Transportation fees are unavoidable while traveling. Whether you are using Uber or renting your own bike, you can’t escape the cost of getting from one point to another. This is why it’s important to ensure that you always choose the most affordable and sensible way to get around - even if that means a lot of walking. When you research taxi fares in Bali, you probably came across many people stating to only trust Blue Bird Group. While this is true, these people also failed to mention the many Bali taxi tourist traps.
Blue Bird Group taxis are the only ones that you should ever step foot in. They have meters, the drivers are licensed and have their registration displayed within the car, and are extremely affordable. Their meters start at 7,000 IDR and go up in 650 IDR increments. You can distinguish these taxi’s with the words ‘Blue Bird Group’ labeled across the front windshield and they often have an advertisement for their app across the entire rear window. They also have a distinct blue color and are always a Toyota.
So what is this trap, how do you know if you’re being scammed? Well… since Blue Bird Group is the trusted company, there are so many fakes of them. The way people find this out usually makes them laugh. Someone said they were once walking down a street and saw a parked taxi. However when they walked closer to it, they noticed the front windshield said ‘Blue Biro Group’. Yes, that’s Biro with an O! It’s pretty impressive with how sneaky and creative rip-off taxis can be. Once you notice the many differences between the real taxis and the fakes, you’ll see how obvious they can be.
The fake taxis can be identified with the wrong shade of blue, and they often have multiple shades of the wrong blue color. One is so off that the color is almost purple! You can visit Blue Bird Groups official website to see which color is correct. They can also easily be spotted by being the wrong make, such as a Chevy instead of Toyota. However, don’t rely on that detail alone. And obviously, the fake ones don’t run a meter.
These fake taxis are much more prevalent in the popular areas such as Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Canggu. The farther away from these areas, the less taxis you will find. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so approach with caution.
To prevent confusion, you can also call Blue Bird Group at +62 0 361 701 111. This line is available 24/7 and you can order a taxi to be sent to your location. They usually arrive fairly quick. You can also call in advance and reserve a time, for example, preparing to go to the airport or a day trip in the early morning.
Finally, to avoid spending more than you need to - have small change on your during your ride. It’s common for taxi drivers, legit and non-legit, to pretend they don’t have smaller notes to give you when you pay with larger ones.
If you follow these simple taxi tips during your trip to Bali, you won’t have anything to worry about.