Getting around Bali is relatively easy. You can easily wave for a taxi on the streets of Bali's major beach resort areas. For more convenience, you can rent or charter a car. Some budget ways to travel in Bali include public buses and you can also ask for shuttle transfer services provided by your own hotel – simply ask your concierge.
If you really want to see the sights and make the most out of your time, a well-organised tour is a way to go. For the freedom to explore, motorcycles can be fun – be sure you’re always insurance-covered, have an international license, and remember to wear a helmet. Here are ways to get around Bali to fully enjoy the island.
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Bathe & Breakfast with the Elephants
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Romantic Aristocat Evening Cruise with 5-Course Dinner
- Bali White Water Rafting at Telaga Waja River
- Fast-Track Waterbom Bali Admission
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Private East Coast Tour
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
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Bali airport transfers
Getting to your hotel will be the first thing on your mind the moment you land at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Airport transfer services solve the hassle of finding a random taxi and save precious time that can be better spent at the beach. Booking such airport transfers ahead of your arrival and departure will provide you with a peace of mind.
You can pre-arrange for your transfer, be it a shared shuttle service that allows you to save up so you can spend more at the poolside bar, or a private option in a standard car or minivan. Whatever means you choose and reserve, you’re in for an easy transition before your Bali holiday can truly begin.
Bali car rentals
Cars are the most common and viable way of getting around Bali. Driving on your own lets you explore the island at your own pace, and at a lower cost compared to multiple taxi rides. You’ll need an International Driving Licence to hire a car and drive in Bali, otherwise it may invalidate your insurance. Driving in Bali can come as a shock to first-time visitors because of the number of motorbikes and free-wheeling nature of the traffic.
The hassle-free way of getting around the island is by renting a car with a driver, and even better, with a guide. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your journey from point A to B and anywhere in between.
Shuttle buses are a great choice for travelling along Bali's main tourist routes, allowing for faster, more comfortable and convenient rides when compared to riding a bemo. Services such as Kura-Kura Bus are fully air-conditioned and feature Wi-Fi as well as entertainment through LCD TVs.
Various accesses to routes across the island add to the convenience of using this service. There are 8 lines, each comprising different stops within Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Southern Nusa Dua, and Ubud. The network allows you to discover the highlights along the routes at your own pace and only those that appeal to you most.
Using bemos in Bali
The budget-friendly bemo is Bali's main public transportation and every town has a central bemo parking lot of some sort. Denpasar is the hub of these unique forms of transport and it's good to know that Gilimanuk, Singaraja, Amlapura and Gianyar have major regional terminals, so you can get from one corner of Bali to another on these.
Full-sized buses and larger minibuses travel along the longer routes from the same stations as the bemos. It’s quite impossible to be exact about fares, and unfortunately, all foreign visitors are regularly overcharged. The thing to do is to observe the amount other passengers paying and do as the locals do. It’s normal for a bemo to depart only when it’s full.
Bali motorcycle rentals
Bali motorcycle rental prices normally include insurance and some petrol. Exploring the corners of Bali on a moped, or a dirtbike for experienced motorcyclists can be fun, more convenient and faster. But remember to check the motorcycle before using it and also importantly, ride safely and sensibly. Helmets are compulsory, of course.
If your international license does not include riding bikes, try to get a local 3-month licence valid for Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. You can expect assistance for obtaining licenses from the person renting out the bike, but be prepared to pay some extra cash for the additional service.
Bali taxis and private cars
You can find many metered Bali taxis operating around Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. Finding a taxi is extremely easy as they usually crawl along the main road and occasionally beep at potential customers. Try to use the metered ones if possible. If you need to use a non-metered taxi, try to agree on a price based on your destination before hopping in.
There is also the option of renting a private car with a driver, but there are no set rates. Negotiation is the key. Note though, that such 'freelancers' aren’t licensed to carry tourists.