Lucky you! Looks like you’re on your way to our all-time favorite destination…! Here at The Bali Bible we are the experts on creating memorable trips and we are going to share with you our tips to make your trip as enjoyable, easy and safe as possible.
Is there any public transportation in Bali?
Bali is an island, so there is no mass transportation here. Most tourists get around by car or scooter.
How much is it for a personal driver?
You can get a personal driver for a day trip (12 hours max) for around 600,000 IDR ($60) a day (not including petrol). Your hotel should be able to arrange one for you and The Bali Bible also has a network of reliable drivers which you can find in thebalibible.com or contact directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s best to arrange a personal driver beforehand to avoid all negotiating hassles, rather than on the spot (some areas like Ubud are packed with personal drivers holding ‘driver’ signs and offering you on the spot deals).
What is the best taxi service to use?
Blue Bird taxi is the most reputable taxi service throughout Indonesia. The cars are light blue with a Blue Bird logo on top and special code/number on the back. They will always offer a metered fare, unlike other companies that negotiate the fare through their drivers. To get one from your hotel, you can get the receptionist to order for you. To get one from the street, you can order directly by using the Blue Bird mobile app or just stop one on the street. Although, you need to be quite vigilant to spot a Blue Bird because a lot of other taxis are also blue.
When are the traffic peak times?
Grid lock traffic is common and can’t be attributed to any particular time of day, but for touristic areas such as Seminyak, Kuta, Canggu, it’s usually the heaviest during lunch time (12 - 2 pm) and also afternoon to dinner time (5 to 7 pm). But it’s still bearable.
During the whole week, Saturdays are usually the heaviest.
Why is there so much honking?
The people of Bali are not chronic road-ragers! Honking is a polite gesture to let someone know that you are nearby or overtaking. It’s a way of communicating between drivers. After a while, you will get used to it.