Getting There & Away Bali Island

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destination for both adventurers and those in need of a little relaxation. The waters off the coast of Bali's white beaches are an ideal spot for diving, while the dense jungles, teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples, call out for exploration. Hike the rugged path to the summit of Mount Batur, and your effort will be rewarded with a stunning view.


There is many variety access to getting Bali Island such as by Plane, by Sea, or by Fastboat and by Bus.



Most visitors will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (IATA: DPS) also known as Denpasar International Airport. Despite this misleading name, the airport is actually located in Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran, roughly 30 mins away from Denpasar.


Ngurah Rai is Indonesia's third-busiest international airport (after Jakarta and Surabaya) and a major hub well-connected to Australia, South-East Asia, and the rest of Indonesia.

Bali (Denpasar) IATA airport code is DPS and ICAO code is WADD, operated by: PT Angkasa Pura I.

The airport has 17 gates: 3 in the Domestic, and 14 in the International Terminal. The Domestic Terminal has 35 check in counters, and 2 baggage carousels.





Passengers are exempt from TAX such as transit passengers, babies, water crew, a guest of the state.

See Schedule: International Flight or Domestic Flight



Ferries cross from Ketapang on the island of Java to Gilimanuk in western Bali every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. These are very cheap, and the crossing takes just 30 minutes (plus sometimes considerable waiting around for loading and unloading). 

See Ferry Tariff & Schedule

There are also public ferries from Lembar, Lombok, to Padang Bai every few hours, with the trip taking around 4 to 5 hours. This service has a notably poor safety record.


Cruise ships occasionally stop so that passengers can tour or shop. Some ships still anchor off-shore toward the southeast side of the island and tender guests to shore. Modest-sized ships can choose to dock at the port of Benoa not far from Denpasar, Kuta and Sanur. The dock area is basically industrial, with few amenities and no ATMs, but masses of taxis are usually ready to whisk you to nearby destinations at a moderate cost.



A number of speedboats and catamarans operate into Benoa Harbour near Kuta (~2 hours) and Padangbai (80 min) from the Gili Islands  and Telok Nare of Lombok. These are relatively expensive but convenient. See the Gili Islands article for full details.


Blue Water Express (Benoa - Teluk Nare & Gili Islands) or Gili Cat Fastboat and Eka Jaya (Padangbay - Teluk Nare & Gili islands). This fast boat service only carry passengers with limited seats available. Pregnant women and child under 2 years old are not recommended to go with these fast boats.

The Fast Boats using standard safety for passengers, making the sea transfer more efficient, comfortable and safe.



There are direct bus services to Bali from all major cities on Java and Lombok that link with ferries for sea crossings. These are cheap and easy, but slow. The Perama bus company is a good option for budget travelers.There are 2 other bus companies that make the trip from Java to Bali: Restu Mulya , and Safari Dharma


These shuttles charge an all inclusive price and vary depending on your start point in Bali & destination in Lombok. Unfortunately the vehicle/s used are often very old. If you travel with kids, we do not recommend to use this shuttle service as you'll be crammed into hot and stuffy minibus with no air-con or curtain to shade you from the noon sun. Traveler's comments regarding this shuttle bus:



You can book online (except Ferry Ticket) through Lombok Network Holidays and get your tickets delivered to your hotels, or at the airport upon your arrival...Our system is fully integrated with PAYPAL, for an instant online payment.