- Getting to Bali!
A variety of flights from Europe, America, Australia and most Asian Countries. There is also an array of domestic flights to and from major cities within Indonesia. Please click here to see a list of the airline companies both domestic and international. If you would like to make arrangements for domestic flights click here to link to local travel agencies.
Regular passenger ferries from Java and Lombok.
Cruise ship stop-offs.
By car from Java.
You will know when you step out side your hotel that you will not have trouble with transort as several drivers will appoach you yelling " transport transport". If travelling by foot you may here this phrase dozens of time before you reach your destination.
Below are a list of alternatives to walking( walking is a great way to see many towns in Bali, -especially the Kuta, Sanur and Ubud areas;
Car and Driver/Guide Package
There are many car/driver packages available. Ask at your hotel for a reputable driver or step outside of your hotel and you will soon be approached by a driver. Tell the driver your plans and destinations and negotiate a fee. A rought guide would be a full day for around US$20 to $30.
If you are flexible with your time and schedule you may want to rent a car. Click here to rent a car in Bali
When driving on the road make sure you are aware that;
- it can be very congested at times
- some roads start out wide but turn into narrow lanes
- police may stop you and you will be required to produce your international license.
- if fined, you may have to pay a fee (bribe) then and there
- ceremonial processions are frequent and roads may be closed for periods of time
Buses and Bemos
The buses and Bemos can take you anywhere in Bali. They are very cheap (from 500 Rp.) but they are usually overcrowded and difficult to know where they are going. To catch a Bemo just wait at the edge of the road and raise your hand, there bus stop is where the passenger is standing!
There are taxis everywhere in Bali and usualy they will toot there horn to get your attention. If using a taxi, please make sure that;
- you state your destination and get a price.
- the taxi uses the meter
- the taxi is part of a registered company
- you have change, as the drivers (for convenience sake) rarely seem to have change!
Bicycles are readily available but beware that there are many holes in the footpath and road and traffic conditions can be quite heavy in areas such as Kuta, Legian and Denpasar.
Bicycles are ideal in country areas like Ubud. There are several companies that offer mountain bike excursions.
If you are feeling brave you may want to hire a motor bile. Please note you require an international license and a special permit from the police statnion for renting a motorbike ( the rental agency can assist you with this).
Helmet are compulsary, but make sure you pick out a sturdy helmet (full face) as most tend to look like skate board helmets.
Driving in Bali
- Get use to bikes and cars swerving into your lane without indicating.
- Watch out for large holes in the road or obstacles such as small trees to indicate where holes are.
- Many food carts and salespeople operate off the side of the road.
- Merging traffic only give way if they are smaller than you.
- Every man for himself when entering a round-a-bout.
- There are many one lane roads and you may have to go quite a distance to return to the same location.
- Balinese are not use to drivers driving with there parking or head lights on during the daytime.
- Watch out for drivers, including trucks and buses overtaking on busy roads.