Getting around Bali is relatively easy. Taxi operators abound and you can easily wave for one along the streets of Bali's major beach resort areas. For more convenience, you can rent a car or even charter one. Other budget ways to travel in Bali include public buses and the locally popular bemo - short for becak bermotor or ‘motorised rickshaws’ in the local tongue, a term which nowadays also applies to public commuter vans and minibuses. You can also ask for shuttle transfer services provided by your own hotel – ask your concierge.
But if you really want to see the sights and make the most out of your time, a well organised tour is a popular choice. For those who prefer the freedom to explore, motorcycles are fun, however be sure you are always insurance-covered, have an international license, and always wear a helmet. Following here are more ways to get around Bali to 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
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 book your airport transfers ahead of time, be it a shared shuttle services that allows you to save up more on your transfers so you can spend more at the poolside bar, or a private transfer option in a standard car or minivan. Whatever means of transfer you choose and reserve, you’ll be assured an easy transition on the last leg of your journey before your Bali holiday can begin in earnest.
Car Rental in Bali
Cars are the most common and viable way of getting around in Bali. Driving on your own lets you explore the island at your own pace, and at a lower cost compared to multiple taxi rides. However, you’ll need an International Driving Licence to hire a car and drive in Bali, otherwise not carrying a licence may invalidate your insurance. Driving in Bali can come as a shock to first time visitors because of the amount of motorbikes and free-wheeling nature of the traffic.
The most recommended and hassle-free way of getting around the island is by renting a car with a driver, and even better, with a guide. This option lets you ride with ease as you sit back, relax, and enjoy your journey from point A to B, and anywhere in between. Furthermore, with an English-speaking guide accompanying your ride, you’ll get valuable insights and a deeper understanding of the island and the sights along the way.
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 bemos. A great choice is the Kura Kura Shuttle Bus services, of which passenger passes you can book here ahead of your visit. Buses are fully air-conditioned and feature 4G Wi-Fi connectivity as well as entertainment through LCD TVs.
Various accesses to routes across the island adds to the convenience of using this service. There are eight lines, each comprising different stops within the respective areas, namely 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 bemo or bus station. The capital of Bali, 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. Full-sized buses and larger minibuses travel along the longer routes from the same stations as the bemos.
It is quite impossible to be exact about fares, and unfortunately all tourists and visitors are regularly overcharged. The thing to do is to observe the amount other passengers paying and do as the Balinese do. But do remember to pay the fare before getting off so as to prevent the bemo driver from driving off with your change. It is normal to be charged extra for a large bag and also for a bemos to depart only when the vehicle is full - even though this can take quite a while.
Prices normally include insurance and some petrol. Moving around Bali on two wheels is fun, more convenient and faster BUT, remember to check the motorcycle before use and ride safely and sensibly. Helmets are compulsory, of course.
If your International license does not include bikes, try to get a local 3-month licence valid for Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. You can expect help from the person renting out the bike, but be prepared to part with around 150,000rp or more.
Bali Taxis & Private Cars
There are many metered taxis in Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. Finding a taxi is extremely easy as taxis usually crawl along the main road beeping at tourists. Try to use the meters if possible.
There is an option of renting a car with driver, but there are no set rates. Negotiation is the key. It is interesting to note that these cars are not licensed to carry tourists, so don't be surprised at the detours around police stations.
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