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Book a Private Car and Driver in Bali

Watching the Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Safely and securely book a private car and driver for your Bali holiday. Whether it’s for going shopping, getting around the beach clubs or venturing out on a day tour, a private car and driver just makes life so much easier and takes away the hassle of haggling with the taxi mafia in places where ride-sharing apps cannot operate.

Since starting Bali Holiday Secrets, I have had so many inquiries asking to book the same drivers that I use for my family, friends, and villa guests that I’ve made a secure, online booking system that takes away the risk, stress and hassle of finding your own reliable, trustworthy, English-speaking private car and driver.

I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

I randomly found Michael’s website a few months before our first trip to Bali and I am so thankful I did! We literally followed his tips exactly for getting through customs, buying a SIM card and getting out cash and it was so smooth. We booked an airport transfer and 4 full days with a private driver… which I was a little nervous about at first (just to be honest), but everything worked out perfectly. Having a private driver ensured we saw all we wanted without having to deal with the tricky local taxis and it gave us peace of mind knowing who we would be with every day. I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

FAQ’s

How much does a private car and driver cost?

The cost is standard and is dependent on where you want to go.

  • IDR 800k for day tours around South Bali and includes 10 hours.
  • IDR 1.000k for tours that take in North or East Bali and includes 12 hours.

Trips to the other side of Bali takes longer, uses more fuel and is harder on vehicles than just touring locally. However, if you choose a South Bali tour and change your mind and want to go to attractions further away, you can simply pay the extra IDR 200k directly to your driver on the day.

South Bali includes Canggu, Gianyar, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud and Uluwatu.

Attractions in South Bali include Tanah Lot, Ubud Monkey ForestUbud Art MarketTegalalang Rice Terraces, Bali Safari & Marine Park, Tegenungan Waterfall, Waterbom Theme Park, Uluwatu Temple, Goa GajahGunung Kawi, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali Swing Park, Bali Bird Park, Pura Tirta EmpulUbud Royal PalaceTukad Cepung WaterfallKanto Lampo WaterfallTibumana Waterfall and of course, all the beaches from Canggu all the way down to Uluwatu.

North Bali includes Bedugul, Lovina, Singaraja, Plaga and Kintamani.

Attractions in North Bali include Handarah Golf Course GatesMount Batur – KintamaniJatiluwih Rice TerracesUlun Danu Beratan TempleBedugul Market (Pasar Candi Kuning)LovinaAling-Aling WaterfallGitgit WaterfallSekumpul WaterfallNungnung WaterfallLeke Leke Waterfall.

East Bali includes Besakih, Sideman, Karangasem, Candidasa, Mount Agung, Amlapura and Amed.

Attractions in East Bali include Lempuyang TempleBesakih TempleAmed, Virgin Beach and Tirta Gangga Temple.

What is and what isn’t included?

The private car and driver rate includes being picked up from your hotel or villa by an English speaking, trustworthy and knowledgable driver with immaculately maintained 6-seater air-conditioned SUV. Fuel, applicable taxes and hotel pick-up and drop-off. are all included.

Not included: Parking fees, entrance tickets to attractions or event tickets (if any).

I am staying at different villas and hotels. Is that OK?

It’s no problem if you need picking up at one place and dropped off at another as long as they are both in the South Bali service area. We provide pick-up/drop-off at hotels in Canggu, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Ubud and Uluwatu only.

Can I choose tours and places to visit?

You can plan your schedule directly with the driver when you meet or look through my posts on itineraries for day tours, attractions, temples, beach clubs and waterfalls beforehand. You can choose from some popular routes which my drivers are very knowledgable, or you can choose to follow your own tour itinerary. We’re OK with whatever you decide and you can change your itinerary as the day progresses.

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  1. Hello, we are looking to book a driver for one day, but we (6 people) would have our luggage. Would it be possible to store the luggage within the car when we’re moving around?

    • Hi Justin. Of course, you can leave your luggage in the car when you are moving around, but how will you store the luggage when all of you are actually in the car? I recommend hiring a Toyota Hiace Minivan. That way you can all travel in comfort and take your luggage at the same time.

