This post helps you to choose Kuta transport modes that suit you most. Yes, Kuta is a busy town, however to get in/around is quite straightforward. And even walking on foot is very handy too.
Kuta transport : how to get in
It only takes 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport (DPS) to Kuta.
The prepaid fare from the airport to Kuta is Rp 50,000.
Make sure to pay at the official price at the a prepaid taxi desk/booth, it is located to the right of the stainless steel rails that you can see when you get out of the departures.
You can also catch a bemo from outside the airport to Kuta for Rp 5,000-10,000. If you don’t have too much luggage.
If you are hiring or driving in Bali, Kuta can be reached by the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass from points north (Denpasar, Sanur and Ubud), and south (Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.
Take Jalan Sunset bypass and not the congested beach route along Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Legian, if you are coming from Seminyak.
Kuta is connected by bus routes from all Bali’s areas. The government owned bus called Trans Sarbagita is pretty comfortable, and it is an air conditioned bus.
Trans Sarbagita routes that run through Kuta:
Batu Bulan (Gianyar) – Tohpati (DPS) – Sanur (DPS) – Kuta Central Park (Badung) – Jimbaran (Badung) – Nusa Dua (Badung).
Please note that, there is no marked Trans Sarbagita bus stop at the airport. Bus stops at the roundabout at the left side from the airport exit. The bus fare is 3.500 RP for adults and 2.500 for students.
Getting to Kuta by bemo
You can take bemo to Kuta from most of the main areas in Bali. From Denpasar to Kuta is served regularly from Denpasar’s Tegal bemo terminal.
Bemo Corner, in the heart of Kuta at the junction of Jalan Legian and Jalan Raya Kuta, used to be an institution on the backpacker circuit.
Benoa Harbour — not to be confused with Tanjung Benoa — is around 20 min northeast of Kuta, and speedboats and cruises from the Gili Islands, Lombok and Nusa Lembongan arrive here.
Most companies operating from Benoa offer free pickup and drop-off in and around Kuta.
Kuta transport: how to get around
Kuta lies along the beachfront all the way from the airport to Legian, and small lanes lead from the beaches into the densely populated accommodation zone.
To avoid traffic-related frustrations, the best option is a combination of walking in small lanes and using metered taxis or a rented motorbike for longer excursions.
Finding a rental car company Kuta is easy, especially in Poppies I and Poppies II. An 8 hours car rental costs about Rp 500,000 including the driver, you could also rent the car for a half day or per trip.
The rental car can be driven to your accommodation for pick up.
Traffic jams are not that pleasant in Kuta. It is probably a good idea to park your car before you reach downtown Kuta, and walk in.
It is better to walk in from the parking area then get stucked on the traffic.
There are some designated parking areas in the middle of Kuta (usually Rp 5,000 for an unlimited stay) including a large one on Jalan Legian near the top of Poppies II.
There are also public parking bays on Jalan Pantai Kuta right beside the beach, but these can get very busy.
Most travellers in Bali rely on metered taxis for short journeys in town which are cheap, and can give you peace of mind to travel around the town.
Metered taxis (Bahasa Indonesia : taksi argo) are ubiquitous on the streets of Kuta and are a relatively cheap and reliable way to get around, especially at night.
Make sure to ask the driver to put the meter on in advance.
The largest and most reliable taxi operators are Bluebird and Bali Taksi. You can make reservation in advance by phone through this number Bali: (0361
Getting around Kuta by online taxi:
The online taxi is also in Bali especially in the main tourist area like Kuta, download online taxi apps here:
If you are comfortable riding motorbike then it is very handy to get your way around Kuta or other places in Bali. And it is also cheap to rent, it is only about Rp 60.000 per 24 hours.