Flying from the USA to Bali

No Direct Flights from USA to Bali

Traveling for the USA to Bali is one of the more difficult things to do as an international traveler.  Not only are there no direct flights directly to Bali from the United States, but the travel time to Indonesia and Bali is difficult and long.  This makes Bali one of the lesser seen destinations for one of the World’s most affluent countries.

While prices, travel times, and effort are high to get to this destination, US travelers are still driven to see Bali due of the natural splendor that is has. Bali is considered one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in all of the world.  It is mentioned with some of the top island destinations and even has some of the top hotels in the world.

There are a few options and regular routes that US based travelers use to get to Bali.  Keep reading if you’re ready to take the plunge and want to know where to start your research.  We have links to popular travel options that we would use in this article to help you get the best deal on your flight across the world.

The Chicago Flight to Tokyo

Typical Route:  ORD -> NRT ->DPS (Travel Time 20 Hours)

Operating Airline: Varies

  • O’Hare Airport , Chicago, USA (ORD) to Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan (NRT) – 13 Hours
  • Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan (NRT) to Ngurah Rai International, Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) – 7 Hours

If you’re flying from the USA to Bali, be prepared that  it will not be easy to find the cheap flight option.  Many travelers being their search on Kayak or Priceline with varying degrees of luck.  Occasionally you will find a decent price connecting through Dallas or Chicago and heading though Narita Airport in Tokyo.  That leg is around 13 hours.  From their it’s a 7 hour direct flight into Ngurah Rai International Airport.  Without a massive layover, you’re looking at about 20 hours of travel time and a fun little detour through Narita which has been known to be quite the airport.

The New York Flight through Qatar

Typical Route:  JFK -> DOH ->DPS (Travel Time 22 Hours)

Operating Airlines: Qatar Airways

  • JFK Airport, New York, USA (JFK) to Hamad International Airport, Doha, Quatar (DOH) – 12 Hours
  • Hamad International Airport, Doha, Quatar (DOH) to Ngurah Rai International, Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) – 10 Hours

New York is one of the easiest ways to get to Bali via it’s new direct flight to Qatar.  I haven’t had a chance to stop at Hamad International Airport yet, but I’ve heard it’s quite lavish as Qatar has been trying to market itself as a destination for the rest of the world.  This is probably not where you want to get stuck on the runway.  Qatar is known for its hot temperatures.  It received the bid for the upcoming world cup and is discussing moving games from summer to winter.  In winter the weather is only in the 90’s.  Pretty crazy!

Still, they’re not asking you to stay there.  Qatar offers a quick and fast way to get to Bali for Americans with access to New York’s JFK Airport.

The Los Angeles Route through China

 

Typical Route: LAX -> TPE -> DOH (Typical Travel Time 19.5 Hours)

Operating Airlines: China Airlines, China Southern

  • LAX, Los Angeles, USA (LAX) to Taiwan Taoyaun International Airport, Taiwan, China (TPE) – 14 Hours
  • Taiwan Taoyaun International Airport, Taiwan, China (TPE) to Ngurah Rai International, Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) – 5.5 Hours

The Los Angeles to Taiwan to Bali route is a typical one for Californians who have access to LAX.  It’s also viable for pretty much everyone west of Austin, Texas.  LAX is by far one of the easiest airports to get to for virtually every state on the left side if you split the USA down the middle.  It’s even accessible with direct flights from the East Coast.

The best part about this route is that there are multiple good airlines that fly it.  Chinese based airlines have a huge presence in LA.  They’ll be happy to bring you all the way to Taiwan where you can then catch a quick 5.5 hour flight to your beach paradise.

The San Francisco Route through China

Typical Route: SFO -> TPE -> DOH (Typical Travel Time 19 Hours)

Operating Airlines: China Airlines, China Southern

  • San Francisco Internation, San Francisco, USA (SFO) to Taiwan Taoyaun International Airport, Taiwan, China (TPE) – 13.5 Hours
  • Taiwan Taoyaun International Airport, Taiwan, China (TPE) to Ngurah Rai International, Denpasar, Indonesia (DPS) – 5.5 Hours

Given that San Francisco is also in California, it should be no surprise that this flight is also through Taiwain and then on to Bali.  Even in Seattle and Portland you can find flights out to Chine.  It’s usually pretty easy to catch a connector to Bali from there.  The flight time from San Francisco to Bali is just a half hour shorter than that of Los Angeles.  With layovers and all, it’s pretty much a wash.  As long as you’re on the West Coast, the LAX and SFO routes are our top choices.

These are the easiest ways to get out to Bali if you’re in the United States.  Once you’re there, you’ll probably want to check in to a top hotel.  Looking for information there?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Keep reading with the Top 5 Hotels in Bali.

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