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Traditional Balinese mask

Practical Info about Denpasar

Getting around the city

Bali can be a challenge to navigate, as the aging infrastructure struggles to support rapid development. Road rules are practically non-existent, and traffic can be chaotic with frequent jams in Denpasar and other major centres. Renting a motorbike is an adventurous way to see the island, although only recommended for very experienced drivers. Cars are available for hire with a driver, which can be the most stress-free way to get around. There is limited bus service in Bali, and this can be an inexpensive way to get around for travellers willing to be very patient. Shared minivans (bemos) are available, however in Denpasar and southern Bali metered taxis are much more common.


GMT +8.


Electrical current is 220/380 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European two-pin and UK-style three-pin.


The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR), which is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; the US dollar is the most accepted currency. Ensure that foreign bills are in good condition, as creased and torn notes may be refused. The best exchange rates in Indonesia are generally found in major centres like Jakarta and Bali. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at more expensive hotels and restaurants, however smaller businesses may not have card facilities (especially in more remote areas). ATMs are available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and soft drinks.


The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 118 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Chinese New Year 19 Feb 7 Feb
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) 3 Jan NA
Nyepi (Hindu New Year) 21 Mar 9 Mar
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 Mar
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Waisak Day (Buddhas Birthday) 2 Jun 21 May
Lailat al Miraj (Ascension of the Prophet) 16 May 5 May
Ascension Day 14 May 5 May
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) 17 Jul - 18 Jul 5 Jul - 6 Jul
Indonesian Independence Day 17 Aug 17 Aug
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) 24 Sep 11 Sep
Islamic New Year 14 Oct 2 Oct
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) 24 Dec 13 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec



Lying just south of the equator, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: wet (November to March) and dry (April to October). Bali, and in fact the whole Indonesian archipelago, experiences only slight temperature variations from season to season due to the warm ocean currents that keep heat fairly constant on land. There is also very little variation in daylight hours from season to season. The dry season has hotter temperatures, but the humidity levels are much higher during the rainy season. The height of the summer season also brings cool breezes to temper the hot weather. Temperatures are cooler in the mountainous areas and it is less humid. The average annual temperature is about 86°F (30°C). Although it is generally better to travel to Indonesia in the dry season - between April and October - Bali is one of the best islands to visit if you are travelling in the rainy monsoon season as it experiences fewer weather-related travel disruptions and less flooding than many other islands. Even when it is rainy there will often be sunshine to enjoy on a daily basis. May, June and July are generally considered the best time to visit Bali.

Ngurah Rai Airport

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for Denpasar city centre and the main holiday resorts, including Kuta. Metered taxis are available and passengers should insist that the driver uses a meter, even if he claims it is broken.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt operate from the airport.

Airport taxi's

The official taxi counter is located outside the Arrivals hall. Fares are paid in advance, then a receipt is given to the driver.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.


There are shops, restaurants, banks and a bureaux de change at the airport. Other facilities include a post office, pharmacy, duty-free, tourist information and hotel reservation kiosks. The airport has facilities for disabled travellers; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance.


Short and long-term parking is available in a parking lot in front of the terminal building.


Free wifi is available in the international terminal.