Bali Airport to Canggu. Beach in Canggu, Bali

How to Get from Bali Airport to Canggu for Female Solo Travellers

Hey there, fellow solo traveller! Just landed in Bali and itching to hit the beach vibes of Canggu? Well, you’re in the right place. The trip from Bali Airport (officially known as Ngurah Rai International Airport) to the surf’s sweet sounds in Canggu is an adventure of its own. Here’s the lowdown on getting there, so you can start sipping that coconut by the beach in no time!

Are you ready? Let’s go!!!

How Long Does it Take?

Bali Airport to Canggu. Taxi in Bali during sunset!

Good question โ€“ how long does it actually take to get from the airport to Canggu? Well, ease your seat back and relax, because itโ€™s a bit of a ride. Typically, youโ€™re looking at about a 45-minute to 1-hour journey, covering a distance of approximately 20 kilometres, barring any cheeky traffic jams Bali is known for. If youโ€™re travelling during peak hours, add a little buffer time to that estimate. But hey, it’s Bali! The views are scenic, and the vibe is chill, making the time pass by in what feels like a gentle breeze. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to start soaking in the island’s unique atmosphere, from the lush landscapes zipping by your window to the friendly smiles of locals. You’re on island time now, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

Is Public Transport an Option?

Short answer, no. For those new to Bali, expecting accessible public transport like buses or trains, you might be surprised. Bali’s transport options are different. You’ll mostly find taxis, rideshares, private drivers, or the popular choice of renting scooters to navigate the island. This might seem challenging at first, but it’s a unique aspect of Bali that adds to its charm. It allows you to explore at your own pace, discover hidden spots, and enjoy the stunning views Bali offers. Plus, locals and fellow travellers are usually more than willing to help with directions. Welcome to the Bali way of life, where getting around is part of the adventure! ๐Ÿ›ต

#1 Car Taxi – The Classic Route

Traffic in Bali from the taxi.

Let’s start with the traditional car taxi. There is no need to pre-book it, you might need to queue at the airport but you will get yours eventually.

How can I get it? Easy peasy, head straight to the taxi stand outside arrivals. No need for haggling – just grab one at the official counter. You’ll be cruising towards Canggu in about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how the roads decide to treat you. 

Price point? Expect to shell out around IDR 150,000 to 250,000. Not too shabby for a smooth ride.

#2 Scooter Taxi – The Adventurer’s Choice

Bali Airport to Canggu. Street in Ubud with motorbikes.

Feeling the island vibes and want to kickstart your Bali escapade with a bit of thrill? Scooter taxis are your go-to. You will book a driver with a scooter who will pick you up from the airport. This is the fastest route you can take, especially if there is some traffic!

How? Apps like Gojek (or Grab) make it super easy to book a ride. Strap on your helmet, and you’ll be navigating through Bali’s streets, feeling the breeze, in less than 45 minutes. 

What about the price? It’s a bargain, really, with fares usually landing below IDR 100,000. Just remember, it’s perfect for solo travellers with minimal luggage (for example: a carry-on suitcase and a backpack max).

#3 Book in Advance or Through Your Hotel – The Stress-Free Strategy

Surfers on the beach in Canggu, Bali

All about planning? To avoid the hustle, book a car in advance or through your hotel. It’s like having a personal chauffeur waiting just for you โ€“ fancy, right? 

How to book your taxi in advance:

Getting this set up is as simple as a couple of email exchanges or a phone call before your arrival. Time-wise, you’re still looking at that 45-minute to 1-hour window to reach Canggu. You have 3 options:

This is the easiest way to book your taxi even months before the trip so it’s all done and dusted. This is my go-to when I travel to new countries alone because it’s 100% reliable and Booking.com has great customer service too. Just make sure you select the right day and time (I say this because I’ve booked the wrong day before, but I’m sure you’re smarter than me!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is how to find it on the homepage. You will then have to fill out your flight details, dates and destination. It’s super easy, you pay by card and it’s out of the way. I love the fact that the driver will track your flight so in case of any delay, the driver will know immediately!

How to get from Bali airport to Canggu. This is a screenshot of the homepage of Booking.com which shows you how to reserve your taxi in advance.

Sometimes this is the cheapest option, however, you might need to pay cash so make sure you ask the hotel beforehand! How do you know if you’ve been offered a good price? Go on the Grab or Gojek app and check how much it would be from the airport to Canggu, that price will be your benchmark.

Grab and Gojek will be your favourite apps because they offer a great scooter/taxi service + food delivery. I struggle to book in advance with these apps but you can always book a taxi when you get to the airport.

Cost? Each option will be slightly different but overall you shouldn’t pay more than IDR 200k which is about $14.

Blog post about how to get from Bali Airport to Canggu. The image shows a female solo traveller by the pool in Bali. She is seated by the pool holding a book. You can only see her arms and legs. She has an ankle bracelet too.

Useful links about Canggu:

Best coworking spaces in Canggu here ๐Ÿ’ป

Top places to learn how to surf in Bali here ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Is Bali safe? Read more about neighbourhoods in Bali here ๐ŸŒด

Best Option From Bali Airport to Canggu:

When it comes down to choosing the best way to get from the airport to Canggu, it really depends on what you’re after. If you’re aiming for ease and a more relaxed vibe straight off the plane, booking a car through your hotel or in advance is the way to go. It’s hassle-free and a comfortable ride directly to your destination, with plenty of room for you and your luggage. Plus, there’s something quite delightful about having a friendly driver greet you, ready to whisk you away to your vacation on the Island of Gods.

Ciao for now,

Silvia x

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