Flying in Bali and airports

Ngurah Rai airport

Ngurah Rai airport  is located right on the coast just two miles south of Kuta, Bali’s busiest resort. It is the third largest airport in Indonesia and handles over four million international passengers every year. It comprises two adjacent terminals for international and domestic flights both accessed directly from street level.

Bali International Airport

Getting to and from the airport is simple. There is abundant secure car parking right in front of the terminal building and several airport taxi booths are located at arrivals. Fixed priced fares to Kuta for example cost rp50,000 and for the one hour journey to Ubud is rp150,000.

Public bus services do not enter the airport but pass the main gates at regular intervals during daylight hours en route to Kuta and Denpasar. Bear in mind that it is a lengthy walk of around 700 metres to the airport exit to flag down a bus, and is only really recommended for passengers with light luggage.

Bali International Airport facilities

Inside the airport building you can expect the usual array of passenger facilities such as duty free shopping, cafes and restaurants with WiFi access, money changers and ample seating. ATM cash machines are only available on the concourse prior to check in along with an immigration office, left luggage and porters.

Arriving into Bali is a less enjoyable experience especially after a long, tiring flight. Due to chronic staff shortages, immigration checks and visa processing can be a very time consuming experience and waits of up to 45 minutes are not uncommon. Most nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival which costs US$25.

Bali handles flights from most major Asian cities, Australasia and the Middle East. In addition there are also some seasonal charter flights direct from Europe. Bali is well served by international low cost airlines such as AirAsia and Jetstar who offer cheap flights to Australia, KL, Bangkok and Singapore.

Destinations from Bali Airport

Domestic services throughout Indonesia are very comprehensive too with popular destinations such as Jakarta, Surabaya and Mataram in Lombok enjoying an almost hourly service.

Booking early gains the best fares which, although rarely comparable with ultra-cheap ferries, can be better value if short on time or patience.

On first appearance the airport looks rather dated but its interior is modern, spacious and air conditioned. Even during the busy summer season it never seems to get too overcrowded. There is also a private air terminal with small private jets available for charter for pleasure flights and short range scheduled journeys.

Air Bali (website: www.airbali.com) are based here and offer pleasure flights and aerial photography taking in the natural beauty of Bali’s coastline and mountains. They also have charter services to Lombok and Java.