Transportation in Bali

Interesting way of transportation in Bali

Interesting way of transportation in Bali ©Jeda Villa Bali/Flick

Bali is one of the most beautiful islands of the Indonesian archipelago and the first tourist destination of the country. It is a tropical paradise with a unique beauty, gorgeous langscapes and many old temples, all combined with the hospitality, culture and traditions of the locals.

The island covers an area of 144 km from east to west and measures only 88 km north-south direction. Basically, you can have breakfast in the southernmost point of the island, Nusa Dua, and at noon to order lunch in Singaraja, the village located in the northernmost point of the island. Let’s see some transportation options in Bali.

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Magnificent scenery in Bali

Magnificent scenery in Bali ©BryanSereny/Flick

Taking the bus in Bali

At the local level there are four categories of vehicles. The most numerous are the minibuses (microlet), which can take up to 10 passengers and are ideal for short distances in urban areas as Denpasar or to get from Nusa Dua to Sanur. Buses in Bali are for longer routes and connect Densapar and Gilimanuk or the localities in the west of the island. Locals use old vehicles, which link the rural areas of the island. If you choose to travel by these modes of transport, do not expect too much comfort, but you have a good company during the trip, with the opportunity to interact with the locals.

The authorities put at the disposal of the tourists with a limited holiday budget a line called Perama buses covering the major tourist destinations of the island. Recently, buses were introduced under the name of Trans Sarbagita. These are very modern and are equipped with air conditioning, the ticket is 0.35 USD. There are also means of transportation called bemos, and is usually used in rural areas. Amateur bike rider tourists can rent it for a price between 1-2 USD/day. Cycling is also one of the best ways to explore the surroundings of Lovina or Ubud.

Batubulan bus station

Batubulan bus station ©D-Stanley/Flick

Renting a car in Bali

You can rent cars for a fee of 25 USD/day or even less if you book it for at least one week. Gas stations may be of some concern, given that there are only a few in the whole island. Renting a car with driver is the preferred option by most of the tourists arriving in Bali, especially as drivers are usually good guides as well and they are giving you information about the most interesting routes. If you choose to explore the island on your own, it is good to know that the road infrastructure is not very modern and there are a few roads with potholes and chunks of asphalt missing. The car has to be driven on the left side of the road. Traveling by car generally can be a real adventure, especially as the road signs are often missing, and the locals are driving chaotically.

Interesting way of transportation in Bali

Interesting way of transportation in Bali ©Jeda Villa Bali/Flick

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