Getting Around Bali
Coming to Bali for a holiday? You’ll never be short of options when it comes to transportation. There are plenty of ways to get around. Simply take your pick from a private car, taxi, motorbike or the ever-popular Grab or Go-Jek! Here are our recommendations:
PRIVATE CAR WITH DRIVER
This is a fantastic transportation option to get around Bali especially for families as the driver will work according to your schedule and your budget. Remember, parking in Bali is very challenging so a driver will prove to be very helpful. You can find private cars with drivers anywhere you look. Many are online advertising their services. You can ask friends for recommendations and even speak to your hotel’s receptionist who will be more than glad to arrange one for you. You can also find them at the airport, behind the hoards of taxi drivers wearing blue. They carry Transportation tags and would charge you an estimate of IDR 150,000 for a trip to Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur or Canggu. Keep their numbers and they will be happy to take you around during your stay!
This is by far the most popular option for the younger crowd especially to navigate South Bali’s chaotic traffic. It is also a great option for those who love to explore Bali’s undiscovered gems like waterfalls, hidden beaches, ravines and rivers that are hard to get to while giving you that exhilarating feeling of being out in the world. Find a scooter for rent almost anywhere with prices ranging from IDR 50,000 to IDR 150,000 per bike depending on its make and model. Always check the bike before you drive off and remember to wear a helmet, your international driver’s license and a temporary drivers permit from the Denpasar police station.
RENT AND DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR
If this is your first time in Bali, we suggest that you wait a while and observe Bali’s road conditions before you try to drive. Chaotic is an understatement and most people don’t really know the traffic rules. The roads here aren’t just for cars – expect chickens, cows, construction materials, potholes and loose rocks in addition to heavy, mind-numbing traffic. There is also limited parking everywhere save the bigger hotels and malls. Remember to bring your international license to Bali and a temporary tourists’ driving license from the local police station in Denpasar.
No introduction needed here; Bali’s famous blue taxis are everywhere you look, especially at the airport. All you need to do is flag one down and hop in. Most of them don’t want to use the metre though and would charge a standard flat-rate of IDR 100,000 for a one-way trip around Seminyak, Kuta, Legian and Sunset Road. You must negotiate before hopping in to save yourself a big surprise when you arrive at your desired destination.
GO-JEK / GRAB
Transportation doesn’t get any easier or any more affordable than this! Happily, Go-Jek and Grab are both getting increasingly popular now in Bali amongst both locals and visitors. All you need to do is download the application “Gojek” or “Grab”, enter your location and destination, and you’re all set to go. No bargaining, no stress. A big plus point is that you will know how much you will need to pay in advance, along with your driver’s face, name, car make and plate number. You can choose from a car or a scooter. You can even order food or have any items delivered with these guys! Safety and peace of mind are assured when you use Go-Jek or Grab as your movements are tracked and monitored by the application.
BICYCLE / MOUNTAIN BIKE
Cycling can be a cheap and enjoyable way to get around and about. It does, however, take some fitness to ride around the more central and hilly regions! The northern coastal roads are ideal for longer trips. You can find bike rental shops in all the main tourist areas.
The Bemo was a popular option way back when, but today, you won’t be able to find one in the bustling tourist’s areas any longer. They are still available in the more rural areas and villages if you’re ever out in that direction. If you’re coming with a big group of friends, you could hire a Bemo as a way to take your group around to see the most popular sights!
Organised tours relieve you from the hassle of trying to navigate your own way around. You do have to follow itineraries however, so spur of the moment sight-seeing is not an option on these.