How to Find Cheap Flights to Bali
Knowing how to find cheap flights to Bali is simply a matter of time and the choice of departure cities.
With a few exceptions, most international flights to Bali come from Australia and other parts of Asia. Flights from the US tend to be expensive, so the idea is to jump to another location in Southeast Asia.
Without a doubt, the busiest tourist destination in Indonesia and one of the top destinations in Asia, the island of Bali has it all. Fortunately, the boom in tourism makes finding cheap flights even easier.
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Bali is so small that just one airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport (airport code: DPS), handles all international flights and many transfers to other parts of Indonesia. Bali airport is actually the third busiest airport in Indonesia.
A new terminal was added in 2014 to offset part of the cargo, but the airport was expected to reach its maximum capacity in 2017.
The construction of a new international airport is planned for the northern part of the island. A new international airport on the neighboring island of Lombok is also helping to cope with increased traffic to Bali.
Bali Airport is conveniently located just 1.5 miles from Kuta and the popular beaches of southern Bali. Although the airport is often called Denpasar International Airport, it is actually located about 30 minutes from Bali's capital, Denpasar.
Note: Although the Bali airport is as busy as ever, it closes during Nyepi, the obligatory Balinese Day of Silence, once a year.
Most of the cheap flights to Bali come from Australia and other parts of Asia. Flights from the US are relatively expensive, so consider breaking up your trip in a popular hub like Singapore or Bangkok, and then continuing to Bali with a different airline.
Flights from Bangkok and Singapore to Bali are usually the cheapest. Air Asia and other low-cost airlines offer extremely cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia through the new low-cost airline terminal KLIA2.
Bali's peak season is in summer, especially between June and August. Expect to pay more for flights during peak season.
Flights from Australia
Bali, due to its proximity and excellent surfing, is a popular destination for Australians looking to escape the winter during June, July and August. The cheapest flights to Bali usually come from Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, but the deals come from other cities.
Indonesia relaxed visa requirements in 2015; Citizens of many countries can now enter through certain airports (Bali is one of them) without having to pay for a visa upon arrival. The maximum stay for the visa waiver is 30 days and cannot be extended.
If you need to stay longer or do not qualify for a visa waiver, you can obtain a 30-day visa upon arrival in Indonesia once you land at the airport. You will need at least two blank pages in your passport and a minimum of six months of validity remaining.
The authorities prefer that you pay visa fees in US dollars, although the Indonesian rupiah is accepted. ATMs with an international network are available in the Arrivals area so that you can obtain the local currency.
As with many popular airports in Asia, expect to be inundated with offers from carriers, advertisers, and drivers as soon as you leave the airport. Don't let anyone pick up your bags unless you are willing to pay for them.
Leaving the airport
To avoid the added hassle of drivers, buy a flat-rate coupon for an official taxi (walk out of the airport) where a driver will be assigned to you.
Ambitious backpackers and ultralight travelers can walk from the airport to their accommodation in Kuta. Alternatively, you can walk five minutes outside the airport area to catch a taxi or bemo, the Indonesian public minivan.
Make sure the driver uses a meter or negotiates your fare before entering.
The Bali airport, unfortunately, has a long-standing reputation for corruption and petty scams targeting departing travelers. The departure tax, to be paid at a designated kiosk upon departure, is Rs 150,000 (approximately $15).
If you are flying elsewhere in Indonesia, expect to pay only about $ 4 for the domestic departure tax. This tax is not included in your ticket price, so save some local currency to pay on departure!
Unless you're dating antiques, ask anyone who claims they have to pay fees for souvenirs or other gifts you've purchased.
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