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on Bali, the best way to get around is your own transport, whether you hire a driver or ride a This gives you the flexibility to at will and allows you to reach places that are otherwise

It’s worth noting many pricier restaurants in such as South Bali and will arrange free to/from the establishment. Just

Public transport is cheap but can be for very long journeys if not sticking to a major route. In some places are just to reach.

There are also shuttle buses and these economy with convenience.


Taking the boat is contemplative than the hassle of between Bali and Lombok and boats make it competitive

Public ferries (adult/child travel non-stop between and Lembar on Lombok. Motorbikes 85,000Rp and cars cost – go through the weighbridge at the west of the Padangbai car park. Depending on the trip can take three to hours. Boats supposedly run 24 and leave about every 90 but the service is often unreliable – have caught on fire and run – and oversubscribed (trucks can wait Padangbai for up to three days).

who carries your luggage on or off the at both ports will to be paid, so agree on the price or carry your own stuff. watch out for scams where the may try to sell you a ticket you’ve bought. Lembar is worse for

Perama ( ) operates a boat service from in Bali to Senggigi (300,000Rp, six There’s also a daily boat from Senggigi to the Islands (70,000-100,000Rp, 60-90 at 9am, which means you having to deal with

There are several fast operating between Bali and ’s Gilis.

Blue Water (0361-3104558; ) They from the harbour in Benoa in (690,000Rp, 2½ hr).

Gilicat ) Leaves from Padangbai at 9am (660,000Rp, 90 min). It has an office in (0361-271680; Jl Tamblingan 51; 8am-6pm) and pick-ups across south

Mahi Mahi Runs Serangan (near Sanur ) to Trawangan (580,000Rp, 2½ hr).

Paradise Shop (0361-753241; ; Poppies Gang 1, Kuta ) office in Bali also has

The dive schools on the Gilis speedboat shuttles (from per person) from Bali and most days – contact in advance.

Bus tram

Distances in and on Lombok are relatively short, so you have cause to ride large buses unless you are between islands or going one side to another.

Larger and full-size buses ply the longer particularly on routes linking Singaraja and Gilimanuk. They out of the same terminals as the bemo. are faster than bemo they don’t make as stops along the way, with more and more riding their own motorbikes, have been reports of delays waiting for busses to up at terminals before departing.

Shuttle buses are quicker, comfortable and more convenient public transport. They are with budget and midrange If you’re with a group of or more people (or sometimes two), it will probably be to charter a vehicle

Perama ) has a near monopoly on this in Bali. It has offices or agents in Sanur. Ubud. Lovina. and Candidasa. At least one bus a day links Bali tourist centres more frequent services to the There are also services to and along the east coast Lovina to/from Candidasa via by demand.

Fares are reasonable example, Kuta to Lovina is Be sure to book your at least a day ahead in order to schedules. It is also important to where Perama buses pick you up and drop you off as you may need to pay an 5000Rp to get to/from your

Note that shuttle often do not provide a direct – those from Kuta to may stop en route at Sanur. and Padangbai. and maybe other on request. And like the bemo, the is ossified, resolutely sticking to the it ran years ago and not recognizing the emergence of new such as the Ulu Watu area or Seminyak (eg a run from Seminyak to would be packed out daily).


Renting a car or motorcycle (almost a lightweight motorbike) can open up and Lombok for exploration and can also you counting the minutes until you it. It gives you the freedom to explore the of back roads and lets you set own schedule. Most people rent a car for their entire but rather get one for a few days of wandering. In it’s common to get a car in the south or and circumnavigate at least part of the

Driving Licence

If you plan to a car, you’re supposed to an International Driving Permit You can obtain one from your motoring organisation if you have a driving licence. Bring home licence as well – supposed to be carried in conjunction the IDP. If you don’t have an add 50,000Rp to any fine you’ll to pay if stopped by the police (although have to pay this a lot to exceed the and hassle of getting an IDP).


If you have a motorcycle at home, get your IDP endorsed for too. If you have an IDP endorsed for you will have no problems, is when an IDP is really useful as you have to obtain a local – something of an adventure.

The person the bike may not check your or IDP, and the cop who stops you may be happy a nonendorsed IDP or bribe. You might get without a motorcycle endorsement, but you have an IDP or local license. there’s a two million rupiah for riding without a proper and the motorcycle can be impounded – unofficially, the cop may a substantial ‘on-the-spot’ payment seems average). And, if you an accident without a licence, insurance company might coverage.

To get a local motorcycle licence in go independently (or have the rental take you) to the Poltabes ( Police Station ; 0361-1427352; Jl Sanhyang; 8am-1pm Mon-Sat) for a which is valid for one year. you arrive you’ll see a mobbed hall filled with permit-seekers. However, step to the back of the parking lot and look for a with a sign reading Sim Asing/Foreigner License Applicant’ a second-floor office. Here you find cheery English-speaking who, for a sum of 250,000Rp, will you the required written test (in with the answers provided on a test) and issue the permit. it costs more than in the of chaos, but who can argue with the Just be sure to bring passport, a photocopy of same and a photo (although at times the will help you with too!).

