Hire a Private Driver in Bali | Ultimate Guide (2019)
Seek To Travel | October 7, 2019
Are you planning to hire a private driver in Bali? If so, this article will help you find the best driver in Bali.
Bali, this is many people’s favourite holiday destination, one that everyone keeps coming back to. A beautiful island worth exploring, the place most people think about when they imagine paradise. There are so many things to do if you are looking at visiting Bali with lots of adventurous and exciting things to do whether you are travelling alone, in a group or as a family.
There’s no better way of seeing Bali than by hiring your own private driver with a car. Hiring a driver in Bali with a car gives you the flexibility of seeing and enjoy doing the things you want to do. There’s a selection of cars you can choose from according to your requirements. Please take a look here.
In this article, we will talk about why you should hire a private driver with a car so let’s get started and take a look below why it is the best way of travelling around Bali.
1) Should you hire a private driver in Bali?
There are so many places to see and things to do in Bali. The best way of getting to these places is by hiring a good private driver who knows the area well whether it’s for half a day or a full day.
If you plan on travelling a long distances for more than 3 hours, the recommended form of transport is by hiring a car with a driver. It is up to you how long you would like to book for, this can be done for half a day or full day.
It is cost and time efficient in comparison to taking around 6 short trips by Taxi for the day. The amount you would have to pay would most likely be the same if not more as hiring a driver for half a day. Therefore, the most important thing is you save time and money, more convenient as well as be able to see more places you want to.
You can find the right type of vehicle here according to the number of passengers travelling.
Depending on how many days you are planning to travel in Bali, you should plan your trip in advance and consider hiring a private driver for a couple of full-day trips for sightseeing, there is no better way.
2) Where can you go with a private driver?
There are so many options to choose from when you hire a private driver. It gives you the flexibility to plan your day whether it’s for half a day or full day. Most drivers will work with you and will recommend some of the must-see places to visit.
Here are some of the things you can do and places to visit. The beauty of booking a private driver is that you can mix things up and plan your day according to what you would like to see and do.
Temples: One of the most beautiful attractions in Bali that cannot be missed. Some of these temples are in one of the most peaceful locations you will find on the island. One of the most photographed places in Bali is the Lempuyang Temple. Please click here for tour details.
Waterfall: If you feel like a bit of an adventure, then you should take a trip to some of the most beautiful locations for one of the good attractions of Bali, Waterfalls. You may have seen and heard about these waterfalls through people posing for photos to post on Instagram. If you want to capture your own Instagram moment, then you should consider visiting some of these waterfalls.
The hike down to the water is stunning passing through great viewing points surrounded by lush mountains. You can also take a dip in the water close to these waterfalls while enjoying stunning views too. This article has comprehensive information about waterfalls in Bali that you should check out.
Shopping: Bali is famous for its markets. If you would like to do some shopping, then you should go to the local markets. There are a few good markets in Ubud and Seminyak to get some of the best bargains. Be prepared to show off your bargaining skills! These markets are great for taking back souvenirs of authentic Balinese items and find some of the best street foods in Bali.
Beaches: There are good beaches along the coastline of Bali. Depending on which area you want to see and how far you want to travel, you may want to make it a day trip with the private driver. Your driver can take you for a tour and stop at different beaches and relax for the day while soaking in the sun.
Go Drinking: Bali has some of the best nightlife with trendy bars, beach clubs, and cafes/restaurants. You can arrange with your driver to take you around for a day/night of bar hopping. This is the perfect way of getting around and not having to worry about how to reach home safely. Relax and let your hair down for a great fun day out at some of the hippest places in Bali.
3) How to find a driver in Bali?
The best way for you to hire the best driver in Bali is through word of mouth. If your family or friends know someone personally and you trust their recommendation than that would be the best option. They can share their experience with you and you can consider hiring a driver they recommend.
You can also look at recommendations for drivers in online forums however there are plenty of fake reviews online these days. You can also search in Facebook groups, but you will find there are a lot of self-promoters who may or may not suit your requirements.
If you prefer a verified driver and you would like to discuss your plans with drivers anonymously, you should consider contacting businesses/drivers through Seek to Travel. You will also be able to negotiate in advance and pay online so you won’t have to pay cash to the drivers after your trip.
4) Should you connect with random drivers using WhatsApp?
Giving out your number to a stranger can be risky. Once you give out your number to someone they can add your number on their phone and they will be able to see your pictures and your profile details through WhatsApp/social media and other technologies.
To avoid this situation, it is best to stay anonymous and get information from businesses and drivers and only give out your number/account to just one person/business you would like to work with. This will minimize you having to give your personal details.
Seek to Travel messaging technology lets you anonymously message businesses and get information from them. You can choose the business you would like to work with, pay securely and get connected via email. From there, you can choose to give your number if you wish to.
5) Should you connect with random drivers on Facebook or Facebook Groups?
It depends who is recommending drivers to you on Facebook. Is it someone you trust or is it a friend on Facebook?
You will find that once you post a recommendation on Facebook Group, you will be overwhelmed with responses from drivers you do not know. There will be some recommendations from group members, if you know them and trust their advice then you can look into finding out more information on their recommendations.
If you don’t want to share your Facebook profiles with strangers, then it’s not the best idea to communicate with many strangers on Facebook and ask for recommendations in groups you do not know and trust.
6) How about Forums like TripAdvisor to connect with drivers in Bali?
You will find that if you google fake reviews on TripAdvisor, you will come across a ton of articles like this that talks about TripAdvisor’s fake review. It is confusing and can be a major problem. Who do you trust, and which businesses are getting true reviews?
You don’t want to book a business based on just reviews. You should contact them, send them anonymous private messages and only give your contact if you truly think the business understands your requirements and have provided enough information about their business. This will minimize the risk of working with someone you shouldn’t be.
7) Should you book drivers from your hotel?
Booking through a hotel can be an option but it will work out to be quite expensive, overall costing you extra. You will find that if a private driver through Seek To Travel quotes you $40, some hotels may quote around $60 for the same service. Therefore, it is always recommended to plan your trip in advance.
Like anything in life, if you book or buy something last minute, chances are you may end up paying extra as you haven’t had enough time to research and find the best deals. So, plan your trip in advance, take a look here and find the one that suits you so you don’t have to stress at the last hour while you are on your holiday and can be happy with getting the best deal online.
8) Where else can you book a private driver for Bali?
Besides Seek To Travel, you can find drivers on the streets outside hotels. They are usually sitting in groups right outside the hotels and shopping complex. You can also book random drivers on the streets as well, however, chances are they do not know English very well or they are not familiar with areas you would like to explore. It is also difficult to know if the driver is good and have a valid driver’s license.
Just a tip when you do come across these drivers, some of them will only take you to specific places for example places to shop (usually jewelry and craft shops) and eat. The drivers do get a commission for taking visitors there, that’s why it is advised that you know exactly where you want to go and want to see.
You will also find some drivers will only drive you around and may not communicate as much as you’d like to especially not having an understanding and knowledge about the places you will be seeing in Bali.
Drivers registered with Seek To Travel will make sure they will not just drive you around but walk around with you to show you places, give you an insight of the place and take you to the right places like a local guide. You will feel safe and secure with a local person and will get a real experience of Bali like a local.
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9) What should you look for in a driver in Bali?
We look for the below criteria in a driver when we register them on our website. We recommend you look below:
You should choose a driver who speaks English and who can communicate with you very well. It is important that they can be able to understand your requirements and you to understand how they work. An overall understanding, communication, and knowledge about the itinerary planned out for the day.
They should be humble and should always not be aggressive in any situation and patient. They should be flexible about pickup and drop off times and work with you to plan the trip that meets all your requirements.
Ideally, your driver should be a Bali local and should have knowledge about the places you are visiting. Seek To Travel works with drivers, not only take you to your destination, drivers that will also show you around and act like a local guide giving you a full insight into the places where you are visiting. This will be a wonderful experience, the best way of seeing a city is by local experience.
