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Bali scooter rental - transport in Indonesia

You want to rent a scooter in Bali and know what the rules are when you ride a scooter Traffic in Indonesia should pay attention to? Then you have come to the right place in this article on our travel blog. Renting a scooter in Bali is relatively easy and the scooter is the most common way of getting around in Indonesia.

Renting a scooter in Bali is very cheap and is also a lot of fun. We have the most important rules and tips for driving in and around Indonesia Rent a scooter in Bali summarized. We also go into the scooter rental prices and deposit and give you a brief summary of the most important traffic rules Driving a scooter in Indonesia. You will also find out our tips on refueling a scooter, what penalties and fines you can expect if traffic rules are violated and what you should still pay attention to when renting a scooter in Bali.

Bali scooter rental - traffic while driving a scooter in Indonesia

When renting a scooter in Bali you should definitely also familiarize yourself with the topic Traffic while driving a scooter deal in general in Indonesia. You can rent a scooter not only in Bali, but also on the surrounding islands such as Nusa Penida Bali and Nusa Lembongan (there are no scooters or taxis on the Gili Islands off Lombok). The requirements for renting a scooter are not particularly strict and you are very flexible when you are out and about. Nevertheless, you should deal a little with what you are getting into, because the traffic in Indonesia is often much more confusing than in most other holiday countries.

In Indonesia, the traffic is often very chaotic, especially due to the large number of scooter drivers. There are some traffic rules that are well known, except for the mandatory ones Left-hand traffic but very little of it is enforced in practice. Even red traffic lights are only seen as a kind of guide value and many road users feel that they are driving without regard to losses. In the event of traffic jams, the sidewalks are also often used as an alternative to get around faster with the scooter. Right of way rules are rarely observed and you should therefore always drive more defensively. By far the most important requirement for driving a scooter seems to be the horn, which is used consistently to draw attention to yourself. Especially in curves or other confusing situations like when overtaking the horn is honored as much as possible. That alone makes the traffic in Indonesia spectacular, so renting a scooter in Bali can be worthwhile in many ways.

Traffic rules in Indonesia and Bali

Traffic rules have a different meaning in Indonesia and therefore also in Bali than we know from home. They are more of a guideline and are rarely enforced. It is better not to insist on your right of way and always keep an eye out for other road users. Nevertheless, you should adapt to the traffic in Indonesia as best you can, even if you don't necessarily have to imitate everything. Especially at speeds it is advisable to follow the pace of the locals. In principle one applies in Indonesia Top speed on country roads of maximum 70 km / h. There are no highways in Bali. In any case, it is hardly possible to exceed the speed limit in the cities, as the traffic is usually very dense.

First and foremost, that is always important Wearing a helmet. Even if you see many locals riding scooters without helmets, this is the most important and one of the only rules that the police control and enforce, at least for tourists. In addition, that is also Scooters run with lights on during the day explicitly required and the use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden. There are hardly any parking bans like in Germany, at least for scooter drivers in Bali, and you can park your scooter almost anywhere on the roadside. There are signposted parking spaces at many sights, where you can expect a fee of around 5,000 IDR.

Bali scooter rental - prices

The prices in Bali for renting a scooter always depend a little on the negotiating skills and the Rental period from. In addition, the motorization and the rental location play a decisive role. You can expect prices from IDR 50,000 per day for renting a scooter in Bali, and you can expect decent discounts for long-term rentals of more than seven days. You can also rent scooters on Bali for an entire month. The cost is then around 700,000 IDR. On the smaller islands the prices for renting a scooter are slightly higher than on Bali.

Here you get an overview with the average rental costs at the respective places in Bali for one Automatic transmission scooter:

Seminyak60,000 IDR
Canggu70,000 IDR
Kuta60,000 IDR
Sanur75,000 IDR
Jimbaran70,000 IDR
Ubud50,000 IDR
Nusa Penida75,000 IDR
Nusa Lembongan75,000 IDR

If you want to transport a surfboard on a scooter, you can book a side surfboard holder for an extra charge in many places. This is especially true for the places on the popular beaches on Bali such as Canggu, Kuta or Seminyak, where many surfers are out and about. The delivery of a scooter is also possible for a small surcharge and you can simply leave the scooter at your accommodation when you leave.

Deposit when renting a scooter in Bali

A deposit when renting a scooter in Bali only in the rarest cases demands. In contrast to renting a scooter in Thailand, for example, the entire scooter rental in Bali and generally in Indonesia is much more relaxed and there is a lot of trust in each other. The contract is often only concluded orally and is already sealed when the keys are handed over. Those who insist on a proper contract should go to one of the larger scooter rental companies. There, however, a credit card or identification document is also required as security. When booking via Getyourguide *, there is no need to pay a deposit and the contract is concluded electronically.

