The best way to get around Bali is with a hired car and driver. This option gives you the freedom of roaming around the country without the hassle of having to drive yourself. Biking is another option, just be prepared to weave through chaotic traffic. Boats are a great way to get to neighboring islands, but they are not frequently used to get around Bali. Most travelers arrive through Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), which is located between Kuta and Jimbaran. To reach your hotel, check in advance to see if there is a complimentary resort shuttle available. If not, grab a taxi at the airport exit or book at Bali airport transfer service .
You can rent bikes through many of the resorts and small shops in tourist towns, such as Kuta and seminyak.
Hired Car and Driver
This mode of transportation may seem like an extravagant route, but you’ll find that this option can be cost-effective and worth every penny. You can usually arrange a car and driver through your hotel; however, there are numerous agencies, like Bali Private Driver and Tour Guide, that offer the good service. Expect to negotiate a price (unless it has been prearranged) and to pay for the driver’s food, drink and accommodations if you’ve hired him for a multiday trip.
A day’s hire should cost about $50. For the price, you’ll have a worry-free means of getting around and potentially a local tour guide. For more information, check the tripadvisor .
Renting a car is easy and affordable, but driving around Bali is difficult with its traffic, its drivers and its unclear signage. By law, you are required to have an international driver’s license or a locally issued one. To obtain an international driver’s license, you must go through the IDL Service online. Rental agencies are located in many resort towns and at Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Travelers have had a mixed bag of fortunes with taxis. Drivers can be unreliable and some can try to be sneaky. Luckily, most are fair and friendly to tourists. Some taxis run on negotiated prices while others go according to a meter. Fares typically start at is usually 7,000 Indonesian rupiahs (about $0.50), and each additional kilometer is 4,000 rupiahs (about $0.25). You can hail cabs from the street in larger towns like Denpasar, or you can call for one. Blue Bird taxis are the most reliable, according to travelers.
Public and private tour buses are an affordable way to explore the island. That said, they don’t allow the freedom to explore off the beaten path and can take a very long time to reach their destinations. Bali’s most popular private bus tours are organized by Perama Tour & Travel, and Krisna Tours Bali. Bali’s public buses go between major towns but routes, costs and departure and arrival times can be hard to track down.
Travelers occasionally use boats and ferries to reach Bali’s neighboring islands. This option is not only scenic, but also affordable. For instance, a one-way ride from Bali’s Pandangbai to Lombok’s Lembar costs about 28,000 rupiahs (roughly $2). While public ferries can be cheaper, commercial boat services – like those operated by Perama Tour & Travel, Bali Gili Fast Boat , Blue Water Express and Gillcat – offer speedy and direct transport to the surrounding islands.