Traveling to Bali
Coming from Abroad by plane
If you come to Bali from outside Indonesia, several airlines offer non-stop flights from and to Denpasar (Bali’s capital city). International Ngurah Rai Airport welcomes thousands of visitors each day and the increasing numbers of tourist simply add the numbers of direct flights connections between Bali and other parts of the globe including Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hongkong, Bangkok, Brunei, Fukuoka, Honolulu, Kuala lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, and more.
Major carriers include the state’s airlines: Garuda Indonesia and Citi Link; and privately owned airlines: Batik Air, Lion Air and, Air Asia. For a low cost fare, you can rely on Air Asia as many people use it to travel throughout South East Asia, including Bali for sure. The cheap flights, professional services and the simple procedure allow you to book online with no painful process.
As for tourists coming from major cities in the region, namely Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok; you can expect daily flight schedules from and to Denpasar.
Travel from European countries
Unfortunately, for now, there is no direct flight from European countries to Bali.
You can either choose between these options:
– Make a short stop in Singapore if you take KLM Royal Dutch airline; or
– Make a short stop in Kuala Lumpur and transfer flights to Denpasar
– Travel to Bangkok with China Airlines, and change flight to Denpasar with Thai Airways
– Make a transit to Hongkong and continue to Denpasar
– Make a transit to Dubai, and continue to Denpasar
These days Qatar Airways and Emirates offer quite decent connections and sometimes hard to beat prices, dependingon your departure airport. Singapore Airlines also connects well now with DPS. All of those airlines don’t have long stop-overs, which makes things easy.
Coming from within Indonesia by plane
If you are on tour to visit Indonesia and planning to come to Bali, there are direct flights from major cities within the country using domestic flights. The schedules vary and most of them are available daily. Some domestic airlines to choose include: Sriwijaya Air, Garuda and Citi Link or international airline such as Air Asia that caters various routes within the country.
Coming by boat from Java
If you happen to be in a slender island of Java, it is easy to travel to Bali using ferries. The ships depart daily and in frequent times of the day. You will need to travel to East Java and go to Ketapang Port and take PELNI ferries to Gilimanuk port in Bali. Please note that this is the only port that connects the 2 islands. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to cross the water but during public holidays, the queues can be tiring.
PELNI is the state’s shipping company that operates across Indonesia. These ferries are relatively safe transportation but don’t imagine a beautiful cruising ship as most of them have poor sanitation and rusty seats. Not to mention, the unreliable schedules due the weather condition and many other factors.
Coming by boat from Lombok or Gili island
There are regular ferries that cross Padang Bai (bali) to Lembar (Lombok) – 24 hours a day. The trip takes around 4 to 5 hours and sometimes more, because loading-unloading takes time.The tickets are available at the port for direct purchase.
You can depart from Gili Island to Sanur beach (arrival point in Bali) using fast boats. These are privately owned services with straightforward boarding process but cost more expensive than taking the ferries. The boats are equipped with safety features and an ample of facilities including luggage compartment, spacious seating, toilet and more. Be prepared to get a little wet (which most tourists consider it as part of the fun).