How to get around in Bali

Bali Transportation

Car Rental with Driver & Motorbike / Scooter Rental

Although public transportation in Bali is almost non-existent, it is quite easy to get around in Bali comfortably and safely – if you know how. Most Bali visitors will not stay in hotels or villas that are located in short walking distance to the beaches or preferred restaurants (even if it looks like that on the google map). So one needs to find a way to getting around in Bali, get to the beach, the restaurants, temples, activities, shopping streets and shopping malls.

Here are our suggestions for Bali, that allow you to explore the island easily, and safely.

Bali Car Rental with Driver

If you are traveling with a small group, or family with kids, then this is perfect for full-day and half-day trips. Explore the island with your own car and driver and go to the places that interest you most.

Renting a car is a wonderful way to organize your own individual tour program when it comes to exploring the Island of Gods. Usually visitors rent a car on Bali with a driver – and do not attempt to drive on their own, for good reasons. We also would advise you to do the same. Traffic conditions on Bali can be quite challenging. And if you drive on your own, you will of course be fully responsible for any damages on the car, accidents, problems with the police etc…and that can end up becoming very costly – at best.

If you are looking for a reliable driver for a day or half a day, we usually suggest to be a bit picky these days. We feel most comfortable with companies that do their homework well. This means: cars are in good condition, drivers are trained, employed and paid fair wages, reliable service and punctuality. Proper insurances, licenses and permits should be in place.


Book your car and driver online!

Car Rental with Driver Half Day – 5 h

Book your Toyota Avanza, Ertiga or Innova for up to 4 guests directly online. All cars are in top condition, drivers trained and reliable, vehicles insured. All included. Don’t settle for less.
Prices start at USD30, all included.

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Car Rental with Driver Half Day – 10 h

Book your Toyota Avanza, Ertiga or Innova for up to 4 guests directly online. Usually 10h is the perfect duration for a day trip filled with a good mixture of sightseeing spots, temples and natural attractions. All cars are in top condition, drivers trained and reliable, vehicles insured. Travel safely and hassle-free. Prices start at USD55, all included.

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Bali Motorbike Rental

You can Rent a scooter or a small motor bike for a day or even your entire stay in Bali.

If you are familiar with driving a scooter or motorbike AND if you can adapt to the different “driving style”, then this is the easiest way to get around. Particularly for short distances.

To rent a scooter with one of the countless scooter rental shops on Bali is easy and will allow you to go anywhere quickly. You simply park the motorbike or scooter in front of your villa or hotel during the night. However, most bikes will “not be in good condition”, not have the proper document nor insurance. Helmets are run down, smelly and often broken. That’s why the prices are s cheap.

SAFETY should be your main concern when you rent a motorbike or scooter in Bali; and this starts with choosing the right rental shop, a good bike, with an insurance, wear a helmet, have a license. Go to a trustworthy and professional shop. If it feels dodgy, it most likely is. Some tricksters in this business try to blame you for old damages and then make you pay. it does not happen often, but it does happen. So, if the scooter rental shop does not look good, or the people there look not trustworthy, follow your intuition and go somewhere else. If the price is too cheap? Think twice too.

Prices

You can get a cheap scooter for ca. 4-10US$, depending on condition, included services, helmets, etc. However, do NOT try to save money by compromising on safety, quality and professional service. It is simply not worth it when you run into trouble.

Here you can find a comparison sheet about the 6 main Bali motorbike rentals


Bali Bike Rental – Hire a scooter Online

Check out our preferred partner who puts Safety and Service first. All new scoopy scooters, they drop and pick up the bike at your preferred location, 24/7 hotline, great insurance, online booking facility, impeccable service, value for money at its best. Book and reserve your scooter online and expect it to be at your doorstep the moment you arrive at your hotel – ready for you to explore Bali.Bali Motorbike Rental


Bad accidents do happen daily with tourists who drive around with half-broken bikes. And the potential hassle you can run into when having even a minor accident, is too much of a risk. Particularly in Kuta, be super critical from whom you rent. Again: If it feels dodgy…it most probably is.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE – EVER.
Adapt to the traffic in Bali. And don’t get too confident. Don’t speed. Here are some tips on handling traffic. We have fatal accidents very often, because tourists were drunk, under the influence of drugs or simply too confident, driving without a helmet and speeding.

Uber, Go-Car (Go-Jek) and Grab

App-driven transportation services o exist in Bali and work to a certain extend. In Bali all companies are active and you will find cars and motor bikes (GoJek) that take you from A to B. However, there is trouble in the air. A huge movement coming form the local drivers that usually line the streets of Bali offering their transportation service, are VERY much against those services. Because they are afraid, that drivers who do not belong to their local community, will steal their business, there are areas in Bali, where these services are banned from operating.

Prices are really cheap, roughly 30-50% off the official taxi fares. Also, because the Uber and Grab drivers don’t have all the costs when running an official transportation business (taxes, insurances, licenses, etc).

Taxi in Bali

There are plenty, and prices are reasonable. Just due to traffic, particularly in Seminyak, Kuta, Legian it makes sometimes more sense to get a GoJek scooter or even walk!
If you choose a cap, choose BLUEBIRD. The drivers of the other taxi companies are often rude, don’t switch on the meter, drive an extra mile; we received too many complaints over the years. Not all of them are bad, but if you see a BLUEBIRD, take it.