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Bali

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Quick Ratings

Price band

Bali is in car rental price band: 8/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Bali? 

No. Car rental is very expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Bali between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

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.

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.

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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Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Bali ?

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Indonesia

Jakarta

Asia > Indonesia > Jakarta

See: Why hire a car in Jakarta ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Jakarta car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Jakarta is in car rental price band: 8/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Jakarta? 

No. Car rental is very expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Jakarta between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Sprawling Jakarta is one of Asia’s largest cities, with a population that is quoted as being at various levels above 10 million.

Why? Visiting Jakarta using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Jakarta ?


  • In terms of getting around Jakarta nothing is particularly easy – rail-based public transport is considerably less developed than it is in other Asian cities of a similar size elsewhere (it’s perhaps comparable with Manila), although buses are ubiquitous.
  • Jakarta is still the day facto gateway to Indonesia, as it has so many more international flight routes than any other city in the country, indeed because it is so much larger than any other Indonesian city.

Why not? Visiting Jakarta without a car

Why don't you need a car in Jakarta ?


However, the most scenic places to visit in Indonesia are generally well beyond Jakarta, and given that this is a country that is made up of so many different islands, it’s unsurprising that the best way to continue your travel beyond Jakarta will probably be by a short hop domestic flight.

  • Unless you are really thinking about Jakarta car hire options for a very long road trip getting around the whole of Indonesia, it’s unlikely that there will be much point in just doing so for a few days.
  • If you can get yourself out of Jakarta, there are some amazing boat trips to be had off the coast of Java, including to the legendary volcanic island of Krakatoa.

Ratings: How does Jakarta compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Jakarta? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Jakarta, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Jakarta? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Jakarta (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Jakarta? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Jakarta airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Jakarta car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 2

2021 - 1

Average score - 2

Notes:

 

Verdict

Turning back to the immediate area beyond the city of Jakarta, and looking at some of the beaches and other coastal areas which are within reach of a day trip or a slightly longer excursion, this is where a hire car might start to look useful. However, in many cases you can also still get out of the city by bus, and since some of the resorts are also situated on islands just off the coast, and served by passenger ferries rather than car carrying ones, a parked car might suddenly start to see much more like a liability.

Even for longer journeys outside Jakarta, you may well find it easier to arrange a driver locally to take you to your destination.

Therefore our Jakarta car hire advice is that generally it’s really not going to be worth getting one for driving within the city, but if you have a particular resort in mind to visit, and that resort has suitable direct access by road, then it might just be worth considering.

Should you rent a car in Jakarta? No! Absolutely not!

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Jakarta ?