Entry points to Bali are either via plane, or ferries from Java to the east or Lombok to the west. We were not able to go to Lombok, so this will only cover the first two.
If you’re coming in by plane, from Ngurah Rai International airport, you can either take a taxi to Ubud, which will cost around IDR 200,000 plus a 30% out-of-town surcharge; or you can take a tourist bus (mini bus) for a much cheaper IDR 50,000. Most tourist buses will wait for a considerable number of passengers before leaving.
Buses from Gilimanuk port, if you chose to take the no-fly route from Java (like we did), will take you to the main bus station in Denpasar, Ubung. There are no buses from Denpasar to Ubud and having arrived around 6 pm bemos are also no longer available. The only other option is to take a taxi. There is a fixed fare matrix shown to us by the dispatcher, IDR 150,000.
The drive to Ubud took around 30 to 45 minutes. We were not able to immediately find our accommodations, the driver was very kind to use his own phone to call the owner of the homestay.
You may also arrange with your hotel in Ubud to pick you up.
Located at Jl Hanoman, a street to the east and parallel to Jl Monkey Forest, Jangkrik Homestay is located at the center of Ubud with the additional benefit of being much quieter.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the owner Made, waiting for us by the sidewalk. After showing us to our room, he excused himself with an invitation to an on-going Kecak performance their family organized at a nearby temple. He left the festivities just to welcome us.
The rooms are basic, but are very clean. The IDR 200,000/night rate includes breakfast and free-flowing Bali coffee or tea. The owners priding themselves of having good quality pillows and mattresses is justifiable. Hot shower is available, no air-conditioning (not that you’d need it).
Breakfast is really good and is always accompanied by a plateful of fresh fruits. You may choose from pancakes or toast, both filled with fruits. You may also request for other home-cooked meals, just inform them ahead of time.
I highly recommend Jangkrik Homestay if you’re spending a couple of nights in Ubud. A stay there is like visiting your favorite relatives. Check out their webpage here.