Car Hire in Denpasar
This information is correct as of June 2015
Denpasar, the capital of the island of Bali, features various city attractions that will let you appreciate more of its heritage. Puputan Square, one of its public places, depicts how the Badung rajahs prepared to defend their city from the invading Dutch in 1906. There is also the Bajra Sandhi Monument, featuring dioramas on Balinese history, as well as Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, where you will find various artefacts. The countryside, on the other hand, is filled with beaches and delightful activities, which you can venture to using a car from the city.
Where to hire a car in Denpasar
There are several options you can consider when planning a trip to Bali. Denpasar has a number of car rental agencies, with many others located on the west coast of the island. Each of them offers different types of vehicles for their customers. You can work out your options through enquiries made by phone or online and clarify any concerns about terms and conditions. You can also consider hiring a driver with the car for added convenience.
An International driver's licence will be indispensable in your list of things to bring. If you cannot manage it on the time you will be going, you can turn to get a tourist driving licence at the police station in Denpasar. It is valid for one month, allowing you ample time to drive around using your interim licence. You should also get insurance beforehand or ask about the one provided by the car rental company.
Test driving the car you are planning to get is also important, as you can check from here any possible damages not mentioned by the rental company. For the choice of vehicle, better a four-wheel drive, especially if you will head out into the countryside.
What to expect when hiring a car from Denpasar
Driving in Bali can be difficult to manage, if you are not experienced with defensive driving. Local drivers tend to follow their own rules, which make it important that you know how to manoeuvre to prevent likely collisions with reckless people on the road. Right of way is often not recognised and ceremonial processions like the Galungan during the holiday seasons also clog up the traffic, with food carts crossing or blocking the street. Livestock in the countryside can also be seen frequently.
A confusing road network without unclear or missing signs is also the norm in Bali. Potholes are also present in some parts of the route, which make it necessary to focus your complete attention in driving. One-way streets are also common, which makes it necessary to do some round trips. You should also drive on the left side of the road and get used to sit on the right.
There is also a Bali Mandara Toll Road, or Nusa Dua-Ngurah Rai-Benoa Toll Road, carried by a bridge stretching across the Gulf of Benoa. More construction of toll roads is also among the plans for construction. No congestion applies, though, as of the time of writing. Parking may pose difficulties, but you can arrange it with your accommodations.
Getting to your destination
There are a number of possible destinations to check out from Denpasar. Some of them are:
Flash and brashy, Seminyak is the centre of life for hordes of the island's expatriates. A wide range of boutiques, restaurants, and hotels line the beach, which is less crowded than in nearby Kuta's. Temples such as Pura Petitenget and Pura Masceti can also be found here.
To reach Seminyak, head south on JI. Yudistira towards Gg.1. Take JI. Imam Bonjol and JI. Sunset Road to JI. Kunti I in Kuta and then turn a left to JI. Raya Seminyak. The trip can be made in around 30 minutes, if there are no obstructions in the traffic.
A centre of culture in Bali, Ubud features a great number of city attractions. Restaurants, cafes, shops, and different types of lodgings can be found here. For a respite, you can also venture to the countryside where various rice fields can be found.
When heading for Ubud, take JI. Suli, JI. Gatot Subroto Timur, and JI. Trengguli to JI. Siulan in Penatih. Continue on JI. Siulan and take JI. Nagasari and JI. Ida Bagus Japa to JI. Raya Batu Bulan in Batubulan. You can then venture to JI. Raya Singapadu, JI. Raya Lodtunduh, and JI. Wenara Wana to JI. Raya Ubud to your destination. The trip can take 50 minutes to more than an hour, depending on the traffic.
Usually associated with green rolling landscapes, Tabanan features a hilly countryside, especially the imposing Mount Batukaru, the island's second-highest peak at 2,276 metres.
To get here, you will have to take JI. Kartini and Jl. Maruti to JI. Cokroaminoto/JI. HOS Cokroaminoto in Pernecutan Kaja. Continue from here to take JI. Raya Denpasar Gilimanuk to JI. Mawar in Delod Peken. You can then go on to JI. Mawar and take JI. Melati to JI. Parkit. The trip can last about 50 minutes or so, if you encounter light traffic.