Bali airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) is your main entry point to the island. The airport is in Tuban, an approximate 15 minute drive south of Kuta. Its runway stretches along Bali’s isthmus that connects the Bukit Peninsula with Bali’s mainland. It’s on the island’s south where most of the main resort areas are.
Bali airport’s code is ‘DPS’ for Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali which is 13km northeast of the airport and just 2km from Bali Garden Beach Resort or only 5minutes by the Car. Ngurah Rai is the world’s smallest international airport, covering only 285 hectares. The airport underwent a major expansion in 2013. Now, it comprises a domestic terminal from where most travellers venture to eastern Indonesia.
Arrivals at Bali Airport
After your plane lands at Bali airport, you’ll head inside the arrival terminal. This houses the immigration area where you queue and present your passport and visa. There are two sections, one for Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) and non VoA. As of last update in March 2016, there are 169 nations eligible to enter Indonesia visa-free.
The process should not take longer than 15 minutes; however expect long queues when crowds of fellow passengers arrive. Once through immigration, proceed to baggage claims, and have your baggage claim tag ready. Trolleys around the baggage claim area are available, as well as porter services.
Getting to Bali Garden Beach Resort from Bali Airport
Airport Ngurah Rai is in the island’s southern part, where most of the main tourism areas and hotels are. Many hotels operate courtesy shuttles services, so best check with the hotel you booked. Following are several alternative transport options you may opt for.
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Bali Airport Taxi, or ‘Taksi Ngurah Rai’, is the only taxi service available at the airport. You can find taxi counters outside both terminals. They operate on a pre-paid voucher system sold at the official taxi desk. The services are available 24 hours.
Metered taxis operate outside Bali airport’s grounds. These taxis by other operators aren’t allowed to pickup passengers within the airport. However, walking the distance to the exit, with luggage, and waving for one outside can be inconvenient.
Car rental in bali services are available. Find these at both domestic and international terminals.
Banks, ATMs and Money Changers
The first floor of the domestic terminal features ATMs of national Indonesian banks. These include Bank Mandiri, Bank EXIM, BII, BRI, CIMB and BCA. A money changer is operated by PT Dirgahayu.
Shopping and Duty Free
Bali airport’s duty free shopping offers great convenience. Tax refund is available for items you’ve purchased in Indonesia. Refunds are valid if you’ve spent no longer than two days holiday in Bali. It only applies to minimum purchases of IDR 500,000. Be sure to present the special tax invoice issued by ‘duty free’ specified stores.
Things You Should Know about Bali Airport
Bali airport porter services are available upon arrival. Their published charge is at IDR 5,000. However, it is common practice to pay more, up to IDR 50,000 for a porter’s service. It’s best to take note of the porter’s ID number in an event of an inconvenience. Avoid changing your money in the street or at unauthorized money changers. If you have no other option then always recount your money in front of the teller. Since February 2015, the airport tax or Passenger Service Charge is now included in your passenger ticket.