Shuttle Bus from Ngurah Rai

32 posts  |  Started 2 years ago by Balirickman  |   Latest reply from Balirickman  |  

  1. Balirickman
    Member

    Does anyone know if the shuttle buses run from Ngurah Rai airport please? We need to get to Ubud straight from the airport, and want to know if we need to leave the airport and arrange from a local hotel first. Thanks

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. shorty
    Moderator

    as far as i'm aware the airport taxis have a monopoly on the airport. there's no 'public' buses officially operating.

    remember tho this is bali. it's (not) surprising what can be bargained for in the carpark.

    it might be worthwhile contacting one of the vip airport clearance services to get a combined price for voa, clearance and ubud transport.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. Balirickman
    Member

    Thanks Shorty. Last time we caught the shuttle by booking at our hotel(The Kubu). And if I remember rightly you need to book in advance, although probably only in the morning for an afternoon trip. We're getting in at 9:00am and we will need to get a taxi to where we can book if they don't run from the airport. I will take your advice and look into VOA etc as well. Thanks again!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. Islander
    Member

    I agree with Shorty--there's tons of transport options waiting for you as soon as you exit customs, unless your hotel is offering free transfers (some do). On your right is the "official" taxi stand, with marked up prices, because they sit at the airport waiting for rides. But if you check their price board, you'll have an idea of where to start. Cut their price in half, and happy bargaining! Another common thing to do is just walk out of the terminal and catch a meter taxi outside, so you skip the upcharge. All this assumes you are not being super-thrifty. There are buses outside the airport but I have no idea how to catch them. Once I de-plane, I'm only into getting to where I'm going FAST in a ride with good aircon and a driver willing to stop along the way for supplies or a meal stop.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. Balirickman
    Member

    Thanks Islander. We have a 4:00am flight, so it will be a long night at the airport from the Aussie end. There is no major hurry to get to Ubud, but I'd rather catch a shuttle straight from Ngurah Rai than go out of the airport and have to juggle suitcases etc. Thanks for the help.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. Islander
    Member

    I don't think there's any shuttle from the airport--probably intentionally, to keep all the taxi/transport drivers employed....

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. Balirickman
    Member

    I have found a few websites that do transfers from Ngurah Rai to Ubud. Prices range from 195 - 205K IDR one way. I think that's pretty good and I'll book online. Thanks for your help.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. Islander
    Member

    Good to know. Do they take just you, or is it a bus/van sort of thing?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. Balirickman
    Member

    Hi Islander, you basically hire the vehicle with driver, but just you. It says up to 4 people for that price. The vehicles are the usual Suzuki APV Minivans and they tout modern vehicle fleet, qualified driver. I can post a link, but not sure if that's allowed? I just Googled airport transfers Bali. I'm happy with the price and all I need to do is book on line with flight details and pay.

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  10. Islander
    Member

    Cheers, that should be enough for me to find it if need be. Seems to eliminate the bargaining hassles. Let us know how it goes!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. shorty
    Moderator

    Hi Balirickman. Links are OK in response to queries. The 'ban' is aimed at the blatant advertisers who have only commercial interest in the blog.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. Balirickman
    Member

    Thanks Shorty - here's a link for one that I looked at, which is pretty indicative of the type/price etc, http://www.baliairporttransfers.com/price_list.html

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. Balirickman
    Member

    Here's another one - http://www.indo.com/bali-airport-transfers/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. Balirickman
    Member

    Here's another one - http://www.indo.com/bali-airport-transfers/

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. kto
    Member

    Just saw a comment regarding VOA. I have been to Bali 3 times in the past four years. First time I did VOA and ended up waiting for bags anyway so no advantage. 2nd time was waiting in queue for approx 10 minutes and didn't VOA. Three weeks ago I was taken to the VOA queue because we looked tired as we were travelling with three young children. I would not VOA as you go through maybe quickly but have to wait for your bags anyway!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. Balirickman
    Member

    Is the VOA you talk about available somewhere else other than in the VOA queue? I have heard that you can purchase prior to arrival. If so, can you post a link please? I know that you have to wait for your bags, but it would be quicker to purchase the VOA prior and then just get in the passport stamp queue and then go to the baggage carousel. We have always just queued up for the VOA, and most times you get through quickly, but sometimes it takes 10-15 minutes if a few planes come in at once.

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  17. Islander
    Member

    Here's the quickest, cheapest, way to get through, if 2 people are traveling. First, sit near the front of the plane so you can get off fast--then walk fast to get ahead of the line. Second, one of you goes to the VOA line with exact US$ change, while the other goes to the immigration line--but the VOA person has to have your passport, or they won't give you more than one visa. VOA person then joins immigration person in line. Last, if you have an airline gold or other bonus card, your bags will get priority unloading and will be waiting for you. Otherwise, you do all of this and still end up waiting for your bags! But yes, there are services (google it) that will escort you through the whole process for a fee--but the last couple times I visited, I did the whole thing in less than 30 minutes, for free--and ended up waiting for my arranged transport, because I thought it would take far longer!!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. Balirickman
    Member

    Thanks Islander. We use your method - one queues, the other goes to the immigration line. Mostly, it works well. But, I've had the odd occasion when you front up to the immigration person and have to explain where the "other person" is. I think it's particularly stupid that you can't just buy them on the plane or from the departure lounge in Australia, but that's the way it is.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. Islander
    Member

    It's particularly stupid that VOA exists at all--it's just a money-maker, and I doubt that the money ends up in Bali--bet it all goes to Jakarta. Previous bloggers have noted that those visa officials sure ain't Balinese, unlike the folks clearing out the garbage cans or working at the McDonald's outside. But that's the way it is.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. Balirickman
    Member

    Agreed. It's easier on the way out of course when you must go through the area where you pay your $150k to get out. If they did that on the way in instead of having two areas that divide your attention it would be better. I don't have a major problem with paying an "entry" fee, it's just the inconvenient way in which it's done.

