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Getting around Bali/ Car Rentals

Posted by TanyaAllen2017 on 18/5/2017 at 16:54

Hi, I've been planning a trip for my husband and myself for Bali. We are spending 2 weeks and would like to see several different areas. However, I am not sure what to plan because I'm not sure how we would be getting around. Can you rent a car with a U.S. driver's license or a scooter with a U.S. motorcycle license, we don't have one of those but my husband has had one before and he could get another if needed. We would like to start in Ubud go to Sideman to Amed and back to one of the southern beach areas. If we hire a driver do we need a driver from each location to get us to the next? Or does the driver stay in the town with us? Are drivers hard to come by? I appreciate any advice, Thank you.

#1 TanyaAllen2017 has been a member since 8/5/2017. Posts: 1

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/5/2017 at 17:11 admin

Hi Tanya,

You generally won't be asked for a license when renting a car or a bike, but if you're pulled over, police will expect you to have one. To ride or drive legally in Indonesia you require a license valid in your home country (cor a bike or car or both) and then an International Driving Permit on top of that. I'm not sure where you get those in the States, but in Australia you get them from the vehicle registration or insurance place (I can't remember which sorry).

You'll also need those if you want your travel insurance to cover you for driving or riding. More information on that here.

Hiring a vehicle with driver is quite common here, and drivers are everywhere, you can hire them piecemeal to take you from A to B then B to C or you can hire one to accompany you for the whole trip - is a personal preference really. If they travel with you, you're generally expected to cover the drivers accommodation (tho not necessarily at the same place as you) and meals are negotiable.

We've recommended Putu to a number of Travelfish readers, and have heard no complaints so far (we've known him and his family for years). His English is reasonable, he is licensed, has a good car with seat belts and so on. Price varies on where you are going and so on. He charges around 600,000 rupiah per day (I think, not sure on that) If you're interested, you can contact him via Facebook here.

Another option is to hire a car without a driver, cost varies depending on the vehicle of course, but you should be able to get something for around 300,000 per day. Motorbikes (step through scooters) start at around 60,000 to 70,000 per day, sometimes cheaper.

Hope that helps

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,090

Posted by hellomoto84 on 24/7/2017 at 10:22

Hi Tanya

As Somtam has said you have loads of options with getting around and we found Indo to be really safe to moped about.

We did a mini anti clockwise loop from Ubud visiting Sidemen - Amed - Lovina - Munduk on a moped (two of us on one). Depending on your luggage size and how much you're carrying you may pref a car or you can do as we did and leave your big bags at your accommodation in Ubud to collect later.

From Ubud you will find plenty of drivers using either the Grab or Go-Jek apps (like Uber) that can take you all over for a pre-agreed fee but you're not likely to find many drivers hanging around in Amed or Sidemen.

If you like having the freedom and flexibility I'd def encourage the moped option as it's cheap and allows you to pick and choose what time you go. It's also your wheels when you get to a place - we liked Sidemen but it's really chill with stuff spread out so it's nice to be able to just bimble about when / how you want.

Good luck,

#3 hellomoto84 has been a member since 13/3/2017. Posts: 18

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