When it comes to South East Asia, you will find that mopeds run the show. They are king of the roads and typically scary. There are many transport options in Bali available, all at a crazy cheap price. So, whether you're in Bali for a week, 3 weeks or just a few days, here's a guide to help you decide how to get around this wonderful island!
This isn’t an option for the faint hearted, and I couldn't bring myself to drive one solo, but thankfully Brad is brimming with confidence and was happy to drive the roads of Bali. The biggest advantage of driving a moped is how cheap they are. Ours currently costs £2 pound a day, so £1 each, and fuel is approximately £1 to fill the tank full- it lasts almost a week! This was a brilliant deal but expect to pay no more than £3-4 a day. So, if you are travelling in Bali on a budget, then this is the best option if you can handle the roads! Some things to note.
For an in-depth guide to renting mopeds in Bali, check out this article: Renting A Scooter In Southeast Asia: All Your Questions Answered!
Uber is taking over the world and I love it. In South America, it was super cheap and in Bali, it’s even cheaper. Let’s compare. A taxi from the airport to Seminyak is around 60-70,000 (£3.50- 4.00) with Uber and with a taxi at the airport, they will start you off at 350,000. (£20) We lost wifi and phone battery so couldn’t get uber (there is wifi at the airport, order inside and meet them at the drop off zone).
Always be aware that the taxi men at the airport are ripping you off. The first guy we got in a taxi with, drove us out of the airport, then realised the place he needed to take us was “too far”, even though he had seen the address before we got in the car. He then proceeded to ask us for 350,000 for the journey, instead of the 120,000 (£7) we had agreed upon. When we said no, he said we would never find a taxi man to take us (our friends had arrived a couple of hours earlier and got the same route for 100,000 (£6) and threw us out of the taxi on a busy road- I didn’t like him. Anyway, we got a taxi for 160,000. (£9) Some things to note about Uber;
If you need to get a taxi then go for Bluebird taxis. It’s recommended for tourists and locals and it goes by the meter. They’re all moderated and safe, and they have an app in which you can download and pay via credit card, just like Uber. I’d say expect to pay twice as much here as an Uber journey- but even that’s not expensive- trust me! Be aware there are other blue taxis that look like bluebird but aren't and will rip you off. The bluebird taxis will have the words bluebird written on them,
You can hire a car and driver in Bali for around 8-10 hours for approximately 15-30 dollars. They are yours for the day and will take you where you need to go and pick you up too. It’s a good idea for sightseeing and if you want to move at your own pace without the added effort of finding taxis and negotiating prices. It’s also a nice idea for families or couples.
This is a tourist/local shuttle bus that has a variety of 8 routes across Bali. You can buy tickets from Kura-Kura ticket booths or on board. The routes include; Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, South Nusa Dua, and Ubud. You can find out all about the routes and frequency of routes etc here.
Each route has a standard pricing system. As of 2017, routes
Whilst these routes will take much longer in the traffic, they are super cheap and great for groups of friends, solo travellers or even solo travellers. Also, they have free wifi!
Either choice of transport you choose, you will be travelling super cheap!
If you have any other tips for driving in Bali, let us know!