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Public Transport in Bali

Like many other tourism destination in the world, Bali also had some problems regarding its services. From some of the problems that exist in Bali that with regard to tourism, the most complicated one is the issue of transportation, particularly public transport. In addition to the conventional taxi service, in Bali, travelers practically have no choice to use public transport to travel from one place to another in convenience way.

Before 1990-1995, there was a public transport called Bemo, a public transportation in Bali which was very popular not only among the local, but also for tourist. By Bemo, the tourists can walk around in Bali. And it was the only dependable transportation at that time. Nevertheless bemo has a weakness that is small in size and yet uncomfortable.

Perhaps only the backpacker tourists and budget travelers who just wants to utilize this service. While the various moneyed tourists will think twice to use it. Especially when they were on holiday in Bali with their family, it was definitely be avoided.

Then there was Dokar (a cart pulled by a horse). This Dokar does not meant for public transportation, at all. A Dokar is more intended to provide entertainment for tourists who want to experience the traditional transportation in Bali. In the area of Kuta, we will encounter a lot of travellers (both domestic and foreign) who try this service. With Rp 100,000, tourists can try traditional transportation thrill ride horses traveling the area Kuta (click here for currency converter).

Nowdays, bemo and dokar is definitely not an option for any tourist in terms of transportation.

Sarbagita Public Transport in Bali - Corridor Batubulan-Nusa Dua

And just recently there is Sarbagita. Sarbagita is a service of public transportation in a bus (big and medium size bus) that serve some specific corridors, or routes. Please note, that currently Sarbagita mostly only serves the route in southern part of Bali, such as Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and surrounding areas. Sarbagita has yet to reach the northern part of Bali, or east or west Bali.

Along the bypass Ngurah Rai, the main road in Bali which is connecting Celuk, Sanur, part of Denpasar, Tanjung Benoa and ends in Nusa Dua (BTDC area – Bali Tourism Development Center), Sarbagita has been servicing passengers by bus in a big size one. It is quiet comfortable enough. The bus equipped with air con, and also clean. The rate to buy the ticket is cheap, Indonesian Rupiah IDR 3,500. Very cheap!

While in smaller corridors (the narrow road conditions) such as in the city of Denpasar, Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Padang-Padang, Sarbagita operates a medium size buses. The ticket price is the same on with the big size bus served in main corridor.

So, if you want to travel, for example from Nusa Dua to Sanur, or continue your trip to the center of gold and silver making in Batubulan Celuk area, you can take Sarbagita bus from your hotel near Nusa Dua. Along the route the bus will stop at some shelters, or bus stop.

Or, if you want to shop in large supermarkets such as Carrefour, Lotte Mart or Giant Hypermarket which area located along the main street of Ngurah Rai Street, you can take advantage of this Sarbagita.

This is the best option if you’re not wanting to call a taxi..


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