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How to get to Bali
Most tourists and travelers get to the island by plane, arriving at the international airport of Ngurah Rai (Ngurah Rai International Airport) or the same international airport of the city of Denpasar (Denpasar International Airport). The airport is located about 15 kilometers from the city of Denpasar, between the cities Jimbaran and Kuta.
Direct flight from Russian airlines (with refueling stop at Singapore) is operated by Transaero Airlines. It is also relatively inexpensive to get to Bali by some foreign airlines operating a connecting flight.
Upon arrival at the airport, you must go through the passport and customs control procedure. For Russian citizens at the airport it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of other CIS countries must obtain a visa in advance.
When departing from the airport, there is an airport fee of 150,000 rupees for international flights and 40,000 rupees for domestic flights. Some airlines include the cost of the fee in the airfare. Check the information in advance.
Prices for flights from Moscow to Bali:
You can get from the airport of Singapore Rai International Airport to the place of rest:
- Using the hotel transfer: If you book a hotel in advance via the Internet, then ask if the hotel provides a free transfer from the airport. Many hotels offer such a service completely free of charge or for a reasonable fee.
By taxi or motorcycle taxi: A lot of taxi drivers and motorcycle taxi drivers will attack you when leaving the airport building. If you do not save every rupee, then immediately upon leaving the airport on the right at the ticket office you can buy a "ticket" for the so-called public (city) taxi at fixed prices.
Rates for public taxi:
- Kuta Rp 50,000
- Legian Rp 55 000
- Seminyak Rp 60 000 - 70 000
- Jimbaran Rp 60 000 - 80 000
- Denpasar Rp 70 000 - 100 000
- Sanur Rp 90 000
- Nusa Dua Rp 95 000 - 110 000
- Ubud (Ubud Rp) 105 000 - 195 000
- By minibus: After leaving the airport, you can network on the street in minibus, called Public bemo. Bemos follow to various cities of the island. The price depends on the distance. For example, to Kuta Rp 6 500, to Seminyak Rp 10 000. Look for a sign with prices in different directions when leaving the airport to know how much to pay, otherwise the driver may charge you many times more than the prescribed fee.
- On foot: In principle, if you are full of energy and well-oriented on the map, you can safely walk a couple of kilometers along Kuta (the length of the entire Kuta is about 2 kilometers). Keep in mind only one thing: if you come from cold climes and you have more than one backpack on your shoulders, you may not be able to travel through the Balinese heat and heat stroke will be provided.
You can get to Bali by intercity tourist buses from the cities of the island of Java (Java) or Lombok (Lombok). Buses are delivered by ferry across the water to Bali. Buy tickets at travel agencies. The cost of a 24-hour trip from Jakarta is about 300,000 Rp (approximately 1,000 rubles)
Transportation to Bali. How to navigate the island
The transport system on the island is quite developed, and you will not have any problems getting anywhere on the island. If you are a budget traveler, then you will have a lot of inexpensive means of transport at your disposal, combining which you can travel around the whole island very inexpensively.
It is usually recommended to use a taxi with a meter. Even if you get into an official taxi, make sure that the driver has turned on the meter, otherwise at the end of the trip he may upset you with the incredible cost of the trip. Before boarding, tell the driver "Taxi-meter", and if he says that the meter is not working, then it's better to find another taxi. The cost of landing and the first two kilometers is 5,000 rupees, and 5,000 rupees for each next kilometer.
The most popular taxi with a good reputation is BlueBird. These are blue cars with a white bird on the logo. White taxis are best avoided – they are notorious.
Riding without a meter is also possible, but the cost of the trip must be negotiated in advance, even before the start of the trip. It is even better to agree on the cost by writing it on a piece of paper. Usually the price originally named by the driver is twice as high as the real one, so you should bargain.
A minibus or Public bemo is an analogue of our gazelles. Traveling on them is very cheap. The cost of the trip depends on the length of the route, and within the city ranges from 5,000 to 15,000 Rp. Fixed-route taxis also run between cities, and by combining routes you can get them to any corner of the island, but for long-distance travel it is better to use by tourist bus.
Bemo drivers are always trying to extort money from tourists. They often perceive the question of the route of movement as something that you hire them as a taxi, and they will take you where you need. Naturally, you will have to pay for a taxi. So if you have already started talking to the driver about the route, then be sure to specify the price of the trip.
For guests of the island, transportation between the main tourist centers is organized by air-conditioned buses or mini buses (tourist shuttle bus). For long-distance travel, this is the most convenient form of transport. Routes and prices are fixed, and it is better to purchase tickets in advance, a day in advance.
You can get detailed information about routes and costs, book a trip at travel agencies on the street, which are usually marked with "Tourist information" signs
Rent a car or motorcycle
Traffic in Bali is left-handed. Renting a car is not the most reasonable choice, given the driving style of the locals and the width of the roads on the island. If you have already decided to rent a car, carefully check and note at the conclusion of the contract all the existing damage to the car. Do not rent a car without insurance. The cost of renting a car of a modest old car is from 90,000 Rp to 170,000 Rp per day. An alternative to renting can be renting a car with a driver. However, in this case you will have to pay about twice as much.
Renting a motorcycle will cost you from 50,000 rupees to 100,000 rupees.
Both to drive a car and a motorcycle, you need to have an international license (driver's license), as well as a Russian home license! No one may ask them from you at the rental point, but this does not mean that they should not be. When meeting on the road with the police in the absence of rights, you can get off with a "fine" of $ 15.
Read more about renting transport in Bali here.
Renting a bicycle in Bali will cost about $ 1 per day, there is a rental point or bike shop with the appropriate department in every town and village (bicycles are in demand and loved by the local population).