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Bali — getting around

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Now that you have some good accommodation options, it's a good idea to know the best ways of getting around Bali. Transportation is simple and inexpensive.

Of course, walking is a good easy option. Depending upon where you are staying, you might be able to stroll to the beach, shops, restaurants and bars.

Renting a bicycle is a good way to get around. A trip around the island lets you take in the beauty that is Bali, and you can enjoy local culture in tiny villages. Traffic can be a bit off-putting but it's a great way to see things you may otherwise miss.

Some hotels have their own bicycles — if not they can direct you to a rental shop. Don't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen.

You can rent motorcycles and cars on Bali, but you may want to think long and hard about that option. Traffic can be very difficult to negotiate, and in some parts of the island, there just aren't any road rules. Bali's city roads and main highways range from a four-lane bypass to single track lanes with potholes. We recommend you hire a car and driver for around $50 a day.

Locals mostly get around in buses, minivans and bemos, which are small minivans. They all offer unscheduled services. Bemos can be hired and are good for short distances inside towns and cities. The idea is that the fares are shared — but in the case of tourists, the driver might only take single parties making the rate comparable to that of a traditional taxi.

Taxis are quite common in the south of Bali, and the rates are generally quite reasonable. Make sure the driver uses the meter, and if your trip takes you further afield from Kuta, there could be an extra charge. Blue Taxis are most reliable.

Depending on where you want to go, hiring the driver and vehicle for the day might be the best bet as getting a cab outside the resort areas can be tricky at best.

If you want to go to Java, ferries from Gilimanuk on the west of the island run about every half hour throughout the day. The crossing takes around 30 minutes. There are services to other Indonesian islands. Check with your hotel for information and schedules.


Bali, Indonesia.


Bemos, miniature vans with set routes, cost approximately between 5 cents to 20 cents. Bicycle rental is approximately $2 a day.

Motorbike rental is around $4 a day. An international license is required and cannot be obtained in Bali, but temporary permits can be obtained at Denpasar police station. It is compulsory to wear a safety helmet when riding a motorbike.

Car or minibus with driver is from around $15 to $30 a day. Metered and unmetered taxis are reasonably priced but you may wish to negotiate fares before getting into the vehicle.

Garuda Indonesia has 28 flights a week to Denpasar.

Airfares from:

  • Darwin $ 622
  • Perth $ 852
  • Melbourne $1105
  • Sydney $1122

Darwin: Valid for sale until November 20, 2008 and for travel between July 21-September 18, 2008 and again between October 6-November 20, 2008.

Perth: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 16-September 23, 2008, October 8-December 9, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Melbourne: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 13-September 18, 2008, October 5-December 11, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Sydney: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 21-September 25, 2008, October 13-December 11, 2008 and January 19-March 31, 2009.

Fares from other Australian capitals and regional centres are available in conjunction with Virgin Blue and Executive (Business) Class fares from all Australian ports.

Prices correct at July 3, 2008.

For further information

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Garuda Indonesia Ph: 1300 365 331

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User comments
There is no Blue Taxi in Bali, instead there is Blue Bird Taxi, which is the best in southern Bali. Note that taxis do not usually operate other than the southern part of Bali (ie, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, possibly Denpansar). No taxi in Ubud, only private cars that give you a stupidly high price and expect you bargain. If you are staying in Ubud, make sure that your hotel provides free transportation within Ubud, very handy.
Please note that most travel insurance compnaies will not cover any accidents which occur whilst riding a motorbike if you do not have a valid motorcycle licence from your home country

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