Sometimes chaotic, often frenetic and regularly congested, Bali transport has a unique personality of its own. Arguably the best way to navigate local precincts is on foot or via the readily available Bali taxis. If you have great confidence in your driving ability and navigational skills, car and scooter hire are also potential methods of getting around Bali.
Public transport is available in the form of mini-buses (bemos), but the system is difficult to navigate and involves a time-consuming process of negotiating multiple stops, confusing interchanges and protracted routes, meaning visitors are rarely seen aboard.
If you’re looking to get across town or from location to location, the most common form of accessible transport is Bali taxis, but not all services are equal. Where possible look for recognisable brands like Blue Bird Taxis, which use meters rather than haggling or fixed prices. If you’re using a taxi without a meter, be sure to negotiate the fare prior to setting off.
Bali Public Transport
The Bali public transport system is complex and often confusing, comprising mainly mini-buses known as bemos. These are often cramped and time-consuming to use. On the upside, bemos can be chartered for private use to travel between tourist destinations like Kuta and Ubud. Be sure to set a firm price before starting any trip.
Scooters are the predominant transport method for the island’s locals, but they’re a hazardous form of travel for visitors unfamiliar with the erratic traffic conditions of Bali. Accidents are frequent and sometimes fatal, with the foreign driver most likely to be assumed at fault. If you’re willing to take the chance, scooters are available for hire, but you’ll need an international driver’s licence, and be sure to check that your insurance covers scooter rides too.
Bali on Foot
Travelling on foot is probably the most popular way to navigate the busy streets, marketplaces, and tourism precincts of Bali. It’s also the best way for you to truly take in all the sights, sounds, and vibrancy on offer. As a safety tip, be mindful crossing the busy streets of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Denpasar, which are packed with scooters, taxis, and vans.