      Safe travels, Michael

  2. Hello,
    I’m enquiring to see if the following is possible within one day, please let me know if I’m over-reaching (or equally under-reaching)!
    Collection from Ubud
    Visit: Jatiluwih Rice Fields, Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple, Nungnung Waerfall, Leke Leke, Pula Ulun Danu Bratan, Handarah Gates
    Drop off in Seminyak
    2 people
    Monday 6th April.

    Please email me with suggested costs/times etc?

    Thanks, Lizzie

    • Hi Lizzie. I think it’s too much of a stretch. Did you plot this route out on Google Maps? If you drop out Nungnung Waterfall it might be achievable, but it’s still a long day. I recommend you book the Danu Beretan Tour and select the Itinerary 1 option. Then after you receive your emailed confirmation, reply with your intended itinerary and I’ll pass onto my driver. Hope this helps!

      Safe travels, Michael

      • Hi,
        Thanks for getting back to me. I did have a look and did wonder if we were being a bit too ambitious, thanks for the recommendation to take off Nungnung. We’re aware it would be a long day in any case but with limited time thought we could tie in a long distance destination tour as well as transporting between hotels.
        I can’t book anything until I next get paid but will follow your instructions as soon as I can.

        Thanks!
        Lizzie

        • Hi Lizzie. I was thinking about this from your comment on the other post, but unless you have booked your accommodation, I’ve got a solid recommendation for you. Depending on what time you arrive, you could knock off a couple of attractions on your arrival date. Then the next day, hit everything around Ubud. The following day, pass through northern attractions like Danu Beratan and others on the way to the Liberty dive site. Get there in the evening, stay the night, and dive first thing in the morning. Then do Besikah, Tirta Gangga and Virgin Beach on the way back and stay in Candidasa – which is much closer to Mount Batur for a Sunrise Tre the following day with Uluwatu Temple Kecak Dance that evening and then stay in Seminyak before flying out.

          If you give me your travel dates, the number of passengers and flight arrival/departure times I’ll do an itinerary for you with the cost of one of my drivers for the whole trip. Regardless, safe travels!
          Michael

          • Sorry, I’ve only just seen this, for some reason I don’t get notifications of your reply. I think you might have me confused with someone else? As far as I know this is the only post I’ve commented on (unless I have and just completely forgotten about it)? I’m only now aware of what the Liberty dive site is from googling it after seeing it mentioned in your reply.

  3. Hello, I will be coming to Bali in August and am so excited to explore! I have a list of places I want to see can you tell me if this can be done in 3 days? Mason elephant park, elephant cave, virgin beach, blue lagoon, bali spirited healing, terrace river pool swing, pura luhur pakendungan, Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Brahmavihara-Arama, lempuyang temple, besakih temple, pasor agung temple, I would also like to dive the uss liberty and do a mountain sunrise hike, uluwatu temple at sunset,padang padang beach, tegal wangi beach, suluban beach … Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Angela. I think that’s way too much of an ambitious list to expect to visit in 3 days. Why don’t you look through my pre-planned day tours to get a better feel for what’s achievable in a day? After having more of an understanding of where the attractions are located, feel free to drop me another itinerary for me to sanity check for you 🙂

      Safe travels, Michael

  4. Michael,

    I am so excited to see the updates to your website and all the good news about people booking with you. I have shared your page on so many FB groups so I hope it has helped.

    I booked a day tour and received confirmation, however I am looking to just book services for a full day (Hotel in Ubud, to Spa in Ubud, to Hotel in Seminyak) What is the best way to go about securing a driver for the day? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Hi Casey. I saw your booking come through, and thank you so much for sharing my website. It really is very much appreciated!

      You can book a private car and driver for the day on the same page you left this comment. Scroll up and make a booking, and you can decide on the day where you would like to go. Easy 🙂

      Safe travels, Michael

  5. Hi Michael!
    How realistic is it to do parts of the East such as gates of heaven and Tirtagangga and do tirta empul on the way back?
    Katheryn

    • Hi Katheryn. That would depend entirely on where “on the way back” is. If you mean on the way back to Ubud, for example, that would make perfect sense. From Seminyak, not so much, as this map illustrates.

      I have an East Bali Tour that’s proving a pretty popular route.

