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Renting A Scooter In Bali – A Complete Guide

Renting a scooter in Bali is what 99% of tourists do. So if you’re planning on riding around Ubud on two wheels, here’s a go to guide.

Rules When Renting A Scooter In Bali

The majority of people renting a scooter in Bali don’t think twice about jumping on without experience, without a license or without a helmet. And some even without travel insurance!

This is a foreign country. There are minimum to no road rules. The police are corrupt. And the scooter drivers are crazy!

Please please please remember these three things before renting a scooter in Bali.

1. You Need An International License

Whether you think so or not, it is illegal. Right now with the tourism booming in Bali police are on every corner and they are purposely pulling over foreign tourists and checking there licenses.

We carry our international licenses under the seat at all times. Usually they have to be obtained from within your home country, we grabbed ours from our local post office, and your normal country license is not good enough.

We’ve had friends charged anywhere from 100,000 – 1,000,000 IDR depending on how the police are feeling.

2. Wear A Helmet

Reason number one – for your own safety! It is so frustrating to watch tourists fly past us on the Canggu streets with no helmets on. No looking cool, or bad hair day, is worth risking your life for!

Reason number two – if you want to give the police a reason to pull you over, this is another thing they’re looking for. Not worth the fine.

3. Cover Your Skin

Another double reason.

Reason number one, obviously to protect yourself from becoming a walking scab. Tarmac and skin don’t blend well. Again, make sure you’ve got your travel insurance sorted.

Reason number two, we’ve even had friends pulled over for ‘nudity’ as the police called it. Whether you like it or not they can slap a fine on you for baring too much skin.

It’s a very religious island and again a very corrupt police system, so just put a t-shirt on.

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Scooters are the number one mode of transport in Bali

Prices Of Renting A Scooter In Bali

The average price across Bali is 50,000 IDR per day (24 hours) for scooter rental.

Bartering can be done for longer periods and most places will give you a scooter for around 600,000 IDR per month. Bringing cost down to 20,000 IDR per day.

Prices also differ depending on where you rent from and of course availability of the rental shop.

For example scooters on Nusa Penida average out at 70,000 IDR per day because of the lack of demand.

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Lauren on her scooter at Pandawa Beach

Where To Rent A Scooter From

If you’re looking for long or short term rental in Canggu we can highly recommend J & D Bali Rental. You can simply message them on Facebook messenger or pop into there shop.

For anywhere else in Bali we usually recommend booking a Bali Scooter or Motorbike Rental with Delivery.

Otherwise you can always use Kirana Tour, who offer scooter rental with delivery all over Bali.

If you are unsure of where to hire from when renting a scooter in Bali, we always recommend to rent from your accommodation.

That way if there are any problems or you have an accident they are more likely to help you! 

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Scooter squad down at Melasti Beach in Uluwatu

Where To Stay In Bali

For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend!

From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.

We’ve also written a full where to stay in Bali guide, which covers a break down of each individual area on the island.

Otherwise you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices on

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Renting A Scooter In Bali Guide

Guy Tillson

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Hi, thanks for above, very useful, I was wondering if as you mentioned you need an international driving license, I have one but for the use of cars. Does that mean I am able to get an international driving permit and that would work?

Charlie Pauly

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

I wouldn't want to give you the wrong info but I'm pretty sure it had to be a bike license last time we were in Bali. Which obviously not a lot of tourists have so it's an easy way for them to make money.

Adelina Radu

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Hi! As far as I know, UK driving licences are international and I guess we could use them for driving a scooter in Bali. Isn't that the case?

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Hey, no that's not the case. If you ride in Indonesia on a UK license, you will get fined. You need an international license which are available to purchase from the Post Office.

Alexis Mitcham

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Hi! Love you all ?? my boyfriend and I are going to be in Bali for two months and got an international drivers license in our home country but did not get it stamped for a scooter because they said we needed to own one at home. Did you all have a license for scooter or is just an international license okay?

Charlie Pauly

Monday 8th of July 2019

Hey. Thanks so much! :) We just have a generic international license. It's not stamped for mopeds and we've never had any problems.

Leanne Marshall

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

#SafetyissexyBali YASSS! Great post guys!

Charlie Pauly

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Yessss! Safety is sexy! :)