Renting a car at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport in Bali is a painless process, thanks to Skyscanner's rental car company comparison search option. It automatically compares prices and options among all the rental car companies operating from Denpasar. Trac Astra Rent A Car has an outlet directly in the arrivals terminal, but most car rental companies in Bali (including Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, and other local companies) offer a meet and greet service at the airport. There are many types and classes of cars to choose from, but the best selection is possible when booked in advance. An international driving permit must be presented along with the renter's domestic license.
Driving From Denpasar International Airport
Like many island nations, Bali drivers use the left side of the road. Denpasar International Airport is a 13 km (8 miles) drive from Denpasar to the north. The time varies with traffic. From the airport, it is possible to take Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai north into the city or south to the popular Kuta resort area. Driving itself is an adventure in Bali, as the local drivers and motorcyclists tend to plunge headlong into chaotic roads with carefree abandon. For this reason, it is best to avoid unmarked rural roads and stick to the main boulevards and toll roads. It also doesn't hurt to choose both a car and a company with robust insurance coverage.
Driving to Attractions Around Denpasar
Just a one hour drive southwest from Denpasar Airport is one of the most popular attractions in Bali, the Uluwatu Temple. The clifftop-perched temple affords amazing sunset views, fire dances, and cheeky monkeys that try to steal personal belongings. Another sunset temple opportunity is the Tanah Lot Temple, which also a one hour drive to North Kuta. Other attractions in Bali worth the drive include the Bali Museum and the Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar. It is possible to drive around the entire island in a day, but this is not recommended due to the stress of driving on the winding roads.
A drive around Bali from Denpasar and points beyond opens up miles of stunning vistas. To drive in Bali is to experience the contrast of vibrant cultural history and modern resort villages. There is something for every visitor to this island of 1,000 temples and relaxing beaches.
Refueling and Returning to Denpasar International Airport
Check the fuel policy of the rental car company, as most companies require the vehicles to be returned with a full tank of gas. When the time comes to refuel and return the rental car, use only official gas stations. These are clearly marked and resemble traditional fuel stations. The unpleasant alternative is to buy unmarked bottles of petrol from street vendors. Fortunately, new gas stations are popping up all over the island, so there is always a proper fill up within driving distance of Denpasar. Use the SPBU Pertamina gas stations. One of these filling stations is 2 kilometers south of Denpasar International Airport, and another Pertamina is 5 kilometers north of the airport on the Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai.