Whatever the occasion, traveling to Bali is always a good idea, especially during major holidays. If it’s your first time in Bali, then the number of options for transport will probably make you overwhelmed. Because there are so many people offering transport. But if you haven’t organized your transport, we suggest booking the airport transport service. The transport on the spot can be very aggressive and daunting, with the rates being a lot more expensive. In this article, we will shed some light on how to survive on the Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai Airport) especially getting transport faster with less stress. Here are our lists :
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Finding a taxi from Bali Airport is quite simple, it can be found after custom on the arrival levels, and outside of the terminal. They offer metered and fixes fares. Airport taxi usually charges more expensive than regular taxis. Most people in Bali use Blue Bird Taxi, but to do so you will need to walk out of the airport. Outside the Airport, you will be able to catch a taxi as they exit from the car park. And remember to bring IDR (cash) because some of taxi couldn’t accept Credit Card and you need to pay cash to the driver after he dropped you. So make sure to change some money at the nearby money changer you can find.
• Ease to Travel and easy to find
• More expensive than regular transport
Kura-Kura Bus Airport Transfer
In many ways, Airport Transfer is the most convenient option to choose (especially if you are getting off a long haul flight). It’s the best option if you are traveling with your family or if you have lots of luggage. Kura-Kura Bus is a famous public shuttle bus in Bali and they also have a new service Kura-Kura Airport Transfer Service. The service includes an English speaking driver and welcome guide. Not to mention, it also includes their Kura-Kura Bus: 7 Day Travel Pass (Exclude Ubud).
• English Speaking driver
• Welcome staff guide you to the private car in Airport ( English / Indonesian Speaking Staff)
• Can adjust the schedule if your flight is delayed/arrived earlier.
• Free with benefit Kura-Kura Bus 7-Day Travel Pass (Exclude Ubud) for all passengers (Up to 4)
• Covered by insurance.
• Not suitable for sudden trips, because of need to booking advance
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Unfortunately for Uber fans, since May 2018, we are told that the Uber app no longer works in Bali. But there are many options for Online Transport Services – like GOJEK, Grab and My Bluebird can be the option for you. But since they don’t have a license to operate inside the Airport Area, It is illegal for them to pick you up. And you will need to book this in advance or prepare to wait until your driver gets there (waiting outside the parking lot). Only recommended if you travel light and know your way around.
• Relatively cheaper price
• Able to operating via mobile apps
• If have any trouble, easy to report via mobile apps
• Need to walk to the outside of the airport
• Not every driver can speak fluent English
• Need to download apps and register your phone number
• For Gojek or Grab Ride, limited only for 1 passenger.
If you are on a really tight budget and don’t mind to walk outside the airport, you might want to check out Kura-Kura Bus, start from Rp. 20,000 per ride. The nearest bus stop from the Airport is Aston Kuta Hotel only takes 18 mins to walk (check out how to take Kura-Kura Bus from Airport). Operate in a most popular area in Bali and only run a certain time. Make sure to check the latest route map and bus time schedule before you go. Or you can download their mobile apps to check Kura-Kura Bus. Download Here [Google Play Store] or [Apple App Store]
• Cheap Price, line fares start from 20,000
• Kura-Kura Bus have wi-fi and electric point, so you can stay online and keep your phone turned on.
• The ticket can be bought from the driver onboard
• Need to walk outside of the airport
• Stop at certain times, make sure to check the time schedule.
Transport By Hotel
If you have no problem with your budget, Transport from your hotel is the best solution for you. Most of Bali’s hotels usually offer a transfer service to the airport for approximately US$20 for one way to the south and US$40 for one way to Ubud.