Public Transport in Bali

Details and contact information on the regional and city bus transport system...

It is easy to find transport in Bali, with a choice between the popular mini-buses or bemos operating on shorter routes, public buses for longer routes and the more expensive but convenient privately-operated tourist shuttle bus services, which run between major tourist destinations and the airport. In addition, many hotels and restaurants offer free pick-up and drop-off services to their clients.

Denpasar is the hub of Bali's transport system, with four main bus terminals as well as stops for bemos. The main bus terminals in Bali are:

  • Ubung Terminal - bus services to the northern and western parts of Bali, also a bemo terminal
    At: Jalan Cokroaminoto, Denpasar
    Tel: (0361) 427 172
  • Tegal Terminal - bus services to southern Bali
    At: Jalan Imam Bonjol, Denpasar
    Tel: (0361) 980 899
  • Kereneng Terminal - bus services to SanurĀ 
    At: Jalan Hayam Wuruk, Denpasar
    Tel: (0361) 226 906
  • Batubulan Terminal - bus services to eastern and central Bali
    At: 8 Km from Denapasar
    Tel: (0361) 298 526

Every large town has at least one terminal for long-distance buses, called a terminal bus, which is usually also the stop for bemos. Smaller towns have stops for both buses and bemos.

Bemo

Bemos, or mini-buses, are the standard form of public transport in Bali, the word bemo comes from the words becak (bicycle rickshaw) and mobil (car). Fares are relatively cheap and most operate on a standard route for a set fare. Most bemos only leave when full and often make unscheduled stops at passengers' requests. There is a danger of foreigners being over-charged on bemos, however, and pickpockets operate on certain routes, particularly between Denpasar and Kuta or Ubud.

It is possible to charter a bemo for a small group and to negotiate a fixed price which may then be shared between passengers. Bemos are licensed to operate only on particular routes, but those with yellow plates may take passengers anywhere on the island.

Public Bus

Larger mini-buses and full-size buses operate on longer routes, particularly linking Denpasar, Singaraja, Amlapura and Gilimanuk. Buses are faster than bemos as they tend not to make stops along the way, however, there may be long delays waiting for them to fill up at terminals before departing.

It is not possible to book tickets in advance except for inter-island routes.

Tourist Shuttle Bus

Tourist shuttle buses are considerably more expensive than public buses, but are quicker, more comfortable, air-conditioned and in general more convenient than public transport.

The largest operator of tourist shuttle buses is Perama, which operates regular, fixed-price buses to and from the airport, as well as all over the island. It has offices in Candidasa, Lovina, Padang Bai, Sanur and Ubud, and is headquartered at Kuta.

  • Perama
    At: Jalan Legian 39, Kuta
    Tel: (0361) 750 808 / 751 875
    Fax: (0361) 751 170