Private car in Bali

Getting Around Bali

Aside from the occasional bike or boat, you’ll mostly travel in Bali by private or sometimes group transfer. For this, you can expect a clean, comfortable car or minibus. As Bali is a relatively small island, we use point to point transfers meaning you’ll have a different driver each time. Bali’s roads are well maintained and most transfers run smoothly. However, there is normally only one road connecting two places and with Bali’s many festivals, it’s not uncommon to get stuck behind a procession of some kind. So we’ll make sure you’re picked up in plenty of time.

Train in countryside

Getting Around Java

Java is the only Indonesian island where we recommend travelling by train. Heavy traffic can result in long car journeys, so it’s nice to break it up a bit with a quick train journey. The first tracks were built in 1867, but a lot’s changed since then! We’ll book you an executive class seat, so you can expect some comfort, a hot meal and good leg room in an air-conditioned carriage. Bear in mind that train routes are limited, so often you’ll travel by private car and can expect to have the same driver throughout your trip.

Jeep on the road

Getting Around Sumatra

Sumatra’s mountainous interior and steamy jungles can make travelling around a little trickier than elsewhere in Indonesia. Most of the time you can expect a private car with driver, during some of our bite-sized Sumatra trips however, you’ll need to switch to a jeep or a ferry. English isn’t widely spoken in Sumatra as most people who are fluent migrate to Bali. You’ll therefore find that your driver’s level of English is very limited. However, a few hand gestures and a lot of patience can get you a surprisingly long way in terms of being understood.

Boat on the beach

Getting Around Nusa Tenggara

White sands and azure waters; as you might expect, most travelling throughout the islands of Nusa Tenggara is done by boat. You’ll find a mix of larger fast boats, slower ferries and small local boats. You might even visit islands with no roads at all, where people travel by horse and cart, or, as they’re known locally, Cidomo. On Lombok you can expect point to point transfers by car and in the more remote Flores you’ll travel by private car with driver. And of course, in a country made up of over 17,000 islands, you can expect the odd domestic flight!

Woman cycling through countryside

Travelling with Meaning

Due to its sheer size, travelling around Indonesia can be time consuming and getting from A to B usually involves an internal flight. However some places can be travelled by a short ferry, so do take the option if you have time! You’ll get to travel through the beautiful countryside, and see sights that you wouldn’t have otherwise seen by plane. Exploring by bicycle is a fantastic way to explore the area too. The most sustainable way to travel is of course by foot! Travelling by foot will allow you to soak up the hidden highlights of Indonesia and interact with the local people along the way.

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