Private Car & Driver – Half Day Hire

By popular demand, we are now taking bookings for a half-day private car and driver. If you need a car and driver for 5 hours or less this is for you. Perfect for shopping expeditions, transfers from one hotel to another or drop-off to the ferries going to Nusa Penida, Lembongan and Gili Islands.

This service only applies to areas in South Bali, including Canggu, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Ubud and Uluwatu. If you need a full-day private car and driver or want to travel further afield, please use the private car and driver booking.

Who will be my driver?

I have personally vetted all the drivers I work with. They text me when they pick you up and again when you have been dropped off at the end of the day. I also email your driver’s name, profile photo, vehicle photo and phone number beforehand to ensure your safety and provide confidence.

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  1. Hi, can you give me an idea of the cost to go from Kuta to Singaraja on May 1 at about 12 midday for two, one way?

  2. Hi Michael,
    Not sure if my email enquiry was missed, hence I am resending my enquiry.
    I intend to book a private car and driver for half a day to cover the following itinerary:

    Pick up from Temuku Ubud Villas at 8.30am > First stop at Real Bali Swing > Second stop at Ubud Art Market > Drop off at Sthala, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Ubud

    I would like to enquire if it is possible to cover the intended itinerary within the 5 hours? And if the price quoted in the booking form includes parking fees or if I should budget extra for parking fees?

    Thank you for your kind attention.

    • Hi Hillary,

      The itinerary seems possible – of course, depending on how long you plan to stay at each stop.

      Regarding the parking fees, this is already included.

      Safe travels,

  3. Hi Michael,

    We will be travelling in December. Just wanted to check if we can book a driver that will take us from one hotel in Seminyak to another in Tabanan and in between allow us to do some sightseeing?

  4. Hi.we will arrive back from Gili islands to Padang Bai port around 12.30 and our hotel is in Ungasan. We’ll want to stop at a supermarket on the way. Is this so you can help with? What would the price of that be?

  5. Hi Michael
    You have a gold mine of information on your portal. First of all kudos to you for that.

    I only had a simple query regarding the private car topic. I can only see 2 types of cars and both seem to a little too large for us, we are just 2 of us travelling as a couple. Is there a smaller car option also available which is probably a little cheaper as well?

    • Hi Gaurav, thanks for the kind words. We don’t have smaller cars because after paying for the driver’s time, fuel, car costs, maintenance etc it’s not economically worth it to have smaller cars as the price isn’t any cheaper. The Avanza isnt that big anyway.

      Safe travels, Michael

  6. Hi Michael, I’d like to book a short tour whilst we transfer from our hotel in ubud to our hotel in Sanur. What’s the best option to book?

    • Hi Ella, while you can book a half day, what pretty much everyone does is underestimate the time taken to get from pint A to point B. The only complaints we ever have is when people have expectations of seeing a lot, but cannot physically achieve this because of the time estimation using Google Maps is underestimated by at least a factor of 2.

      When someone tells me they thought a trip would take 2 hours and 15 minutes, but it really took them 4 hours, I think what a magnificent driver they had.

      Take your time estimation, double it, and then you are close to reality.

      We always do our best to satisfy you – so please don’t book a short trip that turns out to be a long day, and set us up for missing your expectations.

      If it were me, I’d hire the driver for the day, ask about things you haven’t seen yet while considering your end destination is Nusa Dua, and be pleasantly surprised.

      Here’s a travel tip that I rarely give. Our network of drivers are all amazing, hard-working, honest ambassadors for Bali. Trust them by speaking with them on the day about your expectations and you may end up with an amazing day that you never thought about.

      Safe travels, Michael

  7. Hi Michael,

    I am not sure if this would be possible or how I go about doing it. I would like to book the following:
    Airport pick on Sunday, April 23, 2023 (Emirates flight arrives at 4:35 pm) to be dropped off in Ubud at KajaNe Mua -Jl. Monkey Forest No.20, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Pick up at KajaNe Mua (Ubud) Monday, April 24, 2023 at 4:30 pm and dropped off in Sideman at Samanvya Resort and Spa – Banjar Jl. Raya Tebola, Telaga Tawang, Kec. Sidemen, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80864, Indonesia

    Picked up in Sideman on Wed, April 26, 2023 at 11:00 am and book driver for 5 hours (1/2 day) to stop at a couple of places on way to drop off at Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia.

