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The natural starting point for a beautiful island like Bali is that this is the sort of place where you might well just want to kick off your shoes and relax in and around your resort for a week, indulging in as little movement as possible. There are certainly no shortage of absolutely stunning luxury resorts in Bali which offer the full pampering service, with no expense spared!

However, if you are looking for a car in the first place, then the purpose of this advice is to consider whether or not a hire car is the best way to get around. We’re not here to say you should just go back to your resort and do nothing! If that’s your plan, you wouldn’t be here!

Yet it’s also worth saying that Denpasar itself has become increasingly commercialised, and that the romantic charm is completely lost amongst the tacky shopping malls and congested 6 lane highways that people think they are coming to Bali to get away from. But there is also no substantial form of organised public transport in Bali, outside urban buses in Denpasar, and a small number of scheduled buses shuttling between the other major cities on the island.

You might well be able to take an organised tour around some of the more impressive temple sites, but the ultimate question is – is this really the best way to see the island?

On balance, a hire car here might be quite a good idea.

cool Why? Visiting Bali using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Bali ?

  • Explore the island in full, at your own pace.
  • A hire car is very useful to get well outside the city of Denpasar.
  • Denpasar is very commercialised, but public transport is still relatively poor.

cool Why? Visiting Bali using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Bali ?

  • Many places can still be reached using local buses.
  • Denpasar is congested and strangled by 6 lane highways. Driving is not particularly pleasant until you get well beyond the city.
  • To reach really “unspoilt” places, you may prefer to keep them that way and stay on foot!
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