Travel Date: April 2014
We arrived at the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Bali at past 9PM on a Friday (note: no time difference between Manila and Bali) and were stunned by the very long queues at the immigration counters. “Ohhhh, it’s going to be a long night,” we thought, not sure though whether this is the usual situation in the international arrival area of the airport.
By the time we got out of the baggage claim area (past 11 PM), the official taxi counter, where you are supposed to buy the taxi coupon, was already closed. Note, however, that we were at the low cost carrier terminal (LCCT), hence, not sure how the situation is at the main terminal of the airport. We then proceeded further in the 1st floor of the arrival hall where we were greeted by the numerous taxi drivers and our haggling skills (and stress level) were put to test! Thus, I learned that it is better to plan for an earlier flight going to Bali.
From the DPS airport to Kuta via Taxi
Based on my research, taxi fare from the airport to Kuta area would only cost around IDR50,000, but it was really late, we were tired and we were able close the deal with the taxi driver at IDR90,000.
Reminder for outgoing flight from Bali
For international departure via the Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport , one must pay the departure tax worth IDR150,000 (rate as of our travel, April 2014). This is a separate fee from the airline ticket, so be ready with this amount after checking in for your flight.