New in Bali? Need to find public transportation? The Introduction Guide to Sarbagita (Public Bus in Bali) provides comprehensive information about Trans Sarbagita bus in Bali.
(Last edit on May 31st, 2018)
The Bali island has 5,780 km² of area size it's not that big however, you will definitely need a transportation to move around and explore this gorgeous place. If you prefer to travel using the public transportation, it can be a challenge since the options are limited and there is not much info available in English online, therefore we are here to introduce you to Bali's own public bus: Sarbagita bus.
Most Balinese have their own transportation, it was stated from 2013 statistic that 86% of Balinese preferred to have mopeds as their mode of transport. That's why not all locals are familiar with the public transportation. In order to reduce the increasingly congested streets, the government came up with a solution: providing public buses for people. Sarbagita was launched in August 2011 serving its first route of Batubulan - Nusa Dua - Batubulan. In 2015 it was recorded approximately 703,683 people had used the bus, it serves Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan areas.
The route is displayed by the window. If you'd like to hail the big Sarabagita bus, you'll need to stop one at its bus stop.You can also ask the staff about the route that Sarbagita bus provides. For more inland areas, there are smaller buses (Sarbagita Bus Feeder) taking you to the main roads where the big Sarabagita bus passes. Their routes are also displayed on their windows.
Sarbagita Bus feedback and features
How was the experience? It was great! The seats were comfy, very cheap fare, the staff who collected the payment was polite and helpful. You get to observe people around you while enjoying the ride. We saw a man with his bicycle and a couple of street vendors with their big baskets catching a ride home.
- Ticket per person per trip: 3,500 IDR
- Each unit has AC with a designated staff to collect your payment
- Time: 5 am to 9 pm (no fixed schedule)
- Serves: Denpasar, Badung. Gianyar and Tabanan
- Batubulan to Nusa Dua took around 1,5 hour on a Sunday afternoon
- Batubulan to Nusa Dua return route is almost identical
- When you hop off at a stop, most of the time across the street there will be a bus stop close by
What are the routes?
A. Corridor 1: Kota (City) – GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) - return
- There are 4 routes of the Sarbagita Bus Feeder to assist Corridor 1.
- From City or Ngurah Rai Sport Center ( Jl Kamboja) - Angsoka-Melati - Surapati - Kapten Agung - PB Sudirman -Waturenggong - Diponegoro – Raya Sesetan - Pesanggaran - Dewa Ruci - Bypass Ngurah Rai - Jl Udayana UNUD Bukit -Raya Uluwatu - GWK.
- From GWK - Raya Uluwatu - Jl.Udayana UNUD Bukit - Bypass Nusadua – Simpang Dewa Ruci - Pesanggaran - Sesetan - Diponegoro - Serma Durna - Serma Made Pil - Serma Mendra - Sudirman - Dewi Sartika - Diponegoro -Hasannudin - Jl. Udayana - Surapati - Kamboja - Angsoka - Melati - Patimura - Kamboja (Halte SMA 7).
B. Corridor 2: Batubulan – Nusa Dua - return (Via Sentral Parkir Kuta)
- There are 2 routes of the Sarbagita Bus Feeder to assist Corridor 2.
- From Nusa Dua (BTDC) - Jl. Raya Tanjung Benoa Bualu - Bypass Nusa Dua - Simpang Dewa Ruci - Setiabudi Kuta - Raya Kuta - Sentral Parkir Kuta - Imam Bonjol - Sunset Road Timur - Simpang Dewa Ruci - Bypass Ngurah Rai - WR Supratman - Raya Batubulan - Batuyang - Terminal Batubulan.
- From Terminal Batubulan – WR. Supratman - Bypass Ngurah Rai - Prof. I.B. Mantra - Bypass Ngurah Rai - Simpang Dewa Ruci - Setiabudi Kuta - Raya Kuta – Sentral Parkir Kuta - Imam Bonjol - Sunset Road Timur - Simpang Dewa Ruci -Bypass Nusa Dua - Nusa Dua (BTDC).
C. Corridor 6: Terminal Pesiapan - Terminal Mengwi - Bypass Ngurah Rai - Ngurah Rai Airport - return
D. Corridor 8: Tabanan to Airport (return)
Corridor 8 takes passengers from Tabanan to the airport and return. Even though at the time we didn't find any Corridor 8 buses at the airport, a Sarbagita bus driver said Corridor 8 buses are operating (perhaps they are not as many as Corridor 2). He explained the route to us:
Persiapan Bus Station, Tabanan - Batukandik (Kebo Iwa Street) - Mahendradatta - Teuku Umar Barat - Imam Bonjol (and Sunset Road, Bypass Ngurah Rai) - Airport
From our research, Corridor 8 costs higher because it has 3 stops (one ticket per stop):
1. Pesiapan Bus Station Tabanan to Mengwi Bus Station (through Bypass Ir. Soekarno)
2. Mengwi Bus Station to Mahendradatta Street
3. Mahendradatta Street to the airport
Therefore, it will cost Rp 10.500 from Tabanan to the airport.
The bus driver also said there used to be two buses from Teuku Umar Barat to Lebih, Gianyar, but currently they are inactive.
What about the Other Routes?
We didn’t find any route to Kuta, Sunset Road, or Seminyak. The nearest bus stop to Kuta, Sunset Road, and Seminyak is the one at Mall Bali Galleria. If you are around these areas, take taxi or online ojek/motorcycle ride (cheaper than taxi, for example from Kuta Beach to Mall Bali Galleria is Rp 15.000).
Sarbagita bus doesn’t serve Ubud area yet, but if you want to go to Denpasar or southern Bali, simply reach Batubulan Bus Station and take Sarbagita Corridor 2. Ojek from Ubud to Batubulan Bus Station costs approximately Rp 25,000.
Places of Interest Corridor 1 Route: Kota (City) – GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana)
- Jimbaran Fish Market and Jimbaran Beach Club, if you don’t mind walking 2 km, you can go to Jimbaran Fish Market at Jimbaran Bay, a traditional market where you can buy massive selections of fresh fish right from the sea (for cheap price!) and see fishermen life.
A bunch of seafood restaurants, cafes, and beach clubs are around. The most popular one is Jimbaran Beach Club, open for lunch and dinner by the beach. You will be captivated by lovely sea view while enjoying their menu variety of Mediterranean, Indonesian, and Balinese seafood.
Take Corridor 1 to GWK, walk 2 km from KFC Jimbaran stop to Jalan Uluwatu II nearby McDonald’s until you reach Jalan Raya Uluwatu. Follow the street, turn left to Jalan Bukit Permai, walk 350 m, and the fish market is on the right side.
- Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK), corridor 1 bus stops at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK). The main attractions of this site are the gigantic statue of Vishnu riding Garuda and traditional Balinese dances.
Do you want to explore beaches around Bukit Peninsula? You can take taxi or the cheaper online ojek (approximately Rp 30.000 from GWK). Some destinations to go are Uluwatu Temple and Suluban Beach. The closest one is Green Bowl Beach (it will be Rp 10.000 by online ojek).
Places of Interest Corridor 2 Route: Nusa Dua to Batubulan
In May 2016, we tried out the Sarbagita Corridor 2 route. Here is the infographic for Places of Interest of Corridor 2:
Corridor 2 places of interest
Let's break down the Sarbagita Corridor 2 route to few points of interesting bus stops starting from Nusa Dua:
- Nusa Dua BTDC complex, in here you can visit Mengiat beach (our favorite beach), Bali Collection shopping arcades, Pasifika Museum, Devdan Show, and check out one of those posh hotels nestled in the area.
- Water Blow at Nusa Dua Beach, watch the Water Blow (1,5 km away), where huge waves crashing onto limestone rocks being a wonderful place for some splash and to take some snaps!
