HOW TO GET TO BALI
Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar. It is Indonesia’s third-busiest international airport.
With the increasing number of direct flight to Bali from some other parts of the world, it makes it easier to go to Bali. From Bali, flight to Jakarta is about 1.5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2.5 and 3 hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours, with various airlines offering their services. Please check at “airline info” for more information about flight schedules. Just make sure you look for “Denpasar (DPS)” instead of “Bali” in airline time tables.
Bali is connected to Java by a regular ferry service running between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi. If you are taking the train or night bus from Jakarta, Bandung or Yogyakarta, travel first to Surabaya for the connection to Banyuwangi, where you will board another bus for the final passage to Denpasar. Petrol pumps and service stations are to be found in every large town, however in an emergency there are always roadside kiosks selling fuel out of drums and bottles at a slightly more expensive price.
Two of the four sea ports in Bali that are anchored by International cruise ships and yachts are: Benoa, south of Denpasar, and Padangbai on the east coast for larger and luxury cruise ships. The harbor of Singaraja (Telukan Bawang), on the north coast now plays host only to very few Bugis schooners and smaller crafts serving the line between North Bali and Java. Gilimanuk, in the northwest, links Bali with Java where a regular ferry service connects the two islands around the clock.
GETTING AROUND BALI
Because of the size of the island, it is not difficult to get around Bali by various modes of transportation. The traditional types of transportation to the high class limousine are available for tourist to choose. Not to forget the sea transportation that connect Bali to some of its sister islands. However, train does not exist in Bali.
If your hotel has not arranged transportation from the airport, you will be able to hire a taxi from the transport counter outside the arrival gate. Fares are listed by destination and must be paid in advance. Metered taxis are also available in Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Denpasar.
Taxi : Taxi is the most efficient and convenience transportation in the island. Either chartered or metered one, they are everywhere and quite inexpensive compared to some other countries. In Bali there are some different companies providing taxi services.
The official taxi counter is located outside the arrivals hall (exit arrivals turn right). Tell the attendant your destination, pay the fare according to the list below and proceed to the taxi with the receipt.
Taxi from Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to:
Batubulan 105,000 rupiah
Bukit (Ayana) 95,000 rupiah
Bukit (Pecatu) 115,000 rupiah
Bukit (Uluwatu) 135,000 rupiah
Candidasa 335,000 rupiah
Canggu 135,000 rupiah
Denpasar 70,000-90,000 rupiah
Dyana Pura / Abimanyu 65,000 rupiah
Jimbaran (Intercon) 60,000 rupiah
Jimbaran (Four Seasons) 75,000 rupiah
Kuta (Discovery) 45,000 rupiah
Kuta Centre (Melasti etc) 50,000 rupiah
Legian (Jl Padma) 55,000 rupiah
Nusa Dua 95,000 rupiah
Nusa Dua (Nikko) 110,000 rupiah
Oberoi / Kerobokan 70,000 rupiah
Padang Bai 315,000 rupiah
Sanur 95,000 rupiah
Seminyak (Jl Double Six) 60,000 rupiah
Tanah Lot 190,000 rupiah
Tanjung Benoa 105,000 rupiah
Ubud 195,000 rupiah
Umalas 85,000 rupiah
Bemo : This is the most used transportation in Bali especially in the city of Denpasar. It is a miniature van with a routine route set by local government periodically. This type of transportation is good for short distance around town and cities, because of its size and passenger can get in and out at any point. Most importantly, it is cheaper compared to some other type of transportations, even though fairly slow.
Buses : Bus tours and daily excursions in air-conditioned coaches or mini-vans are offered at most hotels and travel agencies. Public buses ply routes throughout Bali from Denpasar Ubung Terminal. Public buses and minibuses are available to and from every corner of the island for a very inexpensive fare. They make many stops en-route to pick up and drop off local passengers, but this provides the stimulating experience of traveling with the locals.
Rental Cars, Motorbikes and Bicycles : If you plan to explore Bali in half day or full day trip, the best way is hiring a car with the driver. The average rate is from Rp 120,000 to Rp 300,000 a day depending on the type of the vehicle. There are many independent car rentals around the island. If you wish to have better services, you can go to a Travel Agent. You even can hire a tour guide of your own language. The other possibility is to rent a self drive car. An international driving license from your own country is required. This rule also applicable for motorbike rental, but in some cases you can get a temporary permit at local police office. Price ranges are around Rp. 35,000 to Rp. 50,000 per day for motorbike and Rp. 15,000 for bicycle. Likewise, a safety helmet is a compulsory when you ride a motorbike. Meanwhile, bicycles are normally available for rent at hotels. Some bigger resorts even provides bicycle tour for free including a professional tour guide.