The best way to visit Bali is to rent a scooter, as it is a very fun and practical way to discover the “island of the gods”. Imagine riding along the coast on your scooter and looking out over the ocean, the green rice fields, the mountains and Hindu temples, as well as the beautiful waterfalls.
Scooter rental in Bali gives you the opportunity to discover the hidden virgin beaches around the island. You’ll enjoy the hidden, less populated areas and the freedom to explore the quiet, lesser-known streets that connect the well-worn roads.
It all sounds like something out of a fictional movie, but in reality, it is possible to live this experience. First of all, you need to inform yourself about everything related to motorcycle rental, no need to look further. In this article we give you all the information you need to know.
First of all, it is very important to know that in Bali the traffic rules are different to the ones in any other country, people drive on the left part of the road here. So before venturing into scooter rental we advise you to familiarize yourself with the traffic in Bali by first getting out in motorcycle taxis.
It is important to know that in tourist areas like Seminyak Kuta or even Ubud the traffic is chaotic, and you are not safe from collisions, punctures and accidents. You will have to dodge potholes, dogs, gravel, hawkers and people passing in the opposite direction. So, you really have to be prepared for every possibility and stay alert.
If you have never ridden a scooter before, our best advice is to go to a place where there is no traffic and practice, and when you feel more comfortable you can ride in traffic.
It should be noted that outside the busy centers, the roads are mostly quiet and the scenery breathtaking, but as they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The first option you have when you want to rent a motorbike in Bali is to ask the reception of the hotel or villa where you live to rent the motorbike, it is very common that they already have one ready.
The second option is to go directly to a motorcycle rental shop, in the tourist areas of Bali there is no lack of them, you will find them on every corner without forcing too much. Chances are you’ll find a shop right next to where you live.
The last option that we strongly recommend you is renting your motorbike on a rental website, the best in this sector are Bali Bike Rental, Bikago Bali, Bali Big Bike (for big bikes).
These 3 sites are managed by the same company and offer many features for example, the free delivery of the motorbike on your location, the freeportable wifi, helmets are sanitized, and all sizes are available.
Compared to other countries, the rental prices for a scooter in Bali are low and degressive depending on the duration.
The longer you rent your motorcycle the lower the price will be.
Compared to other countries, scooter rental prices in Bali are low and sliding scale depending on the length of time, but you can also rent a scooter for a single day from any village.
In July 2019, the average price of renting a scooter varied between IDR 50,000 and IDR 60,000 per day or about $3.50. A price that starts to be negotiated if you rent the scooter for more than 3 days. For 1 month’s rental, count about IDR 600,000 up to IDR 1,000,000 or about $40 to $65 after negotiation depending on the type of the motorcycle you want to rent.
To rent your motorcycle, you will have to sign a rental agreement and show a copy of your passport. Any damages must be paid for, so it is advisable to check the bike thoroughly before you take possession of it.
A word of caution – always carry an International Driver’s license and make sure your scooter has registration papers. If stopped by the police in Bali they will be looking for these documents – the same as they do in any other country. Not wearing a helmet will also attract attention and incur on the spot fine – often at the Officers discretion. Please avoid penalties by following the local laws. Attracting attention can often lead to extended Police Station visits and leaves you exposed to unofficial channels of payment best avoided. BVR advises that your holiday time is best spent outside of the Balinese Police system. By adhering to local regulations you will ensure a more peaceful and safe journey on the roads of Bali.