Fuel Spare

Bensin (petrol) is sold by the Pertamina company, and currently about 6000Rp per litre. has scads of petrol stations. In areas, look for little fuel shops that your tank from a container (the same as the they use for arak – fitting). On there are stations in major Petrol pumps usually a meter, which records the and a table that shows how to pay for various amounts. Make to check that the pump is to zero before the attendant to put petrol in your vehicle, and the total amount that in before the pump is reset for the customer. Regular unleaded for vehicles is labelled Premium ; is labelled Solar . Tyre services can be found in almost town.

Very few agencies in will allow you to take rental cars or motorcycles to – the regular vehicle insurance is not outside Bali.

By far the most rental vehicle is a small – they’re compact, have ground clearance and the low gear is well suited to exploring roads, although the bench at the back are uncomfortable on a long The main alternative is the larger Kijang, which seats Automatic transmissions are unheard of.

and travel agencies at all tourist rent vehicles quite A Suzuki jeep costs 150,000Rp per day, with kilometres and very limited A Toyota Kijang costs around 180,000Rp per day. costs will vary according to demand, the condition of the length of hire and your talents. It’s common for days to cost much than the first day.

no reason to book rental in advance over the internet or a tour package, and it will certainly cost more arranging it locally. Any place you can set you up with a car as will the ever-present in the street.

Shop around for a deal, and check the car carefully you sign up. Rental cars have to be returned to the place where they are rented – you do a one-way rental, but some will let you leave a car at the airport.

Big international rental operators in have a presence, but are seldom

Motorbikes are a popular way of getting Bali and Lombok – locals pillion on a sepeda motor almost from birth. is just as convenient and as flexible as and the environmental impact and the cost are less.

Motorcycles are ideal for ’s tiny, rough roads, may be difficult or impassable by car. once you get out of the main centres not much traffic, apart people, dogs and water

But think carefully before a motorcycle. It is dangerous and every a number of visitors go home lasting damage – Bali and are no places to learn to ride a

Motorcycles for rent in Bali and on are almost all between 90cc and with 100cc the usual You really don’t need bigger, as the distances are short and the are rarely suitable for travelling In beach areas, many equipped with a rack on the for a surfboard.

Rental charges with the motorcycle and the period of – bigger, newer motorcycles more, while longer periods attract lower A newish 125cc Honda in condition might cost to 40,000Rp a day, but for a week or you might get the same motorcycle for as as 25,000Rp per day. This include minimal insurance for the (probably with a US$100 but not for any other person or property.

owners rent out the majority of Like cars, it is easy to a motorbike or one will find

Riding Considerations

Check the over before riding off – are in very bad condition. You must the motorbike’s registration papers you while riding. Make the agency/owner gives them to you you head off.

Helmets are and this requirement is enforced in areas, but less so in the countryside. You can be stopped for not having the chin-strap – a favourite of policemen on the lookout for extra cash. The standard you get with rental bikes are lightweight. You may want to bring more substantial from or buy one locally. Shops in south sell helmets with horns and other fun decor. just might not be that though.

Despite the tropical it’s still wise to properly for motorcycling. Thongs, and a T-shirt are poor protection. And it rains in Bali, it really A poncho is handy, but it’s to get off the road and sit out the storm.

Rental and owners usually insist the vehicle itself is insured, and insurance should be included in the rental deal – often an excess of as much as US$100 for a and US$500 for a car (ie the customer pays the US$100/500 of any claim). The more motorcycle and car-hire agencies may additional insurance to reduce the of the excess, and cover damage to people or their property, ie or ‘liability’ cover.

Especially with cars, the main concern is insuring the In some cases, a policy cover the car for 30 million rupiah, but for only 10 million rupiah cover. Your travel may provide some additional although liability for motor is specifically excluded from policies. The third-party cover seem inadequate, but if you do cause or injury, it’s usually for your consulate to get you out of jail.

A owner renting a motorbike may not any insurance at all. Ensure your personal travel covers injuries incurred motorcycling. Some policies exclude coverage for motorcycle or have special conditions.


Bali traffic can be in the south, around Denpasar and up to and is usually quite heavy as far as to the east and Tabanan to the west. your way around the main sites can be a challenge, as roads are sometimes signposted and maps are fanciful at best. Off the main roads can be rough, but they are surfaced – there are few dirt on Bali. Driving is most in the large towns, where are congested, traffic can be awful and streets are infuriating.

Roads in are often very rough but is lighter than Bali.

driving at night or at dusk. bicycles, carts and horse-drawn do not have proper lights, and lighting is limited.

