Ubud: Getting There and Accommodations

Itinerary & Expenses

On our way to the sixth stop in our SEA by Train vacation in Indonesia, Ubud.

Straight from our trek to the smoldering crater of Mt. Ijen, our tour operator dropped us off at Ketapang Port where we took the ferry to Gilimanuk in Bali, then headed by bus to the capital, Denpasar.

Getting There

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.

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  1. Rainbow Journal

    I'm one of those who rely a lot on blog posts in planning my itinerary. Hahaha! That's also part of the reason why I blog about my travels, to help people like me. :P

  2. April Ibañez

    I appreciate blog posts with details on how to get there and tips on expenses, those are very helpful to some travelers who depend most of their itinerary by searching over the net. Thanks for sharing! Hope to visit Bali soon! :D

  3. Rainbow Journal

    There are also homestays here in the Philippines, I forgot what they're called though. :)
    Yup, it is indeed more awesome than staying at a hotel.

  4. Rainbow Journal

    I agree. Homestays are better alternatives for budget-conscious travelers. :)
    Hope you'd get to visit Bali soon!

  5. Rainbow Journal

    The address is Jalan Hanoman 60, Ubud, Bali
    I also shared a link in the article, if ever you need more info like their contact details. :)

  6. Slick Master

    Honestly, I have no idea on what homestay was all about (I initally thought it was staycation) until I realization, NAAAAH, wrong. Haha. I think that's more awesome than the typical vacation style.

  7. Lauren Ashley

    This is fun. We also tried homestay when we travel last 2 years ago. It's more cheaper than we thought. I wanna go to Bali

  8. Mitch Ryan

    Would you mind sharing the address of that homestay?

  9. Rainbow Journal

    They are indeed! Hope you'd get to scratch Bali off of your list of places to visit soon! :)

  10. Emiliana Limlengco Sison

    Homestays maybe a good option if you are travelling on a budget. I'd like to see bali someday.

  11. Jerome Lupisan

    Rainbow Journal Didn't hear about it. That's correct, it's punishable by death penalty. I'll google it later.

  12. Rainbow Journal

    Really is a good deal. Homestays also feel more personal. :)

  13. Rainbow Journal

    Jerome Lupisan She was questioned and detained at the airport. The personnel there suspected her of carrying illegal drugs. Not a situation I'd like to be in, knowing that it warrants Capital Punishment there.

  14. Jerome Lupisan

    Rainbow Journal What happened to him/ her?

  15. Jerome Lupisan

    I love Bali. That's a good deal. Got to keep this homestay option in mind next time.

  16. Rainbow Journal

    Couldn't agree more Phylicia. :)
    We usually try to look for budget accommodations. As long as the place is secure, we're good. Jangkrik is that and more.

  17. Phylicia Marie Pineda

    I gues Jangkrik Homestay is adequate for budget travelling. after all, you're not in bali for the accomodations, but for the natural wonders of the island.

  18. Fernando Ceballos Lachica

    Enjoy your travel because that's the only way to discover different things in your life.

  19. Rainbow Journal

    Read that article too… Scary! I didn't have jitters since we arrived by ferry, but flying back to Jakarta from Bali was another story. Hahaha!

  20. Bino Bautista

    good timing as I'll be going to Bali this september. and hopefully i won't experience what chyng reyes experienced in Indonesia :)

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