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East Timor

Getting there & away

There are no boat services to East Timor from other countries.



Dili’s Nicolau Lobato International Airport (code DIL) is not an impressive entry to the country. Dirty toilets, busted light bulbs and just plain dirt are its hallmarks. There are only two airline routes to the rest of the world: to Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory and Denpasar in Bali.

Air North (code TL; in Australia 1800 627 474; www.airnorth.com.au) flies twice daily between Darwin and Dili (return fares from a shocking US$500, 1½ hours).

Merpati (code MZ; 332 1880; www.merpati.co.id) flies almost daily between Denpasar (Bali) and Dili (return fares from an almost shocking US$300, two hours).

Generally, most people will fly via Bali, not only because it makes a delightful stopover but also because airfares to Bali from much of the world are more competitive than those to Darwin.

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