Best Bali Villas Deals
Hiring a private driver is the way to get around in Bali as you'll get a personal pick-up and drop-off service whenever you need it. Most drivers offering this service will speak good English and will offer local insight as you go. Buses are available to most destinations, which run at set times at a set price. Or you can hire a motorbike.
Shuttle buses in Bali tend to run 5 or 6 times a day between the more popular destinations, for example, from Kuta/Seminyak to Ubud, Candidasa, Amed, Padangbai and Denpasar. Most journeys on the public shuttle buses will cost between 50, 000 to 150, 000 rupiahs and most will be small, air-conditioned vehicles, holding between 8 - 12 people. For a private car with a driver expect to pay around 400, 000 Rupiah a day.
Bali traffic is notoriously bad, as are the roads. From the airport, it will take 15 to 30 minutes by car to Kuta, Legian, Sanur and Nusa Dua, depending on traffic. If you're going to Ubud, it will usually take just under an hour. Hiring a motorbike might get you where you need to go faster as you'll be able to beat the queues but this is risky business. Bali Police will pull you over at random so be prepared to line their pockets.
Car rental in Bali is best arranged before you arrive so you can pick up your car at the airport. Alternatively some car hire companies will provide a pick up service at the airport and will deliver you to your hotel, where they'll introduce you to your car, give you maps and tell you some interesting places to visit. Shop around for the best prices.
As Bali is predominantly Hindu, it's considered respectful to cover up as much as possible, especially when you're visiting local villages or other non-touristy areas. Swimwear on the beach is not a problem, but if you're visiting temples covering your shoulders and wearing a sarong is a general requirement. You can buy sarongs cheaply everywhere in Bali.
Australians are eligible for a 30-day tourist visa when they land at Ngurah Rai Airport. This visa costs US$25 and it's advisable to have this money in cash, ready to hand over on arrival. Most hotels will want to take a copy of your passport when you check in, so having a few photocopies will save time.
The local language in Bali is Bahasa Indonesia though in the main tourist areas most people will happily talk to you in English. Even so, knowing a few basics, such as terima kasih (thank you) and salamat pagi/malam (good morning/night will go a long way towards earning you one of those winning Balinese smiles.
The local currency in Bali is the rupiah and there are both coins and notes in circuit. Notes range from 1000 to 100, 000 rupiah and both are red in colour, so be careful not to mix them up. A DVD will cost you 10, 000 rupiah, as will a basic meal in a small, local warung, which is the equivalent of AUS$1.
Located in Bali's capital, Denpasar (DPS). Lots of airlines offer direct flights.
From Darwin: Get there in 2 hours, 35 minutes direct, with JetStar/Qantas.
From Perth: Get there in 3 hours, 35 minutes direct with JetStar/Qantas, Virgin Australia and Garuda Indonesia.
From Brisbane: Get there in 6 hours, 30 minutes direct with Virgin Australia.
From Melbourne: Get there in 6 hours with Garuda Indonesia JetStar/Qantas or Virgin Australia.
From Sydney: Get there in between 6 and 10 hours with JetStar/Qantas, Virgin Australia and Garuda Indonesia.
If you feel like a stopover en route to Bali, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are both under 3 hours from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, located in Bali's capital, Denpasar (DPS). Both destinations offer great shopping opportunities and things to do, before winding down at your final destination, Bali.
There are a host of friendly drivers at the airport waiting to give you a ride, but the official taxi stand offers fixed rates to various destinations, so make a sharp right from the airport exit and look for the signs. Alternatively, metered taxis will cost considerably less, although there are not many of these at the airport. Grab them while you can.
It shouldn't cost you more than 300, 000 rupiahs to get anywhere in Bali from the airport in a private car. Most local drivers are very friendly and will be happy to give you an insight into the local way of life and tips on tourist attractions as they drive you. This is because they want your business for the rest of your trip, so help them out where you can if you like them!