You are off to Bali and now wondering how to get around Bali. You have seen all the Instagram pictures and YouTubers exploring the island on a scooter. So how much is scooter rental in Bali and what else should you be aware of.
The cost of renting a scooter in Bali starts off at around 75,000 IDR ($5) per day. If you rent for 3 days it costs around 205,000 IDR ($14). And monthly moped rental is around 1,100,000 IDR ($75). You should wear a helmet when driving a scooter or moped around Bali. And consider getting insurance.
In this post, we will go through how much is scooter rental in Bali and more. So let’s get started!
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How Much Is Scooter Rental In Bali?
Renting a scooter is a good way to get around Bali. It gives you a great opportunity to explore the island at your own leisure. There are plenty of places to rent a scooter in Bali, you can try and negotiate to get a good price.
Below are the prices for a 125cc scooter. Without insurance. Before renting a scooter always check the reviews online and try to get recommendations.
|1 Day||75,000 IDR ($5)|
|3 Day||205,000 IDR ($14)|
|1 Month||1,100,000 IDR ($75)|
How Much Does Fuel Cost In Bali?
Fuel in Bali is cheap. Roughly a 1-liter bottle of fuel sells for 9,000 IDR ($0.60). Buying fuel on the street is slightly cheaper than at gas stations.
1liter of fuel should last around 35 km. Now, this depends on the terrain you are driving on and how fast you are driving.
How Do You Rent A Scooter In Bali?
There is plenty of scooter rental shops in Bali, the problem is to make sure you rent from a reputable one. There are plenty of stories about scams and dodgy shops in Bali.
Firstly try and get a recommendation from your hotel or hostel. This will at least point you in the right direction of a reputable scooter rental shop.
Also, check the online reviews as this will give you make information about the rental shop and if there were any issues.
All scooter rental shops will need a photocopy of your passport and driver’s license. Some will ask to keep your passport as a guarantee or they will require a refundable deposit.
Personally, I would not give my passport to them to keep as it is too important and it might be hard to get it back if there are any issues.
Always check out a few places and compare the prices and the reviews plus what is the required deposit.
Do You Need A License For A Scooter In Bali?
The short answer is Yes. You will need an international driver’s license to rent a scooter in Bali. Getting an international driver’s license can be applied for in your home country before going to Bali.
It is well known that a lot of the foreigners renting and driving scooters and mopeds in Bali do not have an international driver’s license.
Without a license, your insurance will be invalid and the police are eager to stop tourists on scooters and check and issue fines.
Can You Rent A Scooter In Bali Without A License?
Unfortunately, the answer is Yes. But because you can rent a scooter in Bali without an international driver’s license doesn’t mean that you should.
Not only are you at risk of your insurance not covering you if there is an accident but the police love stopping tourists and issuing tickets for driving without a license.
Believe it or not but they get a bonus the more tickets they issue.
What If A Police Officer Pulls You Over?
It is not if a Bali police officer is going to pull you over. It is when they pull you over. Let’s cover some basic home truths about Bali.
- Bali police see tourists as a way of making easy money.
- Police corruption is just a way of life in Bali.
- Simply you are a foreigner, you will be pulled over when driving a scooter in Bali.
Make sure you have your international driver’s license and you are wearing a helmet. And be polite and follow their direction. If you do that you should be fine.
What Happens If I Get in A Scooter Accident In Bali?
Firstly regardless of how bad the accident is, the tourist will get the blame. If your scooter gets damaged you will have to pay for the repairs of the scooter.
Now if you damage anything other than your scooter-like property. You will have to negotiate with the owners. If the police get involved, more than likely you will get the blame.
Scooter Rental Tips Bali
To make renting and driving a scooter safer and more enjoyable in Bali, there are tips that will help.
- Wear a helmet.
- Have an international driver’s license.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Accidents are your fault.
- Get insurance.
- Don’t rent old scooters.
- Dress appropriately.
Wear A Helmet
This is only common sense. You should always wear a helmet, this will protect your head if you get into an accident. You also need to fasten the straps on your helmet properly.
If you don’t fasten the helmet properly and you fall off with any force, your helmet will come off leaving your head unprotected.
One problem with renting a helmet from the scooter shop is that it has been worn by loads of people. The helmet could be carrying bacteria, viruses and god knows what. It is worth it to buy a new one.
Get An International Drivers License
You need a license. Yes, there are scooter rental shops that rent without a license. Remember it is all good till something goes wrong.
Without a license, your travel insurance will become invalid. Considering the international driver’s license is easy to get in your home country, there is no excuse for not having one.
Do Not Drink And Drive
Being drunk makes your reaction times poor and also your concentration. You would not do it in your home country, so do not do it in Bali.
Accidents Are Your Fault
Accidents will always be your fault. It’s just a fact of life as a foreigner driving on a scooter in Bali and if there is an accident, you will be blamed.
This is just for peace of mind, as things can go wrong and if something does it can ruin your holiday.
Do Not Rent Old Scooters
Don’t rent old scooters they have been well used. If you get on an old scooter there is a greater chance that you will have mechanical problems.
There are plenty of newer bikes available for the same price.
When out driving on the scooter it might have been hot starting off but when you are on the open road, it can it very windy and cold.
Wearing shorts, flip-flops, and being topless just doesn’t work. Better to wear proper shoes, jeans, and a jacket.
Finally, renting a scooter is the best way to travel around Bali. With prices starting from 75,000 IDR ($5) for a 125cc scooter. Remember to wear a helmet and consider getting insurance. There are some things you need to be aware of such as the police stopping tourists and if an accident occurs you will be blamed.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on how much is scooter rental in Bali has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.