Ngurah Rai or Denpasar International Airport is the third-busiest airport in Bali, located less than 13 kilometres south of Denpasar and is close to Bali's most popular tourist destinations. The runway at Denpasar Airport is unique in that it goes right out into the Bali sea.
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Car Rental Companies at the Denpasar Airport
Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt all have good, cheap rental car stations right inside the Denpasar Airport, at the main meet-and-greet point in the international terminal near the arrivals exit. The international terminal is the new L-shaped building. SPBU Pertamina gas station is 10 minutes away from the airport on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, so travellers can return the rental car with a full tank of gas.
International Driving Permit Required
To drive a rental car in Bali, an International Driving Permit is required. Apply for an international licence in the U.S. before arriving at the airport. Bring a valid U.S. driver's licences, as they work together. Once in Bali, visit a local police station in Denpasar to get a temporary Baliese Tourist driver's licence. The application process is quick and completed within one day.
Tips for Driving in Denpasar
Driving on Bali is different from driving in the U.S. The roads are narrow and winding, with very few road signs. Local drivers have their own culture that seems a bit chaotic to foreigners. Always be on the lookout for motorbikes and pedestrians that cut in front of drivers. Never pass without first alerting other drivers with the horn. Drive slowly, and never drink and drive.
Tourist Destinations Near Denpasar
Calm and relaxed, Sanur Beach on the southeastern end of Bali is a favorite spot for adult vacationers. Only a 10-minute drive from the airport, Sanur Beach offers clear waters and a thin, golden, sandy beach. See colorful, traditional boats lining the shore at sunset and enjoy a pleasant ocean-side walk along stone-paved paths.
A visit to the Bali Provincial Public Museum in the heart of Denpasar offers visitors an excellent insight into Bali's people, history, and customs through its 10,000 exhibits as well as gardens featuring statues and historical representations. The design of the museum speaks to the traditional philosophical and conceptual ideas of space and harmony of Balinese architecture.
Pasar Badung Market is the largest traditional, open-air market in Denpasar. It is filled with an immense variety of clothes and fabric, crafts, home goods, and local produce and cuisine. This four-story building is only a kilometre away from the city centre, where it's common to spot shoppers carrying large woven baskets on their heads, transporting home their finds.
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