Make sure your Balinese vacation is convenient and fun by knowing how to get around.
As one of the world’s go-to vacation destinations, Bali is a paradise to be experienced. As an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, it is a destination loved by all.
Make sure you experience the best Bali has to offer and be sure to know exactly how to make your way around this picturesque island. From taxis to private cars to motorcycles, we have tracked down the most convenient and easiest ways to travel around the island, so you don’t have to.
Bali is a fairly big island, and if you’re planning to travel between popular cities, such as Ubud, Kata, Legian or Seminyak, you will need to rely on some form of transportation. Shuttle buses are budget friendly and travel between the major cities, but they are slow and stop frequently. Organized tours are a more popular option for visiting attractions.
If you’d prefer a more flexible form of transportation, metered taxis are available in and to major cities. A rental car is also an option, but hiring a private driver is more common and preferable if you’re unfamiliar with Balinese road rules. Or you can just jump in an Uber and catch a ride to wherever you’re going.
Bali public transit
Types of transit:
Bemo. This is a minibus or van with a row of low seats down each side that can carry about 12 people.
Bus. Every town in Bali has at least one terminal for all forms of public transit, including buses. There are often several terminals in larger towns.
Ojek. Around towns and along roads, you can always get a lift by ojek (a motorcycle).
Taxi. Metered taxis are common in the south of Bali and in Denpasar. They are essential for getting around, and you can usually flag one down in busy areas.
Private cars. There is an option of renting a car with a driver, but there are no set rates. Negotiation is the key.
Uber. Pull up your Uber app while in Bali and have your ride come to you. Prices are published right in the app.
Ferry. Travel between Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands and Lembongan is available through Bali Ferry with frequent departures during the day.
Everything else you need to know about transportation in Bali
Paying for transportation. You need to pay cash for most transportation in Bali, including for taxis, private cars and public transit.
Getting to and from the airport. The easiest way to get to and from Bali airports is via taxi or private car. Most hotels offer a free pick-up and drop-off service. Alternatively, Trans Sarbagita shuttles operate from the airport.
Best apps for getting around. Gojek is the Uber of motorbikes. You can download the app and request a Gojek (motorbike) to pick you up and take you to your desired location. Waze is also a good app to download. Filled with local businesses, up-to-date street options, police warnings and fairly accurate traffic information, it is everything you need when exploring Indonesia.
Taxis, Uber and hiring a driver
Taxi. It’s easy to hail a taxi while standing on the side of the road in Bali. When traveling short distances, “Bluebird” taxis are cheaper. When traveling via taxi, make sure to tell the driver to put the meter on.
Uber. Uber is a recent addition to Bali, and it’s one of the few modes you can pay for by credit card. The ride-sharing company’s low-cost UberDELIVER cars, uberMOTOR scooters, long-distance UberTRIP and uberX options are all available to be summoned with a tap in the Uber app.
Driver hire. Hiring a car is probably one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around Bali. They are fairly cheap, with drivers setting the price via negotiations. Even for long-distance travel, hiring a driver is still one of the cheapest options.
Bali car rental companies
At all the main Bali airports, you will find car rental companies like Bali Car Hire and Auto Bali Car Rental, as well as Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar.
Bali car hire deals
Make sure that your landing is easy and convenient by checking which airport transfers are available to you.