Public transport can be difficult to navigate in Bali. There are many independent transport providers, but these do not always link up well in more rural or less populated areas. It can also be difficult to follow signs and information on public transport as this is generally not translated into English. Hiring a car can save you stress on your travels and means you can explore Bali at your own pace. It also allows you to travel to more rural areas that may not have good transport links.
When you hire a car in Bali, it may take some time to adjust to the local driving culture. There are a few key things to be aware of when you’re driving in Bali. For one, drivers do not indicate to signal that they are going to turn or change lanes. Instead, Balinese drivers will usually sound their horns to let other drivers know when they are about to move. Sounding your horn in Bali is not a sign of anger or aggression but a signal to make other drivers aware of your presence, so don’t be afraid to do that when moving through traffic. You should also note that roads in Bali are not well-lit at night, so if you are driving in the dark, it is a good idea to have a map on your phone or GPS in your vehicle.
The legal driving age in Indonesia is 17. Drivers aged 18 and above can hire a car in Bali, depending on the policy of the car rental firm that they use. There are no legal age restrictions on car hire in Bali. Therefore, many car hire companies offer student deals on car hire, or offer special packages for drivers under a certain age for a small additional fee. Many car hire companies in Bali also offer an additional driver policy so, if you are travelling with a younger party, you can still split the driving.
Intermediate (Toyota Avanza or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bali.
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