Blog: Rent a car on Bali?
1. Traffic jams
Bali is a small island and the touristic area's are always busy. If you would like to get around Seminyak, Kuta, Canggu, Ubud or other popular area's, the roads are quite narrow and they're always crowded with people. Bike drivers get through, but cars are mostly standing still and waiting until its there turn to pass a main road. The infrastructure on Bali isn't designed with cars in mind, unfortunately.
Some restaurants and hotels have personnel to assist you to find a parking spot or driving in and out, but in general car parking is a challenge on Bali. Even at popular beaches the parking space for cars is very limited. The narrow roads and bike minded road planning of the Balinese just leave little room for cars. Be prepared to take some walks because the closest car parking spot wasn't so close.
3. A hired driver
A hired driver is a great idea and it will definitely solve any parking problem! Keep in mind though that you'll have to wait until your driver is able to reach you. This may take some time and communication can be difficult.
There are many small paths on the islands of Indonesia, but they can lead to the most wonderful things. Temples, rice fields, astonishing views. You would need to park your car and walk the paths while most people just continue on their motorbike. A walk through the beautiful nature of Bali may sound like a wonderful experience, but the heat of the sun only lets you briefly enjoy it.
5. Polisi - Bali police
If you're in a car and you look like a foreigner, be prepared to be halted by the Balinese police. They will see if they can fine you, for anything.
Although possible, it is not recommended to rent a car in Bali. It you're still not sure you can read some stories of people who have rented cars on Bali on TripAdvisor. Renting a bike will give you a much richer and carefree experience while spending your time on Bali. If you want, you may check prices and availability here: