"Blue and brown vans called..." Indonesia Transportation Tip by yeah_baby
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Blue and brown vans called bemos operate as buses in Bali. They seem to have their own system though, hard to figure out at first. They have regular routes, but these aren't really written down. Just ask someone where the regular pickup is, and which bemo to take to get you where you want to go. Prices are also similarly secretive, and bemo drivers have no qualms about charging tourists lots more than locals. Ask one of the latter how much the ride really should cost. All things considered, bemos are better for short hops (around town, for example) than long distances, which may require many changes of vehicle.
Metered taxis do exist; they're blue or yellow and run mostly in Kuta and Sanur, though they can be hired to take you to nearby resorts like Nusa Dua. Make sure they put their meter on, though.
If you do decide to drive, just remember three things: (1) you will need an International Driver's License or a locally issued Tourist Driving License; (2) traffic is on the left hand side; (3) a honk from behind you means someone wants to pass, so move over; (4) the Balinese always have the right-of-way. Once they have gone by, then it's your turn; (5) any damage caused to life, limb, personal property, or family poultry will be on your bill.
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