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How to travel to Indonesia

You can fly directly to Indonesia from just about anywhere. Most people traveling from Europe and the US arrive on direct flights to Jakarta, while those coming from Australia usually go first to Bali. The main international entry points are Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, and Polonia airport in Medan. There are also non-stop flights from several Asian cities, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Osaka. Direct flights connect Bali with many major cities in Asia and Europe.

Note: You need a return or onward ticket to get a visa-free entry upon arrival in Indonesia.
Air tickets from Batam and Bintan are also inexpensive. These Indonesian islands just off the coast of Singapore can be reached via short ferry hops from Singapore's World Trade Center.

Travelling in Indonesia

Having arrived in Indonesia, your choices for onward travel depend, as always, on time and money. Travel to Bali ranges from boats, self drive and chauffeur driven cars, to both slow and fast buses, bicycles and motorbikes. Hiring a car or minibus with or without driver, is one of the most rewarding ways of getting around.

However, the nation's transportation infrastructure does not move with the kind of speed and efficiency that Western travelers expect. It is best to adjust your pace to local conditions. Check and double-check your bookings. Otherwise just go with the flow. You can't just turn off the archipelago's famous jam karet-"rubber time"-when it's time to take an airplane and turn it on again when you want to relax. You will get there eventually.

Wherever you are, keep in mind that the tropical heat takes its toll and you should avoid the midday sun. Get an early start, before the rays become punishing (the tropical light is beautiful at dawn). Retreat to a cool place after lunch and go out again in the afternoon and early evening, when it's much more pleasant.

How to Travel to Bali

Bali is one of 24 provinces in Indonesia, a famous tourist destination. The capital city of Bali is Denpasar. Located at the southern of the Bali Island. Since it is the main tourist destination, traveling to Bali or Denpasar is not a difficult to do either by land or by air and by sea.


Don't look for "Bali" in airline time tables. It's listed as "Denpasar" (DPS) which is the name of the island's capital. However, from Bali's modern international airport it takes you just 15 to 30 minutes by car to Kuta, Legian, Sanur and Nusa Dua, and in about 50 to 60 minutes you can be in Ubud.

Today there is an increasing number of direct flight connections between Bali and Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Brunei, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guam, Honolulu, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Munich, Nagoya, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna, and Zurich.

Or you can always take a connection flight from Jakarta to Bali. Practically all international airlines stop in Jakarta from there you can take a domestic flight to Denpasar Bali. There are several airlines that fly from Jakarta to Denpasar, Bali as well as from other city within Indonesia. Few to mention : Garuda Airlines, Merpati Airlines, Lion Air, Bouraq, Star Air, Batavia Air, Mandala Airlines, etc.

Departure Tax
Airport tax for departing passengers is Rp. 100,000 for international routes and Rp. 20,000 for domestic flights.

Please contact us at for assistance with your domestic flights

If you prefer to reach Bali  by land, you can either go by car, bus or train. There are few of inter city & inter province transport services from some many other cities to Denpasar.

By Train
Trains are not available in Bali, but when you have been informed about travel by train to Bali, it is you get on train until reaching Surabaya from major cities in Java and from Surabaya you transfer to a Mutiara train to Banyuwangi on the eastern tip of Java (7 hours) and then take a bus to Denpasar. It is safe and cheap but it takes time

By Bus (Night Express Buses/Bis Malam )
These buses leave in late afternoon and go all night, and often well into the next day. When bis malam cross from island to island, they go on the ferry. The fare includes simple meals.
The better buses have a bathroom, TV/video show, music and arctic air-conditioning.

The key to successful bis malam trips is sleep. Choose the best bus available as the price difference is usually not very great and comfort for the long trip is essential.
The price is cheap enough compared to any transport that most budgets can handle two fares.
On many buses, you can reserve one day ahead. Tickets are sold at the bus terminal or by bus ticket agents and travel services or ask your hotel information desk

By Car

This can be the best way to handle a land tour as you have the freedom to stop whenever things look interesting and the flexibility to try out some less traveled routes. This can also be an economical alternative if you can fill up a van, 5 passengers is generally maximum.

You can reach Bali from any places within Indonesia relatively convenience.

Getting around in Bali

In term of transportation, there are many ways to get around in Bali.


There are many city taxi services within the city. A reliable taxi cooperative operates from the airport with fixed rates usually between Rp. 50.000,- to Rp. 60.000,- into town. Find the Taxi Service counter just outside the terminal near left luggage, pay at the desk and give the coupon to your driver.

Recommended Taxi flag are The Praja Taxi and Bali Taxi, which have metered vehicles with 'set government prices. Flag fall is Rp 3,000, plus Rp l,500/every additional km. Minimum pay for calling a taxi by phone is Rp 10,000

Praja Taxi Phone 289090

Bali Taxi Phone 701111.

TIPs : don't agree to a fixed price. "It's up to you" means it's getting really expensive and possibly nasty.

A regular shuttle service operates between Ubud, Kuta, Candidasa and various other destinations. For those who want quick fixed-price transportation without the hassles of the local berno, check with the reception desk at your hotel or Hospitality Desk at the Conference Reception Desk for more information

Arguably the best way for small groups to travel around, as these vehicles are generally big and comfortable with large windows for sightseeing. Charters cost between $30 to $40 per day with AC, excluding fuel. Minibuses are widely available on the street. You'll be offered "transport" everywhere you go. These drivers are open to negotiation. To avoid the negotiation process, ask for assistance at your hotel or Hospitality Desk at the Conference Information Desk

RENT A CAR and Driving In Your Own
Driving in Bali is not for the faint-hearted. Driving off the beaten track is one of the best ways to discover Bali. A valid international license is required for driving cars and motorbikes. If you do not have one, you can get a provisional license at the local Polres (police headquarters) on the road between Denpasar and Kerobokan. Insurance is not compulsory, but strongly recommended. You can get a policy from most of the rental companies and travel agents.
Renting vehicles is very affordable. A Toyota Kijang are the most favor for a daily rate between USD35 to USD50. Discounts are available during the off-season and for longer periods. Drivers are usually available for an additional $7 a day. Check the condition of the car before signing the contract.

There are rental car companies at almost every street corner and at of the main resorts. More important than the agency you rent from is to check and test-drive the car before renting

Or always check with the information desk at the conference whenever you feel hesitant

If you prefer more adventurous, Motorcycling used to be the best way to travel in Bali

There are several Cooperatives (BAKOR) which rent bikes in Denpasar, Kuta and Sanur, but bike rentals are usually handled through car hire companies or on a person to person basis. The price is usually $5-$7 a day, lowering to $60-$70 a month, including helmet.

TIPs :

Check the bike over carefully before renting it.

Make sure you have the registration papers, in case you are stopped by the police.

Visa Requirement

For those who require a visa to come to Indonesia, please send an email to: with your passport number, country of issue, issue date, expiry date, the address, telephone number, fax number of the Indonesian embassy where you would like to apply for visa.

The visa letter will be faxed to you and to the Indonesian embassy in your country.

Please notice that according to @WAS guidelines:

1. Visa letters will ONLY be issued to:
* Speaker/Presenter
* Committee Members
* Registered participants who have paid their registration fees in full

2. Visa letters will state  only the following facts:
* Conference title, dates and location
* That the applicant has paid the required registration fee in full
* If they are either a committee member, speaker, presenter or participant

For visa inquiries, please contact
Ms. Dina Afrianty
Rectorat Building
Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda no 95 Ciputat 15412 Jakarta
Phone. (62 21) 749 3909
Fax. (62 21) 740 2982
Email :



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