GETTING IN

FLIGHT

Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is located in South Kuta district and is just 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Flights from major international cities regularly fly in and out of the Denpasar Airport. It is also well connected to most of Indonesia and has regular domestic flights connecting it to major cities within the country. From the airport, you can easily hire a taxi to your destination. Please note that buses might not always be available from the airport.   

 

ROAD

You can take a bus from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) to Bali, but only if you can brave the 23-hour bus journey. 

SHIP

Bali is quite a popular port for most cruise liners traversing through South East Asia. To get into Bali through the sea route, take a flight to Singapore, Sumatra or Java and take a ship for your onward journey to Bali. The information desks at the airport will guide you thoroughly.

GOING AROUND

Walking

WALKING

They say that the best way of getting to know a place is on foot. However, Bali, despite its pristine beaches and rice terraces has rather poor roads and damaged sidewalks. Walking therefore is quite a task around the island. Guided walking tours are, nonetheless, available for the countryside and they include Mount Batur and the villages of Ubud.

Bus

BUS

While buses are not a very common form of transportation in Bali, some run on longer routes, connecting the regencies of Denpasar, Singaraja, Gilimanuk and Amlapura. These long-distance buses have at least one terminal in each town. Fares can go up to IDR 10,000. More expensive tourist shuttle buses are also available and are operated by companies like ‘Perama’.

Bemo

BEMO

Bemos are supposed to be small vans and minibuses that can carry a maximum of 12 passengers at a time. Despite the fact that they are quite budget-friendly, their popularity has deteriorated with time owing to the congested conditions passengers have to endure and the many instances of overcharging. There have even been reports of drivers driving off without paying the change. Since there is no fixed fare, travellers should insist on paying the same amount as the locals. However, expect to pay a minimum if IDR 5000. Most Balinese towns have dedicated Bemo stations with Denpasar serving as the hub. 

Ojek

OJEK

Essentially a form of hitching in Bali, Ojek is a private motorcycle taxi that allows a paying passenger. All you have to do is stand on one side of the street and indicate with your hands that you need a ride and a freelance Ojek will, in all probability, stop for you. While the safety of this service could not be guaranteed until a few years ago, the introduction of mobile apps such as ‘Go Jek' and Uber’s ‘UberMOTOR’ has made Ojeks a lot more reliable. The minimum payment is IDR 30,000 for a distance of 5 kilometres.

Dokar

DOKAR

Dokars are basically tiny horse carts and are reminiscent of rural life and the good old days. While they are uncommon and even limited by the Balinese government, a handful of these bumpy rides can be seen in Denpasar. They are mostly used by hotels for special occasions like weddings.

Taxi

TAXI

Taxis are the most reliable form of public transport in Bali with ‘Blue Bird’ being the most popular company, replete with a fancy phone app and a calling system. These taxis are plenty in number and impossible to ignore owing to their distinct blue colour and the bluebird logo. The drivers can speak good English and the fares are usually around IDR 70,000. Avoid taxis that have broken or no meters at all as you might get cheated. Uber is also operational in Bali and is usually cheaper than radio taxis with fares coming to anything around IDR 40,000. Cash payments are accepted.

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Car and Motorcycle Rentals

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE RENTALS

Travellers who can drive or ride a bike are at a massive advantage as the best way to move around in Bali is with your own vehicle. Scooters, also known as ‘motors’ can be rented for a day. Several tourist agencies in Kuta and Seminyak offer these bikes for rent. Wearing a helmet is vital. An even cheaper alternative is renting a bicycle. If your budget is on the higher side, you could hire a car along with a driver. If you intend to rent a self-drive car, you must carry your international driver’s license. Remember that the Balinese drive on the left hand side of the road. Check prices of renting and fuels with various vendors before committing to one, to avoid overpaying, as these prices keep changing.

 

Sea Transport

SEA TRANSPORT

The sister islands of Bali can be accessed by local cruises. Since these come in elaborate tour packages, inclusive of meals and a short stay, they can be quite expensive. Traditional, inexpensive boats can be used for shorter distances, however, their safety measures are rather questionable.