Getting There & Getting Around
Many hotels in the area offer pickup service, and taxis connect from the airport (Rp180,000), about an hour away. Bemos drop you in the center of town, while the tourist shuttles have their own stops, usually on one of the two main drags.
With the encroachment of so many smaller villages into the center of downtown, Ubud is more like an expanding minimetropolis than a sleepy royal village. Central Ubud is small enough to see on foot and hotels will generally provide regular shuttles into town. The main street is Jalan Raya Ubud, which runs east-west; Monkey Forest Road (Jl. Monkey Forest) runs perpendicular. Jalan Raya Ubud becomes Jalan Raya Campuhan (that is, the "main street" of Campuhan) to the west, which in turn becomes Jalan Raya Sayan. Minivans are for hire on every corner for day trips or short jaunts across town. Make sure either they have a meter or you get a fixed price before you set off. Taxis are few and far between in Ubud and most have arrived from the south and are looking for a fare to take them back home. Motorbike rental will cost about Rp50,000 to Rp75,000 for the day. Bicycles are available for hire at two or three street-side locations along Monkey Forest Road for about Rp10,000.
Visitor Information, Tours & Maps
The information kiosk, on the south side of Jalan Raya Ubud (tel. 0361/973285), near the intersection with Monkey Forest Road, is a good place to start. They have up-to-date listings of dance performances scheduled around town. For other information on good restaurants, shopping, galleries, and museums it is better to check with your villa manager or hotel concierge. Travel agencies are scattered all over town, each offering competitive prices for day trips and shuttles to other tourist areas. We recommend: HIS Tour & Travel, Jl. Monkey Forest (tel. 0361/972621), Bintang Tours, Jl. Raya Ubud, Campuhan (tel. 0361/975992), and Muda Prima Holiday Tours, Jl. Raya Mawang (tel. 0361/981465). A local map called Pathfinder is a few years old, but is the most user friendly of the lot.
Banks & ATMs -- Ubud has several banks and most will exchange cash and travelers checks. ATMs are not as prevalent as in Seminyak and Kuta but there are plenty of them around. Not all banks have ATMs.
Currency Exchange -- Most hotels and stores will exchange money, but the rates are poor. Several money changers are scattered about town; the best is Central Kuta (tel. 0361/974381), on Jalan Raya Ubud in front of Museum Puri Lukisan, and in between Permata Bank and Animale shop.
Hospitals & Clinics -- The Ubud Clinic, Medical, Laboratory Service & Pharmacy is at Jl. Raya Campuhan 36 (tel. 0361/974911). Ubud Hospital is at Jl. Dewi Sita (tel. 0361/974415). Other services include MF Medical Service, Jl. Monkey Forest (tel. 0361/971426), and Toyo Clinic (medical and ambulance service), Jl. Pengosekan (tel. 0361/978078).
Internet Access -- Ubud has several Internet cafes, including Pizza Bagus. The cheapest and the fastest speed connection are Netvice Internet, Jl. Hanoman 35A, Padang Tegal; on Jalan Raya Ubud, Bali 3000 Internet Cafe (tel. 0361/978538) and Highway Internet Cafe (tel. 0361/972107); Fairway Café & Internet, Jl. Dewi Sita (tel. 0361/978810); and Triscom.net, Jl. Kajeng 4 (tel. 0361/971898).
Pharmacies -- Three local pharmacies are: Ubud Farma, Jl. Raya Ubud (tel. 0361/974214); Mua Farma, Jl. Monkey Forest (tel. 0361/974674); and Ubud Pharmacy, Jl. Raya Campuhan 36 (tel. 0361/974911).
Police -- Located along Jalan Raya Ubud (tel. 0361/975316).
Post Office -- The main post office is at Jl. Jembawan 1. It's open Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm; Friday 8am to 11am; and Saturday 8am to 1pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.