Transportation in Bali

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By Air:
Numerous international transport companies provide service to the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport either directly or via Jakarta. Domestic airlines operate established flights from several cities within Indonesia.



By land:
Bali is connected to Java by a regular ferry service that operates between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi. If you are going to take a train or a night bus from Jakarta, Bandung or Yogyakarta, travel first to Surabaya for the connection to Banyuwangi. Buses can be boarded in Banyuwangi or Gilimanuk to continue then to the final stretch to Denpasar.

By sea:
The PELNI passenger line operated by the state operates weekly between Bali and Jakarta, Ujung Pandang and Balikpapan. Regular ferry services sail between Lombok and Bali.

Upon arrival: if your hotel has not arranged a transport from the airport, hire a taxi at the transportation desk located in front of the arrivals gate. Rates are classified by destination and payments in advance. There are also taxis measured in Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Denpasar.

Rent a car:
While there is public transport at reasonable prices throughout Bali, the best option for travelers seeking comfort and flexibility is the rental of a car. There are vehicles with air conditioning that include jeeps, family vans and sedans that can be hired with or without a driver. If you decide to drive yourself, an International Driver's License is required. There are also temporary driving records of the Traffic Police. Most traffic signs are respected although the curves are not always marked. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on the right. Bending to the left in a red light is allowed only when indicated. Pay attention to pedestrians, motorcycles, potholes, chickens and stray dogs (and pay special attention to the rear-view mirrors). If dealing with the sometimes chaotic and usually tormenting roads in Bali is not for you, you can hire a driver. It is not expensive and generally you know the way.

For taximeters, simple cars with driver and luxury cars, reservations can be made at (361) 701111.

Seeing Bali on a motorcycle is a romantic and carefree option whenever you drive with care. The law requires the use of helmets for the driver and the passenger, in addition to having an appropriate license. Motorcycle riding is not recommended (nor particularly pleasant) in the wet season.

Tours are offered on buses and daily excursions in cars with air conditioning or mini-van in most travel agencies. The public groups make regular services on routes throughout Bali from the Denpasar Terminal Station, Ubung.

Bemos and Dokar:

Bemos (covered pickups or mini-vans) do regular services on short routes between towns. They do not have air conditioning and can be crowded, but they are cheap. Rates vary according to distances and it is not recommended to fight the price. For a different experience, travel in a traditional dokar. These horse-drawn carts still exist in Kuta and Denpasar and short trips cost almost nothing.


source of information:  Embajada de indonesia en España