Getting To and Around Bali

Travel Team
By Travel Team 2 Min Read

Bali is easy to get to from almost anywhere in the world, with many airlines flying directly to the island’s only airport, Ngurah Rai International.

Although Bali is relatively small in size, it can take a long time to travel across once you arrive, as there is no metro or rail system, and traffic jams are common in the densely populated southern and central areas.

Those capable on two wheels should therefore consider renting a scooter or motorcycle to visit Bali’s swathe of shops, restaurants and beaches at your own pace. 

This is both a fun and incredibly affordable option for getting around the island, with a 125cc scooter only costing up to around IDR80,000 per day and fuel prices in Indonesia also being incredibly cheap. It is important, however, to rent from businesses with a good track record, with the newest models, insurance, and good communication.

Alternatively, public buses connect most Balinese towns, though a long journey across the island is likely to be time consuming and involve several changes. Tourist-class bus service routes, however, are operated by Kura-Kura around southern Bali and up to Ubud, an easy and convenient option.

Taxis, meanwhile, are relatively inexpensive in Bali. Bluebird Taxis has a desk outside the arrivals section at Ngurah Rai International Airport, and the journey to your hotel is a fixed rate. Visitors can also rely on ride-hailing apps such as Grab, which are often about half the price of metered taxis.

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