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  21. Islander
    Member

    Well, I think more people are familiar with the cost of getting in than leaving. Every time I leave I see people in line arguing with immigrasi over the departure fee, since they had no idea, and no longer have any rupiah. I change lines as soon as I see that fruitless discussion going on.

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  22. shorty
    Moderator

    I’ve no problem with the VOA. The background reason is simple – you charge us to visit, we’ll charge you.

    Of course it’s a money maker Islander. We do it, as do the Yanks, the Poms, the Chinese and most countries. Dispersal of the funds collected? Ask WA if it gets a fair share from Federal mining and related taxes. Ask NSW if gets pro rata recompense for GST. ‘Foreign’ faces at the counter? Come to Sydney – conspiracies and corruption behind every cash register.

    Balirickman, paying at the airport is a lot easier, cheaper and quicker than applying for visas with embassies and consulates back home. USD25 for 30 days is cheap by international standards.

    If there are already people at the immigration counters, buying your VOA doesn't slow down your arrival. Two or more of you? Split the queues.

    If you’ve only carry-on luggage, staying 30 or less, I’ve found the meet and greet great. The one I’ve used charges Rp150,000. Flying in from Sydney? Consider Garuda. VOA is VOB. You get the visa on board before you land.

    I can’t recall when departure tax was introduced, but in 50+ visits in the last 20 years I can’t recall being delayed at the departure tax counter.

    Finally, has VOA had a negative effect on tourism? Resoundingly no. In 2002 Bali had around 145,000 tourists a month. It’s now 280 – 290,000.

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  23. Islander
    Member

    Conspiracies and corruption behind every cash register?? No delays at the departure tax counter?? You must be visiting Bizarro Bali Shorty not the one I've been to 40+ times in the last 20 years! Actually the trend amongst most "developed" countries is towards visa-free entry. See, e.g., the "Yanks", who just granted it to the (free) Chinese from Taiwan. Good way to encourage tourism, I think. Canada did the same thing a few years back, as did many EU countries, including your "Poms". Oh, and all those extra touristos you mention--where are they staying? Kuta and Nusa Dua, to the detriment of the rest of the island. Didn't someone else on this blog recently mention that?? And the meet and greet--that's pure corruption since it greases the immigrasi hands directly. Nick noted that years ago.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  24. shorty
    Moderator

    "conspiracy and corruption......" a joke islander.

    If the voa counter slowed things down, there'd be empty spaces at the immigration counters. Too few immigration officers working at snail pace is the main problem.

    I posted about the extra tourists. Part of that post was to highlight an effect the european financial problems are having on tourism outside the southern area.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. Balirickman
    Member

    Many good arguments amongst the comments. If the money from VOA is used to improve Bali, then that's a good thing in my view. In terms of GST etc, I come from WA and we never think we get a fair share. I guess we're lucky that we have the resources that other states don't have. My sister lives in Canberra - what do they offer the rest of Australia? Very little I would suggest. I still think that the VOA process would be easier if all airlines had the capability to issue the VOA as part of the in-flight service. You would purchase and just present at the immigration counter instead of the dual queue approach. No doubt it would simplify the process. Disinterested immigration officials? Yes, undoubtedly I have seen many over the years. It's almost as though you are "interrupting" their work by your sudden appearance in their line. It's like "oh, here's another tourist from Australia making me work". "my life would be easier if it wasn't for these people". Well, that's the impression that they give off. All I can think about is get me out of this place, to the pool for a well earned Ice Cold Beer!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  26. Islander
    Member

    Hi Balirick,

    How did things go with the shuttle?

    Tonight's our last night on Bali....

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. shorty
    Moderator

    how's it been?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. Balirickman
    Member

    Hi Islander, we haven't been to Bali yet. Going on the 16th, so not long to go. Have confirmation of the transport booked though. $30 USD pay cash on the knocker. How's the holiday been? Hope you had a great time.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. Islander
    Member

    Bali's been great--12 days so far, now being spoiled in a private pool villa in Seminyak for the last night. Rainy season seems to be on the way though--nothing the first week, then sporadic showers in the evenings after that. Spent a day in Ubud last week, it was pretty quiet--Cinta now watering down their mojitos! Have a good trip.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  30. Balirickman
    Member

    Thanks Islander, not long to go now. We have four days in Ubud then the rest in Kuta. Love the wet season. Can't wait to get there. I'll report back on how the transport pick up works. It will be a long night for us leaving Perth at ⁴ am so hopefully a nice air conditioned drive to Ubud will be time to get some sleep.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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