Located in the Java Sea, Bali is approximately 3 to 7 hours from Australia by air. Getting to Bali is easy and affordable thanks to a great range of cheap flights offered by major airlines such as Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Direct flights are available departing from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth with connecting flights available from most Australian cities.
The easiest and most convenience way to get from the airport to your accommodation is by pre-arranged transfer. Flights to Bali arrive at Denpasar International Airport and a friendly, trusted driver can meet you and assist with your bags when pre-booking private airport transfers. Bottled water and chilled towels are also provided in the vehicle and these will be a welcome relief from the tropical heat. Taxis and shuttle transfers are also available from the airport, however this can be an overwhelming experience for first time visitors as excited drivers clamour for your fare as you exit the terminal. Although a somewhat iconic part of the Bali experience, not all of these drivers have your best interests at heart and we recommend less experienced Bali travellers book their transfers as part of their holiday packages to ensure they travel with reputable drivers and avoid any potential mishaps.
The most popular tourist destinations in Bali are located conveniently close to the airport. A short drive north will take you to the iconic holiday hotspots of Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. Heading along Jl. Kartika Plaza, you'll reach popular Kuta properties like Hard Rock Hotel Bali in about 10 minutes, while iconic Legian accommodation including Padma Resort are just 15 minutes' drive. The beachfront resorts of Seminyak are just 20 minutes' drive including the famous Potato Head Studios.
Heading south of the airport, take the Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai for the fastest route to popular areas Jimbaran Bay, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu. Known for its luxury resorts including Cross Bali Breakers Resort and Movenpick Resort & Spa, Jimbaran Bay is approximately 15 minutes by car. A little further on, the laidback destination of Nusa Dua is just 20 minutes' drive to the beachfront accommodation of The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Settle in for an scenic 1 hour drive to the surf, sunsets and sacred temples of Uluwatu, where you'll find popular resorts like Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu.
Further north from the airport, Ubud is a naturally spectacular holiday destination in the heart of Bali. Where seasoned Bali travellers go to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas, Ubud is a scenic drive one-and-a-half-hour drive along Bali's east coast before heading inland. Famous for its iconic rice terraces, traditional villages and ancient culture, visitors escaping to Ubud can embrace the low key lifestyle with a stay at Bisma Cottages Ubud or treat themselves to the more upmarket FuramaXclusive Resort & Villas.
To access the islands off the east coast of Bali such as Lombok, Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands there are a number of ways to travel. The fastest way to reach the island of Lombok is via airplane. With a flight time of approximately half an hour, the flight leaves from Denpasar International and lands at Lombok International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no direct flight services to the Gili Islands or Nusa Lembongan, however you can catch a charter boat which is just a short transfer from Lombok International Airport.
Another popular way to get to the islands from Bali is via motorboat. Services for visitors staying in southern Bali regions such as Kuta, Legian and Seminyak depart from the marina at Serangan Island, while those staying in eastern Bali such as Ubud, depart from the Padangbai Harbour. These chartered services will take approximately 5 hours. A quicker way to access the islands is by fast boat, which departs form Serangan Island. These transfers only take 2.5 hours to reach the Gili Islands and include refreshments and entertainment. To access Lombok and Nusa Lembongan from the Gili's there are official hop boat services operating daily.