Duty free shopping—retail outlets exempt from country taxes predominately in airports—is a great way to pick up presents for family members on the way home, or something special for oneself. From perfumes to travel trinkets, alcohol to European chocolates, duty free shopping has no shortage of indulgence at a reduced price. Bali is not just about natural attractions and beach resorts. It also features Ngurah Rai International Airport that has its own duty free shopping area to explore, complete with stores at both Arrival and Departure. With specials on beauty products, liquors, and foods, it’s hard to pass up these great deals at Bali’s airport. Read on to discover Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport’s insider secrets to duty free shopping, and get your airport shopping on today!
Locations for DFS
When coming and going from the airport, it is possible to shop at DFS, one of the best shopping spots in Bali. With DFS sections in both Departures and Arrivals, there is no excuse not to get your shop on. Additionally, off-site T Galleria allows one to shop before packing for the trip home. This location is at JL Bypass Ngurah Rai, Kuta 80361, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, and has a variety of high-end DFS shopping. Peruse over designer fashions such as Burberry or Armani. Check out the best in jewelry with Tiffany & Co or bring home special single malt scotch whiskey, without the hefty taxes.T Galleria’s website is also in English, and has great resources on what to expect when visiting the DFS, as well as a section dedicated to smart travel.
At Bali’s airport, the departures area offers DFS again through T Galleria. Here, the DFS is committed to price matching on the lowest prices in Asia on favorite beauty brands including La Mer, Kiehl’s, and SK-II. Looking for Bali souvenirs? Pick up specialties unique to Bali such as Awani Bali Jam, beautifully batik scarves and fans, and Kupu Kupu Bola Dunia coffee. Arrivals equals in impressive DFS options, and with the current Lunar New Year when you pay with UnionPay enjoy up to 13.2 USD (180,000 IDR) instant rebate.
Items and average prices for DFS
Perfume and cosmetics
Perfume and cosmetics are one of the number one products people buy when shopping duty free. As previously stated, there is a guaranteed price match for the lowest price in Asia on certain popular beauty products. Expect to pay from 35 USD (480,000 IDR) for an item such as a make up remover, to around 70 USD for a men’s cologne (960,000 IDR).
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Fashion and clothes
Fashion of course ranges depending on the item and brand you select, however, be prepared for prices that though will be tax free will still be comparable or higher than bought at market.
Alcohol and liquor
Alcohol and liquor again varies on the quality of alcohol you buy, but a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black will cost around 50 USD (685,000 IDR).
Snacks such as Haribo gummies are about 8 USD (110,000 IDR) a bag, and a Toblerone bar is almost 20 USD (270,000 IDR). Souvenirs and artifacts, perhaps some of the best last-minute things to pick up before heading home, will certainly cost more than non-airport acquired souvenirs.
Travel allowances to be aware of
It seems like DFS is a great way to potentially score some otherwise taxed items, however hold your wallet before you go spending too much. As with most airports, there are limits to what you can buy with duty free, so be mindful of how much you can actually take aboard. The European Union’s alcohol limits are 4 liters for wine, 1 liter for alcohol with 23% ABV or more, 2 liters for alcohol with 22% ABV or less, or 16 liters of beer. Japan can only bring three bottles of wine home, as well as two ounces of perfume. The United Kingdom cannot exceed a total of 390 EU (431 USD, 5,872,375 IDR). The best way to know what your country’s limits are is to check with the DFS staff before buying, who is well versed in the country limits nuances.
One of the best things to do alone in Bali, duty free shopping is worth it if you have done your research ahead of time and know that the item is less than you would pay at home, or is a brand that you cannot get in your home country. As far as most items unique to Bali go, such as souvenirs and artifacts, it is always cheaper to buy away from DFS areas. You can easily find beautiful handcrafted items such as wall hangings and rattan bags for as little as 10.75 USD (146,468.75 IDR). It is also totally acceptable to negotiate with shop owners and artisans when doing so. However, there are certainly times when DFS is appropriate.
So what else to do when at the Bali airport besides duty free shopping? Filling one’s belly is always a necessary and nice way to spend the time, and Bali’s airport offers a number of delicious options. Grab a meal at tasty Two Tigers, which is known for Asian bites and cocktails. Or get a coffee at The Coffee Club; a name that is straight to the point. If you have a long layover and need a hotel to rest at, check out Praba Guesthouse, just 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from the airport or The Kutaya a mere 0.4 mi (0.64 km) from the airport (complete with an outdoor pool!). Bali’s airport also offers a Premier Lounge to take a rest at; for 32 USD per visit enjoy the free beverages (alcohol not included), children’s rooms, and showers. Klook also offers a relaxing lounge service at 13.10 USD, complete with food and drink and a free foot massage.
Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Lounge Service
DFS in Bali to save
Duty free shopping in Bali is a great way to get last-minute gifts, or to purchase otherwise expensive items such as liquor, beauty products, and chocolates. Find an end-of-the trip present for yourself, or indulge in a wonderful treat for a family member or friend. Be sure to be mindful of any limits your country may have on your DFS, and know what items are worth it and which ones are simply overpriced. With this short guide to help you navigate DFS in Bali’s airport, you’re on your way to grab all the deals Bali has to offer.
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