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Cheapest way to get to Bali from Singapore

Aug 29th, 2013, 01:00 PM
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Cheapest way to get to Bali from Singapore

Hi guys,
I know this is a question you've been probably asked a 1000 times, but I want to make sure I get to know everything I need to know.
We need to get to Bali from Singapore. I just checked the flights and they are about 140$ return, from Singapore to Bali. Is there any other cheapest way to get there, if you are not in a rush? We wouldn't mind taking a ferry or going by land from Island to Island or so, stopping in some places on the way. Do you think this would be cheaper? As 130$ seems to be pretty expensive. Any suggestion?
Thanks a million
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Aug 29th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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No ferries from Singapore to Bali. I'm not sure where you are from, but $140 return from Singapore to Bali seems exceptionally cheap to me. There is a ferry from Java to Bali, but you would have to fly to Java, and the costs would likely exceed the costs to fly directly from Singapore to Bali.

No way to go by land from island to island. Take a good look at a map and you'll see what I mean.

Do you have a guidebook? If not, get one. Lonely Planet has an excellent guide to Indonesia.

I assume you know you need a visa for Indonesia. You can get one on arrival at the Bali airport (Denpasar).
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Aug 29th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Hi Kathie,
Thanks for your reply. I know, it's super far, but I was hoping to get there slowly somehow in another way. I'm used to even cheaper flights as I live in Europe, and 110€ for a flight seems a lot to me when I can also find 20€ flights here in Europe, from time to time..
Maybe South East Asia is not cheap as I thought? I guess I'll need a Visa for all of the Countries, and from my understanding I can get it at the airport of every country.
Thanks again
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Aug 29th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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I'm in the US, and a return ticket for $140 is cheap, cheap, cheap. But it is true that Air Asia has sales from time to time. Sign up for their sale alerts on their website. Also, in general, purchasing your tickets well in advance will get you a lower price.

What countries are you visiting? Not all of the countries in SE Asia require a visa, and of those that do, some do not have visa on arrival.
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Aug 29th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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US$140 for a 2.5 hour round trip flight sounds cheap to me too.

There are several domestic airlines in Indonesia that are cheaper than AirAsia but also less reliable. For example, Lion Air flies Bali to Singapore with a stop in Jakarta for about $110.

Travelling overland and by ferry from Singapore through Sumatra and Java to Bali would be extremely arduous and with meals and lodging would end up costing a lot more than the AirAsia flight.

Indonesian ferries are dangerous and unreliable, and public land transportation undeveloped. For short distances, the local population relies on buses (and trains in Java). To string together a route that would take you all the way from Singapore to Bali would be quite the logistical undertaking.

Bear in mind that your visa on arrival is only for 30 days. Once you are in Indonesia, you can extend for another 30 days for an additional charge; however it takes a while to get that done so you have to stay in one place while it's being processed.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 04:18 AM
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What do you mean with "dangerous ferries", exactly? You are right, all those kilometers via land and ferries would probably end up being much more expensive. It was a way to visit part of the country anyway, but I'll think we'll opt for the flights. I saw some flights a few months ago for 60€ only, return, as the return was free for some reason, that's why now I find 110€ expensive.
We are going to visit Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. Any advice about VISA?
Thanks so much a
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Aug 31st, 2013, 07:22 AM
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How much time do you have for this trip?

You must get a visa in advance for Myanmar and VN. And you have to fly into Myanmar, no overland entry except to stay within 5 km of the border. You can get a visa on arrival for Cambodia, Laos. No visa required for Thailand (but you only get 15 days visa-free entry if you arrive by land, 30 days if you arrive by air), no visa required from Malaysia.

What marmot means by dangerous ferries in Indonesia is that they are routinely overloaded, and several times a year one sinks, with loss of many (hundreds) of lives.

