Bali airport taxi alternative.
The Bali airport taxi gets a bad feedback on online travel forums and many visitors are happy to pay a little extra for a more reliable and smoother service.
Find out what the “official” rates are for the Bali airport taxi.
There are quite a few other ways of transport to leave the airport and over the last few months several new options have even become available.
Bali airport transfer with Private Driver
Book a private driver before travelling. Private drivers are generally slightly more expensive than the “official” airport taxi rates. As the Bali airport taxi often overcharges the private driver turns out to be about the same price as the Bali airport taxi.
Private Driver: continue here for rates and more information on a private Bali airport transfer or day tour in Bali.
Private drivers will have a more spacious car than the small sedan taxis. Private drivers will also offer you a fixed rate. You therefore not need to worry about having to negotiate if the Bali airport taxi try to charge you a silly price.
If you are travelling with your family or lots of luggage then a larger size private car transfer will work out better. There are hundreds of freelance drivers in Bali who work independently or with a small team of friends / drivers. Some of these drivers are excellent tour guides as well.
The Bali airport is accessible by public bus as of 17 September 2015. The bus company is managed by the Bali Province and is called Sarbagita. This is an acronym for Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan which are 4 (of 9) regencies this bus services.
The bus has three routes (Koridor) from which two visit the Bali Airport. These are Koridor II and Koridor VIII.
Koridor II (Batubulan – Nusa Dua)
- Nusa Dua
- … return …
Koridor VIII (Tabanan – airport)
- Terminal Pesiapan Tabanan
- Terminal Mengwi
- Jalan Kargo
- Jalan Mahendradata
- Jalan Soputan
- Imam Bonjol
- Sunset Road
- Bali Ngurah Rai airport
- … return …
There is a bus every 15 minutes. It stops at the International arrival terminal on the ground floor. You can find it on the furthest left corner where the airport taxis park as well.
The rate is Rp 7,500 per passenger. Students only pay Rp 2,500 per passenger. The bus is in operation daily from 5am to 9pm.
Bali hotel transfer (international and domestic terminal)
Book an airport transfer with your hotel before travelling. Similar as a private driver but then booked through your hotel. Some hotels or villas will include free airport transfers if you book direct.
Some of the fancier hotels charge inflated rates for a private transfer. It is worth comparing what price you can get from a private driver or what you would pay for an airport taxi.
Bali meter taxi (international and domestic terminal)
You can catch a regular meter taxi (e.g. Bluebird) to leave the airport. You are not really supposed to do this as Bluebird and other meter taxis do not pay the license fee to operate in the Bali airport. Nevertheless, it is a possibility.
If you are at the arrival terminal you will need to walk to the departure terminal.
If you are at the International arrival terminal you can take the elevator up to the highest floor which is the International departure terminal. If you are at the domestic arrival terminal you turn to your left and walk to the domestic departure terminal.
At the departure terminal you will find regular meter taxis dropping of customers/passengers who are about to leave Bali. Wait until the previous customer has paid and then hop into the taxi. The meter taxi driver will want you to get into the taxi as fast as possible as they are not supposed to pick-up customers. Also note that this option is getting more popular and you may find some uncontrolled competition from fellow passengers trying to get into one of these meter taxis.
Motorbike taxi (domestic terminal)
Get an Ojek (motorbike taxi) at the domestic arrival terminal. Ojeks will usually wait around Starbucks & Burger King. After you agreed on a price you will need to walk to the parking lot for motorbikes which is about a 5-10 minute away.
As this is on a motorbike you cannot really have much luggage. Rates are not that much better than a taxi and an Ojek is not really recommended.
“Go-jek” Motorbike Taxi
Same as the above motorbike taxi except Gojek is booked through an app (very similar to Uber). You will need to have the Gojek app installed on your smartphone. As Go-jek drivers don’t standby at the airport you will need to book this in advance or prepare to wait until your driver gets there.
Only recommended if you travel light and know your way around.
“Uber” Taxi (international and domestic terminal)
Uber Taxi has recently been banned in Bali. Although it looks as if this is definite there is always a small chance that Bali will lift the ban. We understand that it is at this moment still possible to book an Uber Taxi through the smartphone App.