Bali scooter rental - insurance coverage

There is usually no real insurance coverage when renting a scooter in Bali. Most scooters are offered to the exclusion of any coverage. If that's not enough for you, you can of course get an additional one from the provider Inquire about insurance coverage, even if this is not common when renting a scooter in Bali. Some landlords then offer such extra protection for a small surcharge. However, since you don't even sign a contract with most scooters, you should at least have the confirmation of the additional insurance coverage you have booked documented. But even without insurance you don't have to worry about high costs if the scooter is damaged. More on this in the next section.

In addition to insurance cover when you rent a Bali scooter, we strongly recommend that you take out international health insurance *. The costs are very low and you are therefore optimally covered, especially in the event of an injury due to an accident or visits to the doctor in the event of illness. Insurance coverage is worthwhile in even the smallest of cases.

Repair costs in the event of an accident with the scooter in Bali

The repair costs for rented scooters in Bali are usually manageable and not expensive. One flat tire To have it patched, for example, costs about 200,000 IDR in a roadside workshop and takes about 30 minutes. A Repair of the front axle Costs approximately 1,000,000 IDR and lasts a maximum of 2 days. If the scooter only got a few scratches or bruises, you can return it as normal. Most scooter rentals in Bali are very accommodating in the event of minor damage or do not even check the scooters. This is then called conventional wear and tear. If the landlord demands compensation for the damage in the form of money, you can negotiate nicely with him. This is usually how the best solution can be found. If there are any inconsistencies, you should ask the landlord of your accommodation for help.

Where can you rent scooters in Bali?

You can rent scooters in almost every major place on Bali. In the tourist cities such as Kuta, Sanur or Ubud you can find one on almost every major street Scooter rental, where you can easily rent a scooter. Often times you can also use his Accommodation in Bali Rent a scooter or at least get help organizing the scooter. Some accommodations even rent their own scooters.

For our Bali vacation, we booked our scooters online in advance * and had them delivered directly to our accommodation so that we could start driving straight away when we arrived. That saved us a lot of time and we could simply leave the scooters at the accommodation when we left. The surcharge for this is minimal and was worthwhile for us. Our private villa in Seminyak * even had its own garage in which we could safely park the scooters.

On Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan you can get a scooter right after arriving from Bali rent directly at the portswhere the speedboats dock.

Bali scooter rental - what do you need?

Renting a scooter in Bali is child's play and it doesn't take much. It is true Driver's license Mandatory for traffic in Indonesia, but even this is mandatory for some scooter rentals not strictly controlled. For larger providers, a driver's license is required and a credit card and identification document may also be required.

Tips for renting a scooter: We never give our passport out of our hands while on vacation, not even to leave a deposit. The passport could be used as leverage in the event of a dispute and one is extremely dependent on it. Instead, we always take a copy of the documents with us or save them in the cloud so that we can make them electronically available to the provider in an emergency (we use the Amazon Cloud *, which is free for Prime members). Even if the landlord insisted on depositing the original passport, we have so far been able to agree on the identity card if necessary.

To be on the safe side, we have a little one for you Checklist for your scooter rental in Bali written:

Checklist for renting a scooter in Bali
  • National driver's license
  • International driving licence
  • Passport (copy)
  • Identity card

Do I need an international driver's license in Bali?

The international driving license While renting a scooter in Bali is not required by the landlord, it is still officially required for road traffic in Indonesia. This is occasionally checked during police checks and therefore it should definitely be carried with you, which is why we have included it on the checklist above. The international driving license is only in combination with the national driving license valid. You can contact the German authorities for Apply for € 15 and it is then valid for three years. With the normal class B driver's license you are entitled to rent the small scooters in Bali.

Bali scooter rental - tips for driving in Indonesia

Before you pick up your rented scooter in Bali, you should have a few in the presence of the landlord, if possible Take photos of the scooterin order to have documented the state of affairs. Also make sure that you have one each for yourself and, if necessary, for a passenger helmet receive and the Registration papers for the scooter including the Contact details of the scooter rental company get handed over. In many cases you can find them in the helmet compartment. At a police check these things as well as the driver's license are to be shown.

If you are not yet familiar with how to start and refuel the scooter, have them explain to you and test the brakes, lights and the horn for their function. As already mentioned above, the lights must be switched on in road traffic in Indonesia during the day and the horn will be your constant companion.

Scooter refuel in Bali or Indonesia

You can fill up your rented scooter at almost every corner in Indonesia and Bali. There are quite a few petrol stations and many sell if necessary small shops or roadside restaurants their gasoline. The Petrol in liter bottles is usually a bit more expensive and costs around 10,000 IDR, while the Gas stations with about 8,000 IDR per liter are a bit cheaper. You can often choose between different types of gasoline, although the more expensive gasoline should have a longer service life. Both types can be used without hesitation to refuel your scooter in Bali.

