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Bali Island / May 16, 2017

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Basic Things You Have to Know About Bali Taxis

If you want to go around the island safely and conveniently, your best choice is the Bali Taxis. Most taxi operators are very reliable and their fleet of cars is updated regularly with newer models. Taxis are the best way to visit and explore Bali’s popular resort areas. All you have to do is to wait for a taxi on the roadside and flag them down. Taking the taxi is the surest way to get to your destination without any hassles.

You can easily call for a taxi from the hotel front desk and information counters of shopping malls and restaurants. You can also call them from your mobile phones and an English-speaking operator will talk to you. The typical starting fare for a Bali taxi starts at IDR 7, 500 and it will go for IDR 4, 000 to 5, 000 per kilometre. The usual fare from Kuta to Jimbaran will be around IDR 50, 000 to 75, 000. You can follow these helpful tips below when you are taking a taxi in Bali.

1. Colors of Taxis

The usual color scheme of taxis in Bali is blue. However, there is a recent trend of placing ads on taxis, which covers the vehicle with colorful decals. The most popular and reputable taxi in Bali is the Blue Bird Taxi that has a light blue color. Other taxis like the Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi are colored navy blue. The Komotra taxi also has a blue color, which is somewhere in between navy blue and light blue.

2. How to Spot if Taxis are Available

The easiest way to spot if the taxis are available is by checking if their roof signs are lit. During daytime, it can be difficult to see if the roof signs are lit up or not. Just flag them down and if they drive by, it means they are not available and you just wait for the next one.

3. Metered or Fixed Rate

Almost all taxis in Bali are metered. When you are already inside the taxi, you can check if the meter is running. If you are coming from the airport, you will probably get the Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi, which is the only operator with a counter in the arrival area. They will show you a fixed prepaid rate table of different areas and its corresponding distances from the airport.

Source: balipedia.com

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