Before the Ban Uber was available in South Bali. They do not travel as far as Ubud. To book a Bali Uber driver you need to have the Uber app installed on your smartphone.
Learn more on how to recognize if a car is licensed to take passengers or not.
Grab Taxi (international and domestic terminal)
Similar as Uber Taxi. Their head office is based in Malaysia. They are currently in six countries including Indonesia. Mostly in Jakarta but slowly entering Bali as well. You will need to install an app on your smartphone to book a Grab Taxi.
“Transport Minivan” (domestic terminal)
This is one of three new local companies that have a desk at the domestic terminal. This is a cooperation of freelance drivers who work together. They all have their own cars. Some have a Suzuki APV, Toyota Avanza or Toyota Innova which are all three spacier than the standard airport taxi.
These yellow, blue and red car companies have a desk right next to eachother. Ask for a price at each counter and go with the best deal.
“Pesona Nusantara” (domestic terminal)
Same as the yellow drivers above but different group of drivers. Their blue desk is pretty much right next to the yellow desk.
“Trans Tuban” (Domestic terminal)
Pretty much identical as the yellow and the blue desk above but a different group of drivers. Same type of cars.
How do you leave the Bali airport?
Does the Sarbagita bus go from airport and pass by to Kuta Central Park Hotel? And how much is the bus fare?
Can we get a taxi for 6 people from airport to drop at Hotel Fairfield by Marriott? How much would it cost? It should accommodate luggage too.
Airport taxis will only fit 4 adults with luggage. You would need 2 taxis
If I take Sarbagita Bus from Ngura Rai Airport to Tusita Hotel in Kuta, where is the nearest stop where I can get off?
And which bus should I take, Koridor II or Koridor VIII?
Hi, haw do i get more info about the route map of Sarbagita?
Hi, can i take bus Sarbagita from airport to Seminyak Village or Sunset Road?
May i know what it the route of bus Sarbagita?
Does the bus go to Legian Street, Kuta or anywhere near it? Thank you
Is there any mobile number so that i can cannot you through whatsapp, it will be more efficient for me to get more info?
Does Sarbagita go from Semiyak Village to Ubud, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and so on?
How could i get the information?
Sorry typo error last message bakung Sari Resort not bangsa sari in Kuta does sarbagita bus go anywhere near bakung Sari Resort if not how far from sarbagita bus stop in Kuta to bakung Sari Resort
The Sarbagita bus are to large to go into Kuta and it’s narrow streets. There have been rumours that the local Bali government will pull the plug on the Sarbagita project as it has not been successful.
We are family of 4 adults and would like a airport transfer to Ozora Guest House. How much would it cost. We are reaching on 8th November at 14.30pm
How can i get government owned Sarbagita bus from Bali International Airport(Depensar)? Is Sarbagita bus go to Kememai Hostel Jl. Nyuh Gading No.1, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia. What are the timing of the bus? Is there any government controlled taxi service booth at airport? How much I have to pay if i take taxi from airport?
Does a bus from the airport of Denpasar stops near Inna Bali Heritage Hotel, Jl.Veteran 3 Denpasar 80111?
Which bus number stops near shisha cafe in legian we are booked in Pujihiuse one.
What is the bus number and cost
Sarbagita busses do not go into Legian
Does the airport bus go to Carrefour sunset road?
It stops nearby
Does the Sarbagita bus can help me to get Holiday inn express kuta hotel?
Does the Sarbagita bus pick up from international and domestic airports at Denpasar. Does it go to Sanur from the airport
If it goes to Sanur what is the fare from airport to Sanur?
Yes it does go to Sanur. The price is IDR 7,500 per person. It is a challenge to get an accurate schedule and find out what bus to take. It also does not go into central Sanur but stops on the Bypass road.
There is a stop at the international terminal
i’ll be arriving after 12 midnight from an international trip. which taxi service is available that time? and around how much will the taxi fare be from Bali airport to Vila Lumbung located at Address: Jl. Petitenget No.1000x, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
The taxi services will still be available although the counter may be closed so you might have to agree with a rate direct with the taxi driver.
Arriving early afternoon mid-week in three weeks time is there a bus or a shared shuttle going to Seminyak square. How much can I expect to pay for two people?
Thank you for your reply.
There is the Sarbagita bus however it does not go to central Seminyak and the schedule and route is unfortunately not easy to understand as it is nowhere clearly advertised.
Want the cheapest but reliable transport from Denpasar airport to Seminyak during day please.
Can I know whether the “transport minivan” take 8 passengers in a car and roughly how much will it cost for a trip to Kuta ? Can I use this service if I arrive the international arrival ?
These are Suzuki APV cars. There are 2 seats in front (driver + passenger). 3 seats in the middle and 3 seats in the back. The car can fit 1 driver and 7 passengers with hand luggage. You will probably need 2 cars. If I were you I would contact my hotel and ask what they charge for a hotel transfer or contact a private driver.
What is the best option to get to W Bali from the airport
Who can I use to pre-order a taxi to pick up 3 passengers and drop off in Ubud but at two different destinations? It would be good to know th taxi is large enough can take our baggage and be trustworthy with pricing, tx
You may contact our driver team at email@example.com. Our cars can take 4 adults with luggage and we are happy to stop at 2 different destinations.
Hi,do the public bus “Surbagita” stop near the Duty Free Shop ( Kura Kura Bus Bay, i need to take the bus to Ubud on this coming 19th March 2018 Thank.
Yes they do.
Am traveling in solo, reach on 4th Jan 2018 with a 26” suitcase, pls advise best option to IZE SEMINYAK
I travelled to Bali as a solo in September and found the http://www.baliairportexperience.com website provided information including what to expect on arrival/departure, visa information and transportation options at the airport and around Bali. I personally found the information helpful, particularly as a first-time traveller to the region.
I will be going in Jan of this upcoming year we will be using taxis service for Ubud and Kuta and was what are some safe taxis providers along with are your thoughts on Uber and Grab
Bluebird is a popular meter taxi in Bali. Grab and Uber are also used often but not allowed everywhere. Uber and Grab can drop customers in Ubud but are not allowed to pick-up or do business in Ubud (same for Bluebird). Most of the transportation in Ubud is done by freelance / private drivers.
Hi, I will be arriving from overseas bali international airport midnight, and probably might take 1 hour to clear immigration. I will have just a small bag on my shoulder. I will need to go to my hotel near Lippo Mall in Kuta, near Pantai Jerman. I am told, it is a 20 minutes walk. Is it safe to walk at that time? If yes, where can I find the direction. Or is there a cheap way to go there – by bus, moto, or anything? I would not have much money – only one night’s transi there.
You can walk, it will probably take you 20-30 minutes. I do not expect any safety issues. There are hotels that are closer to the airport for example TeQuiero Bali Hotel.
Hi, is it possible to get Airport Taxi at around 11pm for 6 person? Do we need to prebook or just pay at the airport taxi kiosk? Kindly advise
Yes there are still taxi drivers available. If you are with 6 you will need 2 taxis.
I’m on my way to the Bali airport from Kuta. I only have a large backpack.
Is it possible to take a Grab mototaxi to the airport?
Will they drop me off at the terminal or in a lot far away?
If going to the international terminal it is not very far to walk (if your motorbike taxi knows the nearest drop of point)
can i leave my motorbike at the airport for 2 or 3 days when i go to Jogja ?
Yes that is possible. There is an outdoor and a covered parking for motorbikes.
Can use Sarbagita bus to go to Lippo Mall Kuta?
Hello Fran, the Sarbagita Bus goes nowhere near the Lippo Mall in Kuta unfortunately.
and then I know there is a walkway connecting Ngurah Rai and Tuban Selatan, but until today, nobody could tell me where EXACTLY the gate to enter/leave the airport is. Is it an underpass ? Or is the only option to walk past the main entrance of the car park where the fee has to be paid and then turn left ?
It is not that hard to find but hard to explain. Easiest is to ask the information desk when you get there. Basically what you are asking for is the staff entry or the little pathway between between airport and the motorbike parking building.
on the official pages and and wiki in Bahasa, I can not see that there is a stop of Sarbagita line 2 and 7 at Ngurah Rai…… ???
The Sarbagita bus stop is on the ground floor at the international arrival terminal.
is there a website with updated info on routes/timetables for Sarbagita?
I am not aware of any accurate info online. If you do find something please let me know so we can share the link in this post.