      Safe travels, Michael

  6. Hi Michael,
    I am not sure Whether you received my previous post, However, I am posting again to make sure. We 4 people arriving Denpasar airport on 03/05/20 by 8.00pm and departing 08/05/20 by 10 pm. We need a car with driver for the 5 days including pickup and drop off. We are staying the whole period in Jimbaran and planning to visit south bali and attractions. Could you give the cost so that straight away I can book.
    Thanks
    Varghese

  7. Hi, My name Varghese. We 4 peoples coming to Bali on 3rd May and leave 8th May. We are staying in Jimbaran. I like to book a car with driver to pick up and drop off to and from airport as well as visit south Bali attactions. Could you please provide cost approximately.
    Thanks
    Varghese

  8. Hi Michael

    We’d like to hire a driver for a day trip picking us up in Seminyak for a tour in North/East Bali, but we’d like to them to drop us at new accomodation in Ubud. The booking system isn’t quite built for this request (we’ll be spending the rest of the trip in Ubud and don’t want the driver overnight or for consecutive days). Can you send me an email to discuss?

    Many thanks for all your great website and helpful advice

    Maddie

    • Hi Maddie. Thanks for getting in touch. You can book a driver for just the one day for North Bali, and when you get the confirmation please reply with your final destination in Ubud. We’ll make sure to pass this along to your driver.

      Because you’re booking a North Bali day tour you have 12 hours of service and can go anywhere as long as you leave enough time for your driver to return back home to South Bali. It’s no problem at all to be dropped at a different hotel in Ubud from your pick-up.

      Safe travels, Michael

  9. Good Morning, I have booked 3 days with a driver through you for June 2020. Are you able to assist with itinerary?

    We are based in Ubud. We both love nature, views, waterfalls, temples, rice terraces etc, and we are always taking photos. We don’t mind seeing ‘touristy’ places but a mix of tourist and ‘off the track’ would be good. Please note we are already seeing: Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art Market, Ubud Palace, Puri Saren Agung, Museum Puri Lukisan, Pura Taman Sawawati and are doing 2 village/rice paddy walks.

    Places we would be interested in include: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Tanah Lot Temple, Gate to Heaven, Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Mount Kawi, Tirta Empul Temple, Giant Swing, Celuk Village, Elephant Cave Ubud, Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets.

    Two days with you we are based at Ubud (pick up, drop off), 3rd day is pick up Ubud, drop off at Seminyak. What would you suggest for our days with your driver? Are you able to do up an itinerary for the 3 days with your suggestions? Not a problem if you charge extra to do this, just let me know. If some of these places are considered North or East please let me know so I can figure in the extra amount to pay the driver on the day (have paid for the 3 days as ‘South Bali’ trips).

    Hope I have covered everything. First time to Bali for us so all suggestions/recommendations welcome.

    • Hi Dayle,
      Thanks for booking your private car and driver with us, it’s very much appreciated.

      I can help you out with itineraries, but I’m travelling myself for the next week, so I will get back to you later on. There’s plenty of time as your holiday isn’t until June.

      And a big thank you for being so specific. It really helps me to provide a much clearer answer to your questions 🙂

      Safe travels,
      Michael

  10. Hi Michael,
    I have replied to you via email. Can you please check? We are hoping to get an estimated price and itinerary before we book.

    Thanks!

  11. Hi Michael,

    Thank you so much for all the great information. I subscribed to your email list. Your website has been really helpful with planning my trip to Bali in a few weeks. One question, I was thinking of booking a tour of the Ubud area with starting point being our hotel in Ubud. Is this possible? Also, do you have an email where I can direct further questions or inquiries? Again, thank you so much!!

    • Hi Gordon,
      Thanks for the positive feedback. Yes, you can book a tour around Ubud from a hotel in Ubud.

      Please don’t take offence, but I don’t publish my email because it’s far too time-consuming to answer the flood of emails I get asking for free travel planning and advice. I’m happy to respond to specific questions in the comments though.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

  12. Do you have an email? I have a question about how much is possible to do in a day? We have a list of places we want to go and are trying to understand how many we can see each day and to then book a driver. Thanks

  13. Hi Michael,
    Is it possible to pay in AUD for airport transfers and day trips? When I searched some prices a couple of weeks ago it was showing in AUD but now appears to be all USD. Am I able to change the currency of the transaction before paying?
    Thanks

    • Hi Tan,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The conversions from people looking at the booking form to actually booking improved a lot when I tested making the payment currency USD instead of AUD.

