Hey there, fellow travel lover! 👋 Have you ever considered the journey from Ubud to Amed? It’s not just about getting from point A to B. It’s about embracing the adventure along the way. In this blog post, I’ll tell you exactly how to get from Ubud to Amed, where to go if you want to stop on the way and some tips about Ubud and Amed. If that sounds good to you, keep reading!
Estimated Travel Time
Now, before we hit the proverbial road, let’s talk time. It usually takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to drive from Ubud to Amed. But with all the amazing sights and stops along the way, you’ll probably want to give yourself a bit more time to enjoy the ride. 🚗
Different Ways to Get from Ubud to Amed
There are a few ways to make this trip, and each has its own charm:
- By Car: This is the quickest and most comfortable option, especially if you’re travelling with luggage or a group. If you’ve hired a car, take the Jl. Raya Penelokan road out of Ubud and follow the signs toward Amed. This route winds you through rice fields, past Mount Agung and some pretty mind-blowing views. If you don’t have your own car you can book a taxi car from your accommodation or Grab/Gojek car. If you are looking into getting a taxi, you will spend around IDR 600,000 ($40).🚗💨
- By Scooter: If you’re up for an adventure and comfortable driving in Bali, a scooter gives you the ultimate freedom to explore. Just remember to wear a helmet! The route’s pretty much the same as by car, but you’ve got a bit more freedom to explore those hidden gems along the way. Again, you can easily book a taxi scooter as well. However, you might be better off stopping halfway (I’ll give some tips on places to explore later) and taking another taxi scooter from there – because doing more than 2 hours on the scooter is no joke!! In terms of prices for a taxi scooter, we are looking at something similar to half the price of a car taxi. 🛵
- By Bus and Ferry: Now, if you’re up for a more “local” experience, there’s always the bus and ferry combo. Head to the Perama Tour office (or any tourist agency) in Ubud, and grab a ticket for their shuttle bus to Padang Bai. From there, it’s a ferry ride to Amed. I think this is the longest and possibly most expensive route which I wouldn’t suggest unless you are exploring other islands. So you could start from Padang Bai visit Nusa Panida or the Gilis and then stop to Amed on your way back to Bali. 🚍🛳️
Best Stops From Ubud to Amed
The journey from Ubud to Amed is like a moving postcard, with every turn revealing a new breathtaking view. You’ll pass emerald rice terraces, traditional villages, lush mountains, and coastal views that’ll make you want to stop for a photo op every few minutes. 📸
Along the way, there are some fantastic places to stretch your legs, grab a bite, or explore. Sidemen is a peaceful village known for its traditional weaving and stunning landscape. Bias Tugen Beach is perfect for a beach-side lunch. And Tirta Gangga Water Palace is simply a must-visit!
First up, we’ve got Sidemen, a charming little village nestled in the valleys of Bali. Picture this: you’re strolling through green rice fields, a cool breeze ruffling your hair, the scent of fresh earth in the air. Sounds dreamy, right? That’s Sidemen for you. It’s a spot that invites you to slow down, inhale deeply, and let the beauty of nature wash over you. And hey, if you’re into traditional crafts, you’re in for a treat.
#2 Bias Tugen Beach
Bias Tugel Beach is one of the locals’ best-kept secrets. There are literally no tourists here, you will barely see anyone at all. But there are 2 cafes offering sunbeds and amazing local food. I would recommend having their grilled fish for lunch or their Gado-gado which is delicious.
It takes about a 10-minute walk from the parking area to reach the beach, there are a few steps here and there but it’s quite easy and straightforward. The beach is stunning, with white sand and the sea is perfect for a swim as it gets deep very soon.
I loved the vibe here, you can chat with locals, play with the dogs and explore the rock pools. This is definitely the best beach to visit from Ubud (much better than Sanur if you ask me).
#3 Tirta Gangga
Last but not least, we’ve got Tirta Gangga on the pitstop list. And trust me, it’s nothing short of a fairytale setting. Picture yourself walking on stepping stones, surrounded by a relaxing pond filled with koi fish and stunning water towers. It’s a dreamy water palace where you can’t help but snap a hundred pictures. A definite must-visit.
To make your journey smooth and enjoyable, here are some tips:
- Start early to avoid traffic and make the most of your day.
- Check the weather forecast; the journey can be more challenging during heavy rain.
- Have some cash handy for tolls, snacks, and unexpected expenses. The beach I mentioned for example is cash only for sunbeds and food.
- Lastly, don’t rush! The magic of this journey lies in its slower pace and the experiences along the way.
Now, let me share my personal twist on this journey. I got a car taxi from Ubud to Sanur, where I hopped on a ferry to the amazing Gili Trawangan (an Indonesian island not too far from Lombok). After a few blissful days there, I took another ferry to Amed. The sea journey added a whole new dimension to the trip, and I loved every minute! 🚢 if you want to know more about this type of journey, check out this 2 weeks itinerary of Bali and Gili Islands which also includes Amed!
Both Ubud and Amed are unmissable stops on your trip to Bali for different reasons. Ubud is the cultural hub, yes it’s becoming very touristy but there is still a lot to learn there and many proud locals who are willing to show you around or invite you to join their community for any ceremony or event taking place! Amed is a dreamy beach location, if you’ve been to Hawaii before, well, it’s similar! Not only that but it’s less touristy and definitely more relaxing than Ubud.
I’ve written plenty of guides for both Ubud and Amed so I’m going to list some of the key ones for you to check out in case you need to! You’re welcome😉
So there you have it, friend! The journey from Ubud to Amed is more than just a commute; it’s a journey packed with experiences, waiting to be savoured. Whether you travel by car, scooter, bus, or ferry, there’s something uniquely beautiful about this route that’ll leave you with memories to cherish. Enjoy!
Ciao for now,