You have lots of research to do before you go, so get guidebooks, and look at some other travel websites like www.travelfish.org. For overland travel to Cambodia, read www.talesofasia.com so you are forewarned about scams.
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Sep 5th, 2013, 04:39 AM
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Hey Kathie,
I will definitely have a look at some guides, just didn;t have a lot of time till now. I'll be travelling for about 5-6 months. Where did you get all this info, by the way?
I will see whether to fly there or not, as it might be interesting to stop in some areas in Indonesia, on the way. We are not in a hurry.. Or maybe we could do that on the way back. Do you still need to fly to get to Burma? Ok, I'll make sure to book a flight and get a Visa in advance for VN and Burma. Thanks for all the info, much appreciated
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Sep 5th, 2013, 05:54 AM
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I've been traveling to SE Asia since the mid-1980s, almost annually. I've been to all of these places. I've also read extensively.

Yes, you still need to fly to get to Burma. And you'll have to fly to get to Indonesia, though you can stop in some other islands such as Java on the way, you will still need to fly from Singapore to Java.

You might be interested in some of our photos - these are only since 2000 - www.marlandc,com
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Sep 5th, 2013, 06:33 AM
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oops - Obviously, that should be www.marlandc.com
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Sep 5th, 2013, 08:48 PM
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While an overland and ferry trip from Bali to Singapore would, IMO, be extremely interesting, I agree that an overland trip is likely to cost you at least US$140. This is especially as you want to go out and return back from Singapore. But if you have the time, you could make this a trip in itself. I agree most Indonesia ferries are not great, but if you get to Batam, you can take a ferry to Singapare. (These are “nice” Indonesian ferries, not the overloaded kind which sink occasionally that you read about in the newspapers. The Singaporeans would not stand for that!)

But I digress. One way to do this by air perhaps a bit more cheaply is to fly on Air Asia via a connection in Kuala Lumpur. Or take Air Asia to KL and connect to a flight to Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore, and then tax a taxi or bus into Singapore. See http://www.airasia.com/my/en/home.page

You can also look at flying on Lion Air to Singapore via Surabaya or Jakarta. See http://www.lionair.co.id/.
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Sep 7th, 2013, 04:43 AM
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Is the ferry from java to bali one of the ones referred to as dangerous?
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Sep 7th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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It is perhaps less dangerous than many others. But I've still read accounts by travellers of it being way overloaded.
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Sep 7th, 2013, 02:30 PM
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The Java Bali ferry is generally reliable. The key point is that it's a short hop -- about 20-30 minutes -- which means less time for anything to go wrong.
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Sep 9th, 2013, 12:06 AM
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Kathie, did you say I have to fly to Indonesia meaning that it is too far to cross via land, or there are restrictions like in Myanmar? I don't think there are, right? I might fly to Bali directly and then maybe travel a bit on the way back via land, as I don't want to have a specific time to get back from Bali and the Komodo National Park. Indonesia could be interesting to visit..
I'll definitely check out your web-site, Kathie!
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Sep 9th, 2013, 02:12 AM
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There are no restrictions on traveling within Indonesia, except the 30 or 60 day visa limit. You just need to be aware that public transportation is limited and private transport can be costly.

To travel from Bali to Java via surface you have to travel by road to north Bali -- about 3 hours -- then take the ferry to Bali. On the Java side of the ferry you have to arrange transport to your next stop. The major destinations in East Java like Ijen, Bromo, Malang or Surabaya are several hours from the ferry, so it's best to arrange transportation in advance.
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Sep 9th, 2013, 07:11 AM
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As Marmot says, no restrictions on travel in Indonesia, just issues of distance and crossing the water. And you may need a 60 day visa to do what you are thinking of.
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Sep 9th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Thanks everyone, you are great guys!
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Nov 19th, 2013, 06:55 AM
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Hi everyone...

Lolona, I think 140$ is quite cheap... You can also check airasia, tiger, and jetstar.. Those carriers are the cheapest among all big companies... But, you are bound to pay extra charges for the baggage and other tax stuffs... Taking the flight will make your trip easy though rather than finding ferries or busses.
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