Taxis in Ubud

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by Marlin
April 1, 2023

If you’re in Ubud looking for a taxi but couldn’t seem to find one, that’s because regular taxis such as Blue Bird, Grab and Gojek are not cruising around in Ubud because they are not allowed.

Private car taxis or what they call themselves as local taxis are the only ones to find in Ubud. The downside of this is sometimes you meet the honest ones and sometimes you meet the sketchy ones.

ubud taxi
Blue Bird taxi

How to get a taxi in Ubud

Depending on what type of taxi you want, getting a taxi in Ubud can be easy and tricky at the same time. Local taxis are anywhere and easy to get, whereas to get a Blue Bird, Grab or Gojek taxi requires some effort.

To get a private car taxi in Ubud just stand by a busy street and use your phone for whatever and wait for a taxi to approach. Using a phone by the street tells the drivers that you need transport.

You can also ask any hotel’s employee to get you one, and if you are nowhere near the main street or hotel, you can try out these numbers:

To get a regular taxi such as Blue Bird, Grab or Gojek in Ubud you can book them through the apps but you will have to walk out of Ubud to get picked up.

choose which app you want to use and install it. Tap later if it asks to set a payment method, you can pay them in cash later on.

Requirements to sign up:

  • Local phone number

  • Name

  • Email address

To book a taxi on Grab or Gojek app you just need to tap on the car icon.

Taxi booking on Grab
Taxi booking on Gojek

Price comparison over the normal fare:

Taxi Rate
1 Local taxi 100% - 500%
2 Blue Bird 100%
3 Grab & Gojek 50% - 75%

Ubud taxi prices

Before taking a local taxi it’s highly recommended to negotiate the price upfront before you even get in. Don’t forget to record or film your conversation.

  • To Tegalalang rice fields: IDR 70,000

  • To Monkey forest: IDR 15,000

  • To Goa gajah: IDR 40,000

  • To airport: IDR 350,000

  • To Canggu: IDR 300,000

  • To Seminyak: IDR 300,000

  • To Kuta: IDR 350,000

  • To Padang Bai: IDR 350,000

  • To Sanur: IDR 250,000

  • To Jimbaran: IDR 400,000

  • To Nusa Dua: IDR 400,000

  • To Uluwatu: IDR 450,000

Blue Bird taxi prices from Ubud:

  • To airport: IDR 350,000

  • To Canggu: IDR 300,000

  • To Seminyak: IDR 300,000

  • To Kuta: IDR 350,000

  • To Padang Bai: IDR 350,000

  • To Sanur: IDR 250,000

  • To Jimbaran: IDR 400,000

  • To Nusa Dua: IDR 400,000

  • To Uluwatu: IDR 450,000

Grab & Gojek taxi prices from Ubud:

  • To airport: IDR 275,000

  • To Canggu: IDR 250,000

  • To Seminyak: IDR 250,000

  • To Kuta: IDR 275,000

  • To Padang Bai: IDR 250,000

  • To Sanur: IDR 200,000

  • To Jimbaran: IDR 325,000

  • To Nusa Dua: IDR 325,000

  • To Uluwatu: IDR 350,000

Getting around Ubud by Scooter

In addition to taxis, you can also rent a scooter to explore Ubud. It’s cheap and can easily pass bad traffic. There is really no disadvantage of using a scooter as your transport in Ubud.

Where to rent a scooter in Ubud?

Always rent a scooter from businesses, not individuals. Below are credible businesses where you can rent a scooter from.

Cahya rental motorbike

136 reviews

Aloha scooter rental

141 reviews

Ubud scooter rental

63 reviews

Darma putra Bali

146 reviews

You can also look up for a closer scooter business on google maps. Just type in Ubud scooter rental places.

How much is renting a scooter in Ubud?

Renting a scooter in Ubud costs between IDR 50,000 - 100,000 (US$ 3 - 4) per day.

While most people are honest, there are always bad apples looking to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. Here are some tips to help ensure a safe scooter rental experience in Ubud.

Can you walk around Ubud?

It’s possible to walk around Ubud as almost every attraction is within 1 mile (1.6 km) radius from the main street, which means you just need to walk for 20 - 30 minutes to get there.

Unless you want to go to the Tegalalang rice fields, you will need to use a motorbike or a car to get there faster.

Here are some main attractions and the time it takes to visit one by foot.

Destination Time
1 Rice fields 2 hours
2 Monkey forest 21 minutes
3 Campuhan walk 13 minutes
4 Blanco museum 13 minutes
5 Ubud market 2 minutes
6 Saraswati temple 2 minutes
7 Goa gajah 56 minutes

Is it easy to get around Ubud?

It’s easier to get around in Ubud by scooter rather than a car. Scooters can easily pass bad traffic which happens everyday at the main street in Ubud.

Narrow streets and small sidewalks have been the two biggest issues in Ubud but tourists are still enjoying it. The best way to get around Ubud is by foot and scooter.

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