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Getting Around in Bali
Despite it being a large island, getting around in Bali is easy. It is possible to look for ease of budget and comfort and find both in a single mode of transportation. Due to large and more or less fairly regulated tourist industry, Bali has countless short and long distance entrepreneurs to choose from. Car rentals, public buses, shuttle transfers, mopeds, motorcycles and bemos, Bali has it all to make your travel convenient.
Bemos, Bali’s main public transport system, are budget friendly rides, with a station at every town. Its major regional terminals are located in Denpasar, Amlapura, Singaraja, Gianyar, and Gilimanuk. Though budget friendly, it is not clear exactly what the fares for these rides are as they tend to charge higher from the tourists and luggage charges are to be paid for separately. There are full-sized buses and larger minibuses also that run along the same routes as the bemos.
When compared to bemos, shuttle buses are better in the sense that they provide a faster and more convenient bus service. The buses are fully air-conditioned and have a 4G-enabled WiFi access. There are eight lines in total that comprise of different stops within their respective areas. Their network lets you discover the highlights of the route that appeal the most to you.
Like any South-East Asian country, Bali too has its fair share of Motorcycle rentals. Two-wheelers are convenient, faster and fun. The drawback is that they cost a lot and the condition of the ride cannot be guaranteed. You will need a two-wheeler driver’s permit, which if not available, can be obtained temporarily for three months in Bali, valid for Lombok, Bali, and Sumbawa.
Car Rentals are the most common way of getting around in Bali. If you want to explore all of Bali at your own pace, renting the car is the way to go. The ride costs much cheaper than using multiple taxis during the day. All you need is an international driving license and you are good to go. The main setback of renting a car is the freewheeling nature of the traffic in Bali which can come as a shock to many foreigners visiting for the first time. For times like these, a rented car with a driver and a guide does the trick. Not only will you sit back and enjoy the island in its purest form but you will also get valuable insights and deeper understanding of Bali. With benefits like these, it becomes the best way to see Bali.