Getting around in Bali with a private driver


Traveling in Bali, to us, was very relaxing, compared to the other cities we’ve visited. Sure, the main areas in Bali aren’t connected by public transportation, but it’s not a concern because traveling by car in Bali is very affordable!

There are several options to getting around in Bali:

  • To hire a car and drive
  • To hire a private driver
  • To go on a tour

To make our lives easier… we hired a private driver. It’s the best way to explore Bali — we can go to the places that we want and follow our own schedule for a reasonable fee.

Hiring a private driver

From reading the reviews of different private driver and day tour companies, on TripAdvisor, I came across Putu Bali Driver & Private Day Tours, which receives a 5-star rating.

I contacted them only days before our arrival to check on their availability and they replied almost immediately. The rate was IDR500,000 (about US$45) for a whole day tour, which was acceptable to us (also one of the lowest rates around), so we confirmed the booking.

Experience with the private driver

Just the day before our trip, Putu Bali Driver & Private Tours sent us an email as a reminder and to confirm the pick-up time and place.

On the day, our young and friendly driver, Made arrived on time. He asked about our plans for the day, checked whether the itinerary was viable and after that, gace recommendations on the places that we should visit at each destination.

The car was a Toyota Avanza. It was very spacious, comfortable and clean.

As he was driving, Made explained the routes that we were going to take and shared some Bali trivia — its origins and its culture and tells us a story about the places that we’re about to visit. Also told us that we’ll see a lot of things on the way and should we wish to stop, we could just let him know and he would. He would let us roam the attractions on our own as he waited inside the car, which I prefer at the time.


Made knew the shortcut and knew where exactly to take us. In Ubud, for example, the attractions are mainly its rice terraces, coffee plantations, paddy fields, art galleries, silver workshops etc. and there are many of them in the same area — any private driver will surely bring you to all these places. We notice however, that Made brought us to attractions that are actually very nice. Case in point, the coffee plantation he brought us to had the view of the valley!

Oh. Payment to the driver was made in cash after the day is over.

Final thoughts

It’s so cool to have a private driver. Again, I think it’s because we’re so used to being on the foot or changing lines that this was such a relief. We traveled to 3 different areas in Bali within a day, saw so many different things that makes Bali, well, Bali, for such a good rate, it’s so worth it.

We liked that the car was comfortable, the driver adequately knowledgeable to give us some insights on Bali and knew where to bring us. Of course, I didn’t learn as much as the professional tour guides I’ve previously had in my previous trips (who followed me everywhere and knew every single bit about the city’s history), but I suppose you get what you pay for.

Read about Putu Bali Driver & Private Tour on TripAdvisor.

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    August 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    assalamualaikum! this is cool. i am so interested to know how you make a research before any trip. you seem so resourceful. hope you would blog about that! 🙂

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      August 24, 2015 at 12:03 AM

      To get ideas, TripAdvisor for every trip! Bali’s however easier for me, since my friends have gone there multiple times (I’m like the last to reach Bali), so they gave recommendations me on where to stay, where to go and what to do.

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