Bali Airport Guide – A Comprehensive Handbook

If you plan to see us in Bali, the first step for your arrival is getting through the airport – Ngurah Rai International Airport, locally known as Bali Airport. When you search for flights, it’s known as DPS for Denpasar, and at the moment, it’s the only airport on the island. If you have questions about the airport, where to go, and what to do when you land, just read our guide below. Bali’s airport is easy to navigate, but you’ll need to stop at Immigration as you make your way through. Just have a little patience, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your Bali holiday in no time at all.

Ask our team at Bali Res Centre about airport transfers and anything you need to know about visas on arrival for the latest up-to-date information.

This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information about the airport, including essential tips, facilities, transportation options, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Ngurah Rai International Airport

Located just south of Bali’s main city, Denpasar, Ngurah Rai International Airport is the main entry point for island tourists. Established in 1931, the airport has undergone numerous improvements to accommodate the increasing number of travellers.

What makes Ngurah Rai International Airport truly special is its architecture deeply rooted in culture. The building itself exudes a captivating ambiance with relief gates adorning its exterior showcasing the artistic heritage of the island. Inside travelers are greeted with a mesmerizing experience that showcases the essence of culture through decorations. The soulful melodies of “gamelan” (Indonesian traditional music instruments) played live by artists fill the terminal immersing visitors in an unforgettable journey. Traditional Balinese music like rindik adds richness to the atmosphere creating an immersive experience, for all who pass through its gates.

Facilities and Services at Bali Airport

Bali Airport ensures that travellers can access various facilities and services to enhance their travel experience. Here are some key features you can expect.

Dining and Shopping. The airport houses various restaurants, cafes, and fast food outlets, offering local and international cuisine. There’s a popular Hard Rock Cafe and an island favourite, Revolver Coffee. Numerous shops provide local products, clothes, souvenirs, and more.

Duty-Free. One of the best perks of travel is duty-free shopping! At Bali International Airport, you’ll find various designer and luxury goods and premium liquor and tobacco products. 

  • Inti Dufree Promosindo – IDP DFS is the leading luxury retail store in Indonesia, supported by Duty-Free Shoppers (DFS) with outlets including exclusive designer products, beauty products, watches, sunglasses, handmade leather goods, travel accessories, as well as a collection of locally crafted jewellery, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Splurge on a gift or treat yourself to international brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Gucci, Coach, and many more.
  • Red & White Wine & Spirits – You know you’ve arrived in Bali when you are greeted by Red & White. Upon arriving on the enchanting island of Gods, waste no time securing your preferred bottles here. With an extensive and enticing selection, from beloved classics to exclusive collectible items, Red & White offers it at competitive prices. Embrace the opportunity to stock up on your favourite beverages and enhance your holiday in beautiful Bali.

Bali Airport Lounges. There are a few lounges for travellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport and indulge in an exceptional pre-flight experience at the Bali International Airport Lounges. Embrace the luxurious amenities in the main and executive class waiting areas, filled with plush seating arrangements that offer the utmost comfort. Depending on your preference, there is the Concordia, TG Lounge, Garuda, or Premier Lounges.

Located on a spacious mezzanine spanning an impressive 630 square metres, the JAS Premier Lounge is designed to accommodate 165 guests. You can find all the essential elements to enhance your airport experience here. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi, conduct business in a dedicated work area, or let your little ones enjoy a designated children’s zone. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating foot reflexology or take a refreshing soak in the bath facilities.

Currency Exchange and Banking. When you arrive in Bali or before you depart, you can find various currency exchange booths and ATMs conveniently located within the airport, ensuring easy access to cash or currency conversion.

Transportation. Bali Airport offers several transportation options to various destinations on the island. Many hotels and villas offer airport pickup that can be pre-arranged, and you will be greeted by a driver on arrival at the airport. Alternatively, you can opt for taxi services or head to the Grab Lounge, conveniently situated just outside the Arrivals area near the car park.

The Grab Lounge serves as a popular pickup point for those booking a Grab ride. However, it’s worth noting that the fare for hailing a Grab from the airport is calculated differently compared to hailing one from outside the airport. To get a more budget-friendly rate, you can take a short 5-minute walk to exit the airport, open your Grab app, and place your car order from there. This way, you can enjoy a lower fare for your ride.

Bali SIM Card. Get connected as soon as you land with a SIM card from various local providers, including the region’s largest Telkomsel, Indosat or XL. SIM cards provide affordable calling rates and high-speed data connections for browsing the internet and staying connected with loved ones. Whether you’re purchasing a SIM card for voice calls, messaging, or data usage, the staff at the airport make the process quick and hassle-free, guiding you through the options and assisting with set up.

Visa on Arrival in Bali Airport. Please note that you will want to check online with your embassy or the airport website for the most updated information on visa requirements in Bali and Indonesia. There are two types of visas available at the airport – the free tourist visa, valid for 30 days and cannot be extended, and the Visa On Arrival, valid for 30 days but has the option for an extension. For most nationalities, acquiring a visa is a straightforward procedure. After disembarking, you can go to the immigration counter for a free tourist visa or stop at the VOA counter to pay for the extendable option. Friendly immigration officers are on hand to guide you through the process. Keep your passport, completed forms, and payment ready for smooth transitions. And while in Bali, please stay within your visa because the fine can be costly at IDR 1,000,000 per day.

Baggage Services. For any inquiries or assistance regarding baggage, the airport provides a dedicated baggage service counter where you can seek guidance or report any issues.

FAQs for Bali Airport

How early should I arrive at Bali Airport for international flights?

A1: Arriving at Bali Airport at least three hours before your international flight’s departure time is recommended to allow sufficient time for check-in, security procedures, and immigration processes.

Can I get a visa on arrival at Bali Airport?

Free tourist visas are available for most nationalities, valid for 30 days. But if you want to stay longer, many nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival (VoA) in Bali. However, checking the visa requirements for your specific nationality before travelling is recommended. The VoA can be obtained upon arrival at the airport for a fee.

Is there free WiFi available at Bali Airport? 

A3: Yes, Bali Airport provides free WiFi throughout the terminals. Connect to the “Free Bali Airport WiFi” network and follow the prompts to access the internet.

Are there duty-free shops at Bali Airport?

A4: Yes, Bali Airport has several duty-free shops where you can purchase cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, and more, with attractive tax-free prices.

Are there any hotels near Bali Airport?

A5: Yes, there are numerous hotels close to Bali Airport, ranging from budget accommodations to luxurious resorts. Some hotels offer complimentary airport transfers for their guests.

Can I store my luggage at Bali Airport?

Yes, a luggage storage service is available at Bali Airport for a fee. It is ideal if you are doing a layover in Bali before travelling domestically around Indonesia.

Bali Airport Guide

The Bali International Airport (DPS) welcomes millions of travellers annually to the Island of the Gods. The airport has all the services you need for visas, SIM cards, money exchanges and transportation to ensure a seamless welcome and get you on your way to enjoying your Bali holiday. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our team at Bali Res Centre, who can also help to arrange your accommodation and airport transfers, as well as any tours and day trips around Bali.

And then, once you are here, see us at Finns! No Bali holiday is complete without a visit to the World’s Best Beach Club; we’ll be here to give you the best Bali experience, with poolside cocktails, oceanfront views, and dancing from day to night.  

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