This is how the old Bali airport used to look. I took these photos earlier when this airport was still in operation. However, since the first half of 2013, the Ngurah Rai International Airport has since been upgraded. The building is now a lot more modern and quite a lot bigger in size.
This is a video I filmed when I arrived to Bali while the old airport was still in operation.
I took this picture when I was in the baggage claim area. This used to be the main area all passengers arriving to Bali would go to collect their bags before going through customs.
Just like in the new airport, the security at Ngurah Rai International Airport are still quite
strict and careful when they are checking baggage. Sometimes they will
ask to look inside suitcases after they have been through the X-Ray
This is where all arrivals to Bali used to line up to go through customs and to have their luggage checked before exiting the Ngurah Rai International Airport. It's still just as busy as this in Bali, however the new airport has the capacity to cater for more arrivals.
think once the new airport is fully built it should make a difference and reduce these waiting times. The new building is a lot bigger and has more staff which will make a difference as Bali is a growing tourist attraction.
I took this picture when I was standing at one end of the old Bali airport. The new Ngurah Rai International Airport is much bigger than this and will be able to handle a lot more people.
There's also lots of western influence and advertising around common tourist areas of Bali. It's handy to know for Australian travellers that there is a
Commonwealth Bank in Bali. From the Commonwealth bank ATMs in Bali, you can withdraw rupiah directly while it does all the currency conversion for you.
This is where they used to have money changers for all the international arrivals to have their currency converted to rupiah. You can still have your money changed at the new airport.
There are also many different money changers all around Bali. For some tips about changing currency in Bali, check my Indonesian Currency page.
This is the point at the old Bali airport where people
would have to pay the departure tax. The fee for the departure tax is 150,000 Rupiah for International
travel. For domestic travel the fee is 40,000 Rupiah. Since November 2013 this fee is still the same price at the new airport.
It's a good tip to keep this amount of Rupiah aside for each person departing Bali. Many people change their money back to their own currency before knowing they still need some Rupiah for the departure tax. So it's useful to keep this in mind.
Much like any international airport, this is where arrivals would have to show their passport to customs. The new Ngurah Rai International Airport building has more counters than shown here in the old airport.
These were the ticketing counters to book taxis just outside the old Bali airport. The new airport also has ticketing counters where you can book your taxi after arriving to Bali. Make sure to book Blue bird taxi though as they will be the most reliable in Bali.