    If you could tell me how to go about booking these (if you offer this), and/0r what each segment would cost, I would appreciate it. Thanks so much!

    GCGR+38 Telaga Tawang, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia

  8. Can we book half day pick up from Nusa Dua and drop us directly at Bali Airport (Denpsar)? Any additional charge?

      • We hope to have a half day tour (12-5pm) to see waterfall, rice terrace and volcano. What do you think can be our iternary as we would need to end up at the airport at 5pm. What do you think?

        • Hi Goh, you are significantly underestimating the time it takes to see these attractions. You will need a full-day tour (choose the North Bali option to go to Kintamani) starting at 7 or 8 am to visit these and get to the airport by 5 pm.

          Safe travels, Michael

  9. Hello Michael.

    I am interested in getting a price for hiring a driver and car for our trip to Bali in May.

    We would require a pickup from the airport about 10.30 pm to a hotel in Kuta

    Day 1 We would like to be picked up around 10am and taken to Nusa Dua and dropped off at the Bali Collection Mall and a few other places then to Bumbu Bali and back to the Devdan show and then back to the hotel. We estimate from 10am until around 9pm

    Day 2 We would like to be picked up around 8.45 and go to Upside down world, big Garden corner, then the Turtle Conservation centre and then over to the Beachwalk shopping centre and then to Bale Udang Mang Engking and back to the hotel, around 6.30

    Day 3 We would like to leave around 10.30 and go to the Sindu beach market and then Jimbaran beach and then on to Uluwata Temple and fire dance and back to Kuta around 8pm

    Day 4 We would like to leave around 8.30 and go to the Bird and reptile park and then the zoo and then the Taman Ayun Temple and then Galeria Wayang Dan Topeng Setia Darma and then to the Sapulidi resort and spa.

    Day 4 We would like to leave around 8 and go to Goa Gaja temple then the Sacred Monkey Forest and then to Puri Salen Palace, Museum Puri Lukisan, traditional Art market and then to Manuaba inn.

    Day 5 We would like to leave around 8.30 to go to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace , Tirta Empul Temple, Kampung Cottages and then to the Bali Elephant Park by 1.30pm

    Day 6 We would like to leave at 12pm and go to Pura Goa Lawah and then to the Bali Safari and Marine park by 3pm

    Day 7 We would like to leave by 12 and go to the Ujung Water Palace and then to Tirta Gangga and then to Ting bali guest house at Batur. Then to the Lakeview restaurant for dinner.

    Day 8 We would like to leave around 7 look at the Mount Batur viewing platform and then head to Ulun Danu Temple, Git git waterfall, Banjar Hot spring , Tannah Lot temple and back to the airport by 9pm.

    Can you advise us if this will work and the costing.



    • Hi Sally, first, book your airport transfer. Day 1, 2 and 4 book a private car and driver and choose the South Bali option. Day 3 book the Uluwatu Day Tour. 2nd Day 4 and 5 book an Ubud Day Tour. Day 6 book a private car and driver and the South Bali option. Day 7 book a private car and driver and choose East Bali option.

      Day 8 is a big day, crosing nearly all of Bali. I would recommend doing Gigit Waterfall on another day along with Danu Beratan and the hot springs. Instead go from Kintamani towards the airport and avoid heading north, using this type of route.

      Better to do Tanah Lot when staying around Ubud, and Gitgit from Ubud but on separate days.

      Avoid Gitgit and Tanah Lot on the day your going to the airport. Hope this helps.

      Safe travels, Michael

  10. Hi Michael,

    For some reason I could not post a comment on the full day hire page. I would like to book for 3 days from 22nd to 24th February but would like to clarify a few things. My itinerary would be picking up from Airport on 22nd to Hideout Bali at Selat, 23rd pickup from Hideout Bali to Ubud then ending at Ulaman Eco Retreat at Tabanan and 24th from Ulaman to Ubud and back to airport in the evening. Is this consider South Bali?

    If first day (22nd) I would like to visit East Bali, how do I book 1 Day East Bali and 2 Days South Bali? Book them separately?

    • Hi Anna – sorry about that, but our schedule was already full with pre-bookings, which is why we don’t take same-day bookings. Thanks anyway, and hope you had a great day!

      Safe travels, Michael

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