Police controls in Bali - you should watch out for them

Although there are not very many police controls in Bali, you should still be informed about the common practice. Generally speaking, the police in Indonesia become a very corrupt practice Said what we can confirm from our own experience. The controls take place mainly in Denpasar and the tourist places at intersections where the Policemen with whistles pull out the road users. Vacationers are given preference and are particularly happy to be asked to pay. It is therefore important that you behave as inconspicuously as possible and that you do not even give a reason for a check-up. For example, if you are out and about without a helmet, it will not take long before you collect the first fine. If you stick to the few rules in traffic in Indonesia, you have nothing to fear at police checks in Bali.

We spoke to a local about corruption and received the following tips: If you run into a police check, you should stop after you stop immediately remove the scooter key and put in your own pocket. If the policeman pulls him off, he has a wonderful leverage in his hand. Most locals put a small banknote (e.g. 50,000 IDR) in the papers in order to speed things up a little in the event of an inspection and to be able to drive on quickly. We would call it bribery, in Indonesia it is called a tip or donation. In any case, you should always have a few small banknotes ready, because if the policeman sees the large banknotes, the fine is very likely to be significantly higher.

Alcohol limit values ​​in road traffic in Indonesia

In Indonesia and therefore also in Bali there is no set alcohol limit values in traffic. Hence there is also no alcohol controls or official penalties for driving a scooter under the influence of alcohol, which in turn does not mean that a fictitious fine is not demanded after all. Only in the event of an accident under the influence of alcohol are there penalties that are enforced. At least in theory, you can take a scooter to the Bali nightlife or one of the best night clubs in Bali, even if it comes down to a beer. However, since the ability to drive is quickly restricted under the influence of alcohol and one should be very concentrated on the road in Indonesian traffic anyway, excessive consumption while driving a scooter is not advisable.

Penalties and fines for violations with the scooter in Indonesia

For fixing the Penalties and Fines at Traffic violations In Indonesia, e.g. with the rented scooter, the following guidelines apply:

  • Riding a scooter without a helmet costs IDR 250,000 per person.
  • Driving without an international driver's license costs IDR 250,000.
  • Those who cannot show roller papers have to reckon with around 500,000 IDR. These can often be found in the helmet compartment under the saddle.
  • Driving over the traffic light when it is red costs IDR 100,000 for scooters and IDR 250,000 for cars.
  • Disregarding traffic signs such as one-way streets or turning crossed lines costs IDR 500,000.
  • Driving without a rearview mirror or horn costs IDR 250,000.

During an inspection, we ourselves had a look at the catalog of fines after unknowingly following other scooter drivers down a one-way street. Since we also left the papers and driver's license in the accommodation, our fine would have been over 1 million IDR. In the end we agreed on IDR 200,000, which according to a local resident was still too much. Anyone who appears friendly will in any case get away much cheaper than the catalog of fines provides. In the sense that negotiating with the police is not forbidden.

By the way: After you have paid the fine, you can continue driving, even if you do not have a valid driver's license.

Advantages and disadvantages of renting a scooter in Bali

There are quite a few when it comes to renting a scooter in Bali Advantages and disadvantagesthat should be weighed against each other. In principle, you are always with a rented scooter very flexible on the go. You are not tied to any time and you can plan your excursions and sights in Bali as long as you want. You can decide for yourself about times and you are not dependent on anyone. So you can stop anytime and anywhere, if you spontaneously like a certain place or attraction along the way. In addition, you can easily reach remote places and can thus explore the interior of the country and small villages, etc. much better.

When renting a scooter in Bali, the price often plays a decisive role, because you are by far with the scooter cheapest on the goon how to get around Bali. One final crucial point is the fun factor. We personally have a lot of fun riding scooters and enjoy the rides in the warm temperatures. The holiday feeling is increased even more and we feel a little closer to the country and the people.

Advantages of renting a scooter in Bali

  • You are very flexible and independent
  • Renting a scooter is the cheapest option to get around Bali
  • You don't have to wait any longer and you can set off at any time
  • You can always reach your destination faster than by car, especially on short journeys
  • The holiday feeling is increased even more
  • Driving a scooter is just fun!

Disadvantages with the rented scooter in Bali

As with everything, there are of course a few disadvantages to renting a scooter in Bali. For example, can further routes with the scooter uncomfortable and always can a maximum of two people drive with it. The locals often drive four or even five on a scooter (see photo), but this is by no means recommended! The subject of security is always an issue that can be argued about. Undoubtedly, a rented scooter is not as well protected on the road as it is in a car. However, if you stick to the rules, adapt to the traffic and do not perform daring maneuvers, you can reduce the risk to a minimum.

Alternatives to renting a scooter in Bali

If you haven't had any experience with a scooter and don't want to go straight into the chaotic traffic in Indonesia, you should think about alternatives to renting a scooter in Bali. We have listed a few options for you that might be of interest to you.

Tips as an alternative to the scooter

Questions and experiences when renting a scooter in Bali and Indonesia

How were your experience when renting a scooter in Bali? Have you already ridden a scooter in other parts of Indonesia? Do you have any other special recommendations that we forgot in the post?

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