Motorbike and Scooter
Rentals Guide for Bali

Comparison of Motorcycle Rental Agencies in Bali - 2023

How did I compare all features of the 6 motorbike and scooter rentals in Bali?

Well, this was the part of where I thought it would be quite simple to make a quick comparison. However, when I went over to the websites of the motorbike and scooter rental companies in Bali that I found through my Google searches I never thought the list of items to compare would become this long.

Surprisingly there is one online motorbike rental agency in Bali that I found to be significantly ahead compared to the other ones and that will deliver and pickup your rented scooter anywhere in Bali!

If you have a look at www.bikago.com you will see that they offer a lot more services in comparison. Personally I have been renting with them since 2014 for a variety of reasons and I would recommend you to at least consider them. They are not the cheapest scooter rental in Bali (and they never claim to be as they focus on reliability and quality) but from my point of view (and others) you get a SIXT or HERTZ alike rental experience for half the price you would pay in any western country.

If you are looking for a cheap scooter rental in Bali, those options are listed too. Remember that “cheap” doesn’t always means you will be saving money but in the end the choice is yours!

I prefer for my bike to be delivered and picked up at my accommodation at a time that is convenient to me. This way I have a quiet location where I can thoroughly check my motorbike and take it for a quick test ride. Some of the Scooter Rental Companies in Bali offer this service but make sure you check if it is already included in their rental prices as some offer this at a premium. Especially if you are renting a motorbike in Sidemen, Lovina, Padangbai and other beautiful but more remote areas of Bali.

In contrast to a few years ago you will find that the online motorbike rental agencies in Bali offer motorbike rentals with delivery and pickup, (charging) smartphone holders, a first aid kit, full tank of gas, sanitized helmets, insurances and the list goes on. So… well done by those companies! They really came a long way since my first rental experience in Bali.

When you are going to rent a motorbike or scooter to explore beautiful Bali I hope that the comparison I have put together will assist you in making a comprehensive and well thought through decision that results in an amazing rental experience. Be it with a top notch Scooter Rental Company or a cheap motorbike rental in Bali. The most important thing is that you always wear a helmet, have your International Drivers License on you and DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Main Items Included

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Sanitized Helmets

Full Tank of Petrol

Extensive Quality Check

Delivery South Bali

Delivery all over Bali

4G Tourist SIM Card

Unlimited Mileage

Charging phone holder

First Aid Medical Kit

Short term rental

OVERALL SCORE

10/10

Website & Support Features

Secure Online Booking

Payments in cash

Instant Confirmation

Online Chat Support

Offline Helpdesk

24.7 Road Side Assistance

OVERALL SCORE

Insurance, Services and Reviews

Motorbike Insurance

Cancellation Insurance

Third Party Insurance

Motorbike Theft Insurance

Tourist (e)SIM cards (4G)

Hard Case

Surf Racks

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Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions about renting a motorbike or scooter in Bali:

  1. A valid driving license: You need a valid driving license issued in your home country AND an International Driving Permit (IDP). Some rental companies accept a local driving license, this is risky as it is not recognized by the authorities.

  2. Passport: You will need to provide a copy of your passport.

  3. Cash deposit: Most rental companies require a cash deposit.

  4. Age requirement: Most rental companies require you to be at least 18 years old.

  5. Experience: You should have a bit of experience riding a motorbike or scooter before renting one in Bali.

YES! An international motorcyclists’ license is mandatory to ride a motorbike in Bali. If you did not arrange one in your home country you can click here to get a digital version that will be processed online and emailed to you in less than 2 hours. This IDP is accepted by the police in Bali. Tried and tested by myself numerous times!

I think you really do, yes. Public transportation is non existing in Bali, the roads are congested more often than not and so narrow that ones you are stuck in a proper jam in a taxi or driving a car half your day goes to waste, easily. If you are not comfortable riding a bike (yet) get a few lessons and enjoy Bali to its fullest extend! For more information on scooter lessons click here.

If you choose to discover on a rented scooter mostly by yourself and are not going for day length road trips you can get a Honda Scoopy (110cc) or Honda Vario (125cc). 

If you are planning to ride together and go out of town and on road trips I recommend the Yamaha Nmax, Honda PCX, Honda CB 150X or the Yamaha XSR.

If you are not willing to spend hundreds of repair dollars when you get into an accident  or a few thousand dollars when your scooter or motorbike gets stolen, yes you do. Personally I never rent a scooter or motorbike in Bali that does not at least covers theft as it does occur in Bali, just like anywhere else in the world. 

Cheap Motorbike Rental companies in Bali will tell you it never happens but when you ask what they expect from you when your bike gets stolen you will hear that it is you who needs to pay for the bike when it gets stolen. If you rent an Nmax or Honda PCX you are looking at a USD 3000 tab and there is little to no chance of getting out of it!

I think it is quite safe yes. Although Bali traffic is unorganized, congested and pretty unclear on “how it exactly works” the pace is quite slow and so should you be. Take it easy, ride slow, keep a smile on your face and you should be good to go. Watch out for children, dogs and yes chickens 😉

Some of the traffic rules that you should be aware of when riding your rented motorbike or scooter in Bali include:

1. Drive on the left side of the road

2. Maximum speed limit: The maximum speed limit on Bali’s smaller/typical roads is between 40-60 km/hour.

3. Traffic signals: Please always obey traffic signals, including stop signs, traffic lights, and yield signs.

4. Using headlights: You are required to use headlights at night and during times of low visibility, such as during heavy rain or fog. Most of the bikes have “always-on” head and tail lights nowadays.

5. Using helmets: You are required to always wear a helmet. Also if you are a passenger.

6. No drinking and driving: It is illegal to drink and drive in Bali and there are strict penalties for offenders.

7. No using mobile phones while driving: Drivers are prohibited from using mobile phones while driving, except for hands-free devices such as a smartphone holder.

8. Yielding to pedestrians: You should yield to pedestrians at designated crossings and when they are crossing the road.

9. No overtaking: Overtaking is not allowed in certain areas, such as near intersections, bridges, and narrow roads. Besides it not being allowed be very cautios at night as street lightning is non existing and not all road participants are “bright-lighted”.

All the above said, traffic enforcement in Bali can be lax in some areas, so you should exercise caution and be aware of you surroundings at all times.

If you get into an accident on your rented scooter in Bali, the absolute first thing you should do is make sure that you and anyone else involved in the accident are safe! Get medical attention if necessary. You can always call 112, which is the general emergency number to contact the police, fire department and ambulance services. 

In addition to 112, there are several other emergency numbers in Bali that you can call:

110: This is the emergency number for the police.
118: This is the emergency number for the fire department.
119: This is the emergency number for ambulance and rescue services.

It is important to note that these emergency services in Bali may not always have English-speaking operators. Try to have a local (or someone who speaks Indonesian) to help you communicate in case of an emergency!

Once you made sure that everyone is safe, you should contact your motorbike rental company and report your accident. They will send someone to the scene of the accident to look at the damage(s) to the scooter and may contact the police to report your accident.

If there are no injuries and the damage to the scooter is minor, you may be able to work out an agreement with the rental company to pay for the damage. However, if the damage is extensive or in case of injuries, you will be held liable for the cost of the damages.

You should be aware that in Bali (and Indonesia as a whole) driving without a valid license, International Drivers License and insurance coverage is illegal! This could impact claims and legal proceedings that may arise from your accident. 

I do highly recommended that you have a valid International Drivers License and proper motorbike insurance coverage before operating a rented scooter in Bali (or anywhere else in Indonesia). Ask yourself honestly if you would operate a car or motorbike without the proper license and insurance in your home country!

No there are no 50cc motorbike or scooters in Bali. The smallets engine size you will find belongs to the Honda Scoppy which is 110cc. 

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