rest of Indonesia.
Bali (Denpasar) IATA airport
code is DPS and ICAO code is WADD, operated by: PT
Angkasa Pura I.
has 17 gates: 3 in the Domestic, and 14 in the
International Terminal. The Domestic Terminal has 35
check in counters, and 2 baggage carousels.
DENPASAR DEPARTURE AIRPORT TAX
DOMESTIC: IDR 75,000/PAX
INTERNATIONAL: IDR 200,000/PAX
Passengers are exempt from TAX such as transit
passengers, babies, water crew, a guest of the state.
Ferries cross from Ketapang
on the island of Java to Gilimanuk in western Bali every
15 minutes, 24 hours a day. These are very cheap, and
the crossing takes just 30 minutes (plus sometimes
considerable waiting around for loading and unloading).
Ferry Tariff & Schedule
There are also public ferries from Lembar, Lombok, to
Padang Bai every few hours, with the trip taking around
4 to 5 hours. This service has a notably poor safety
Cruise ships occasionally stop so that passengers can
tour or shop. Some ships still anchor off-shore toward
the southeast side of the island and tender guests to
shore. Modest-sized ships can choose to dock at the port
of Benoa not far from Denpasar, Kuta and Sanur. The dock
area is basically industrial, with few amenities and no
ATMs, but masses of taxis are usually ready to whisk you
to nearby destinations at a moderate cost.
A number of speedboats and
catamarans operate into Benoa Harbour near Kuta (~2
hours) and Padangbai (80 min) from the Gili Islands
and Telok Nare of Lombok. These are relatively expensive
but convenient. See the Gili Islands article for full
Blue Water Express (Benoa -
Teluk Nare & Gili Islands) or Gili Cat Fastboat and Eka
Jaya (Padangbay - Teluk Nare & Gili islands). This fast
boat service only carry passengers with limited seats
available. Pregnant women and child under 2 years old
are not recommended to go with these fast boats.
The Fast Boats using standard safety for passengers,
making the sea transfer more efficient, comfortable and
are direct bus services to Bali from all major cities on
Java and Lombok that link with ferries for sea
crossings. These are cheap and easy, but slow. The
Perama bus company is a good option for budget
travelers.There are 2 other bus companies that make the
trip from Java to Bali: Restu Mulya , and Safari Dharma
These shuttles charge an all
inclusive price and vary depending on your start point
in Bali & destination in Lombok. Unfortunately the
vehicle/s used are often very old. If you travel with
kids, we do not recommend to use this shuttle service as
you'll be crammed into hot and stuffy minibus with no
air-con or curtain to shade you from the noon sun.
Traveler's comments regarding this shuttle bus: