we are 2 Indian girls going to Bali (Indonesia) for 10 days. We would like to ask is there any good bus network from Denpasar to nearby beaches.We are unable to find good connections, If no bus service then is there any alternative or cheap taxi service in Bali?
I recently visited Bali 2 months ago and I was also looking for the same information. Unfortunately there are only few bus routes available and for visiting famous places like beaches and temples , there are not many options available to use public transport in Bali. Still there are few options available to use transport in Bali Indonesia as a solo traveler.
Kura-Kura Bus, Although there are very few places in Bali which can be reached by buses and this bus service runs frequently to the limited stops regularly.
Rent a Scooter: the most cheapest and feasible mode of transportation for solo or 2 traveler in Bali is renting a scooter. Personally I rented a motorbike for 5 days and I really found it really cheaper. Normally it cost somewhere between 4 to 5 USD per day depends for how long you need to rent a bike. Although there are plenty of scooter shops there, my hostel arranged 1 for me for 5 days and I paid around 22 USD along with the provided helmet. As I was staying in Kuta, I visited Nusa Dua, Pandawa, Melasti, Blue point and Uluwatu temple on my rented motorbike and I found it a lot cheaper than using shuttle and taxi.
Details regadring how to rent and what documents needed are available in this website
GO-JEK, this is another very interesting application which provides really cheap Ojek and Taxi in most places in Indonesia. I just came to know about this from my couchsurfing host in Malang who also downloaded the English version on my mobile. Personally I used it 3 times and always found really cheaper than local Ojek and taxi
At Mengwi bus terminal there was only taxi driver available and was asking 20 USD to go to Kuta which was a bit expensive considering Indonesia. However I also met a couple at Mengwi terminal and all of us arranged a shared taxi form GOJEK to Kuta and Denpasar which was really cheaper than regular taxi drivers.
Also when I was going to Bali airport from kuta which is literally 5 Km, the regular Ojek was asking around 4 to 5 USD. However I called a Ojek from that application and it was just around 1 USD to airport.
So basically there are many options available going to Bali beaches, sometimes your hotel/hostel can also arrange a shuttle buses for the desired places. I doubt there are many good buses network going to famous beaches.
I recently went to Bali three months ago. I hereby some tips for you. There are some vans at the aiport so you can bargain to make a good deal for about 10 usd/an hour but he only counted the time we travel on the road, not include the time he waited for us. He knows the shorcut and some affordable restaurant. Besides you can rent motobike in some place around Kuta beach. It suits for pockets, about 5usd. But I think the traffic is too bad, traffic jam happens from 10am to 11pm. It is not good way to ride if you are in Bali for the first time, you are easily stuck on the road because google map only shows the main road.