Traveling in Bali is relatively easy. Taxi operators are abundant and you can easily wave along the streets in Bali’s main beach resort area. For more convenience, you can rent a car or even rent a car. Other budget ways to travel in Bali include public buses and bemo that are popular locally – short for airplane rickshaws or ‘motorized rickshaws’ in local languages, a term that currently also applies to general commuter vans and minibuses. You can also request for the shuttle transfer service provided by your own hotel – ask your officer. But if you really want to see the sights and take advantage of your time, well-organized tours are a popular choice. For those who prefer freedom to explore, motorbikes are fun, but make sure you are always protected by insurance, have an international license, and always wear helmets. Following here are more ways to get around Bali to enjoy the island.
Bali Airport Transfer
Towards your hotel will be the first thing you think about when you land at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Airport transfer services overcome the difficulty of finding random taxis and save valuable time which can be better spent on the beach. Booking airport transfers like that before your arrival and departure will give you peace of mind. You can order airport transfers early, be it a shared shuttle service that allows you to save more on your transfers so you can spend more at a poolside bar, or a private transfer option in a standard car or minivan. Whatever means of transfer you choose and order, you will be assured of an easy transition at the last step of your trip before your Bali vacation can begin in earnest.
Car Rental in Bali
Cars are the most common and active way to get around Bali. Driving alone allows you to explore the island at your own pace, and at a lower cost compared to some taxi trips. However, you need an International SIM to rent a car and drive in Bali, if you don’t carry a SIM you can cancel your insurance. Driving in Bali can surprise first-time visitors because of the number of motorbikes and the free nature of traffic. The most recommended and hassle-free way to get around the island is to rent a car with a driver, and even better, with a guide. This option allows you to drive easily when sitting, relaxing, and enjoying your trip from point A to B, and anywhere in between. In addition, with the English language guide that accompanies your trip, you will get valuable insights and a deeper understanding of the island and the sights along the way.
Bus Shuttle bus is the right choice to travel along the main tourist routes of Bali, allowing for a faster, more comfortable ride when compared to bemo. A good choice is the Kura Kura Shuttle Bus service, where passengers can pass here before your visit. The bus is fully air-conditioned and has 4G Wi-Fi connectivity and entertainment via LCD TV. Various accesses to routes across the island add to the convenience of using this service. There are eight lines, each of which consists of different stops in each area, namely Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and South Nusa Dua, and Ubud. The network allows you to find highlights along the route at your own pace, and only the most interesting for you.
Using budget-friendly Bemo
Bali Bemo is Bali’s main public transportation and every city has a minibus or bus station. The capital city of Bali, Denpasar is the center of this unique form of transportation and it’s good to know that Gilimanuk, Singaraja, Amlapura and Gianyar have major regional terminals, so you can go from one corner of Bali to another. Full-size buses and larger minibuses travel along the longer route from the same station as the bemo. It is impossible to be precise about rates, and unfortunately all tourists and visitors are regularly overcharged. What must be done is to observe the amount paid and carried out by other passengers as did the Balinese. But don’t forget to pay the fare before going down so the bemo driver doesn’t go with your change. It is normal to be charged extra for large bags and also for minibus departing only when the vehicle is full – although this can take a long time. Motorbike Rental Prices usually include insurance and gasoline. Traveling around Bali with two wheels is fun, more comfortable and faster BUT, remember to check the motorcycle before it is used and drive safely and sensibly. Helmets are mandatory, of course. If your International license does not include a bicycle, try to get a local 3-month license that applies to Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. You can expect help from someone who rents a bicycle, but be prepared to part with about 150,000 Rp. Or more. Bali Taxis & Private Cars There are many meter taxis in Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. Finding a taxi is very easy because taxis usually crawl along the main road beeping to tourists. Try using meters if possible. There is an option to rent a car with a driver, but there is no specified rate. Negotiation is the key. It is interesting to note that these cars are not licensed to carry tourists, so don’t be surprised by detours around the police station. More info and tips about Bali taxis:
Rental Prices usually include insurance and gasoline. Traveling around Bali with two wheels is fun, more comfortable and faster BUT, remember to check the motorcycle before it is used and drive safely and sensibly. Helmets are mandatory, of course. If your International license does not include a bicycle, try to get a local 3-month license that applies to Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. You can expect help from someone who rents a bicycle, but be prepared to part with about 150,000 Rp. 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. More info and tips on Bali taxis: