How to Rent a Scooter in Bali

When I decided that I was going to spend a month in Bali, my first thought was that I needed to get a scooter or motorbike so I could get out and explore some places like Tanah Lot and Uluwatu.  But obviously, I had no idea how to do it.  I also had no idea if it was legal for me to drive.  The information I found on renting scooters in Bali was so vague, contradictory, and often incorrect so I have decided to clear the air on this one.

This is your guide to renting a scooter in Bali.

Scooter in Bali

 Do you Need an International Drivers License to Rent a Scooter in Bali?

The answer is no, you don’t need an international drivers license to rent a scooter in Bali.  HOWEVER, you do need to get yourself a local license which is, according to some, available at any police station.  That being said, it seems that only the police station in Denpasar is giving away Indonesian licenses.  These licenses are given basically without thought, although you’ll likely have to bargain and bribe.  You just need to show your home license, and your visa/passport.  It will likely cost you anywhere from 150,000 Rupiah to 300,000 depending on how fast you want it.

If you have an international drivers license, you don’t need to get a local license, so just plan ahead and get one before you come.

That being said, I’d guess that the vast majority of foreigners that rent scooters here are riding without the proper paperwork.  Police have made it a task to grab tourists riding since they know they can likely grab a bribe to pocket.  It’s funny, but you’ll see a 10 year-old kid riding without a helmet without ever getting pulled over, as soon as a foreigner even forgets to signal, they’ll jump all over him or her.  Hell, they jump on tourists even when they’re driving properly.

Scooter in Bali

What if I ride without a license?

Fact of the matter is that, for right or wrong, the vast majority of tourists drive without a license.  As a result, the police often pull over tourists without any cause.  The police usually don’t really care about upholding the law, they’re just looking for a bribe which they’ll call a fine.  According to locals, a fine should be about 30,000 Rupiah to 50,000.  On the one time I was forced to pay, I paid 50,000.

That being said, you should demand to be given a ticket.  This helps reduce the problem of bribery, which is really bad in Bali.  It also forces the system to become more legitimate, and offer solutions.

I was pulled over 3 separate times in Bali, and on the first occasion I was in a police office and I really had no way of not paying.  The second time I was pulled over I argued that the officer had no right to pull me over, since I was driving according to the law.  When he insisted on seeing the license I told him that he needed to provide me with an explanation or he was impeding my rights. When he insisted, I told him I would not show him my license but he was welcome to write me a ticket for not complying and I would go to the office and pay it, which is the point he gave up.  You see, he had no interest in upholding the law, just with lining his pocket.  The third time, the officer was very nice, but still pulled me over for no reason.  When I told him I was on my way home and was living there, he made up some story about how I stopped inches ahead of the stop line, and told me to have a nice day.

I’m assuming the reason that foreigners are required to have an international license to rent a scooter is because English isn’t an official language.  However, the system is completely flawed, and needs to be changed.  That being said, I tell you to just drive against the law; you should respect the laws of the country you’re travelling.  If you have time to prepare, just get an international license, it will save you lots of hassle.  You’ll still get pulled over because you’re a tourist, but you wont have to fight nearly as much.

What about Insurance?

This is another story. The answer is no.  You can get insurance, but in the opinion of most it is completely silly to do so as most incidents are dealt with by the people on the spot.

In regards to personal or travel insurance, there is a very high chance any accidents that happen on a scooter wont be covered by your insurance, so be wary of that.

Where Can I Rent a Scooter or Motorbike?

In any tourist zone in Bali people are renting out scooters.  In my opinion, the best thing to do is to arrange with your hotel to book one for you.  That way you’re more likely to get a fair price for it.  However, in Kuta or Seminyak you’ll find countless numbers of places renting them out.  Be sure to inspect the bike before you take it out.  Also, I’d recommend taking a photo with your smartphone so they can’t pin any old damage on you.  Be wary of who you buy through, and as I mentioned, I’d recommend you rent through a hotel so that you know that the dealer is fairly legit.

How Much will it Cost to Rent a Scooter in Bali?

It really depends on how long you’re wanting to rent.  Obviously, the longer the rental period the cheaper it will be.  However, it is incredibly cheap in comparison with other places in the world.  I rented a scooter in Legian for 700,000 Rupiah (65USD) for one month.  Basically 2USD a day.

So essentially, these should be your bargaining points for a scooter.  If you pay more, you’ve paid too much:

  • Per Day: 30,000-50,000 Rupiah or $2.50-$4USD
  • Per Week: 200,000-250,000 Rupiah or $14-18USD
  • Per Month: 650,000-750,000 Rupiah or $54-62

What Happens if I get in an Accident?

Well, it really depends on the severity of the accident and what happened.  If there is damage to your bike, you will have to pay for the repairs, as will surely be a part of your agreement with the rental agent.  If you damage anyone else’s property, you will likely also have to pay for their damage.  Most of these negotiations are handled between the two parties, and sometimes involve the police.  Just be warned, as a tourist, you will always get the short end of the stick, so be careful.

How much does fuel cost?

Fuel is cheap, and driving a scooter means you wont spend much either.  On the street, 1 liter bottles of fuel sell for 7,000Rupiah which is about 0.60 USD, it is slightly less if you buy it from a fuel station.  4 Liters of fuel should last you about 150km or so, depending on the terrain.  The price for fuel at gas stations is about the same.

What are your Scooter Experiences in Bali?

If you had a scooter experience in Bali, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

Share This Post On


  1. A very useful tip since my husband and I would visit Bali this April. It’s better to have your own ride and roam around the place. Thanks for sharing this information. Bali is such a must see place.

    Post a Reply
    • !00 % Get your international license at home first less stress that way . I didn’t Have license and my brother who meet me there did. We both got pulled over he got to ride away i was walked over to the police station $1 million Rupiah later , the cops must of had a great night with that bribe never again will i get on plane without license ready to go in Bali.

      Post a Reply
      • Totally agree, Ashley. If you’re going to Bali and you are planning to rent a scooter, just get the international licence. It saves so much potential hassle!

        Post a Reply
        • do they check the class on the license ? (because I only got the car license) Is it gonna work ?

          Post a Reply
          • No, not at all. They just want to see an international license in Bali. They don’t check the class, or didn’t with me. And, I’m not sure they’d be able to figure it out anyways.

            Post a Reply
        • can I ride a scooter with international car license, or do I need to have a bike license

          Post a Reply
        • Brendan:
          Thanks for the info, but i have read many of the comments, and it has been batted back and fourth, causing me some confusion… I have an international drivers license,not an international driving permit… so am i good?

          Post a Reply
      • How can I get the international driving licens online?!

        Post a Reply
        • try your local AA (Automobile Association).

          Post a Reply
    • Went to Bali for the first time 2 years ago and was also my first time on a scooter. Was a tad nervous at the start but was with my bro in law and father in law and both had experience on scooters over there. Just obey the road rules which a few and far between and respect the last locals. We got pulled over on the way to Uluwatu, we were in a convoy of three scooters, and all had international licenses. We had put 50000 rupiah in the licence just in case the were after a bribe. The police officer asked us what the money was for and we said tolls. He let us go. Don’t pull over if they wave you over, don’t make eye contact and keep riding, unless it a police check point. Hope this helps!

      Post a Reply
  2. Some great tips here. But it is sad to hear that corruption is so rife and the police pick on the Westerners. I’d feel very uncomfortable paying a bribe so I like your idea of asking for a ticket to pay at the local police station.

    Post a Reply
    • apparently some try the tactic of trying to take your license away now too. But apparently refusing to give it to them on the grounds of needing it seems to work. It’s all just a bunch of tactics to try to scrape money from foreigners. With so many tourists wanting to rent scooters, the policy is really only hurting local industry in that it deters people from renting. There really needs to be an alternative.

      Post a Reply
  3. Hey Brendan!

    Some really great tips here. Me and my boyfriend just came back from Bali. We had never ridden a scooter before and it was so terrifying to drive around with it! So I wouldn’t recommend driving around with a scooter if you don’t really know how to drive one 🙂 It’s definitely a nice experience though!

    Post a Reply
  4. Renting a scooter in Bali. It is nice idea to fully explore the place. Wanna try it. Thanks of the tips.

    Post a Reply
  5. My buddies and I drove scooters around the Highlands of Bali (Bedugul) this past summer. Beautiful scenery and really fun roads. There was some fog and cloud which made for a mysterious yet still beautiful ride. I do recommend sticking to actual roads. We Google mapped a shortcut back to the main road and ended up taking these city scooters up the rockiest, steepest Hills. Quite a scary experience… Overall great fun though! Especially if you’re into mountains and rice paddies.

    Post a Reply
    • Haha, yeah. Those narrow little roads are crazy. We got ourselves stuck down a couple of them on our scooters too.

      Post a Reply
  6. I just received my international driving permit here in the US, however I don’t have my motorcycle license, so the box is not checked on the permit. Only the” motor vehicles” is marked and not the “motorcycles” box. Do you think this will be a problem renting a scooter?
    -thank you!

    Post a Reply
    • Haha, that’s an answer I wish I could give you. According to the law in Bali you need an international license for motocycles to rent a scooter in Bali. However, like I said in the intro, it’s going to be up to the police. They’re thieving bastards. You’ll see it when you’re there, there’s hundreds of tourists renting and driving scooters in Bali, very very few of them have any sort of international licence. Most police in Bali see the international driver’s licence and just let you move on. I’d say you’ll be OK with it. But don’t be surprised if you get pulled over and someone asks for a bribe anyways. I’m sure you could have all the proper legal documents and they still try to grab a bribe. Don’t give in, just rent a scooter, you’ll enjoy it!

      Post a Reply
    • Hi Michelle
      Myself and my mates have done a lot of scooter riding in Bali.
      I only just recently found out that unless you have a motorbike liscence in your own country, and that box it ticked on your international liscence, you will be without insurance.
      If you need to be medivaced out of Bali to Australia it can cost $100,000.00 aus to get home.
      Trust me get a motorbike liscence and then an international liscence and get full travel insurance and have yourself a great time.
      We are all fully liscenced now and have no worrie.
      Cheers wes

      Post a Reply
  7. Hi Brendan, Does Indians require to get a local license aswell? Since Iam planning on visiting only for 5 days, but would prefer to have my own scooter to roam about. PS: I have an Indian license for two wheeler

    Post a Reply
    • Yeah, of course. Indonesian license or international licences only. That’s the law for renting a scooter in Indonesia. That said, as the article eludes to, the rules are broken more often than they are followed requiring a license to ride a scooter in Indonesia.

      Post a Reply
    • Hello Shilpa, Just want to know did you got the International licences before traveling. If you did Can you share the process to get this in India.
      P.S. Living in Hyderabad and have a Jammu and Kashmir driving licence.
      Planning to visit Bali in winters 2015

      Post a Reply
  8. Hey Brendan,
    Just wanna say “Thanks!” for the great tips on this topic. It really helps my understanding. It will be my 2nd trip to Bali but this time without any driver. Wish me luck


    Post a Reply
    • Good luck Sharifah!

      Post a Reply
      • Do you know if they have any 50cc scooters in Bali, supposedly my insurance will cover me on a 50cc, but not anything over that. From prior research it appears they are all 100cc +. Thanks

        Post a Reply
        • Hi Al, I think all the scooters were about 100-125CCs. They are essentially small motorbikes and not really scooters. I did see some vespas and older scooters that would be 49cc, but I can’t say for sure. When you get to Bali, just go and ask at a rental place, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had them.

          Post a Reply
  9. Very useful information, thanks! I am planning to go to Bali this end of the year. Stupid question, how you go around with the scooter if you don’t know the direction? Is the maps useful or the road sign is clear? Thanks.

    Post a Reply
    • It’s a pain in the ass, Mona. The signs are OK, but not great. Use a mobile app called CityMaps2Go which is helpful because you can use it offline. Otherwise, getting data is fairly cheap in Bali, too.

      Post a Reply
  10. Hi Brendan

    Thanks for this useful article.

    As I see it, the key issue in all this is not paying ‘fines’ to the police – it’s *insurance*.

    Every travel insurance policy I’ve seen stipulates that, in order for insurance (e.g. medical and evacuation insurance) to be valid, a traveller MUST hold the required licence or permit for riding in that specific country. A serious accident – which can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how careful they are, and whether the fault of the traveller or someone else – can be financially devastating if insurance isn’t valid.

    As you know, a ‘standard’ (i.e. car) International Driving Permit is not sufficient – it has to be an IDP based on a motorbike licence in the home country.

    Getting a motorbike licence here in Australia is a fairly long and costly process (lessons, test etc.), and not viable for me.

    Therefore I’m interested in the alternative route of getting a local licence in Bali.

    Can you tell a bit more about this, and whether it is available in Ubud as well as in Denpasar. How long does the process take?

    One other question: is it possible to get a good quality motorbike helmet with the bike rental in Bali, or is it necessary to buy one?


    Post a Reply
    • Hi Michael, Yup, it’s actually pretty easy to get your motorcycle license there. All you need to do is go to the police station in Denpasar to do it. Just a warning, the cops in Indonesia, Bali especially, are very corrupt and even going into the police station they’re likely going to rip you off. Fight a bit on the price. They’re also likely going to tell you to come back again another day, but just insist on getting it that same day. They will just stall because 1) they don’t like working, and 2) they’re trying to draw more money out of your pocket and into theirs.
      If you can, bring someone that speaks Indonesian as the process will go much smoother if you do.
      But yeah, for renting a scooter in Indonesia, that’s the only legit way to do it.
      As for the helmet, yeah they always come with one. The helmets we got with ours were actually really good quality. It’s law in Indonesia to wear a helmet when riding, although lots don’t. As a tourist, you need to be wearing your helmet or the cops will pull you over, guaranteed.
      Good luck!

      Post a Reply
  11. Hi, I was in Bali in March 2014 and rented a motorbike (2nd time on a motorbike) first time was in Thailand 2 weeks be for, (yeah I have some sick 3rd world riding skills), I was not wearing a helmet most of the time and at one stage I was riding with a police officer who was telling me that he had never seen a tourist ride like that, Going 90 down a road a car pulls out and next thing you know I am stopped 5 meter’s away from that car,
    I was later told that maybe I should teach other’s how to ride like that, I told the police officer that back home I don’t even have a car license let alone a motorbike license, And that I had only started to ride 2 weeks be for in Thailand,
    The amount of fun times I had on that bike led me to as soon as I got back home to Melbourne to get may car learner’s so I could get a motorbike learner’s
    Since then I have almost been killed by moron driver’s almost every time I go out, Where as in the 3rd world country’s such as Thailand or Bali (Kuta) I had not one issue,

    I think it’s more to the person’s skills on the bike and having ridden push bike (downhill mountain bike riding) I knew a thing or to how to ride safe, (don’t try this one but I popped a wheeley on a scooter) Not giving away the tips on how to do this,
    Most rider’s blame the other road user’s over there and don’t look at it like they should, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND 99.9% of the time it will happen to you, Don’t ride close to someone else, Try to have a 3 second gap from car’s (they can stop much faster than you) Don’t ride being to drunk to walk, Have a rest if you must and try to pour cold water over your head as well as drinking it, BMIC has far too many Aussies turn up there after riding drunk or being silly with their friends while trying to ride, And chances are that if you don’t have a motorbike license back home you won’t be covered in Bali or over sea’s with any travel insurance, Indonesia does have road rules but the locals it’s more of a guide line, To westerners it’s a must to follow those rules even if you don’t know what they are,

    Use those blinker’s every time you turn and more than 15 seconds be for you do turn, TURN THEM OFF AFTER THE TURN, Don’t try to be Wayne Gardner or Evil Carnival, Take the corner’s slow and slow down for any bumps or loose gravel,

    Buy a helmet over there, There are lot’s of shops that sell good helmet, DON’T buy with that looks like it won’t safe your life and is only for looks (that will get you a fine)
    I get mine from Helmet corner in Kuta it’s not hard to find and it’s a way way street,
    If you are going along beach road keep to that road, There is a Commonwealth bank on the corner of Jl.Legian and Jl.Melasti street’s you’ll know you are headed the right way keep along that road till it starts to run back to the airport, It’s on the corner (outside corner) they sell good helmet’s in there and the most you’ll pay is $50 AUSD for something that will save you’re life,

    Ride safe and if you can do a local motorbike ride with a Australian instructor, this won’t cost a lot ($75-$150) for 1-2 hours and then you can also get a IDR for a motorbike valid for 12 months

    Post a Reply
  12. Hi Brendon. Great read mate. My wife and I are about to head for Bali for 3 weeks. This will be our fourth time. We have hired a scooter every time we have been and have never had any trouble. I always get an international lic before I go and have been pulled over quite a few times and have never paid a fine or bribe. I have found that if I do the right thing, ride sensible and be polite when pulled over, I have no trouble. I see so many westerners in Bali on scooters riding like idiots and then they complain that the police are bastards. I think also that the police are getting sick of tourists behaving like this and I don’t blame them. Saying that, I also see lots of Bali people riding crazy as well. We base ourselves in Ubud and travel all over the island and it is so much fun and you get to see so much more when you have your own scooter. I realise there are dangers but so is driving in Queensland, Australia and hey, we only live once. The world is there to be enjoyed. Enjoy your travels

    Post a Reply
    • Hi Brent,
      Yup, you’re right. If you have an international license, though, you’ll never ever have an issue.
      You’re also right about the tourists running wild and acting like they can do whatever they want. However, if the cops actually followed procedure and didn’t take bribes, I’m sure they’d be a bit more behaved.
      The police definitely target foreigners because they know that lots of the pay bribes and have the money for it. I was pulled over once riding completely normal well a family of 4 was next to me on one all without helmets. I asked the cop why I was pulled over well following the law, and the ones next to me breaking the law were not. He sheepishly said, foreigners on scooters never have the right papers, and that family has no money to pay me.
      So, yeah, tourists are in the wrong, they should get the right papers. But the police, and government policy is wrong here as well.
      Anyways, enjoy your time there next time. I didn’t spend enough time in Ubud, but definitely liked it better than that wasteland that is Kuta in December, haha.

      Post a Reply
  13. Please don’t pay too much for a rent because prices will go up!! A good price for a month is max.550000 rupiah. I’ve had my scooter for 500000rupiah a month! 28.10.2014

    Post a Reply
  14. Was in Bali 4 years ago and rented scooters for a day. We ride big motorcycles at home (US) so there was no anxiety about riding, only riding on the opposite side of the road, which we quickly got used to. We didn’t know about the need for an international driving permit until we tried to rent the bikes but we decided to take our chances without one. We had no trouble whatsoever. This was toward the end of our trip and we wished we rented them earlier! Headed back to Bali in December. Will get the international permit before we go this time…can’t wait to spend more time riding around Bali!

    Post a Reply
  15. when you talk about “international license” are you referring to car or bike license?

    Post a Reply
    • Officially you need the international bike license in Indonesia. However, I’ve heard many people say the car license seems to work fine too.

      Post a Reply
  16. Hi Brendan!

    Thanks for your informative post! I’m headed to Bali this December for the first time ever. I just submitted to get my international driver’s license so I will have it just in case. My main concern is the fact that I have never driven or even been a rider on one before! Is it so difficult that I should not rent one? Or does it just amount to taking it easy and slow while learning?

    Would you recommend just hiring a driver, even for shorter distances? Or trying it out on my own?! Also, I will be there for about 3 weeks, moving around to a few different spots. I will most likley join some tour groups to see temples, etc, but was wondering how easy it is to just do this on my own…would you recommend driving myself on motorbike or using a more formal tour?

    Thanks for any help you can throw my way 🙂

    Post a Reply
    • Hi Jess,
      It’s a bit challenging at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. I was with 2 girls. One had never driven one before and the other only minimally, they picked it up pretty quick. Just find a quiet-ish street to test it out on.
      Getting out to see the temples on your own is very easy if you have transport like a scooter. I think it’s the best way to go if you’re comfortable on the scooter. Hiring a driver or cab for long distances can get really expensive. The tours are a decent idea, but you get stuck a bit for not having any freedom of schedule. Renting a scooter really is the way to go in Bali, but the truth is the driving can be a bit unnerving, so just make sure you’re really comfortable before you explore to far afield. I’d recommend renting one for a couple days, testing your feet, and then making a decision.
      Hope that helps!

      Post a Reply
  17. Hi Brendan! In your opinion, does other Asians need to get the international licence from the police or not? Since we’re just gonna be stopped either way just to give them a bribe?
    Will the rental companies still give u the bike if u don’t have the licence? Or will they allow u to take it to go to the police station to get one?

    Post a Reply
    • Hi Jenny,
      In my opinion, if you look like a tourist, you’ll get stopped no matter what your ethnicity in Bali. But, yeah, a bribe is easy if you’re willing to do it.
      Rental companies don’t care if you’re 3 years old with no arms, they’ll rent you a scooter. They just want to make money.
      If you need a license, you can always rent without one and then drive the scooter to the police station to get you’re Indonesian driver’s license.
      Hope that helps!

      Post a Reply
  18. Hi Brendan, Would you happen to know if the scooter can go on the Mandara Toll roads?
    I will be arriving into bali via cruiseship and need to pick someone up at the airport, and it looks like the quickest way to get there is via the told road?

    Post a Reply
    • Yes, absolutely. There are tonnes of scooters out there on all roads and highways.

      Post a Reply
  19. Great post mate, very informative.

    But you seem to have missed out the third option regards driving license
    1. Local licence
    2. International Driver’s permit
    3. Asean driving licence (from Thailand, Philippines etc)


    Post a Reply
    • Oh, great bit of advice Colsie. I didn’t realize you could drive a scooter in Bali with an Asean Driving Licence. Thanks for the update!

      Post a Reply
  20. You must have an international drivers licence to be covered by your travel insurance to ride scooters in bali. That means your normal licence must show that you are licenced to ride a motorbike. If it does not, you cannot get an international drivers licence that will cover you for the riding of motorbikes either. Many travel insurance agencies do not cover you for riding motorbikes/scooters and, if they do, their conditions vary regarding the size of the bike, etc. Really important to read the fine print in the PDS and ring them to verify. Do not ride a motorbike/scooter in Bali if you are not covered. It is a huge risk if you unfortunately have an accident.

    Post a Reply
  21. Hi Thr !

    I am from india and i am planning to visit Bali as well as Langkawi in June 2015. I have indian driving license ( two wheeler & 4 wheeler ). I am also planning to apply for IDP ( international driving permit ).

    If i get IDP, do i still need to go to Denpasar Police Station and get Tourist Diving License ?.

    Post a Reply
    • If you have an international driver’s permit you don’t need to get the tourist driving license.

      Post a Reply
  22. hello,
    Your post describes most of the reasons why we have launched our service on Bali. We were ourself annoyed with the extremely unprofessional service by the existing providers. We provide a straight forward online booking system to rent brand new scooters, with insurance, delivered with a full tank of gas, new helmets and the bike is carefully checked for it’s condition. We provide a bike insurance and we provide 24/7 roadside support. We never take passports as a deposit (payments are done online with creditcards). On top of this we provide many value added services, like GoPro camera rentals, Pocket Wifi to keep you connected everywhere on the Island, and we provide assistance with getting a legal driving license on Bali. Our website is balibikerental (dot) com.

    Post a Reply
  23. I’m going to Bali soon when pulled over they try to bribe for what you are wearing if you have a nice necklace they might take that and other things

    Post a Reply
  24. Thanks so much por your post! Very useful and complete! I’ll let you know about my experience in Bali in some weeks 🙂

    Post a Reply
  25. Nice info. motorcycle is one of transportation for travel accommodations snagta good. durabilitiy a cost-effective and very good, would make a good trip. may often be a problem is the equipment driving license. I do not know how, but of course you know how the behavior of officials in Bali. nice share.

    Post a Reply
  26. Hey, I found your post really helpful!! I am going to Bali in a couple of weeks and wanted to rent out a scooter.
    do you know if i would be able to rent a scooter from one city and return it in another city?

    Post a Reply
    • Hi Sandra,
      I don’t know the answer to that, but I think if you ask around you’ll be able to arrange something. Most people rent and return in the same place, though.

      Post a Reply
  27. Thanks for the tips! Myself and my boyfriend are heading to Bali in July and were thinking about renting mopeds. Can you get a international licence with just a permit and how do you go about getting one? This is my first time heading over so need less hassle over there as possible. 🙂

    Post a Reply
    • You need to get an International License at home. It depends country to county. In Canada, you just go to the DMV and they issue it.

      Post a Reply
  28. Hey man, Great read.
    So With me, I dont have any drivers license from home or anywhere.

    I am going to Bali for 7 days, and Jakarta for 7 days.

    Is there any quick way I can ride a scooter legally? If I can get an indonesian license, how would I go about that??
    And in the case of bribes/ Fines… If I am not legal…. How much can I expect to pay in Fines. Someone above said they had to Pay 1000000 in bribes, but you said around 30000 to 50000 is good, So it is a little conflicting. I Just wanna be able to ride around Kuta and surrounding area.

    Post a Reply
    • Without a license from home, no. That said, you could definitely ride and pay fines. I obviously can’t advise it, but lots of people do it. If you get pulled over you just say you forgot your license at home and pay the fine. Yeah, I’ve never heard of people paying fines like that. If they did, it’s because they didn’t fight at all, or just paid the first crazy thing that came out of the cop’s mouth. I will say, though, that in the Kuta area there were lots of cops pulling over tourists, however they tended to go after people for not wearing helmets. But still, they do target tourists, for sure.

      Post a Reply
      • Hey thanks for the reply. Just to get an idea, let’s say I have a bad day, get pulled over a couple times… how much generally are the fines than? Am I looking at like, 5 bucks a go?

        Post a Reply
        • Yeah, exactly! Don’t pay more. Just keep arguing!!! haha

          Post a Reply
  29. Will I be able to get a bike license with out having a bike license

    Post a Reply
  30. Very informative post, thank you. We’d like to rent a scooter when we go to Bali July. What about the scooter theft? Is it safe to leave the scooter on the street all night? Can I leave my helmet on it if I drop by a temple?

    Post a Reply
  31. Hey there!
    Thank you for a great post!

    I am going to Bali with my sister for about 10 nights in mid July. We haven’t booked hotels yet as I am still figuering out our trip. But we definitely need some days by a great beach.
    It would be cool to ride around on a scooter, but would we each need one? Or is it legal to ride two people on a scooter (I am the only one with an international license, my sister doesn’t have a license at all)?


    Post a Reply
    • Hi Mathilde, Yeah, you can ride with 2 people on one scooter without a problem in Bali. You’ll just need to make sure you are both wearing helmets!

      Post a Reply
      • Thank you very much Brendan!

        I also have another question as I am a bit confused. My sister and I are only staying in Bali for 10 nights. We want to spend at least half of our days at a beautiful beach. I am thinking those beautiful white sand beaches with turquoise water. Does that only exist on the Gili islands? Or is Kuta beach (by Denpensar) like that, too? Or where should we go?

        Post a Reply
        • Addition to my last question (hope this isn’t too much!).
          It seems like Bukit Peninsula Beaches are ver pretty. I am thinking Balangan Beach and Padang Padang. Can you recommend them? 🙂

          Post a Reply
        • Honestly, the beaches on Bali aren’t that nice in my opinion. In fact, depending on the time of year Kuta can be full of garbage and quite nasty. You’ll have to go to the Gili Islands for better waters and beaches, for sure.

          Post a Reply
  32. Hi,

    im going to bali for a few days with 5 friends, will the police stop & fine asians too?

    Post a Reply
    • Definitely less likely. Unless you look like a tourist.

      Post a Reply
  33. This is so helpful. The boyfriend and I are headed to Bali this September. Thanks so much for the info!

    Post a Reply
    • I’m glad! Enjoy Bali!

      Post a Reply
  34. I am in Bali now. I rented a motorbike for 10 days. So far it has been awesome! I am a very experienced rider though.
    I went to the Despasar Police office to get my international license. The officer was very helpful and did everything for me. They charged 400,000Rp though. I gave them 350,000 and tipped the officer 50,000. They issued me a temporary paper and will have a permanent a week later. It says Baru C. C is the class for motorcycles only. Baru means foreigner in Indo. So it is pretty obvious what it is for and seems legit enough.
    I left my helmet at a club and on my way to get it i was stopped by a police check point. Fortunately the officer was Australian. I explained it to him and he let me go. My passenger had her helmet on. So far so good. I avoided another check point by going on the far side of the lane.
    The only bad i have had was the night at Le Favelas north of Kuta. The bartender who was not indo tried to over charge me on drinks. it was 50k per beer and then suddenly 100k per beer. When i argued he went into a rage, called security and literally started attacking me. I put my hands up and they rushed me out the door with him hitting me the entire way.
    When we got outside they all started beating me and so i defended myself. Two locals that i was with from the tattoo parlor helped get me away from them. One of them was bleeding badly and it got all over my shirt. It was pretty bad and would have been worse if I couldnt defend myslef or those guys didnt help me. Noone else helped. So i suggest staying away from there.

    Post a Reply
  35. Bali scooter rental gives you the opportunity to experience the hidden virgin beaches around the island.

    Post a Reply
  36. My partner an I are just about to leave to Bali for 2 weeks. Same issue with the international license, there’s no stamp in it for motorbikes, just for cars.

    Would you recommend me to take the risk, or shall I just visit the police station for a tourist one? If everything goes to plan, we’re gonna spend some days in Ubud and Amed areas. How bad is the situation there in terms of waving/ripping off riders?

    Assuming I ignore the law, only ride with an IDP with car stamp and get fined by the cop. How big could the fine be according to the law? Do you know anyone who got fined because of not having the right stamps in the IDP at all?

    Post a Reply
    • Just risk it. I think with the IDP it’ll be fine without a motorcycle stamp. They’ll see it and push you along. Don’t stress. Worst case scenario it’s a $5 fine. But I doubt with an IDP they’ll bother you.

      Post a Reply
    • I went to Bali in 2012 only having an international driving license for cars and got pulled over 4 times over 2 weeks. Every single time, they’ve told me I needed one for motorcycles.
      The first time, they’ve let me go when I told them I could drive a small motorbike (less than 125cc) in my country with that license and supposed it was the same there. What probably helped me is that they were pulling over everyone, tourists and locals alike and there were dozens of drivers.
      The 2nd and 3rd time I had to pay 50,000 rupiahs (even if they asked at first for 500,000) because the “motorcycle stamp” was missing.
      The last time, I explained him I’d had to pay 3 times already (small lie, didn’t pay the first time) and that I couldn’t do anything about it before going back home and he let me go.
      Even if you get pulled over, you won’t pay too much but I, personally, found it very annoying. I didn’t feel at ease because, at every roudabout, I was scared to get pulled over again and again.

      You must be back from Bali now. How was your experience regarding the IDP ?

      Post a Reply
  37. I am from India going to bali for first time. I got my international driver s permit but it is not for motor cycles as told by RTO they don’t issue for motorcycles. Will this idp work in bali?

    Post a Reply
  38. Hey Mate, thanks heaps for the post.

    I’m definetely keen to grab a motorbike for the two weeks i’ll be in Bali Feb-March.

    Wondering if you know any online websites with options, because the main ones coming up on google have rates at approx $100 per week.

    Would love a dirt bike option but any advice on businesses I should check out, would be much appreciated.


    Post a Reply
    • Kiel,
      Just head there and find someone. There are dozens of places renting bikes. It’s not hard to find at all, and you’re going to get far cheaper prices booking when you get there rather than online beforehand.

      Post a Reply
  39. Hi Brendan, I rented a scooter last time in Bali (without international license) and had no problems and a lot of fun. Before I go this time (hoping Mt Ranjani stops erupting!!) I am doing my learner motor bike rider course to get my license and will get international license. I have also invested in an Australian standards helmet $250!! as I plan to buy a scooter here soon. My question is do you think it is safe to leave an expensive new helmet on the bike or do you think it might get stolen?

    Also, I read somewhere that if I take a brand new sparkling helmet into Bali that customs may try to charge me money… they recommended ‘scuffing it up’ a bit to make it look second hand, which I don’t really want to do to my nice brand new helmet!

    Thanks for your advice, Linda.

    Post a Reply
    • I don’t think it’s too safe to leave the helmet on the bike. Most locals either take the helmet with them, or stash and lock it into the seat compartment of the scooter. I wouldn’t just leave it dangling on the handlebars in Bali.

      Post a Reply
  40. Great post & excellent help with the questions & comments! I’ll be in Bali in January. I’ll try my best to remember to post here if I have anything to add.

    Thanks Brendan

    Post a Reply
  41. Brendan,

    My best friend and I are headed to the Kuta area this June. As a female, do you thinking I could have trouble with cops when renting scooters? As long as my license is valid? After reading others experiences I’m not sure I should be renting a scooter.

    Post a Reply
  42. I am planning a trip to Bali in May with my sister. Do you think it is safe for both of us as we will be alone for a couple of days after which we will have company.

    Post a Reply
    • You’ll be totally safe. Completely safe.

      Post a Reply
      • Hi Brendan

        Thank you so much for all the advice. We are going to Bali in June and would like to make use of scooters travelling from Jimbaran to all the Uluwatu attractions and beaches. Is the roads safe to travel on? Do you know if quad bikes are also being rented out as I find it much more safer.


        Post a Reply
        • The roads can be pretty chaotic. Lots of traffic, few people following the rules.
          I didn’t see any quad bikes for rent in Bali, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You’ll be able to find out pretty easy once you get there, though.

          Post a Reply
  43. where exactly did you hire your scooter?
    I would love to hear that.

    Post a Reply
  44. Brendan

    any tips on renting a mobility scooter, where, costs, licence requirements if any? I have a mobility issue and my wife and I are visiting Bali in Feb 2017 and want to get around as much as possible and a battery/electric powered scooter would be ideal.

    Malcolm S

    Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real Time Analytics
Want to improve your photography? Subscribe to my Travel Photography YouTube Channel! You will not regret it!

Get a Free Copy of Vagabundo Magazine

Sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of Vagabundo Magazine. You'll also get information regarding future travel photography workshops. Right now, we're booking for PERU!