Kura-Kura Bus: A New Way to Travel in Bali
My Turtle Bus - Kura-Kura Bus
Two weeks ago, I and Sharon were travelling to Bali for around a week. Since we can't drive motorcycle and rented a car for a week was consider expensive, then after we spent our first day walking tour from Kuta - Legian - Seminyak, we decided to use Kura-Kura bus service, a new pubblic shuttle service in Bali. In english, Kura-kura means turtle, I don't know why they use it name, maybe because they have several stops and they walk slow? or maybe because it near beach and turtle was the animal that have connection with the beach *silly opinion*
Map route/ kura2bus.com
Although it considered as a new public shuttle service, but Kura kura bus already has 8 routes around Bali and mostly on central and south Bali ; Kuta line, Legian Line, Seminyak Line, Sanur Line, Jimbaran Line, Pecatu Indah resort line, South Nusa Dua line and Ubud Line. They next route will be Nusa Dua line and it will launch soon. Most of the bus stops are well known hotel, so if you will stay at one of the hotel that has kura-kura bus stop you can easily wait for the bus on the lobby or you can walk to another destination that reachable from the hotel. Psst several famous places and 5star hotel become kura – kura bus partner such as: Waterbom Bali, Seminyak Square, Ayana resort, Le Meridien, Grand Hyatt and many more.
time schedule/ kura2bus.com click to enlarge
Kura-kura bus time table has a lot of bus schedules for a day. For Kuta and Legian line, Kura-Kura shuttle will arrive every 30 minutes, (well except for traffic hour). For another line, shuttle has schedule from 4 up to 11 times daily. If there's any issue on some line, they will inform the passengers via twitter or other social media account or you can directly ask to kura-kura staff in ticket booth. This is the most important thing that's why I chose this service.
3. Fare and Payment
Left: Coin for single journey, Middle : Value card and 1 Day pass
Right: My card for 3 day pass
Each line has a flat fare for a single journey, all line excluding Seminyak Line connect through Galleria DFS Bus Bay. For Kuta, Legian and Seminyak Rp 20.000, Sanur and Jimbaran Rp 40.000, Pecatu Indah Resort Line and South Nusa Dua Line Rp. 50.000 and Ubud Line Rp. 80.000. They use a coin in different colors for each amount.
For multiple trips on all line you can also choose Value card, there are 100k, 200k, 300k and 400k cards. You can also topup this value card from 100k up to 500k on Dfs bus bay or ticket booths.
For unlimited travel on lines, you can choose Day Pass like we did. We chose 3 day pass simply because I just have 3 days left that day LOL. There are 1, 3, 5 and 7 Day Pass available on Kura-kura bus. One day is calculated 24 hours from the first time you tap the card into the device. Dont forget, they also have 20K refundable card deposit. Choose your payment wisely, if you only need a ride to your hotel, you better choose the single trip coin.
payment devices, left : tap card device, right: coin box for single trip
shuttle types/ kura2bus.com
There are 3 types of bus on Kura-kura bus service. Medium bus (29 seats), Long mini bus (15 seats), and short mini bus (12 seats). Hey look at their eye catching shuttle service design, turtle on the road!
Kura-kuba bus has several onboard facilities, such as; Wifi, Electric power socket, LCD video and Audio voice announcement system for route and bus stops info.
For solo traveler or duo traveler this service is really worth it and useful, moreover for a restaurant hopper like me and Sharon did. Fyi, a taxi fare from Kayu Aya (Seminyak) to Our hotel in Kuta was around 60K one way and if we did this almost every time then I don't think my money would be enough for airport tax payment and Damri Bus on my way to home hahahahah.
Here are some tips from me:
Last but not least I have to say thank you to Kak Nathalie, she was the first person who introduced me with this service.
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