Bali offers its tourists a wide variety of forms of transportation, both to get to the island itself and to move around the island smoothly and quickly. In addition, there are different types of transportation at totally different prices. Here we are going to inform you on the transport in Bali, the mobility of the tourist and some recommendations for your security.
How to get around in Bali
How to travel to Bali / how to get there
The island of Bali offers a wide variety of transports for tourists to travel to the island. The most common transportation for traveling to Bali is by airplane. There are numerous international transportation companies that offer regular service to Bali International Airport, Ngurah Rai.
Bali International Airport
With regard to hotel to airport transfers, it is possible to arrange transfers with many of the hotels on the island. For those travelers who want to move from Bali to another island in Indonesia are also going to find different flights from Bali to other cities in Indonesia.
It is also possible to reach Bali by ferry from Java, the service is also regular between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi. Likewise it is also possible to travel by sea via the PELNI line which operates weekly between Bali and Jakarta, Yjung Pandan and Balikpapan
If you like adventure and you feel like moving around Bali by public transport, it is important to know that the island has a very poor public transport, a fact that causes a waste of time to go from one place to another and that you cannot get to all the places you want to go
This is the cheapest way to get around Bali, but we recommend that you be especially careful with public transport, in fact, it is better to get around by private transport, as we will explain below.
Public buses in Bali
The Bali bus service offers routes throughout the entire island from Denpasar Terminal Station. Normally public buses carry many more people than should go and do not have air conditioning, this makes the route much longer than it seems. In addition, they tend to make a lot of stops. Going by public transport in Bali can be a bit agobiante, but it is economical and a good experience to learn more life and culture of the islanders.
Bemos (mini vans)
In Bali there are also what Westerners understand by mini vans, what they callBemos. These mini-vans offer regular short-distance services, usually between towns. They are also crowded and do not have air conditioning, but the price is also very economical (prices vary according to the distance to be traveled).
They are also very cheap (prices vary according to the distance to be traveled)
Dokar (the wagons)
The Dokar are carts pulled by horses and were the ancient transports found in Bali. They are normally used for urban transport and are not very expensive
Bali boats and ferries
To visit neighboring islands you will need to get around by boat or ferry, but be sure to travel with accredited companies, as many of them are unregistered and accidents have been reported.
Private transportation in Bali
The most comfortable, fast and efficient way to move around Bali is private transport. There are different ways to move in private transport in Bali: car rental, motorcycle and van rental or cabs.
Another common way to get around Bali is by private transport
Another common form of mobility for the tourist are the private buses that make excursions and tourist routes by Bali. In addition, you can reserve them in the same hotels or by Internet.
Renting a car in Bali
The most comfortable way to get around Bali is by car. It is easy to find places where this service is offered, most of them offer rental jeeps, family vans or cars, and allow hiring a driver if travelers are not able to drive around the island. To be able to drive around Bali it is necessary to have an International Driving License that is requested in the traffic office of your country of origin. You will have to pay the corresponding fees and then you will be able to have the License for one year.
Renting a car with driver
However, the most recommended option is to rent a car with a driver, since the roads are not well maintained and during the rainy season they can become impossible. In addition, the Balinese are not very respectful of road signs and sometimes it can even be dangerous. Renting a car with driver costs about 50 euros per day approximately. The price includes the hours of the driver, gasoline and guide.
Private buses and tours
There are different agencies in Bali that offer bus tours around Bali and daily excursions in cars with a local driver. If you want to ride in an air-conditioned bus, you can do so with Perama Tours, which covers a limited network from Kuta to Padangbai, passing through Sanur and Ubud.
Taxis in Bali
In Bali the official cab service is only easy to find in the Kuta area, since in the rest of the island taxis are usually private. For 30 euros you can find a cab that will take you all day to the places you want with gasoline included. The price is very similar to car rental, and you usually pay per advanced.
It is a very good way to get around
It is important to note that sometimes taxi drivers want to rip off tourists by saying prices much more expensive than they are. That is why it is important to agree on the price of the ride before getting in the taxi and ask for the fares from more than one cab driver. If you can hire an official cab company from the hotel, all the better.
If you can hire an official cab company from the hotel, all the better
Renting a motorcycle in Bali
This is one of the most common ways to get to know the island of Bali, in fact, it is becoming more and more famous among tourists. To rent a motorbike for a day costs less than 10 euros, although that also depends on your bargaining skills. Anyway, if you travel to Bali during the rainy season it is better not to rent a motorcycle, as it can be dangerous. Keep in mind that you will be able to surmount the traffic if you like adrenaline, but you must watch out as it is very easy to have an accident.