If you're only getting around South Bali - say, from the airport to your hotel in Nusa Dua, or from Legian to Seminyak - you only have to stand by the side of the road, lift your arm, and watch a taxi stop to pick you up. Taxis in Bali are abundant, with one at almost every corner in South Bali and Ubud.
Bali taxis charge a flag-down rate of IDR 5,000 (about fifty cents' equivalent in U.S. currency), then IDR 2,500 (about a quarter equivalent) for every added kilometer. You can hail a taxi from anywhere in South Bali except in the airport, where Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi holds a taxi monopoly at the arrivals gate.
In Bali (just as in Jakarta) taxis are divided into two types - Bluebird taxis, and everyone else. Bluebird taxis have earned a reputation for being honest dealers in the often-corrupt taxi industry. Non-Bluebird taxis, on the other hand, are known for dirty tricks - not using their meter and taking roundabout routes, among other things.
Bluebird taxis are light blue, with a bird logo enclosed in a rounded diamond, and "Bali Taxi" emblazoned on the side.
Getting a Taxi at the Bali Airport
At the airport, taxis are pre-paid at the taxi counter in front, with rates ranging from IDR 45,000 (US$4.50) for Kuta, to IDR 195,000 (US$19.50) for fares to Ubud. When leaving the arrivals gate, turn right at the exit door to find the taxi counter.
The updated list of airport taxi fares can be read in the link below.
If you want to ride other taxis from the airport, you may need to step out of the airport premises entirely to hail a cab.
Bali Taxi Tips
Riding a taxi in Bali works the same way as everywhere else - you hail a cab, get in, and tell the taxi where you're headed. But here are a few tips you may want to keep in mind:
- Take the traffic situation into account. Bali's traffic seems to get worse by the week, particularly fares from the airport. Look up possible detours before getting in the taxi.
- Ask the driver to repeat your destination to you, or otherwise ensure that he knows your destination.
- Explain your preferred route to the driver, if you have one.
- Make sure the driver uses the meter; say so at the beginning of the trip. If he doesn't use the meter, he may just be getting ready to gouge you at the end of the trip. If he refuses to use a taxi or makes an excuse, get out and hail another cab.
- If the taxi driver offers to wait for you at your destination, consider it. Some places do not get a lot of taxi service, so it might be handy to have a ride ready for you when you're set to leave. Agree beforehand if you want him to keep the meter running while he waits, or if he's willing to settle for an hourly fee. IDR 50,000 (about US$5) is a good upper limit.
- Keep spare change handy. Drivers often claim not to have any change for the fare, so they can then pocket the excess.
You can also consult this handy article for more tips: Ways to Avoid Being Ripped Off in a Foreign Taxi.
List of Taxis in Bali
Taxis may be summoned over the phone. These taxis will be dispatched to your hotel or location if you call for them.
- Bluebird/Bali Taxi: +62 361 701111
- Geka PT: +62 361 289090
- Gelora PT: +62 361 241444
- Koperasi Taksi Kowinu Bali: +62 361 771661
- Koperasi Taksi Ngurah Rai: +62 361 724725
- Ngurah Rai Taxi: +62 361 724724
- Pan Wirthi Taxi PT: +62 361 723954
- Rajawali Taxi: +62 361 484537
- Ramayana Taxi: +62 361 765303
- Jl. Raya Airport Taxi: +62 361 753722, +62 361 753452