Bali is one of those destinations where you can't be guaranteed volcanic activity or an eruption on Mount Agung won't eventuate once you arrive on this island paradise. There may be a number of reasons why you or your loved ones need to get out of Bali fast in the event the airport is closed or flights are cancelled for a period of time. Perhaps your visa is about to expire or you are required to get back home due to work or family commitments, or you may be concerned about being in the vicinity of an ash cloud & falling debris from a volcanic event.
Whatever your reasons there are a number of ways this can be accomplished.
1. Fly Out Of Lombok
Authorities have (at this time) re-opened the Lombok Airport and while (at the time of writing) it appears no international flights are arriving or departing, a number of domestic flights are currently servicing the airport.
Its possible to take a bus, taxi or engage a private driver and vehicle from Kuta in Bali to Padang Bai Port where public ferries leave for Lembar in Lombok. The journey takes on average four to five hours and costs approximately IDR40,000 or AUD$4. On arrival at Lembar it's then takes around 40 minutes by taxi to Lombok Airport. Airlines including SilkAir and Garuda fly to Singapore. Other airline services stop in Jakarta before heading on to Singapore.
2. Fly From Lombok (Fast Boat)
Travellers looking for a faster option for travelling over water than the public ferries can opt for a fast boat instead. The boats usually take two hours to reach Lombok from Padang Bai. IDR500,000 or AUD$50. A number of operators offer packages that include transportation to and from the ports.
3. Fly From Java
If you are in no hurry to return home and prefer a slow and steady option or as an alternative in the event a flight out of Lombok no longer becomes an option. In Bali a number of long-haul buses go direct via ferry to major cities in Java, including Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Flights to other international destinations including Singapore are widely available from these cities. One estimate states a 17 hour coach journey from Ubung Bus Terminal in Denpasar to Yogyakarta in Java will cost about IDR250,000 or AUD$25. Fares often include the cost of the ferry.
4. Fly From Java (DIY)
Another alternative is to make your way by bus or taxi to Bali’s Gilimanuk port in the West before paying around IDR8,000 or AUD$0.80 for the half hour ferry ride to Ketapang in Java. Near to the port in Ketapang there is both a train and bus station with services to major cities like Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Surabaya - all of which have plenty of choices for flights back home.