Bali Airport

Ngurah Rai International Airport

Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) is your main international entry point to the island. Located in Tuban, an approximate 15 minute drive south from Kuta, its runway stretches along the isthmus connecting the Bukit Peninsula with Bali's mainland. It is strategically located on the island’s south where most of the main tourism areas are.

The airport's code is 'DPS' for Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali which is actually 13km northeast of the airport. Ngurah Rai also comprises a domestic terminal from where most travellers venture to the further eastern parts of Indonesia.

Arrivals at Bali Airport

Once you land, walk into the arrival terminal building and along a hall to the immigration area. Present your passport and visa. There are two lanes, one for VoA and non VoA.

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, and porter services start from IDR 5,000. It’s best to take note of the porter’s ID number in an event of an inconvenience. Customs clearance is next stop.

Just outside the terminal, the arrival hall, rendezvous point and pick-up zone await you as the final steps of your arrival process and the beginning of your holiday on Bali.


Transport Options from Bali Airport

Ngurah Rai is strategically located on the island’s south where most of the main tourism areas and hotels are located.  Many hotels operate courtesy shuttles services, so best check with the hotel you booked. If otherwise, following are several transport options you may opt for.

Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi is the only taxi service available at the airport. The counter is found outside Domestic Arrivals, and operate on a pre-paid voucher system sold at the official taxi desk, located among the food stalls and counters near the airport exit. The services are available 24 hours. Here, a list of fixed taxi prices shows rates depending on the hotel destination (i.e. Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua or other areas). Always try to use the listed rates as many of the taxi drivers offer their services based on 'negotiated price' around the drop zone, pick up zone and the parking area. These taxis have no meters.

Metered taxis by other operators (which are not allowed to pickup passengers within the airport) can be sought outside the airport grounds. But the idea of walking the distance to the exit, with luggage, and waving for one outside might seem too much of a hassle.

Car rental services are also available, and can be found at both the domestic and international terminals. 

Banks, ATMs and Money Changers

The Domestic terminal's first floor features ATMs of national banks, the likes of Bank Mandiri, Bank EXIM, BII, BRI and BCA. One money changer is operated by PT Dirgahayu.

The International terminal's first floor boasts more choices of banks and ATMs, with a total of seven bank counters with ATMs and eight different money changers. A Citibank privelege room with an ATM can also be found here. Second floor of the terminal has only one money changer operated by Citra Nusa Davalas.

The more money changers in one place, the more competitive the exchange rates should be. 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.

Departures from Bali Airport

Arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport, you start off at the drop zone, and then head to the security checkpoint. Here you will be required to present your air ticket and ID. Your luggage items are then scanned through with all your belongings made up of metal and mobile phones presented and placed separately in plastic trays. Passengers themselves will then walk through a metal detector; report to officers if you are using a pacemaker. Firearms, knives and lighters are strictly prohibited.

At the check-in counter, again present your ticket and ID and queue at the counter designated with your flight number. For flight safety reasons, report any baggage items exceeding 5kg; only one item less than 5kg is allowed in the cabin. An airport tax of IDR 150,000 applies for international passengers.

At a second security checkpoint prepare your ticket, boarding pass and tax coupon. Then wait for the plane cue, board and enjoy the flight. For international departures items in the LAGs (liquid, aerosol and gels) category exceeding one litre are prohibited thus will be confiscated.

Ngurah Rai International Airport currently provides 62 check-in counters at its international terminal. Check-in counters are open two hours prior to departure. It is recommended for passengers to enter boarding gates at least 30 minutes before the flight.

Eating & Drinking

There are various snack bars, small restaurants and cafeterias located throughout the domestic and international terminals, both street side and airside. As with most airports these eateries can be expensive and the meals rather basic; best to have a ‘parting meal’ at your hotel or favourite eatery before leaving the island. Snacks and sandwiches, light meals, ice cream, cold beer or coffee can be purchased throughout airport outlets.


Free internet connection is provided at the boarding/waiting area via fixed computer terminals. Spa and massage services can be found on both the first and second levels of the international terminal. Boutiques, bookshops, minimarkets and duty free shops can also be found throughout the terminal. Ngurah Rai also features executive lounges.

Shopping and Duty Free

Tax refund has recently been made available for international visitors who shop in Indonesia. The refund only applies to items purchased at selected stores, by international visitors who spend no longer than two days holiday and who hold a foreign passport. Tax refund only applies to purchases of a minimum of IDR 500,000 and complemented by a special tax invoice issued by selected stores.

Airport Expansions

Indonesia’s state operator PT Angkasa Pura I commenced with development projects in 2011 based on plans to expand the overcrowded facility of Ngurah Rai International Airport. The expansion project is to be completed by early 2013.

Prior to expansions, Ngurah Rai’s departure and arrival terminals handled 11.1 million passengers annually, beyond its capacity of 8 million. The airport expansion was also proposed to accommodate the increasing number of visitors, which is expected to reach 24.6 million per year by 2025.

Approximately 35 guest houses in the proximity were listed for relocation to make way for the development, estimated to engage up to 265.6ha of land. The result of the expansion will see several novel features: a totally improved access road and entry point, a grander international terminal and building, a new flyover, improved terminals and new state-of-the-art security and luggage handling system.

Several additional facilities in plans include 35 Visa on Arrival (VoA) counters and 20 additional immigration counters, which all suggest significant two-fold increase. The additions are to address the regular visa and immigration process issues faced in the past.

The first stage was well underway that comprised of the assembly of new access roads and temporary parking areas.

Brief History

Ngurah Rai was named in honour of Bali’s national hero who led the fight for Indonesia’s independence against the Dutch in 1946. I Gusti Ngurah Rai was killed in a Dutch airstrike.

Bali’s international airport was initiated by the Dutch colonial government in 1930, initially boasting a less-than-a-kilometre-long airstrip. It then saw extension to 1.2km by the Japan occupational authority in 1942.

Further expansions were carried out by the Indonesian government, involving land reclamation and additional extension of the runway to 2.7km. The international airport was then renamed to Ngurah Rai International Airport in 1963.

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