Taxi from Denpasar airport to Ubud
Replies: 58 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2011 12:40 AM Last Post By: ashley6
Jul 13, 2011 2:44 AM
Taxi from Denpasar airport to UbudHi
Can anyone please tell me roughly how much it costs to get a taxi from Denpasar airport to Ubud? Are there pre-paid taxis run by the local government?
A hotel has offered airport pick up for IRD 250,000 which sounds quite expensive.
Any other way to get to Ubud? I arrive at night around 9pm.
Jul 13, 2011 4:05 AM
1250.000 is about the going-rate, I guess. I`ll pay 200 k for 2pax + surfboard, but the rate may depend on where about in Ubud. You could go by Perama, well organised outfit. I`m however not sure they still ply from the airport right away(they did in the past). Didn`t find a bus-schedule from the airport lately, but you could contact them. If you go by cab, it`s safest to stay with Bluebird taxis.
Jul 13, 2011 4:36 AM
2Actually rp 250,000 is not that bad...it's about US 29 for the 60 to 70 minutes it will take to get to Ubud at that time of night. The hotel car has to go down earlier and wait for you to get out...the guy holds up a sign for you, and he helps you with your bags and so forth.
There is also a fixed price taxi counter right when you get out of the airport building...you line up, tell them where you are going, and they assign you to a taxi. I hire a car to pick me up so don't know what the prices are these days,but its probably in the neighborhood of rp 200,000 or US 23.
The car and driver will be either going empty there to pick you up or empty to return to the airport area. In the Southern beach areas and around Denpasar Blue Bird is the best taxi to take, but there are no Blue Birds in Ubud. In fact, there are no metered taxis in Ubud.
There really is no public transportation to Ubud at night.
Jul 13, 2011 9:26 AM
3That's a tiny bit more than total lowest price but just do it. Nice to be met by someone who knows where you are going to and will treat you nice cos you are HIS guest not just some random. Sometimes the cars/taxis you get from the airport can be a bit cheaper but they can be really dumb too and not know where your hotel is and then get lost (sometimes they act like its all a hassle they;re not in somewhere they know and want to charge extra like it's your fault) That happened to me.
Prepaid taxis? Local government? Where does that happen? Sure not anything like that in Bali. Local govt almost runs nothing and sure not service!
Jul 13, 2011 9:39 AM
Jul 13, 2011 3:25 PM
You’re much better off taking the hotel transport. By the time you clear immigration and customs you’ll be arriving in Ubud at around 10:45 PM at best and most of Ubud will already be in bed. You’d be surprised how many taxi drivers that work the airport don’t know their way around Ubud, especially at night when there aren’t other drivers around to ask directions.
Jul 13, 2011 3:55 PM
6No problem if you know the name of your hotel and have a map of Ubud showing hotels -- which is easy to find on the internet, Make a copy or copies and note the names of streets and the names of other hotels near or along the way so YOU can direct the taxi driver and know where you are with respect to other landmarks in and around Ubud. It is worth it to save $ 10 or more, unless that cost savings is not important to you.
Personally, I would want to know where my hotel or guesthouse is located with respect to other places in Ubud BEFORE I ARRIVE, and looking at a good map on-line will enable you to do it.
Jul 13, 2011 4:07 PM
7After a long international flight arriving at night, the very LAST thing I want to be doing on the ride from Ngurah Rai to Ubud is acting like navigator for a taxi driver.
The image in my head of a newcomer to Bali trying to act as a navigator to the taxi driver at night, in the dark, and when it’s dead quiet, is sort of like the blind leading the blind!
Hotel transport is the only logical and sensible way to transfer from the airport to your Ubud based hotel at night. The savings of a taxi over hotel transport is only going to be a few dollars, not ten dollars...not at night anyway as the taxi driver will have close to a zero chance of a fare back to the airport from Ubud.
Jul 13, 2011 4:14 PM
8They have their options.
