Airport Guide: Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali is the only public airport on Bali. It is located 13 kilometers South of Denpasar and thus often referred to as Denpasar Airport. The airport is relatively modern and thus offers a decent experience. With this airport guide, we’ll help you navigate through the airport.
Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali is the third most busy airport in Indonesia and of utmost importance for the tourist industry. The airport is a major hub for Garuda Indonesia and Air Asia Indonesia. At the same time, it is also a very important international gateway with connections to major Asian cities, the Middle East and Australia. The airport comes with a domestic and an international terminal, both of which are located right next to each other.
Biggest carriers at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali:
- Garuda Indonesia: several domestic and international destination
- Air Asia Indonesia: several domestic and a few international destinations
- Wings Air: several domestic destinations
Shopping and dining at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Due to its size, the airport on Bali offers dozens of shops and restaurants. The international terminal with all check-in counters already comes with a tremendous amount of coffee shops, small restaurants, etc. Upon getting through security, you’ll find yourself in the main shopping and dining area, where you can find several international brands, including the likes of Victoria Secret or Samsonite.
From there, it’s a good five to ten minute walk to the gates. On the walk, you can find several more shops and dining facilities. Some might even call Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali a real shopping paradise. However, you should be aware that the prices are quite elevated for Indonesian standards.
Sleeping at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Bali’s main airport isn’t located too far away from several holiday resorts like the Conrad Bali. However, there are also a couple of hotels right next to the airport. While those might not exactly be walkable, they all offer free shuttle services. The newest addition to the hotels around Bali Airport is the Hilton Garden Inn Bali, which I checked out on my trip.
It’s a great hotel and comes with very affordable rates and thus would be my recommendation for staying at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali if you are arriving late or departing early.
Transportation at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali
Public transportation on Bali is not really recommend or even advertised for tourists. Thus, you are mainly relying on taxis and transfer services. While illegal, Uber and other services are also operating on Bali. The latter offer way more affordable rates than taxis and are also less likely to scam you. Taxi drivers on Bali got a very bad reputation for ripping off riders with overpriced fares. Thus, you should always be aware and negotiate the rate for the ride ahead. At the airport, there are special counters, where you can pay your ride before taking a taxi. That’s definitely the better option than just talking to a driver. Yet, I’d generally recommend having a transfer pick you up or using Uber.