You should hire a driver in Bali who has included everything in their tour package. They should include any tolls, petrol, parking fees, etc. Some places will have entrance fees which will not be included, you will need to pay for a ticket, however entrance fees do not apply for most drivers.
10) Do you have to pay for waiting time?
Most of the drivers do not charge for waiting time. For the private tour, you will arrange a pick-up time and a meeting point with your driver including how long you would like to book.
There won’t be many situations where either you or driver will have to wait however if you are running late, then you should inform the driver and reschedule the pickup time. Always communicate with your driver a day in advance, as well as the morning of the day so that everything is going according to plan.
For airport pickup, most of the drivers we work with understand and are considerate/flexible that things can change, and it is beyond your control if a flight time has changed. Hence, they will not charge you extra. If possible, and you do have a way of contacting them, you can inform them if there have been any changes or a delay and arrange for a pickup and meeting point.
NOTE: Do inform your driver beforehand how many passengers and the number of luggage so that the driver and you can arrange the right size of the car so that everything will fit.
11) How much to hire a driver in Bali?
Costs to hire Bali tour driver really depends on 2 things, the time you would like to hire a car and the type of car. A luxury car price will vary from a standard car. A 7-seater car will be more expensive than the 5-seater car.
Below will give you some idea on the cost of a private car with drivers in Bali
Full Day: A full day which is 8-10 hours service will cost around USD $40 for a standard 5-seater car.
Half Day: Half-day tours are around 4-6 hours, it will cost around USD$30-$35 for a standard 5-seater car
Airport Transfer: Depending on where you need to go, Airport Transfers will typically start from USD $15. For $15 transfer, drivers should be able to take you to places like Seminyak, Kuta, Legian. Make sure you communicate where you need to be dropped off and the price beforehand.
Fixed Tours: Fixed tour will depend on the length of the tour and distance the driver needs to cover.
Please take a look here for the listing of car services available. The prices and details are attached for each of the listings. If you would like more of a luxurious experience of driving around Bali, why not hire for the day one of the most ultimate luxurious cars here.
12) What happens if you go overtime for booking?
In case there is a situation where your trip may go over time, do make arrangements with the driver beforehand and check with the driver if there will be an extra fee for the extra hours. Most of the time the driver will charge per hour and payments can be made in cash at the end of the trip.
13) When is the best time and day to book?
It is advised to book in advance so that you can plan your trip properly and have enough time to communicate with the driver. The drivers will be able to provide enough information in regards to your requirements and to make all the arrangements happen.
We suggest not to leave it too late for example on the day or the night before your trip and to allow a day before booking so that we can make proper arrangements for you with the driver. It is important that you provide as many details and to have clear communication with your driver.
14) Do you have to pay an extra fee for airport transfers or Trips?
No, fees are not applicable for most places however, there may be situations where you will have to pay extra depending on the distance you are travelling. It is advised to have clear communication with the driver and to provide as much information on where you need to go.
Make arrangements with the driver on prices and pick up/drop off time and location beforehand so that everything is clear.
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15) Is there an extra fee for an early morning pick up?
No there is no extra fee for early pickups however please be advised to allow enough notice and time for the driver to make arrangements.
16) Should you tip the driver?
If you are booking with Seek To Travel, you don’t need to pay tips or any extra fees. It is not necessary to tip but you can if you wish to. Even $5 goes a long way for drivers in Bali, they will appreciate your kindness.
Bali is truly a beautiful place that is filled with so much natural beauty, the perfect place for families, romantic spots for couples and plenty of activities for adventure seekers.
The people here are generous and happy and love to share their culture and traditions with visitors, you will see amazing cultural sites of the Balinese people.
To see and explore Bali on your visit, as discussed in this article, we do highly recommend hiring a private driver with a car. Not only to just drive you around but to also have a local guide to take you to some of Bali’s famous locations and attractions that cannot be missed!
If you have any questions or would like to share your feedback, please leave a comment below.
Have a safe trip and happy travels!