- Bypass Nusa Dua, it has several stops: immigration office to extend your visa, Benoa Square a shopping mall, also just before the round about towards airport another stop: Kelan Halte. If you are using Sarbagita bus feeder, one of them operates from Uluwatu to Kelan. So if you are coming from Batubulan, you can switch at Kelan Halte to go take the bus feeder to Uluwatu.
- Abandoned Airplane, take Corridor 2 to Nusa Dua, stop at Kedonganan 1, walk 600 m to the south for an abandoned airplane right before Dunkin Donuts.
- At Simpang Dewa Ruci stop you can hop off and check out few surf outlet shops there.
Stores around Simpang Dewa Ruci
- At Sunset Road street, you can exit the bus which heads towards the street to Kuta beach, however after that you're on your own there is no public transport towards Kuta beach yet. Carrefour located in Sunset Road will also be on your way.
- Back to Simpang Dewa Ruci you can also hop off at Galeria Mall stop where you can go to: Hypermart, Cinema, Gramedia book store, a fancy dentist and many other shops also restaurants.
- Lotte Mart Serangan, there is a stop there and you can shop at this huge mart. It also stops at the up-and-coming new hospital in Serangan.
- Next stop close to Ayodya Restaurant for an Indonesian rijsttafel meal and Mangsi Grill & Coffee. Drop off at Tirtanadi stop for some Indonesian best meals at Ayodya Restaurant and enjoy Balinese aromatic coffee at Bali’s hip coffee shop Mangsi Grill & Coffee.
- Kertalangu Cultural Village, situated in the middle of big rice field, Kertalangu Cultural Village will make you experience Balinese life. You can take Balinese dance class, watch locals processing rice and creating ceramics, glass, wood and stone carving, among other handicrafts. There is a jogging track between charming rice paddies, a huge peace gong in the center of open air field, restaurants, and fishing ponds.
Take Corridor 2 to Nusa Dua, drop off at Tohpati 1 stop, head east toward Bypass Ngurah Rai in 5 minutes, and Kertalangu Cultural Village is on your left.
- Sanur stops: Sindhu beach, Matahari Terbit (Sunrise) beach, Sanur Beach Street Walk, Le Mayeur Museum, and Padang Galak beach which is where the haunting Taman Festival Bali located. You can access another beaches in Sanur by walking 300 m to Dunkin Donuts and follow the street to the south to find Sanur Beach Street Walk. This track connects all Sanur beaches, so get ready for a scenic sunrise!
On Sanur Beach Street Walk, go 100 m to the south for Le Mayeur Museum, a Balinese style beachfront museum displaying oil and water color paintings by Belgian artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur.
- Then at last Batubulan Terminal, from Batubulan you're quite close to Ubud in the day time you can also find another public transportation (bemo or smaller buses without AC) to take you to few places e.g.: Candidasa, Padang Bai etc.
Place of Interest Corridor 8 Route: Tabanan to Airport
- Ngurah Rai Airport, at the International Arrival of Ngurah Rai Airport, the bus stop is across 24-hour convenient store Circle K, among drivers offering taxis. Another sign nearby shows the bus destinations: Terminal Mengwi, Terminal Pesiapan (Tabanan), Mahendradatta, Nusa Dua, Batubulan, Jimbaran.
According to a Sarbagita bus driver, the only buses serving airport route are Corridor 2, which covers Nusa Dua, Batubulan, and Jimbaran. From the airport, when Corridor 2 bus arrives, simply ask if it’s going to Batubulan or Nusa Dua. To go to the airport, take Corridor 2 and you will be asked if it’s domestic or international arrival, so they can stop right where you want to drop off.
Another driver said there are buses of Corridor 8 with Terminal Mengwi, Terminal Pesiapan (Tabanan), and Mahendradatta route, but we didn’t find it at the time.
Once you understand where to hop on and off, this bus is quite handy to reach few popular spots in the area. We'll try out other routes of Sarbagita and keep you updated. Stay tuned!
For more information you can visit the Public Transport Trans Sarbagita official website (only in Bahasa Indonesia).
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(This article was partly written by Olwin Aldila)