Denpasar City Guide

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General information

Denpasar is a large city on the island of Bali in Indonesia, and at the same time the capital (administrative center) of the island. The city is located in the south of Bali, almost 10 kilometers from the nearest coast (Denpasar on the map).

For tourists, Denpasar is always on the radar, because it is the main transport hub of the island of Bali: almost all bus routes and roads from the southern resorts pass through it (these are the most popular places such as Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Nusa Dua) to the north to the popular village of Ubud, to volcanoes and other natural attractions. Buses from the island of Java arrive at the bus stations in Denpasar. The Bali International Airport also belongs to Denpasar, although it is located far from the city in the south, almost in the heart of the resort area.

But on the other hand, there is nothing for an ordinary tourist or traveler to do in Denpasar. There are several museums, monuments and temples here, and that's where all the interest ends. There is no beach holiday here, there is no cozy tourist area either.

If for some reason you still need to stay in Denpasar, then this can be done without any problems. There are hotels, restaurants and cafes, markets, shopping centers. You can find and book accommodation in the center of Denpasar on the websites of popular hotel search and booking systems:

How to get to Denpasar

As mentioned above, Denpasar is the main transportation hub of the island, but only for land transport. If you arrive in Bali by plane, then you will get to the international airport of Ngurah Rai (Bandar Udara Internasional Singapore Rai), which, although known as Denpasar International Airport, is actually not in the city. Therefore, arriving by plane, bypassing the city, you immediately get to the popular southern resorts of the island of Bali.

If you need to get from one city of Bali to another inexpensively, or you are getting here from the island of Java, then the following information is necessary for you:

  • To Denpasar by bus

    There are several bus stations in and near Denpasar, each of which serves its own direction and types of buses. They are located in different parts of the city, but you can travel between them by minibus from 7,000 rupees (see Indonesian currency, exchange rate):

    • Ubung Bus Station

      Located on the outskirts of the city in the north (station on the map). This is the main bus terminal, which serves all long-distance buses, as well as minibuses (Bemo), in the western and northern directions. Flights arrive/depart here:

      Direction Cost in rupees Travel time
      Gilimanuk (from where ferries depart to Java) 30 000 4-5 hours
      Singaraja (Singaraja, a large city in the north) 25 000 3 hours
      Jakarta 430 000 22 hours
      Yogyakarta 320 000 15 hours
      Surabaya 210 000 15 hours

      The bus from Java is ferried, the cost is included in the ticket.

      You can check the schedule and book bus tickets for long-distance destinations on the website -, but not all flights are displayed on it, so you will have to check the information on the spot.

    • Mengwi Bus Station

      It is located outside the city, 12 kilometers from the center near the town of Mengwi (station on the map). It also serves long-distance buses. Almost all flights to Ubung Bus Station make a stop here. It is convenient to get out here if you need to get to the southern resorts of the island and at the same time avoid the traffic jams of Denpasar, but from Mengwi you can only get to the resorts by taxi. To Ubung bus station with Mengwi there are shuttle buses from 15,000 rupees.

    • Batubulan Bus Station

      It is located 6 kilometers from the city center (station on the map).

      Direction Cost in rupees
      Padang Bai (Padang Bai, to the ferry pier on Lombok Island) 20 000
      Ubud 15 000
      Chandidas (Candidasa) 20 000
    • Tegal Bus Station

      Located in the city center (station on the map).

      Direction Cost in rupees
      Airport 15 000
      Kuta, Legian 15 000
      Jimbaran 20 000
      Sanur 15 000
      Nusa Dua 20 000
  • By train

    There are no railways in Bali, but at the Ubung bus station there is an Indonesian Railways ticket office where you can buy a train ticket with delivery to the railway station in Banyuwangi on the island of Java by bus. Tickets can be purchased to Surabaya, Probolingo, Malang, Jember and other cities of East Java.

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