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Bali Soaring In Popularity With European Tourists 

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The latest travel data shows that Bali is soaring in popularity with tourists from Europe.

The Island of the Gods has long been the vacation destination of choice for Australian tourists, and this year it seems Bali is topping the charts with tourists from Europe too.

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With international flights to Bali more accessible than ever before, it’s easy to see why Bali is becoming a must-visit destination for European tourists.

For decades, Bali has been a much-loved destination for European travelers, many of whom have visited the island as part of backpacking adventures and honeymoon getaways.

Now, Bali is becoming a destination for annual summer vacations for European tourists. 

Speaking to reporters, the trustee of the Bali Sales and Marketing Community (BASACOMM), Gufron, explained that the number of tourists from all demographics of travelers is increasing as Bali enters the high season.

Gufron said that Australian tourists figures are set to increase 30% this year, with European travel trends coming along close behind. 

Gufron said, “This means Bali continues to move, even for the Australian market. Apart from Australia, tourists from Europe also have the potential to visit Bali. Like Germany, tourist visits from that country will increase by 14.23 percent in 2024.”

Gufron noted that although there are increasing numbers of flights available to Bali, more flights are needed direct from major European cities to Bali if these travel trends are to be supported.

He shared, “In fact, the current challenge is the airline flight. Airline prices are quite high, especially in Europe. Therefore, there must be a policy from the government.”

The travel expert shared his suggestions for the industry in order to capitalize on the rising demand from European tourists to travel to Bali.

He noted that there are sufficient direct flights from major cities across Australia, including Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, but that it is tricky for most European tourists to fly to Bali without catching a connecting flight.

Gufron said, “BASACOMM suggests that there is a need for additional direct flights. Indeed, there are direct flights from Qatar, Turkey, Singapore and others, but they are still very lacking.”


Most tourists flying from western and central Europe to Bali must take a layover before jetting off to the Island of the Gods once again.

The most affordable and frequent layover for European tourists is in Dubai, with flights departing for Bali on a daily basis.

Others take a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore before catching a shorter flight to Denpasar.

These layovers can add additional travel time and often increase the cost of travel directly.


Tourists from most European nations can travel to Bali and Indonesia more broadly on a 30-day visa on arrival.

The visa costs IDR 500,000 and can be paid for on arrival or arranged prior to arrival via the Indonesian e-visa website.

Tourists from 97 nations are eligible for the e-visa on arrival, and holding this visa entitles tourists to use the newly installed autogates at Bali’s Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.

During this upcoming high season, the ability to use the autogates is set to be a real-time saver for tourists who will be able to complete their immigration arrivals process in just a matter of seconds. 


It is no surprise that Bali is increasing in popularity with European tourists. Bali has been on a mission to promote the island as a destination where tourists can stay for a long time.

With the average tourist stay in Bali sitting at 3-5 days and many tourists visiting for a long weekend, Bali has been working to encourage tourists to stay longer and spend more.

For European tourists its very difficult to visit for just a couple of days and with so much to explore, staying 10-14 days in Bali is the perfect amount of time to feel rested and rejuvenated on vacation and explore the very best of what the island has to offer. 

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Friday 17th of May 2024

This article is nonsense. I'm a European and I've just flown out of dirty, polluted Bali. I saw almost no Europeans in Legian, Ubud or Candidasa. Plenty of Russians and Indians - obviously the "quality tourists" that the Government has so much to say about. There are no direct flights from any European capital at all to Bali because the airlines are well aware that there isn't the demand from tourists. British Airways isn't even flying to Bangkok, which is a far more important destination than DPS. All flights from Europe are ridiculously expensive because three aircraft are needed to get to unimportant Bali. Most require a change in the horrible middle east, followed by either Bangkok or Singapore. KL is hardly used. Most Europeans are holidaying in the clean, unpolluted, zero disease, world class health service countries on their doorstep. As a woman from Austria that I met a few days ago in Candidasa said "Everything on Bali is more expensive than I expected. It's all poor quality and the taxi drivers are crooks". We talked a lot about Rabies, dog bites, bacterial infection from food and parasitic worms. She is a Critical Care Nurse and I am a Specialist. Neither of us will be flying back to Bali anytime soon.


Saturday 18th of May 2024


I think you're confusing direct flights with non stop.


Saturday 18th of May 2024

@Alex, Finally someone airing the facts about Bali. Government officials are sugarcoating Bali to get the Suckers to come. Of course it will only be a one time visit as the suckers realize they've been duped to only get their Visa and other fees money which of course goes into those officials pockets. Remember, this is a 3rd.World County and still corrupt!.


Friday 17th of May 2024

Russia is not part of Europe, the island has been over run. We goto Thailand and Vietnam.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

I was on my bike all the way from Sanur port to Mertasari last weekend. I did not spot many foreign tourists around except maybe for Hyatt. Intercontinental beach bar and restaurant basically empty. Quite a few Indonesian tourists and locals out.

So where are all these European tourists then?


Friday 17th of May 2024


They're in Seminyak, Canggu, Echo Beach, Pererenan, Ubud, Amed, Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Bukit, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian......

My sons and I have a favourite game at beachside bars in Seminyak and the local.