Finding a Bali driver isn’t hard, finding one that you trust that provides car seats for the kids is a bit trickier. We have used a few drivers over our Bali trips, all have been lovely and accommodating to our needs. It can be wise to check that the driver you use has insurance for their vehicles, this is important if something were to happen. One thing is you will never be without Bali transport as ever corner seems to have one! If you are also trying to work out where to stay check out our post on where to stay in Bali.
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What do we use Bali Driver’s for?
In general I use drivers in Bali for one of two purposes. We also use Blue Bird Taxis for short trips.
- Transfers: Airport transfers or to transfer between hotels/villas
- Day trips
I always book a transfer with a driver for when we arrive at the airport especially if it’s late at night. Day trips are a wonderful way to see the island and even if it’s for a shopping day trip, it’s mighty handy when they wait patiently at each shop! Booking a driver for the first time for an airport transfer is a great way to see if he will work for your family. If we are happy I might mention at the end of the transfer is their a possibility of a day trip. This is usually met with a big yes and then we work out a day that might suit us all.
Most hotels will offer airport transfers. Sometimes they charge for the transfers and these prices can vary widely. If the price is too high I like to use my own Bali drivers. There is a taxi stand at the airport but just be mindful that if you have a few kids and luggage you will need a couple of taxis as they aren’t huge.
If you book a driver well in advance for an airport transfer I would send them a message a week before you travel to verify all the details. I give them the flight number and expected time of arrival. If your flight is delayed, don’t be concerned about your driver. He will see the relevant details at the airport and will know that your flight has been delayed. If your flight has been cancelled send them a message with your new flight details.
You proceed through all the formalities and walk outside to a large amount of drivers. If for whatever reason you can’t see your driver holding a sign with your name when you arrive and have gone past immigration, approach the central desk near where all the drivers are standing. Show the clerk at the desk the name of your driver and they will announce it over the loud speaker so that the driver can find you. Often planes are delayed and the drivers don’t know when you are going to walk through, especially as the bags can take forever.
At this point the driver will walk with you and your luggage to the car park and leave you in a spot and go collect their van. This can get a bit hot and be a little bit confronting on your first trip. For that reason, especially with kids, make sure you have some water with you. I either get my water bottle filled on the plane before landing or after clearing immigration I change $50aud and then buy a bottle of water at duty free. This is quick and easy to do.
Great drivers will make you feel very welcome often by having cold Bintangs, water or soft drinks ready for you in an esky in their van. After a long flight this is so welcome and you feel in holiday mode. As I mentioned earlier, Taxi’s are available if your driver that you have organised doesn’t turn up.
Having a great driver really makes a difference with day trips. The traffic in Bali can be quite congested at times, so having a van that is comfortable and kept cool is a must. Also having a driver that is friendly and is lovely to talk to can make your day seem not as long. With kids I recommend not planning too much. Short distances on a map can actually take a really long time to drive in Bali so it’s best to discuss with your driver times it will take to get to different places and also factor in toilet breaks for the kids.
I also highly recommend getting car seats for longer trips, these can make or break a day trip. For shorter trips and taxi rides we don’t use car seats as the traffic goes so slow. By all means hire a van with car seats to drive you every where, this is definitely an option and some more expensive villas come with this, but taking a car seat with you for every trip will become very time consuming. I also always carry sick bags when we travel in Bali. Our Charlotte isn’t too bad when we drive back in Australia but has vomited quite a few times in Bali.
How to book a Bali Driver and keep in contact with them
When I am first researching and contacting drivers I use either What’s App or Facebook Messenger. What’s App is widely used in Bali and is an app that you should download before you travel to Bali. Some drivers are fantastic on Facebook but having their number in your phone is very handy too.
The best way to keep in contact with a driver while in Bali is via What’s App. Most restaurants and resorts will have WIFI available so the app is easy to access. If you choose to get a SIM even better as you will always have access to them.
I recently asked friends and our Facebook Group members recommendations for excellent drivers. Here is the list of drivers that came recommended including the drivers I recommend too. This list goes perfect with our recommendations of Bali Nannies and you can find that post here.
The drivers details are below and please check directly with each driver to get a quote.
+62 812 3931887
Our long time friend and driver Made is fantastic. He has car seats available and always greets us with a cold drink at the airport.
What’s App +62 8776 1604 525
Facebook Page: Alit Pranata Bali Personal Driver
Car seats available and is a fantastic guide. I have personally used him in 2018 and highly recommend.
What’s App +6281338044755
Facebook Bali Smart Tours
Car seats available and we have personally used his services and he is great!
