Banyuwangi to Canggu, Seminyak, or Kuta should be relatively easy.
But this is Southeast Asia we’re talking about.
Nothing is ever easy.
After a night of hiking Mount Ijen I was ready to go back to Bali.
The journey there was mostly easy with little haggling, and only some hassle.
Banyuwangi to Canggu.
In Banyuwangi my homestay was only about 10 km from the ferry.
I used Grab to take me to the ferry.
Within minutes my driver and I arrived.
Grab Bike To Ferry – 15,000($1.05).
The ferry left Banyuwangi at 12:47 pm and arrived in Gilimanuk at 1:40 pm.
Banyuwangi to Gilimanuk by Ferry – 6,500($0.45).
Once you arrive in Gilimanuk there is nothing around.
Walk out of the ferry terminal and follow the people to the bus station.
That is where people will try to convince you to take a private car.
Expect them to charge about 800,000 Rupiah($56.24) or more.
Simply tell them you want a bus to Canggu, Seminyak, or Kuta.
I was told there were no buses to those places but the bus to Ubung would get me the closest.
The bus to Ubung left at 2:25 pm and arrived in Mengwi at 6:40 pm.
Gilimanuk to Mengwi by bus – 70,000($4.92).
We arrived at the Mengwi Bus Station and the driver tells us this is where we get off.
I tell him Ubung(8.8 km away) is closer to Canggu but he’s persistent that we get off at Mengwi(16 km away).
I get off, along with a couple from Netherlands, and we quickly realize the station is closed.
There are no buses to Canggu, only private cars.
So the 3 of us haggle with a driver and head towards Canggu at 7:10 pm.
Mengwi to Canggu by private car – 50,000($3.51) each.
At 7:45 pm we arrived at Crust(pizzeria) in Canggu.
After 7 hours of travel we stuff our faces with delicious pizza.
If you’re continuing to Seminyak a Grab Bike only costs 20,000($1.40).
Going to Kuta shouldn’t be much more.
The whole journey took a little over 7 hours, but only cost $9.93.
Continuing to Seminyak would only be $11.33.
Not too bad.
Much cheaper than the private care for $56.
BUT… if you’re traveling in a group of 4 that private car from Gilimanuk might be the better option.
Have you made the journey from Banyuwangi to Canggu, or vice versa?
How did it work out for you?
Let me know in the comments below.