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Indonesia is open to international tourism

Indonesia (including the resort island of Bali) welcomes all foreign tourists, recently abolishing nearly all travel restrictions to enter the country. There is a no-quarantine and no tests pre- and post-arrival for fully vaccinated international travelers. Visa-on-arrival (VoA) has been resumed on 28th April 2022 for passport holders from 60 countries. Citizens of nine ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) are eligible for visa exemption.

When entering Indonesia, you must show a copy of a return ticket or ticket continuing the journey to another country.

Foreign passengers are allowed to transit through Indonesian airports as long as they remain airside, have proof of their vaccination status and onward flight tickets.

Arriving in Bali

  • If you are flying to Bali from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportI Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport DPS (also known as Denpasar International Airport) located in the southern part of the island, around 3 km from Kuta and nearly 40 km from another popular tourist spot, Ubud.

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Bali. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Bali, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, and Wings Air. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Bali can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Scoot, and VietJet Air. If you have a layover in Bali and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Bali

Best airports to fly into Bali: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS): Denpasar, Ubud, Canggu, Uluwatu, Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Gianyar, Lovina, and Amed
Bali has only one airport – Ngurah Rai International Airport DPS – located in the southern part of the island, around 3 km from Kuta and nearly 40 km from another popular tourist spot, Ubud. In 2024 Bali will have one more international airport (North Bali International Airport), on the island's north side in Buleleng Regency. We also recommend checking two nearby airports when looking for the lowest fares: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport CGK in Jakarta and Lombok International Airport LOP on the nearby island of Lombok.
Things to know before flying to Bali
Airlines flying to BaliAeroflot, AirAsia, Air New Zealand, Batik Air, China Airlines, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Citilink, Emirates, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, Jetstar, KLM, Korean Air, Lion Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Nam Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Wings Air, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia
Indonesian airlinesAirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana AirWings Air
Main airportI Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) – Denpasar, Bali
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €700 – €1100 (from Europe)
✈ $1000 to $1700 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Official websitesInternational Arrivals (Bali airport flight status)
Welcome Back To Bali (official Bali tourism website)
Wonderful Indonesia (official tourism website)
Visas to Indonesia (Directorate General of Immigration)

Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Bali (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Bali

Stay ahead of the game. Fly to popular destinations at a fraction of the regular fare.

Destination Bali? Consider flying to Jakarta or Singapore first

Depending on your departure airport, you may find flight prices to Jakarta and Singapore much lower than airfare directly to Bali’s Denpasar. Jakarta to Bali is just a 2 hours flight, and if you switch to a local budget airline (AirAsia, Citilink, Batik Air), it shouldn’t cost you more than $50 – $80. You can find similar flight deals from Singapore to Bali with local carriers such as Scoot, Jetstar, and AirAsia (~ $100 – $150).

The cheapest time to fly to Bali

The cheapest time to fly to Bali is from October to April (excluding dates around Christmas and New Year).

Being a tropical country, Indonesia has just two seasons – the dry season and the wet (rainy) season. Weather patterns vary across the country, with the rainy season in Bali typically running from October to April. It is the low tourist season when Bali experiences humid and rainy weather and fewer visitors. However, the rains are usually short and sharp, come in the late afternoon or evening, and are interspersed with sunny days with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. It makes it a lovely time to be on the Island of Gods, and the travelers who brave the downpours are rewarded with the cheapest flights, low hotel rates, and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Another good option for cheap flights to Bali is from April to June – it is the spring/summer shoulder season that comes just before the high season. The island isn’t yet packed with tourists, and flight prices can be 30-50% cheaper than in the peak months from July to September.

Don’t book tours or activities in advance

For most Bali tourist destinations, anything you see online will be more expensive than what you pay at your local travel agent. So do research online, choose your itinerary, then wait till you arrive and you can negotiate a much lower price in person.

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Flights to Bali from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Bali. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Bali, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.
  • Bali is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Bali with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Bali from the US and Canada are: Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

US and Canada to Bali.
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Don’t use currency exchange kiosks at the airport

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Indonesian airports are no exception. Exchange kiosks at the Denpasar Airport in Bali usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for the Indonesian rupiah at home.

Flying on Indonesian public holidays is expensive

Big holidays and events such as Chinese New Year (February), Ramadan and Idul Fitri (May), and Idul Adha (July) will undoubtedly affect your trip to Bali – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. As many Indonesians choose Bali as their holiday destination, airfares and accommodation prices are rising, and transportation may be limited.

Prices also skyrocket during such national holidays as Hari Merdeka (31 August), Wesak Day (10 May), and Hari Raya Puasa (May). Last but not least, try to avoid school holidays in May, June and December.

Please note that on Nyepi Day (Balinese New Year, and the day of complete silence) Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar is totally closed – no planes land or take off for 24 hours (starting at 6 am). Also, all hotels in Bali do not accept check-ins or check-outs throughout that day.

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Flights to Bali from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Bali — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Currently only Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) offers direct flights from Europe to Bali. KLM connects Amsterdam (Schiphol airport AMS) with Bali (Denpasar airport DPS) with multiple weekly flights that cover the route in about 16 hours at the cost of around $700 if booked early. If you are looking for the shortest journeys, consider airlines that operate flights with only one stop: Garuda Indonesia (from Amsterdam to Bali via Jakarta), KLM (from Amsterdam via Singapore), Singapore Airlines (from Frankfurt via Singapore), Malaysia Airlines (from Amsterdam or Frankfurt via Kuala Lumpur), Thai Airways (from Brussels or Frankfurt via Bangkok) or Cathay Pacific (from Amsterdam via Hong Kong).
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Bali include Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Bali from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Bali: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Last-minute flights to Bali. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Bali almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

Last-minute flight cost spike
Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Bali is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Looking for the best deals for Bali? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Bali from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Bali, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Bali, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

The same goes for long-haul flights to Bali from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

Domestic flights from Bali

Most domestic routes in Indonesia are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Denpasar, Kuta, Ubud, Jimbaran, Canggu, Umalas, Nusa Dua, and Singaraja from Denpasar Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, and Wings Air.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Indonesian destinations.

Flights to Bali from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Bali. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australasia to Asia are operated by large international carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Bali. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Airfare costs can vary widely depending on the route and the airline’s pricing strategy. To find the cheapest flight to Bali, compare ticket prices from various international airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, and Dunedin DUD.
  • For optimal savings, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a key Asian hub, then connect to Bali via a regional low-cost carrier. Among budget airlines that fly to Bali are AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, Scoot, and VietJet Air.

    For the first leg, use the budget carriers that fly out of Australian airports, leveraging sales and promotions they run frequently: AirAsia (connects with Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore), Cebu Pacific (Manila), Jetstar (Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo), Scoot (Singapore), VietJet Air (Ho Chi Minh City), Bamboo Airways (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing), and Batik Air (Jakarta, Singapore).

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“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Bali, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.

Booking group flights to Bali

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Bali can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Bali and can help with logistics and scheduling.

Flights to Bali from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Bali look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Bali will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Indonesia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Bali — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Indonesia to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Indonesia and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Bali, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.