Denpasar to Dili Flights On Batavia Air

Last updated: November 17, 2014
Batavia Air welcomed in Dili

Batavia Air commences flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and Dili, capital city of Timor Leste (East Timor).


After the bankruptcy of Batavia Air and Merpati Airlines, two airlines contine to operate on the Jakarta/Denpasar to Dili route: Sriwijaya Air and Garuda Indonesia.


Airline Departs
in Dili
Garuda Indonesia logo N/A 07:30 10:20
Sriwijaya Air logo 05:00 09:55 12:50


Airline Departs
Arrives in
Arrives in
Garuda Indonesia logo 11:25 12:15 15:15
Sriwijaya Air logo 13:30 14:15 16:50

*Local time in Dili is one hour ahead of Denpasar, and two hours ahead of Jakarta.

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Batavia Air recently commenced flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and the capital city of East Timor (a.k.a. Timor Leste), Dili.

Batavia Air advertises flights between Denpasar and Dili
Batavia Air promotes its new route, plus recently being permitted to fly in EU airspace

The schedule is as follows:

Route Departs Arrives

Denpasar to Dili




Dili to Denpasar



*Local time in Dili is one hour ahead of Denpasar.
Flights operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The inaugural flight on 27 December 2010 certainly appears to have been a joyous occasion.

Batavia Air red carpet

The first passengers were greeted by red carpet and the President of Timor Leste, Mr Jose Ramos Horta, wearing Indonesian batik. Meanwhile, senior executives of Batavia Air were wearing traditional Timorese ceremonial scarves.

The President Director of Batavia Air, Mr Yudiawan Tansari, has high hopes for this new route. Using either a weak interpreter or poor English skills, he was quoted as saying:

With the entry of Batavia Air to Dili, the Timor Leste people have other option of transportations to travel to Denpasar, Bali and other cities in Indonesia. Starting today at Dili, it is connected with 40 cities in Indonesia that have been flown by Batavia Air. In addition, cargos from Dili to the cities in Indonesia and conversely become easier and of course, we wish for the potential tourisms here are much more widely known by the people in Indonesia. [sic]

It is not known how this new service will affect the existing daily Merpati Airlines service; it is hoped that the extra competition from Batavia Air will help reduce fares. Previously, one-way fares were more than $US200 one-way, or double the price of flights on the more contested route of Denpasar to Kupang (close to Dili in West Timor). Currently, Batavia Air is offering one-way fares from Denpasar to Dili at a lower price of Rp1.1 million, about $US120.

Also, flight details and online booking are not available on the Merpati Airlines website for international flights; you have to call them or visit your local Merpati office or travel agent. This is unlike the Batavia Air website, which provides all this information.

Merpati booking conditions
Patriotic or Problematic? Merpati Airlines’ website offers only domestic routes and accepts only Indonesian-issued credit cards

However, as explained in this guide to booking Indonesian flights, both Batavia Air and Merpati Airlines only accept credit cards issued in Indonesia.

You can get around this problem by using the Mau Ke Mana flight booking service. If you would like to make a booking enquiry, please click here.

10 Comments on “Denpasar to Dili Flights On Batavia Air”

  1. Ross says:

    Thanks for that, Chris.
    I’ve been contemplating a trip down that way for a while.
    I just hope Batavia doesn’t go the way of Mandala. It had always struck me as a sound airline, but now they have frozen all activity pro tem.
    A bit worrying, I have to say.

  2. Chris says:

    Yes, I was also very surprised.

    You’d think that an airline that opens new routes (like Batavia Air have) are doing ok.

    Then again, Mandala Air also recently commenced flights to Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau…

  3. Md Mohidul Islam says:


    Flight schedule from Denpasar Bali to Dili, East Timor should be around 12oo hrs so that travellers can avail travelling from Kualalumpur to Bali on the same day. Besides this, Flight fare should be reduced. Wish you development & reputation.

  4. Chris says:

    Dear Md Mohidul Islam,

    Perhaps Merpati’s flight is suitable for your needs.

    It leaves Denpasar in the late morning (10:30) and arrives in Dili in the early afternoon (13:15). It returns at 14:00 and arrives back in Denpasar at 14:45. (There is a one hour time difference).

  5. Victor Minguez says:

    Dear friends,

    I would like to visit Dili during my stay on Bali but my problem is that I cannot find any clear information about flight fees and schedules, visa and more details about it. Could anyone help me to get this information to visit Timor Leste around 15th of february (because my friend and me we are in a hurry if we really want to do that). I will be grateful for any help and information.

    Best Regards.

  6. Chris says:

    Hi Victor,

    Please see above for flight schedules for Batavia Air.

    The BA flight on 15th February is currently around $US140 per person.

    I have heard that a visa for East Timor is $US30, and you can buy it on arrival like in Indonesia.

    If you would like to book this flight, please fill in the enquiry form here:

  7. Patti says:

    Can I purchase just the Denpasar-Dili portion (now that the Batavia flight originates in Jakarta)? How much are tickets now? Flight times? I would prefer to avoid flying Merpati if I can do so. Thanks!

  8. lisa says:

    dear batavia….
    i like batavia coz…it is on time…..
    can be trusted….and people are not going to worry of the things if they are in…….



  9. Hoffni Jitipaula Kandjimi says:

    I was a passenger on Batavia Airliness plane on 2011-09-19 and travelled from Dili to Denpasar Bali.
    I lost/forgot my doctor eye glasses in that plane and would like to find out for a possibility of tracing it.

    Your response in this regard will be appreciated.


  10. Chris says:

    I suggest you try sending a message to Batavia Air via the airline’s Contact Us page.

    Being a week after you lost your glasses, I suspect they would be difficult to trace, but you never know. I haven’t lost anything on a Batavia Air flight to know how professional or otherwise they are at returning lost property.

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