Directions to Padangbai

Directions to Padangbai Bali Indonesia 

How to get to Padangbai by land

  • OK Divers offers a pick up and drop off service for anywhere in Bali and it is easily organized with a simple email or phone call.
  • Bali has a large number of taxis but the best still seem to be the Blue Bird. Make sure to get an official one as the competition has gone through the trouble of adding bird images to their own logos to lure the unsuspecting tourist.  Also be certain to ask for, and check that the meter is running during your journey. Note these taxis circulate mainly in the south of Bali.With Padangbai being the Gilli port there is a number of shuttle services that run here daily from various points. This may be one of the cheapest options but don't expect comfort or a quick trip. Most tourist information kiosks will be able to help you with getting a ticket and the price should be around 75,000IDR per person at this time.
  • With Padangbai being the Gilli port there is a number of shuttle services that run here daily from various points. This maybe one of the cheapest options but don't expect comfort or a quick trip. Most tourist information kiosks will be able to help you with getting a ticket and the price should be around 75,000IDR per person at this time.
  • You also have the option of a private driver which can either be organized before you get here, through your accommodation or again through a kiosk in most villages or cities.


How long will it take

From the south of Bali around the airport area the average time is approximately an hour and a half depending on the time of day. From Amed and Tulamben on the north eastern coast the trip will take around the same amount of time but from here the scenery is much nicer and the drive seems to fly by.

How to get to Padangbai by sea

  • One option is with one of the many ‘fast’ boats from the the Gilli Islands and Senggigi. Most are safe these days but still be careful with overloading and weather conditions as your ‘fast’ trip might end up being an unforgettable experience for all the wrong reasons. You also might think it’s a great option to sit on the roof to feel the wind in your hair and get some sun but be reminded to apply plenty of sunscreen, many a holiday has been ruined with a serious case of sunburn.
  • Option two is with one of the slow ferries from Lembar on Lombok. Although a slower trip the price can be less than 1/5 of the fast boats and is a bit more of the travellers’ option, mingling with locals either on the deck or in the bunks on some of the newer ones. If the weather is bad this can also be the more comfortable choice and can even be faster when the wind is up and the waves are big.

How long will it take

The fast boats will take you on average around one and a half hours but this depends on the sea conditions as there are cases of six hour ‘fast’ boat trips so again check ask about the weather. The slow ferries take approximately four hours but depending on the time of day it can take a while to fill the ferry before it leaves the harbor, surprisingly though there always seems to be a steady flow of vehicles and passengers always ready to board.