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Unlike any other cities in general, Bali barely has public transportation. In fact, there is no proper public transport system in this island. However, we are not saying that getting around Bali is difficult. Do not worry! We would tell you some proper information and tips that could help you in making decisions for your Bali vacation, whether as a solo traveller or group tours.
Arrival & Departure
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport could be so crowded and overwhelming especially in holiday seasons. Once you walk out of the airport, you would find many people offering you transportation services. They are basically independent transport companies which could charge you different prices with unrated and unknown quality of the service. Although sometimes their prices could be negotiable, we would recommend you to choose the official taxi counter from the airport. You might want to click on the link here to see the standard fares from Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport.
Alternatively, if you want to have a smooth landing not only at the airport but also at your hotel, book a round trip airport pick-up service from your hotel. This could be a little bit pricey but everything is guaranteed; your time, safety, quality and money.
Getting Around The Island
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You would have plenty options here, from taxi, day car or motorbike rental to online transportations.
Taxis are everywhere in Bali, especially in the sightseeing areas. You might not be charged based on the metres if you grab one on the street. This would depend on the driver’s preference. To be safe, it would be very recommended to stick with Blue Bird taxis.
Day car and motorbike rental could be anywhere too! You might want to book from your hotel or, at least, ask their recommendation for the best and legit rentals. If you are travelling in a group, it would be better to book a car with a driver too so that you don’t have to stress over the messy Bali traffic. Always be careful with the motorcycles!
Online transportations, such as Gojek, Grab and Uber, are available in Bali. However, please note this! The system here is just quite different to the one in your cities. These online transports are still considered as illegal in some areas in Bali. In fact, some areas, such as Canggu and Jimbaran make it clear that they do not welcome online transport. The price difference is one main reason behind this.
Therefore, we made some tips for you when booking an online transport in Bali.
- Make sure to remember the driver’s name, car type and its license plate number.
- Decide with the driver where you would be picked up. Ask the car details, if necessary, such as the colour and other characteristics.
- Do not wait and keep looking on your smartphone. This could take the attention of the locals who do not support online transport.
- In order to make sure you meet the right driver, ask his name again and let him mention your name. Even though the crime level in Bali tends to be statistically low, still, we need to be careful 🙂
The key to a successful vacation is planning. Make sure you prepare everything you need before you land in this paradise.