      So I moved all the booking forms to charge in USD, resulting in more business for my drivers.

      May I ask, what date are you looking to book for, and if it’s in AUD would you book?

      Let me know, I may have a solution for you.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

      • Hi Michael,

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. We are looking at airport transfers to Ubud 23/1 and return to airport 28/1. Also looking for a driver for the day on 25/1.

        Yes, would definitely book. Just hate being at the whim of the banks with the conversation from USD to AUD, which is already terrible at the moment.

        Thanks,
        Tan

        • Hi Tan,

          Thanks for letting me know what you are thinking – really appreciated!

          FYI the deposit is calculated using an open-source currency converter, which I rounded up to pay for the transaction fees. This means you would pay exactly the same amount as if you were paying in AUD.

          But I get it. Paying in your home currency provides a much greater degree of comfort. I’m exactly the same way when I book my travel.

          So, may I ask you. If I spend a few days working over a hot laptop building a currency converter so you could pay in AUD, would you still make a booking?

          And for a special bonus that I’ll send you by email, may I ask why you will (or won’t) book a day tour or private car and driver from Bali Holiday Secrets?

          Safe travels,
          Michael

          • Thanks Michael, that sounds great! I will definitely book both transfers and a driver for the day straight away.

            Yes, we would like to book a driver for the day to show us around and take us to the best places to shop for bargains and quality goods. Having an English speaking driver who we can trust is very important to us, which is also why I want to book it all through you. We really want a relaxing holiday so don’t want to have to deal with taxies or tour companies either. Your services take all the guesswork and hassle out of that for us.

            I haven’t been back to Bali for 25 years (awful experience in Kuta the first time), and this will be my husband and daughters first time there. I have read all your Bali Holiday Secrets tips and information and have found it all very helpful. Far more useful information than I have been able to find anywhere else, especially the advice on the airport, sim card and cash.

            Had your beautiful villa been available in Seminyak while we were there, I would have booked that too!

            Thanks,
            Tan

          • Hi Tan,
            I’ve updated the booking system so it now accepts AUD (and a bunch of other currencies too) so you can book away without any exchange rate concerns.

            Safe travels,
            Michael

          • Hi Tan. I was going to send you a complimentary copy of the book that I’m putting together based o all the travel advice on this website before your trip. But it’s taking sooo much longer to produce than I expected. It will be released later this year, and I’ll make sure I send you a free copy when it’s released.

  14. Hi Michael,
    On Wednesday Jan 29, we would like to hire a driver.

    Is it possible to do this in one day, or am I crazy?

    Pick up from Ubud
    Hike Mount Batur (we would like to make it to the summit)
    Besakih Temple
    A waterfall
    Drop off in Uluwatu

    Thanks!
    Kevin

    • Hi Kevin,

      You’re not crazy, although I empathise because you will be getting up very early. If you leave at 2 am you can do a Mount Batur hike and watch the sunrise. Maybe 3 am from Ubud. You can get from Mount Batur to Besikah Temple in just over an hour. From there you could make Tekud Cepung Waterfall before 1pm, which would have enough light to make it worthwhile, or Tegenungan Waterfall is a safe choice with plenty of local drink-and-food stalls to make for an easy afternoon.

      North Bali cost IDR 1.000k, not 800k for the South Bali Driver Hire. I’ll make a new tour booking so you can use my drivers and let you know by email.

      You’re not crazy at all. Do it!

      Safe travels,
      Michael

    • Hi Matthijs,
      Yes, we can arrange baby seats for you for IDR 80k each per day. Just let us know by return email after you get your booking confirmation.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

  15. Thank you so much for arranging our day tour in Lovina with Gede! We had a great day! Gede was a fantastic guide and so helpful! I can not recommend this service enough!!

  16. Hi Michael, we are staying in lovina and would like to arrange a driver for a day to explore north bali and also on our last day to take us around kuta before dropping us at the airport. Is this possible?

