Lion Air passenger dies upon landing in Bali

A passenger on a Lion Air flight was declared dead upon landing at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday. Identified as 57-year-old Janos Dominggus in a Kompas news report, the passenger had been on flight JT 040 from Jakarta. The victim had been traveling with a relative and did not carry a ...

Transportation

Bali governor axes public bus system, calling it ‘silly’

Bali governor axes public bus system, calling it ‘silly’

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster says he’s scaling Bali’s Trans Sarbagita Bus service down to just one line, calling the public bus system, “silly”. The system, launched in...

Melinda Gates hangs with Go-Jek ladies on the sidelines of IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Melinda Gates hangs with Go-Jek ladies on the sidelines of IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Melinda Gates is one of the globe’s financial elite in town for the IMF-World Bank annual meetings taking place in Bali this week. But the American billionaire and...

Passengers evacuated from burning tour bus on Bali toll road

Passengers evacuated from burning tour bus on Bali toll road

A smoking bus caused a scene on Bali’s Mandara Toll Road on Wednesday, as passengers had to be evacuated from the burning vehicle in the middle of the road. Coming from the Nusa...

Bali short on luxury cars, high in demand for IMF-World Bank annual meetings

Bali short on luxury cars, high in demand for IMF-World Bank annual meetings

With the world’s financial elite coming to town for the fast-approaching IMF-World Bank annual meetings, luxury cars are in high demand in Bali. There’s even a request for...

Bali Mandara Toll Road to close 8 hours for Badung International Night Run on Sept. 30

Bali Mandara Toll Road to close 8 hours for Badung International Night Run on Sept. 30

The Bali Mandara Toll Road will be closed for eight hours for a road race on Sept. 30. The road will be blocked off from midnight until 8am on Sunday for the 2018 Mandiri Badung...

New Bali airport aprons under operation

New Bali airport aprons under operation

Two new aprons are now under operation at Bali’s I Gust Ngurah Rai International Airport, just ahead of the anticipated influx in air traffic that will come with the annual...

Police to impose odd-even traffic system in Bali during IMF-World Bank meetings

Police to impose odd-even traffic system in Bali during IMF-World Bank meetings

Bali Police say they will be imposing an odd-even traffic system in the island’s south during the upcoming IMF-World Bank annual meetings to take place in Bali. The opening...

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass open ahead of IMF-World Bank meeting

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass open ahead of IMF-World Bank meeting

Much to the relief of anyone traveling around South Bali, after months on end of road work and worse-than-usual traffic, the Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai underpass is finally open,...

Bali airport installs 10 automated immigration gates to help handle wave of IMF-World Bank delegates

Bali airport installs 10 automated immigration gates to help handle wave of IMF-World Bank delegates

Immigration lines at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have become notoriously long at times, especially as Bali’s foreign arrivals have been increasing over the past...


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Coconuts Bali Transportation

Bali, paradise island that it may be, is macet, macet, macet (traffic-filled) in many parts, especially in the south. Roads are usually narrow and too often in need of repair, with numerous potholes;  some roads are even collapsing in places from all the heavy trucks. Trucks, let’s talk about trucks — they are literally everywhere on the island as the mentality here is “build, build, build”. As the island becomes more and more developed, trucks are needed to transport construction materials. There are also plenty of buses, filled with tourists, ready to run motorbikes off the road if drivers aren’t careful. Unfortunately, a lot of our transportation coverage is related to such accidents, that usually occur on narrow roads, when someone tries to pass and gets trapped in a head-on collision. Not surprisingly, with giant vehicles on the road, shared with motorbikes, it’s usually the people on bikes that fear for their lives. Public transportation is almost totally lacking in Bali, so you can bet most people living here use their own motorbike. For visitors though, the big trend in transportation at the moment is ride-hailing apps. Obviously the bulk of people visiting Bali (and heaven knows there are loads of visitors) do not have their own transportation. As transport apps get more and more popular as they are quick and easy to use, hold drivers accountable, and have fixed, predictable rates, trouble brews in paradise when traditional transport gets challenged, putting money-making for some in jeopardy.