Going To Bali, Indonesia? In this installment of our Bali Travel Guide Series, we share our review of our flight on board KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Singapore to Bali.
How to fly from Singapore to Bali?
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There are a number of airlines that fly from Singapore to Bali. These include full service carriers (Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) and budget carriers (Jetstar Asia, Air Asia and Scoot). The flight time from Singapore to Bali is around 2.5 hrs.
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Relative Low Fares from KLM Royal Dutch Airline
We were pleasantly surprised to find a relative good travel deal from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (a full service airline). A return flight from Singapore to Bali went for SGD $250, inclusive of taxes and surcharges. The price includes 23 kg baggage allowance and meals on board. This is comparable with the fare quoted by the budget airlines when we add in the meals and baggage allowance!
We booked our air tickets around 2.5 weeks before our date of flight, thinking that the price will go up if we book even later. To our surprise, the price of a return ticket remain at SGD $250 even if you buy a day before! The only catch is that you might not be able to select adjoining seats if you are travelling as a couple or a group.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates only 1 flight per day (KLM 835) which is scheduled to depart at 5.30 pm from Singapore to Bali. This flight originates from Amsterdam and transits at Singapore before continuing to Bali. The return flight departs Bali at 9.30 pm and touch down at Singapore at midnight. Note that Bali is in the same timezone as Singapore (GMT +8).
“Early” Check In
We arrived at KLM Airlines’ check in counter very early at about 12:30 pm as we wanted to try the Skyview Lounge at Terminal 1, thinking that the check in counters will be open. According to Changi Airport’s website, early check in is available for KLM passengers from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm. However, to our disappointment, we waited past 1 pm and there was still no sight of any KLM staff at the check in counter. We finally gave up and went to have our lunch. It was only after lunch when we come back around 2 pm that we saw this sign…
Looks like the early check in starts from 1 pm and the information on the Changi Airport website is not updated. So if you are taking the KLM 835 flight to Bali like we did and wants to check in earlier – do note the new timings.
After the early check in, you might want to drop by the Skyview Lounge for some light snacks if you have a credit card for lounge access.
Unlike full service airlines like Vietnam Airlines and Silkair that deploy small single isle aircraft for their regional routes, KLM operates a B777ER two isle aircraft. It is in fact a long haul flight that originates from Amsterdam with transits at Singapore before continuing to Bali.
Every seat comes with a personal In-Flight Entertainment System. Although the selection of movies is not as extensive as some other full service carriers, we felt that this is actually ok for a short haul flight. Anyway, you can watch only one movie during the flight – so just make a quick choice and start watching! 🙂
Earphones are given out by the flight attendants and it is all yours to keep at the end of the flight.
Unlike most carriers, there is only one KLM publication which includes both the in flight duty free shopping catalogue and the in flight magazine articles. You are not seeing double – its the one and only. 🙂
Reasonable Seat Leg Space
Seats were pretty OK for a full service carrier, with reasonable leg space.
For those of us who are bigger in size, you might want to top up around SGD $30 one way for the economy comfort seats with slightly more leg space.
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There is no choice of meal for the KLM flight. It was both chicken set for us for both the out-bound and in-bound flights. Food was really pretty mediocre, in our opinion.
First published 25 Nov 2014
Last updated 29 Dec 2018