    • Hi Liz,

      Sure can. Day tours in North Bali are 1.000k per day. It’s 800k per day if just in the South Bali region. You didn’t mention what dates you needed a driver? Will you require a day tour in Lovina and then transfer to Kuta the following day? Is your flight the next day as well, or will you be staying in Kuta.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

      • Hi Michael, thank you for getting back to me so quickly and for such a helpful website. we are staying in lovina so looking a driver for the day of 3/1/20 ….. then looking to be picked up from lovina on the 6th of Jan 2020 in the morning so we can explore Kuta and do some shopping before flying home in the evening.

  17. We wanted to say a massive thank you for providing us with our wonderful driver Kadek. I am so relieved we booked a private driver for 3 days as we explored around Bali. Kadek was amazing: a superb driver, so calm and understanding when our itinerary kept changing. He was patient and kind and I felt my family were in safe hands all the time, but particularly when I directed us down a back route of a very steep, winding narrow road. Thank you for providing such a reassuring service.

    • Hi Nathalie,

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I’ve passed it on to Kadek and he’s stoked for the shout-out. It means a lot that you took the time to write a comment, it really is very much appreciated.

      We hope to see you and family back in Bali again someday!

      Safe travels,
      Michael

  18. Hi Michael, would we be able to book a driver for 1 day:
    19th-pick up Ubud, drive up to Tegallangan rice terrace, Bali pulini coffee plantation, lunch at kepitu restaurant and then drive to sideman for drop off at a hotel?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Nathalie,

      Yes, you can, thanks for asking.

      You can book online using the reservation form on this page.

      Because Sideman is in the South Bali area there are no extra charges, and my drivers know the area around Ubud well, including Pulina Coffee Plantation and Kepitu Restaurant at the Kayon Resort.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

  19. Hi,Michael
    We(4p) are planning to travel from Legian to Ubud where we will stay for 2 Days and planning to visit ;
    Day 1; Monkey Forest ,Tegallalang Rice Terrace &Swings @ Aloha & in the evening Ubud Palace

    Day 2 ; Campuhan Ridge walk ,Saraswati Temple ,Ubud Market & Tegenungan Waterfall.

    Can You Tell me the cost of the above 2 day for hiring a driver.

  20. Hi,

    We (2p) are looking for hiring a car with driver for 10 days (entire stay). Pick up from airport, utawala, canggu, ubud, drop off airport, please send me details, thx

      • Hi Michal looking to stay with a family of Six. Stay if for one month. Selected airbnb in Sanur. Not yet booked, but soon will be Reserving that. Any sugestions or further follow up required. Please USD email.
        Thanks
        Ken Abbs

  21. Hi Michael,

    We (3p) are thinking of :
    1) travelling from legian to amed
    on our way we like to visit waterfalls like kanto lampo and tukad cepung
    and also visit the sidemen rice terraces
    In Amed we will stay the night

    2A) In Amed we will do snorkeling,
    and at the end of the day we will go back to Legian

    or, 2B) In Amed we will do snorkeling,
    and at the end of the day we go to Lovina beach
    In Lovina we will stay the night
    Next day from Lovina we will do a boat trip
    and after that we go back to Legian
    preferably via waterfall and Jatiluwih rice terraces

    Can you inform us of the possibilities and costs if we would hire a driver for:
    – Only 1)
    – 1) and 2A)
    – 1) and 2B)
    Please separately.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Sabine,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The simple way to work it out is this:
      – Tours locally around South Bali are IDR800k per day with 10 hours drive time. Extra hours 100k per hour.

      – Longer tours, like to Amed, Lovina and othe destinations in North Bali are IDR1.000k per day, up to 12 hours drive time. Extra hours 100k per hour.

      – Overnight driver cost IDR300k per night.

      To use your examples, overnight to Amed, 2 long days + 1 overnight = IDR2.300k

      To Amed the Lovina and back to Legian is 3 x long tour + 2 overnights = IDR3.600k

      Let me know by comment if this is what you want and I’ll send a booking email.

      And thanks for being so descriptive. It really helps!

      Safe travels,
      Michael

    • Hi Maitha

      Contact sent as requested. It always helps to write some of the details of your questions into the comments so I can help you faster.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

    • Hi George,
      I’ve sent you an email, but I can often help quicker if you post the details of your question within your comment.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

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