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Tourists Must Account For Traffic When Driving To Bali Airport

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Tourists planning their vacations in Bali must leave plenty of time to travel to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

While apps like GoogleMaps and Waze give pretty accurate travel times, they should not be relied upon absolutely; with so much traffic on the roads, it’s essential to leave extra time. 

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Most international flights recommend that passengers check in three hours before take off, but most seasoned travellers prefer to rock up around the 2-hour mark.

Either way, regardless of the time needed at the airport, it is the amount of time given to travel from your accommodation back to Bali Airport that is the real focus point. 

In the coming weeks, throughout Indonesia’s Hari Raya Eid- al-Fitr holiday, hundreds of thousands more travelers will be coming in and out of Bali Airport at both the international and domestic terminals.

Tourist should factor in there being far more vehicles on the roads in mid-April as Indonesia celebrates the biggest festival of the calendar year.

In 2024, Eid al-Fitr falls on April 9th and April 10th. The national holiday of Lebaran, also known as Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr, will be observed between April 9th and April 15th and the weekends on either side. 

The General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International, Handy Heryudhitiawan, told reporters that the airport management teams are braced and ready to welcome and support the crowds of Eid al-Fitr travelers.

He said, “For this reason, from April 3rd until April 19th, 2024, together with all stakeholders in the airport environment, we will organise an integrated air transport post for Eid al-Fitr 1445 H.”

During the Eid al-Fitr festival Bali Airport is set to serve 473,000 domestic passengers and 538,000 international passengers, meaning the number of passengers passing through Bali Airport during this two week window will surpass one million. 

Increased flight services have been booked to ensure that all travelers can get to where they want and need to be.

Heryudhitiawan said, “We’ve also recorded requests for extra flights for 216 schedules consisting of 108 more arrival schedules and 108 departure schooled with the airlines Indonesia Air Asia, Citilink Indonesia, Lion Air, Super Air, Jet, and Wings Air.”

Tourists in Bali can expect to experience a little of the Eid al-Fitr magic while on vacation.

There will be special events to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, with epic feasts, buffets, and set menus available at many of Bali’s most loved eateries. 


While Bali is a majority Balinese Hindu province, and many tourists visit the island to explore the iconic temples, culture-curious tourists should also explore some of the Islamic influence on the island.

One of the most beautiful mosques in Bali is the Al-Hikmah Mosque on Jalan Soka in East Denpasar. 

The stunning building is one of the oldest mosques in Bali and spans over 800 square meters of land. The entrance to the complex is marked by an ancient and ornately carved Balinese gate.

The interior of the mosque is also adorned with Balinese and Javanese carvings.

Fahrozi Firdaus, the secretary of the Al Hikman Mosque, told reporters, “This mosque was built in Balinese style to promote local wisdom so that there are no clashes between Muslim families and the residents here; the arrival of Islam is accepted in society.”

He added, “Balinese architecture indicated in Islam that there is no conflict between culture and religion. In fact, religion must be supported by existing culture.” 

Muslims in Community Prayer at Renon Park in Denpasar.jpg

As the is case when visiting any sacred space or religious building anywhere in the world but especially in Bali, visitors to mosques and temples are implored to adhere to dress codes and behaviour etiquettes. 

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Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Why Bali not changing for Cars coming from Java extra Tax( overloading Bali road Tax) It’s like Tax for foreign Tourists!


Thursday 4th of April 2024


Would you include trucks? Any tax would be passed on and increase the price of the goods being carried. Not by just the original cost, but by the margin multipliers charged. It would raise prices in Bali, Lombok and beyond as road is the main transport. What about buses? It would mean increased ticket prices.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 4th of April 2024

@Mac, just rise fuel prices to German level and the roads will be completely empty 🤣


Thursday 4th of April 2024

@Mac, They are charging the locals Aussie prices in the tourist zones -- should be sufficient.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

Glad to be away before that😂😂. Wish everyone goodluck in the traffic jam.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

4 first class tourists Helicopter 🚁 service from airport and to airport is needed, it was available in NYC already many decades ago like flights from roof of PanAm building in Manhattan to John F. Kennedy Airport and return.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 4th of April 2024

@Arthur, in previous decades it was completely different because many of worlds most famous persons was there.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

@Wayan Bo, you talk like a spoiled child, or like or like donald goose trump. You’re on Bali and will have to do with this reality if you like it or not. Don’t like, just go and never come back


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

@Wayan Bo,

the only first class you can get here is the seat at the rubbish exhibition at kuta beach.

open 24/7

N Burke

Tuesday 2nd of April 2024

Why didn't the Government fix the Traffic crisis in Covid Quiet times knowing the fact Everyone Loves to Return!? I returned to Bali May 2022 of opening boarders & ppl still missed departing flights then. Nothing has changed as per Traffic Congestion in my 30yrs? Divert the Traffic from Legian Street! Problem solved!


Saturday 6th of April 2024


You'd be naive to think it doesn't happen in elsewhere to a similar level and in the major so called western democracies.

Just look for example at current and past things in Australia and the US both in business and government.

We're perhaps holier than thou. We put it down to development costs, consultancy fees, entertaining...and then claim it as a legitimate tax deduction. We all know the purpose is to influence and gain advantage.

Why do you think things like networking, Linkedin exist? To gain advantage or useful, assistance even if it costs me a beer or 3.

Back to Bali and RI It would be an extremely rare tourist or expat who hasn't thankfully availed themself.


Friday 5th of April 2024

@Shorty, You overlook the elephant in the room. Massive corruption at all levels affecting all citizens:



Thursday 4th of April 2024


You must be joking.

Indonesia became independent in 1949 - 75 years ago after 350+ years of colonial rule.

Their growth and achievements in 75 years is remarkable and a testament to their governance.

Very few, if any other countries have the wide variety of languages, religions, social customs and values, or physical size scattered over so many islands.

It may not be to the level in some areas you expect, but it deserves praise and encouragement, not condemnation.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

@N Burke,

Diverting Jln Legian won't help or make much difference to those in Seminyak and beyond, Nusa Dua, Bukit, Sanur, Ubud, East Bali.,


Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

@N Burke,


which government?

there is not such thing yet in Indonesia, maybe we should import it from China.

we are still at the level zero, Sir......