Bali's local transport services are relatively reliable and accessible, offering visitors a number of different options for getting around. However, for those who aren't familiar with the island, Bali transport can sometimes be a little confusing to navigate. One of the major concern's tourists have when arriving in Bali is how to find a reliable, safe and fair priced way to get from A to B. So, we have created this guide to help you find the best and most convenient mode of Bali transport to suit your holiday needs.
For short distances, taxi's are a convenient and affordable way to travel. Blue bird cabs are the reputable company who provide a fair price and use the meter (we don't recommend cabs who don't!). They also have a handy mobile app to order taxi's on the go.
Another option for travelling short distances is via Go-Jek - which is essentially Bali's version of Uber for motorcycles. Go-Jek uses a rating system for all trips and calculates prices according to distance and speed. Go-Jek is insured and is a reliable system, where you can pre-load your account with credits or alternatively pay using cash. The perfect option for those who are hesitant to drive their own scooter, the driver will also provide a helmet, face mask and poncho in the event of rain.
Alternatively, you can rent your own scooter or motorcycle from a number of hire companies throughout the island, however, many insurance companies will not cover you for accidents unless you hold an international motorbike licence. Hiring a scooter will cost approximately A$7 a day. It is important to always wear a helmet and protective clothing as motorbike accidents are very common.
Hiring a car in Bali is relatively cheap, however, it is mandatory to have an international drivers license. Police in Bali regularly stop and check drivers who appear 'foreign looking' and will fine those without a license anywhere between IDR 200,000 to 500,000. Well known hire companies on the island include Budget and Avis and most offer insurance in their rental rates. There are other small locally run operators, although they may not offer insurance.
Alternatively, you can hire a local driver with a car/van who will charge approximately A$60 a day (not including petrol) and take you literally wherever you want to go. This is often the best way to get around as the locals know all the major attractions as well as hidden gems unknown to tourists. Hiring a driver is a reliable and convenient way to visit all the major attractions in Bali as the driver will wait while you sight-see and be right there to pick you up when you're finished. Saving you the time and money of booking another taxi, hiring a driver is the perfect option for seeing all Bali has to offer.
Grid lock traffic is a common occurrence in Bali and can happen at any time throughout the day. In the major tourist areas such as Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, peak hour traffic occurs mostly between 12 - 2pm and 2 to 7pm.