Now they can make their own decision.
Still, I think that seeing a Map Of Ubud And Surroundings BEFORE YOU ARRIVE to locate your hotel and note its location with respect to other places and landmarks in and around Ubud is a very good idea. You will need a map anyway at some point if you like to know where you are and where you are going.
Jul 13, 2011 4:30 PM
9Steve, just how much of Ubud do you think one is going to be able to see driving around here at 10:30 to 11:00 at night? LOL
Unless one is equipped with night vision goggles, they simply aren’t going to get much in the way of their bearings or where their hotel is located in relationship to other key landmarks and other hotels.
Like I said, the only logical way to transport to Ubud from the airport at night is via hotel transport. Taking a taxi at that time could well end up costing more than the 250K already quoted by their hotel.
Hopefully Selina will take the advice from someone who lives here, and knows the situation first hand.
Jul 13, 2011 4:45 PM
10My God, I never said anything about wanting to see anything at night on the way to the hotel.
The purpose of having the map is to be able to Plan for Daytime Activities the next day and the day after, and knowing where they are located with respect to other landmarks and places.
BUT, having the map in advance and knowing what other hotels are close by and along the way would be a big aid to the taxi driver -- if he doesn't know the location of THEIR HOTEL he may well know the location of OTHER BETTER KNOWN HOTELS which are CLOSE BY or ALONG THE WAY.
It is the same when I have gone to Kuta and get a ride on an Ojek or Taxi from the airport. I say, Take me to XXXXX guesthouse, but the taxi drivers don't know it, BUT THEY DO KNOW Poppies Gang 2 and BAGUS PUB and TUBES BAR, and KORI RESTAURANT, and these are close by, so that HELPS THEM get me to my guesthouse. It really is quite simple and logical and smart.
Jul 13, 2011 5:03 PM
11Steve, the taxi drivers at the airport know Kuta like the back of their hand. Good grief, one can walk from the airport to Kuta! Your comparison of arriving at Kuta at night to Ubud is apples and oranges. At 10 to 11 at night, Kuta is just getting warmed up!
No question that taking a taxi from the airport to Kuta at virtually anytime of day or night would be a viable option. The simple fact and reality is that for a tourist who is not familiar with Ubud, (or even the best routes how to get there from the airport) taking a taxi from the airport to Ubud at night is terrible advice…and that’s it!
Jul 13, 2011 7:55 PM
12that average price hotel price because the have prepared car and the driver . you can take 24hours airport taxi only about rp150.000 manage under air port called 'ngurah rai taxi" pay at the arrival taxi counter taxi color is dark blue,there are no public transport at night. or walk out of airport to the eastward catch light blue color taxi called"blue bird taxi" taxi meter has good reputation also 24hours service. or take other taxi koperasi"ngurah rai'' own by private balinese has white color can be cheaper than others depend how good can bargain
Jul 13, 2011 8:50 PM
13Bali taxi drivers aren't as stupid or as uninformed as ubudian would want you to believe.
Doing what I have said with A MAP OF UBUD FROM THE INTERNET WITH HOTELS AND LANDMARKS SHOWN would work for me even if I was unfamiliar with Ubud, and it should work for anyone.
Opening Poster - Tell us the NAME of the hotel and give us the FULL ADDRESS, and I bet it will be easy to find on the map, and with this information any taxi driver with any brains would get you there with no problem. If it is on an unmarked road then you can have the hotel pick you up and pay a higher price if that's what you want.
But it's a mistake just to assume, without knowing, that the driver doesn't either know the hotel, or know the street, or know how to get you there.
Jul 13, 2011 9:55 PM
14Op Just pay a little extra and have the hotel taxi collect you at the airport. You dont need hassles after a long flight and late at night. He will know the route and if you have any dramas with him he would have to answer to the hotel. I recommend you disregard Mr Steves suggestions. Have a great holiday.
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