How to get to Bali

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Bali is located just 2 kilometers from the eastern tip of Java and west of Lombok. This small island is home about 4 million people. Bali is a wonderful destination with spectacular beaches, hospitable Hindu people, rich culture and spirituality.

Eighty percent of international visitors to Indonesia visit Bali, but outside peak seasons – August and September, New Year and Christmas – Bali is quiet place and good discounts on accommodation are often available. Because of this large number of tourist coming to island every year Bali adapts travel possibilities as flights, boats, ferries and buses for easier access to Island.

How to get to Bali by plane

Most visitors arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport also called as Denpasar International Airport. The airport is actually located in Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran. It is only 30 minutes away from Denpasar – capital of Bali. Denpasar International Airport is 3rd busiest international airport after Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia. You can take cheap domestic flight from another city in Indonesia or you can take international flights directly to Denpasar.

Domestic flights:

Citilink – Jakarta

Garuda Indonesia  – Jakarta, Mataram, Surabaya, Semarang, Makassar, Yogyakarta

Air Asia Indonesia – Bandung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta

Lion Air – Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Menado, Makassar, Surabaya

Mandala Airlines – Jakarta

Merpati Nusantara Airlines  Bandung, Bima, Ende. Jakarta, Kupang, Lauanbajo, Mataram, Maumere, Surabaya, Tambolaka, Waingapu

Sriwijaya Air – Jakarta

Trans Nusa  Bima, Ende, Kupang, Labuanbajo, Mataram, Ruteng, Sumbawa, Tambolaka

Wings Air Bima, Kupang, Labuhanbajo, Mataram, Maumere, Semarang, Surabaya, Malang, Tambolaka


International flights:

Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong

China Airlines – Taipei

Eva Air – Taipei

Garuda Indonesia – Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Nagoya-Centair, Osaka-Kansai,  Perth, Seoul-Incheon

Hong Kong Express Airways – Hong Kong

KLM – Amsterdam or Amsterdam via Kuala Lumpur

Korean Airlines – Seoul

Malaysia Airlines – Kuala Lumpur

Philippine Airlines – Manila

Qantas Airlines – Australia, Singapore, New Zealand

Qatar Airways – Doha and Singapore

Shanghai Airlines – Shanghai

Singapore Airlines – Singapore

SkyWest – Port Hedland

Strategic Airlines –Perth, Port Hedland, Townsville, Brisbane

Thai AirAsia – Bangkok – Don Mueang International Airport

Thai Airways International -Bangkok -Suvarnabhumi

Transaero – Moscow-Domodedovo

Virgin Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney


Low cost international flights:

AirAsia Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Perth, Darwin, Bangkok

Cebu Pacific Air  Manila

Jetstar Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, New Zealand

Jetstar Asia  Singapore

Merpati Nusantara Airlines  Dili

Valuair Singapore


How to get to Bali by boat

Ferries cross from Ketapang in Java to Gilimanuk in western Bali every 15 min, 24 hours every day. Ticket is very cheap and the crossing takes just around 30 min.

There is number of speedboats and catamarans operate into Benoa Harbour near Kuta. It takes around 2 hours. There are also speedboats into Padangbai from Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands. These options are frequently priced much higher than the air crossing.

There are also public ferries from Lembar in Lombok to Padang Bai in Bali every few hours. Ferry ride takes around 3 to 4 hours. Some ferries are better or worse than others. Delays may be cancelled or postponed during weather. Tourists should avoid sea crossings during the monsoonal season.


How to get to Bali by bus

There are direct bus services to Bali from all major cities on Java and Lombok. From Java there are direct buses from Banyuwangi, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Semarang, Yogyakarta. Buses link with ferries for sea crossings. Buses are cheap and easy, but slow. These long distance journeys are usually comfortable with air-con, soft coach seats and there is a place for storing luggage in the bus.


Informations about Visa

All passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia and have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

There are three ways of entering Indonesia:

Visa on arrival. It is easiest way, because you can pay on arrival and get a visa in your passport. The only type of visa on arrival available is US$35.00 for 30 days. This may be extended later at the local Immigration office for a further 30 days. Selection of major currencies including rupiah are accepted, but exact change in dollars is recommended.

Visa in advance. Obtain a visa at an Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before arrival.

Visa waiver. Show your passport, get stamped, that’s it. Citizens holding passports from Brunei, Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are eligible for this program. Citizens from these countries don’t require visas to enter and can remain for 30 days within Indonesia. These visas cannot be extended.

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