Police stop drivers on very pretexts, and it’s fair to say they’re not motivated by a desire to road safety. If a cop sees front wheel half an over the faded line at a sign, if the chin-strap of your isn’t fastened, or if you don’t one of the ever changing and poorly one-way traffic restrictions, you may be down. It’s not uncommon to see stopping a line of visitors on while locals fly past helmets.

The cop will ask to see your and the vehicle’s registration papers, and he also tell you what a offence you’ve committed. He may talking about court heavy fines and long Stay cool and don’t Don’t offer him a bribe. he’ll suggest that you can pay him amount of money to deal the matter. If it’s a very amount, tell him politely you don’t have that These matters can be settled for between 10,000Rp and 60,000Rp; it will be more like if you don’t have an IDP or if you argue. make sure you have the papers, and don’t have too visible cash in your If things deteriorate, ask for the cop’s and talk about contacting consulate.

Visiting drivers complain about crazy drivers, but often it’s the visitors don’t understand the conventions of road use. For the constant use of horns here mean ‘get the @£*% out of my rather it is a very Balinese way of ‘hi, I’m coming through’. The rules are useful.

-Watch front – it’s your to avoid anything that in front of your vehicle. A motorcycle or anything else out in front of you, in effect, has the of way. Often drivers even look to see what’s when they turn at a junction – they listen for the — Use your horn to anything in front that there, especially if you’re to overtake. — Drive on the side of the road, although often a case of driving on side of the road is available. Use seatbelts in the front seat.

Local transport

To/from the

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport is south of Tuban and Kuta. the official counters, just the terminals, there are supposedly price taxis. However, may be made to charge you at the high end of range (eg you’re going to the of Seminyak that is supposed to 70,000Rp, and they charge you and if you say you don’t have a room there will be heavy to go to a commission-paying hotel.

If you have a you’ll be charged at least extra, depending on its size. any touts that aren’t of the official scheme. Many will offer to pick you up at the however there’s no need to use service if it costs more a taxi.

The thrifty can walk the international and domestic terminals the airport car park to the right and continue a couple of hundred through the vehicle exit to the road (ignoring any touts the way), where you can hail a cab for about half the fare.

If really travelling light, Beach is less than a 30 north.

The main form of transport in Bali and on Lombok is the A generic term for any vehicle as public transport, it’s a minibus or van with a row of low seats each side. Bemo hold about 12 people in cramped conditions.

Riding can be part of your Bali or a major nightmare depending on outlook at that moment in You can certainly expect journeys to be lengthy and you’ll find getting to many places is time-consuming and inconvenient. It’s to see visitors on bemo in Bali.

operate on a standard route for a set unwritten) fare. Unless you get on at a starting point, and get off at a regular point, the fares are likely to be The cost per kilometre is pretty but is cheaper on longer trips. The fare is about 4000Rp.

sure you know where going, and accept that the normally won’t leave it’s full and will take a roundabout route to and deliver as many passengers as If you get into an empty bemo, make it clear that you do not to charter it. (The word is understood by all drivers.)


Every town has at least one (terminal bis) for all forms of transport. There are often terminals in larger towns, to the direction the bus or bemo is heading. For Denpasar. the hub of Bali’s transport has four main bus/bemo and three minor ones. can be confusing, but most bemo and have signs and, if in you will be told where to go by a jockey or driver anyway.

To go from one part of Bali to it is often necessary to go via one or more of the in Denpasar. or via a terminal in one of the other regional towns. For example, to get Sanur to Ubud by public you go to the Kereneng terminal in Denpasar. to the Batubulan terminal, and then a third bemo to Ubud. is circuitous and time-consuming, so many prefer the tourist shuttle a driver or a taxi.

Metered are common in South Bali and (but not Ubud ). They are for getting around Kuta and where you can easily flag one Elsewhere, they’re often a lot hassle than haggling bemo jockeys and charter

The usual rate for a taxi is flag fall and 4000Rp per but the rate is higher in the evening. If you for a taxi, the minimum charge is Any driver that claims problems or who won’t use it should be

By far the most reputable taxi is Bali Taxi (0361-701111; ), which uses distinctive vehicles with the words Group’ over the windshield out for fakes). Drivers speak English, won’t offer you opportunities and use the meter at all times. even a number to call complaints (0361-701621). Many will use no other firm and the are often fascinating conversationalists.

Bali Taxi, standards rapidly. Some are acceptable, you may have a hassle getting the to use the meter after dark. may claim that their are often ‘broken’ or nonexistent, and fees can be over the odds the more reason to tip Bali drivers about 10%). we saw one taxi driver insist on a fee of for a trip that would cost 7000Rp in a Bali

Taxis can be annoying with constant honking to attract And men, especially single will find that taxi drivers may promote a massage’ at a ‘spa’. Drivers enthusiastically pantomime some of the that this entails. At the least, insist that keep their hands on the

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