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Bali, Indonesia is a destination that tops people’s bucket lists around the world. Imagine yourself sitting on a Balinese beach, fresh juice in hand. Or hiking rice terraces for an island view that you can’t get back home in Sydney. With plenty of cheap flights to Bali from Sydney, it’s a destination that every Sydneysider must visit.
About 225 flights to Bali from Sydney depart each week, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Several airlines fly from Sydney to Bali, including Jetstar, Air Asia, Virgin Australia, and Qantas. Many offer nonstop service flights to Bali from Sydney, getting you to the tropics in just under seven hours.
Ready to soak up some sun and see what Bali, Indonesia is all about? Here is your ultimate guide on how to make the most of your holiday from Sydney to Bali.
Things to Do in Bali
Bali is a beautiful island in Indonesia that is known for its beaches, rice fields, and elaborate temples. With such affordable prices compared to the Australian dollar, even budget-conscious travellers can get a taste of luxury in Bali.
You can’t visit Bali and not spend some time lounging on the beach. Kuta Beach is a popular destination, but it is also very crowded and touristy. Head a bit further up the coast to Seminyak where you can visit calmer beaches and some beach clubs. Bali beach clubs are right next to the beach, serve food and drinks, and often have an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. For a quiet and authentic beach experience, visit Canggu where you’ll get a mix of beaches and rice fields.
With the Balinese people being very spiritual, there are many stunning temples to visit around Bali. Tanah Lot is a temple located in the ocean, and Uluwatu Temple is on top of a cliff and the perfect spot to watch a Balinese sunset. On the northern side of Bali, Pura Tirta Empul is a beautiful water temple where Balinese people go to meditate and wash away bad thoughts.
While the Balinese beaches are amazing, for a truly authentic Balinese experience, head inland to the town of Ubud. Ubud is known as an artistic city and has a calmer way of life. Ubud is most well-known for its rice fields, the most popular being the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. There, you’ll see a shade of green more vibrant than anything you’ve seen before. The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is another must-visit. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of monkeys, many of which are friendly and will eat fruit right from your hand.
During your trip from Sydney to Bali, take some time to visit the nearby Gili Islands as well. You could visit the Gili Islands as a day trip, but if you have enough time, a few days is perfect. The Gilis are made up of three islands, each offering something a bit different. Gili Trawangan has lots going on, Gili Meno is very quiet and secluded, and Gili Air is a hybrid of the other two. The Gili Islands are known for their great snorkelling and beautiful sunsets over the mainland of Bali. The Gilis, like Bali, feel like a real tropical paradise.
A popular way to get around Bali is by motorbike. Renting a motorbike for the day can be a great way to experience Bali like a local. However, if you don’t feel comfortable on the Balinese roads, you can hire a private driver for around $50 a day to take you to see some of Bali’s hot spots. Private drivers are very knowledgeable about their island and will teach you so many interesting things about the Balinese way of life and the places you visit.
Best time to visit Bali
What is the best time of year to visit Bali?
Being in the heart of the tropics, Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. The rainy season lasts from November to March and rains almost every day during this time. Travelling from Sydney to Bali at the beginning or end of the dry season, there won’t be quite so much rain, but it will be extremely humid. The best months to book flights to Bali from Sydney are between May and September. There will be crowds, but by avoiding the main tourist hotspots, you can still have a nice, relaxing trip. Although the humidity varies by season, the temperatures in Bali are pretty stable year-round.
Departing from Sydney
Located just 7 km south of the CBD, Sydney Airport is convenient and easy to get to. On a typical day, more than 30 flights leave from Sydney to Bali, giving you lots of options to choose from. As one of the main airports in Australia, Sydney Airport has a variety of airlines flying in and out, including Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia.
Getting to Sydney Airport (SYD)
There are several ways to get to Sydney Airport (also called Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport) that satisfy every budget. The most affordable option is to catch the Airport Link train. Airport Link departs from many different train stations around Sydney, including Central Station, Wynyard, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour. You can even catch the train from outer suburbs, such as Wollongong. Train times and prices vary by departure point. Trains from the CBD only take about 15 minutes, while trains from Bondi take about 45 minutes. CBD train tickets are $18.70, and Bondi tickets are $19.70, which you can also pay with your Opal Card.
You can also take a taxi or an Uber to Sydney Airport. With the airport being so close to the CBD, a taxi will get you to the airport in no time! A ride from the CBD takes about 20 minutes and costs about $45-$60. Coming from Bondi, you’ll have a similar fare between $45-$65 and a ride taking less than a half hour.
Parking at Sydney Airport
The Blu Emu car park is the most budget-friendly option for parking at Sydney Airport. There is a free 24 hour shuttle service between Blu Emu and the Domestic Terminal. The shuttle takes about 15 minutes and runs every 15-30 minutes. From there, you can catch the free train to the International Terminal, which runs from 5AM-midnight. The Blu Emu car park is about $30 a day to park, but by booking in advance, you can get even better rates.
For direct access to the International Terminal, the P7 car park is another good option. The car park is only a 5 minute walk from the terminal and offers covered parking. Parking in P7 will cost you about $55 a day when you book in advance.
Arriving in Bali
Bali has one airport that receives all incoming flights, Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali—the island’s largest city. Located in the south of Bali, the airport has easy access to the various beach communities, including Uluwatu, Kuta, and Seminyak. With affordable transport options, even getting to the towns further north is not a problem.
Getting to Your Hotel from Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
Many hotels in Bali offer complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Be sure to check if your hotel offers this service before booking alternative transportation.
If you are staying in one of the beachside towns in the southwest of Bali, the most affordable option to get to your hotel is by taking a Blue Bird taxi. A taxi from the airport to Seminyak costs about 80,000 rupiah (which is around $8), a taxi to Uluwatu is about 165,000 rupiah, and to Kuta is about 55,000 rupiah. Uber is also available in Bali. However, there has been some controversy surrounding Uber in Bali, and it is strongly opposed by many locals. Taxis are a few dollars more, but you will avoid any trouble you might get.
If you are travelling to Ubud or the northern side of Bali, arrange for a private driver to pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. You can agree on a price ahead of time, and they love to give you recommendations for your time in Bali. With a private driver, a ride from the airport to Ubud’s town centre costs about 200,000 rupiah. There are a variety of companies that offer private drivers, many specialising in different areas of Bali. Check with your hotel or read through Bali travel forums for a company that matches your needs. You could even extend the time with your driver for about 500,000 for the whole day and make some additional stops along the way!