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Officials Propose Dedicated Toll Road Lane For Tourists To Bali Airport

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Over the New Year’s weekend, Bali saw record-breaking traffic congestion.

The situation quickly became dire as hundreds of tourists had no option but to abandon their transfer vehicles and walk along the Mandara Toll Road hard shoulder to get to the airport on time. 

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Officials in Bali have been clear that this station cannot be allowed to happen again. Although an emergency shuttle bus service was put in place to help alleviate pressure on the roads over the final days of the peak season, leaders now want to see long-term and sustainable solutions to this ever-evolving problem. 

A stakeholder meeting was held on Tuesday 9th January to discuss how a disaster such as the New Year traffic chaos can be avoided in the future.

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The National Police Traffic Corps together with Jasa Raharja, the Ministry of Transportation, Angkasa Pura I, Region IV Airport Authority, and other airport stakeholders also held a coordination meeting to make a strategic plan.

One of the key factors that led to the monster traffic jams around Bali Airport, but especially on the Mandara Toll Road was a massive underestimation of the number of vehicles that would be using the route.

Predictions suggested that just over 35,000 vehicles would be using the road daily during the peak Christmas and New Year travel days, but over New Year over 70,000 vehicles piled onto the highway daily. 

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The meeting was chaired by the Head of the National Police Traffic Corps, Inspector General Pol Aan Suhanan.

He told reporters after the meeting that several avoidable factors created the traffic congestion over the New Year’s weekend. He said that moving forward more can be done to mitigate similar circumstances happening again. 

Inspector General Suhanan said “Talking about traffic is talking about networks. So anything can cause traffic jams. Officers who are slow to respond can cause traffic jams. Apart from that, during the Bali holidays, it is always crowded with tourists, both domestic and foreign.”

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The group discussed short, medium, and long-term solutions to island-wide tourism traffic used but focused on the flow of vehicles from resorts in and out of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The short-term solution is to engineer traffic around the airport. Angkasa Pura I, the stae-woened enterprise that managed Bali Airport has also committed to making changes and improvements, such as building a crossing bridge and changing the curved road near the international terminal so that it no longer slows down vehicles.

Inspector General Suhanan told reporters “I received information from the GM of Angkasa Pura I that he will carry out several new traffic flows within the airport.”

“For example, eliminating crossings and moving taxi pools. The aim is to not disrupt access to and from the airport, which can trigger traffic jams.”


In the longer term, officials discussed the need to create a dedicated lane for airport-bound vehicles on the toll road and to implement a permanent traffic engineering system to better support traffic flow around the central south of Bali.

Suhanan said, “In accordance with information from the Bali Province, we will create special access from the toll road to the airport. Whether this access will be in the form of an underpass or creating a new road, the Bali Provincial Government will carry out a study. We hope this can be realized.”


It is evident that these solutions need to be implemented quickly. 2024 is set to be Bali’s busiest year on record, finally surpassing travel figures from before the pandemic.

Although borders reopened to Indonesia in February 2022, the flight schedule at Bali Airport is still operating just below what it was before the pandemic.

2024 is the year that Bali is set to be fully recovered and welcome 7 million international arrivals, the vast majority of whom will land at Bali Airport rather than enter the province through seaports. 


With this in mind, the General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Handy International Airport, Heryudhitiawan, added that to anticipate traffic jams in the airport area, his party will add lanes and arrange more passenger drop-off zones.

He said “There are more lanes at the airport. Now there are two, later there will be three or four. Later there will be improvements to the flow of vehicles, in the international parking building.”

“Indeed, there are bends that are quite broken, causing queues, so we will make the flow smoother so that the flow is better.”

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Wednesday 17th of January 2024

What a waste of money. the streets to the airport is just fine. The problem is the airport, who can't handled that many cars at a time. Restructure Traffic flow there, create a free and spacious dropoff area, so cars don't have to go through parking barriers and you'll see, it will get better.


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Many roads were closed at new year what you expect All the people will take the the toll road. Hire professional crowd control. Then just close roads. Why never look how the problem came to existence only solutions for problems that you can see. Garantie failure. One day I was standing on the side of the road watching a stone on the street. People who passing by and couldn’t pas placed the stone a inch so that person could pas. After 1,5 hour the stone was off the road and had been touched by 15 people

Mr Bear Snr

Sunday 14th of January 2024

The traffic congestion starts in Kerobokan/Semiyak then the traffic Jam starts at the Sanur Bypass/Sunset Rd merge point and continues on every back street/road to the airport and back again. It can take 3 hrs from Canggu to the airport. Hows a dedicated toll road from Nusa Dua going to help them?


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Let me clear, Bali can not handle the traffic, the roads are to small for the traffic, also the behaviour of drivers to park on this roads give traffic because they block the roads, the use of mobile phones in the cars and scooters give a lot of problems they are not focus on the traffic, Bali want more and more tourist to make more money, butthey are slow to invest in roads who can handle all the traffic, and they know already that 1 miljoen tourist was expected with Christmas and New Year, so it must be not a surprice that this happened

petter gleeson

Friday 12th of January 2024

yeah like the locals are going pay attenion abouta special lane just for tourists when stuck in gridlock,good luck with that


Saturday 13th of January 2024

@petter gleeson, astute observation, ref. bus lanes in Jakarta that needed physical barriers and guards to prevent locals to enter