What’s App + 62 813 391 010 98
Car seat available and also provides stroller and esky
Works in a team of 20 others to provide last minute bookings
+62 813 37497178
Alex works with other drivers as part of Epo Bali Driver
Car seat available
+62 812 3676709
Car seat available
Sila’s Bali Tour and also owner of Asli Bali Villas
Car seats can be organised
+62 813 38230088
Car seats available
Can organise car seats if needed
+62 812 3982871
Yandira is located in Ubud so is great for day trips or transfers to Ubud
Car seat available
Whats app number +628174745592
Range of car seats available including 0-2 years and 1 year to 6 years
What’s App Number + 62 8 5237843987
Email [email protected]
Car seats available and provides fantastic service especially as he has his own kids.
What’s App number +62 082144663047 or +62 812-5003-4700
Email [email protected]
Facebook page Made Palguna
Baby car seat available including rear facing and included esky of water + bottled beer. Great English and highly recommend. Works with Alex at Epo Bali Driver.
What’s app number +62 878 6629 9825 / +62 821 4786 6884
Facebook Keong Mas Bali Tours
Car seat available for no extra charge for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. They provide free water & snacks upon pick up of tours, all parking fees, petrol, insurance, free WIFI & the use of an ipad (if the guest chooses). Bintang upon request. They can also help organise birthday cakes for guests. They have it delivered to them then they can bring it on the day of the tour. They also hire out a portacot and all proceeds from the hire go towards helping the less fortunate in Bali. They can also take larger groups.
WhatsApp number +6285237767998
Facebook page Dirabalitour
Has a car seat for baby aged 1 year and older plus a booster seat is available. Can take big groups of 15-16 people.
His full day tour price includes: minerals water and 2 bottle Soft drink (coke/lemonade) in Esky box, or provides small Bintang beer with additional charge IDR 20k/bottle (or any requests of drinks)
WhatsApp Number +628123910512
Facebook Page Gede Budi Ada Tour Service
Car for 7 people, esky, wifi, baby seat
WhatsApp +62 813 3873 9631
Facebook Page Bali Tours with Made Merta
Esky with water and ice. Baby seat and pram cost approximately $10 for both. Started driving in 1995 with lots of knowledge of Bali
+62 81 353 314 277
Facebook Yanick Bali’s Best Driver
Yan provides Aqua, Beer, Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. The car is big enough for 7 people and his bosses van has 15 seats
WhatsApp +62 87761445900
Facebook My Brothers Transport
They have a 7 seater available and a larger van of more than 12 seats needs to be requested 3 days prior. They have a car seat for children 0-13kg.
WhatsApp +62 877 79707547
Facebook Ricky Bali Transport
Can take 5-6 guest because van has roof rack. Many car seats available that are new and in great condition. 3 sizes, little baby, toddler and booster for bigger child. Their seats can be rear facing if parent requests. Esky service, with water free and Bintang 20k each, vodkas 25k each, soft drink 15k each or other drink on request. Larger group size possible and able to drive up 20 seat bus. Have option 12, 14, 18, 20 seat. Van has DVD player and Wifi available at request for no charge. Pram for guest use free charge for full day tours and can be hired for time in Bali at small fee.
Facebook Eddie goodboy Bali Tour service
Many Australians use Eddie Goodboy Service tour, car seats are available.
Facebook Good Day Tour Service
Gde comes highly recommended. A baby car seat can be provided. Additional services included are mineral bottled water, gasoline, and parking ticket. A van for a larger group can be provided.
Facebook DMY Tour Bali
Email [email protected]
Car seat is available and Kadek can also organise a capsule if needed. He works with his older brother if any one need a bigger car or we can use 2 cars. Cooler box on request.
Facebook Ary’s Tour and Sightseeing
Website Bali Tour Organizers
Baby seat available plus esky with drinks on request. Can also take big groups.
WhatsApp to +628123914782
Facebook Rio De Bali
Baby car seat, stroller and esky. Plus WIFI and he has 7 seater van and also a bus with 15 – 17 seats.
Great drivers can make your family holiday even more special so please consider using a recommended driver from either here or from family/friends advice. There are plenty of drivers on the street that will try to get your business especially in low season and occasionally these can work out to be excellent. Most of the time they can change plans at the last minute or not turn up at all!
Also if you are not keen to check out silver shops or carving workshops on your day trips be very explicit in explaining that you do not want to go to these places. Most drivers in Bali are trying to do the right thing and earn a living. Just make sure you feel comfortable with them and if not, ask to be taken to the nearest restaurant/McDonalds so you can work out some other way to get around.
As you use the same driver over a few trips, you will learn more about their families and may even be lucky enough to be invited back to the family home for a meal. The Balinese hospitality is amazing and a memory you will never forget.