I'm going to Bali in the next month and want to know what the situation is with Uber, Is it legally accepted? I've heard you tip the Uber drivers?

  • so do you want to know if you should tip or not? – Newton Oct 17 '17 at 20:22
  • I would like to know what the normal situation is – astro8891 Oct 17 '17 at 20:32
  • Having been around South East Asia, but not Bali in particular - I've found Uber is available but has very few drivers. The app of choice is called 'Grab'. – Rob Oct 18 '17 at 4:16

I believe it is legal at the moment, at least in Ubud, but there are signs posted everywhere in Ubud (as of last week) asking people not to use them (and Grab).

I didn't use them myself, but looked at the prices- they seem quite low and I would guess much more reasonable than one would get as a naive tourist bargaining with a random taxi driver on the street. Perhaps too low. There are also some stories about Uber drivers asking for more money. Grab seemed a bit more expensive for the same route.

Availability was there- but the area was not swimming with drivers, as opposed to the taxi touts who are ubiquitous, if rather low key (most hold up a laminated sign and only about 20%-30% - still too many- verbally accost pedestrians).

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  • I've seen signs posted in Canggu as well, when you get a block or 2 removed from the main streets. No Uber, no Grab, No taxi ONLY DROP :) – Bas Peeters Oct 10 '18 at 8:05

Note that since May 2018, Uber has ceased operations in South East Asia. You can try to use Gojek or Grab.

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