One day I was in Ubud having breakfast with a local person. He asked if I was a “Ubud babe” or “Uluwatu babe”. Without thinking about it I said I was an “Ubud babe”. The day after I went to Uluwatu for the first time, I then called him in the evening and said I was wrong, I’m an “Uluwatu babe”. Ubud is a magical place for sure but unfortunately, it doesn’t come with the sea. Uluwatu does and it’s stunning. In this blog post, I will tell you how to get from Ubud to Uluwatu, when to go and where to stop along the way.
How to get from Ubud to Uluwatu
Approximately 2 to 3 hours of journey time, costing around 300,000 to 400,000 IDR.
Booking a car taxi is super easy, honestly! Just whip out your phone and open up a ride-hailing app like Grab or Blue Bird, which are pretty popular around here. Once you’re in, just punch in your current location (that’d be Ubud) and your destination (Uluwatu, here we come!). The app will show you the cost upfront so there aren’t any nasty surprises at the end. If everything looks good, hit that ‘Book’ button and voila, your ride is on its way. Remember, you’ll need some cash on hand to settle the fare at the end of your journey.
Pros: Comfortable and convenient transportation options.
Cons: Can be more expensive compared to other options.
Thrilling and pocket-friendly option, with fares around 200,000 IDR.
This is a more adventurous option. You can hire a scooter taxi via local transportation apps such as GoJek or Grab. It’s quicker than a car taxi as it can weave through the traffic, but only opt for this if you’re comfortable with a bit of thrill.
Pros: Affordable and adventurous way to travel.
Cons: Not suitable for those who prefer a more comfortable ride.
Rent a scooter
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you zip through the lush landscapes of Bali. It’s about a 2-hour ride, depending on traffic and how many times you stop for photos (because trust me, you’re going to want to stop!).
Start your journey heading south from Ubud, taking Jl. Raya Ubud to Jl. Raya Pengosekan. You’ll then continue on Jl. Raya Batuan, following signs for Denpasar and then for the bypass to Nusa Dua. You’ll take this bypass all the way south until you hit Jl. Raya Uluwatu, then just follow this road west to reach Uluwatu.
Costs about 50,000 IDR per day, giving you control over your route and pace.
Pros: Budget-friendly and offers flexibility in exploring different areas.
Cons: Requires prior experience in riding a scooter and may not be suitable for everyone.
Comfortable and relaxed travel option, with fares around 60,000 IDR.
Regarding the tickets, most hotels in Ubud can book the tickets for you – just ask the front desk, and they’ll sort you out. If you’re more of a ‘do-it-yourself’ kind of traveller, you can buy tickets directly from the shuttle bus office located in Ubud centre. Whichever way you choose, I’d recommend buying your tickets a day in advance just to be on the safe side.
Pros: Provides a comfortable and hassle-free journey.
Cons: Limited routes and schedules compared to other options.
Getting from Ubud to Uluwatu: Tips and Tricks
- Plan this trip at least the day before so you can get organised properly and understand how you want to get to Uluwatu.
- The best way to get from Ubud to Uluwatu: Grab a taxi or hire a driver for a comfortable journey.
- Scooters are popular in Bali, but the distance and heat make it less ideal for this route.
- Pro tip: Leave early in the morning to avoid traffic and have more time to explore Uluwatu’s beauty.
Must-Visit Stops Along the Way
As you make your way from Ubud to Uluwatu, why not take advantage of the journey and make a few memorable stops along the way? Here are a couple of places worth checking out:
- Nusa Dua: With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Nusa Dua is an absolute gem. Take a dip, soak up the sun, and let the worries of the world wash away.
- Jimbardan: Make a pit stop in Jimbardan to catch the breathtaking sunset. Sit back, relax, and witness nature paint the sky with vibrant hues.
- Sanur: End your journey with a relaxing stroll along the sandy shores of Sanur. Embrace the tranquil ambience and let the sound of the waves lull you into a state of bliss.
Timing is Everything
When it comes to planning your trip from Ubud to Uluwatu, timing is key. During Bali’s rainy season (November to January), Ubud tends to get quite humid due to its lush forests, and rainfall becomes more frequent. If you prefer drier weather, this may be the perfect time to head to Uluwatu or Canggu instead. However, if you don’t mind a little rain and want to experience Ubud’s magical atmosphere, the rainy season can still offer its unique charm.
On the other hand, the dry season (June to September) is a lot busier with tourists and brings warmer temperatures. So, if you’re a sun seeker and thrive in a bustling environment, this might be the ideal time for you to visit.
Useful links for Ubud and Uluwatu
Ubud and Uluwatu are both incredible destinations that deserve a spot on your Bali itinerary. Just remember to choose the right time of year that suits your preferences and travel style. Whether you’re exploring Ubud’s cultural wonders or chilling on Uluwatu’s stunning beaches, I hope this guide has helped plan your adventure.
Ciao for now,