There’s only one international concourse at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). It feels small, but Bali’s little airport is the second busiest in Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world. In 2018, DPS served nearly 24 million passengers—close to its full capacity. A new airport in North Bali is being planned to alleviate some of the traffic.
Although busy, the two adjacent terminals (Domestic and International) at DPS can be easily navigated on foot.
Bali Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information
- Airport Code: DPS
- Location: Tuban, at the narrowest part of the island; 3 miles south of Kuta.
- Website: https://www.bali-airport.com/en
- Flight Tracker: https://www.bali-airport.com/en/arrival-terminal/index
- Maps: Domestic Terminal and International Terminal
- Phone Number: +62 361 9351011
Know Before You Go
Bali’s international airport is located directly on the southwest coast. From the vantage point of nearby Kuta Beach, arriving flights appear as though they’re about to land at sea instead of the single runway jutting out into the water.
DPS airport functions fairly well despite staying busy with people coming to experience the magic of Bali. Renovations in 2014, along with a cutting-edge baggage and security system, helped keep things running smoothly. You probably won’t notice how busy the airport really is until you encounter the first massive queue at immigration. Things can also get messy at the baggage claim where several newly arrived flights may have to share the same belt. These bottlenecks are especially apparent during Bali's busy season.
Ngurah Rai International Airport is small and friendly enough to not increase pre-departure stress much. That said, you should probably plan around South Bali’s dreadful traffic situation. Add some extra time for getting to the airport so you’re not in a rush.
Bali Airport Parking
Ngurah Rai International Airport has a multi-level parking building and two lots. All are a short walk from the two terminals.
The rate for car parking is inexpensive: 37 cents the first hour and 22 cents every additional hour.
Numerous roads in South Bali lead to the airport. Jalan Raya Kuta is the main road connecting the airport to Kuta. Jalan Uluwatu runs directly to the airport from points farther south.
Public Transportation and Taxis
Although Ngurah Rai International Airport has a convenient location, getting a taxi after arriving can be somewhat chaotic. Rogue drivers vie for your business just outside. Airport taxi prices are at least 20 percent higher than ordinary fares in Bali. Going a short distance (Kuta) is fine, but if you’re going farther afield (Ubud, Canggu, or Sanur), it’s worth weighing the options.
Airport Taxi: If you’re tired and don’t care to overpay, exit the terminal and approach the outside taxi counter. You’ll be given a receipt and assigned a driver. Prices often end up higher than what are quoted on the sign.
Rogue Taxi: You’ll be inundated with offers from drivers almost immediately upon exiting the terminal. They hope to intercept your business before you reach the official counter or book a Grab (an Southeast Asian rideshare company). Although you’ll need to negotiate a fare before going with a driver, you’ll almost always get a better deal. Getting rides with these unauthorized drivers is commonplace in Bali. Things typically go well—but if they don’t, you’ll be responsible for sorting issues out.
Grab: Southeast Asia’s rideshare service is an excellent choice for getting around in Bali; however, local taxi drivers makes life difficult for the drivers. Altercations have even turned violent. If you opt to go with Grab, you’ll need to be picked up by the driver somewhere out of sight, not right in front of the terminal. Most Grab drivers collect customers on either Level 3 or 5 of the parking garage. Your driver may message you through the app to confirm. Some drivers ask for additional money beyond the fare quoted in the app.
Where to Eat and Drink
DPS has just enough food and drink options, but you can enjoy far more choices by eating in Kuta before getting stuck in the airport.
Hard Rock Cafe and Last Wave are two of the biggest restaurants for a sit-down meal before taking an international flight. Made’s Warung offers one last chance to enjoy traditional Indonesian food. There are many grab-and-go options if you don’t mind eating at your gate.
To catch sunset while inside the airport, pop into Prada Bar & Lounge (International Departures) for a great view from the sea-facing windows.
Where to Shop
Aside from the usual duty-free choices, a small bookstore, and a couple convenience stores, there isn’t much serious shopping to be done inside the airport. For last-minute souvenir purchases, the Mentari Bali Store sells handicrafts, trinkets, and batik fabric. For medicines and toiletries, look for the Guardian pharmacy inside Domestic Departures. The WHSmith convenience store sells reading material and beauty supplies.
How to Spend Your Layover
The airport is situated on the coast just 1.5 miles (around 15 minutes) south of Kuta Beach, one of the busiest beaches on Bali. If you have a long enough layover, exit the airport and spend some time at the beach. Pass through the nearby Kartika Plaza shopping area to a boardwalk in the back that runs the length of the beach. You can stroll, grab a drink, and watch beginner surfers wipe out.
Alternatively, the Beachwalk Shopping Centre (20-30 minutes) in Kuta is an open-air, shopping-and-eating complex just across the street from the beach. It has enough air conditioning to keep you cool so you don’t get too sweaty before a flight. If you prefer to stay in the airport, go get a massage at Kaya Spa & Reflexology (International Departures), the only spa in the airport.
Plan well for Kuta’s notorious traffic when exiting the airport during a layover. The one-way streets cause a perpetual jam along the two main strips, Jalan Pantai Kuta and Jalan Legian. Returning to the airport could take longer than it did going out.
The 24-hour Premier Lounge located in International Departures (Level 3) has shower facilities, among many other perks. Entrance requires Priority Pass membership (available through some credit cards such as American Express Platinum). Possessing “elite” status with one of the many airlines servicing DPS may also mean you have access. Smart-casual dress is requested.
Next door to the Premier Lounge is the 24-hour T/G Lounge. They have shower facilities, and no membership is required. A guest pass is $25.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Wi-Fi is available throughout Ngurah Rai International Airport. Charging kiosks and outlets can be found at a few gates (but not all) in International Departures.
Ngurah Rai International Airport Tips and Facts
- The official name of the airport is “I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport,” named for an Indonesian war hero who fought for independence from the Dutch.
- If you have a late afternoon or evening flight, don’t go to the airport too early after checking out of your hotel. Instead, consider booking one of the many 3-star hotels near the airport for only $15 to $20. Go enjoy a pool, Wi-Fi, shower, and privacy before checking in. Several good choices are only a mile away!
- Finding a working ATM at the airport isn’t as easy as one would expect. Look for the ATM Center just outside of the Domestic Terminal (turn left when exiting the International Terminal).
- Blue Bird is the best taxi company in Bali for finding an honest driver. When exiting the airport, you may get lucky and catch one dropping off a customer in front of departures. Beware of impostor companies that use blue cars (a different shade) and similar logos to confuse tourists.
- Currently, there aren’t any direct flights between Ngurah Rai International Airport and the United States.