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Ubud Bali Guide

Ubud is Bali’s cultural heart, located in the centre of Bali amongst the cooler mountains and rice fields. Ubud is about 1hrs drive north of the aiport.
Ubud and surrounding villages specialise in crafts and wood carving and some of the best artists can be found here as well.

When to Visit Ubud

Peak travel: July to mid-Sep, mid-Dec to early Jan.
Climate: hot & humid year-round, with rainy season Oct-Apr & cooler “dry” season May-Sep.
Travelers from your area typically stay up to 5 days.
Click here to learn the best time for you to come to Bali.

Getting to Ubud

By Plane:

Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is in fact directly south of Kuta, about 10 minutes away by taxi.
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By Taxi / Uber:

If you want to take a taxi to Ubud from South Bali, it is best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, otherwise, you’ll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares, one-way and not including surcharge, are around Rp 150,000 from Denpasar and Rp 200,000 from Kuta.
See our tips:
Taxi’s in Bali , Uber in Bali

By Car / Minibus:

Driving in Bali is a cheap, fun and relatively safe experience. Despite the apparent madness, motorists are generally tolerant and will give way. Keep your eyes peeled for the green road signs sparsely located along the road. Bear in mind that Ubud is in the Gianyar regency, so do not panic even when road signs indicate Gianyar only, as labels tend to be inconsistent.

By Bus/ Bemo:

Currently, there’s no public bus service to Ubud.

There are regular public bemos from Denpasar’s Batubulan terminal to Ubud which cost Rp 8,000 (but ongoing foreigners rate is Rp 50,000), and take about an hour. Most bemos run in the early morning, and you will not find any after 16:00. In the opposite direction, bemos depart every morning from the central market (northern entrance) in Ubud. Foreigners are likely to be asked much more (bargain!) or even to charter the whole vehicle – there’s really no need, as they will pick up passengers on the way.

Accommodation in Ubud

Ubud has many homestays which are the cheapest form of lodging, a good way to meet the locals, and the natural replacement for hostels on the backpacker circuit. If you want to stay in town, the area around Jl Monkey Forest is generally the most expensive little more expensive (from Rp 80,000-100,000 per night). If you want cheaper prices try the areas around Jl Hanoman, north of Jl Raya Ubud and further out in Peliatan. In the low season especially, bargains can be had by those willing to bargain.

Budget Accommodation (under $25)

  • Joker Hostel & Guesthouse
  • Tude’s Family Homestay
  • Amel Homestay
  • Dewi Antara Homestay
  • Dudek Homestay
  • Family Guest House
  • Gandra Homestay
  • Gustis Garden Bungalows
  • Jati Home Stay
  • Kari House
  • Ketut and Geks House
  • Made Arsa Homestay
  • Mawar Homestay
  • Melati Cottages
  • Narasoma Homestay
  • Nirwa Ubud Homestay
  • Nyoman Murjana Homestay
  • Rumah Roda Homestay and Restaurant,
  • Shana Homestay
  • Ubud Sayan Studio
  • Warsa’s Guest House
  • Yuni’s House

Mid Range Accommodation ($25-$100)

  • Sapulidi Resort and Spa
  • Kamandhani Cottage
  • Anom Cottages
  • Dewa Bungalows
  • Dewa Bharata
  • Bungalows
  • De Munut Cottages
  • Evita Villa
  • Ganesha Ubud Inn
  • Mama’s House Villa
  • Murni’s Houses
  • Bali T House Village
  • Jiwa Damai Bali Retreat
  • Kertiyasa Bungalow
  • Oka Kartini
  • Puri Asri Villa & Spa
  • Puri Padi
  • Puri Saraswati Bungalows
  • Sri Bungalows
  • Sri Ratih Cottages
  • Suastika Bed and Breakfast
  • Taman Indrakila
  • Ubud Terrace Bungalows
  • Uma Sari Cottages
  • Hibiscus Cottages
  • Villa Indah
  • Inata Monkey Forest

More Expensive Accommodation ($100+)

  • Plataran Ubud Hotel and Spa
  • Taman Rahasia
  • Eco-friendly retreat
  • Villa Mana Ubud


Some of the most luxurious resorts anywhere in Asia are in Ubud, so expect superb standards, with prices to match.

  • Ashoka Tree Resort at Tanggayuda, Ubud,
  • Suarti Boutique Village
  • Amandari
  • Amori Villas
  • Barong Resort and Spa
  • Como Shambhala Estate
  • Four Seasons Resort at Sayan
  • Komaneka at Bisma
  • Maya Ubud
  • Munari Resort & Spa Ubud
  • Natura Villa Resort and Spa
  • Naya Ubud
  • Pertiwi Resort and Spa
  • Sapulidi Resort
  • Ubud Hanging Gardens
  • The Viceroy Bali
  • Wapa di Ume Resort & Spa
  • Kanamya Resort and Spa
  • Villa Sabandari
  • The Purist Villas & SPA

Private villas

  • Harmony Villa
  • Agung Khalia Villa
  • De Ubud Villas & Spa
  • Kajane Mua Private Villa and Mansion
  • Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa
  • Onje Villa Ubud Bali
  • Villa di Abing
  • Villa Lotus
  • Villa Shinta Dewi Ubud
  • Villa Jendela di Bali
  • Mana Sari

Ubud Bars and Clubs

Kuta offers so many cheap bars and clubs its hard to choose where to go. Once the sun sets you’ll see Kutas Night life spark into action. So are Clubbing venues open till 4am. Keep an eye out for some of these places

Popular Bars & Clubs

  • Royal Palace Cultural
  • Night Performances
  • Laughing Buddha Bar
  • Jazz Cafe Bali
  • CP Lounge
  • XL Shisha Lounge
  • The Melting Pot
  • Cafe Havana
  • Fly Cafe
  • Bunute Restaurant & Bar
  • Bar Luna
  • Ary’s Warung
  • Rendezvousdoux
  • Wapa’s Restaurant
  • Kamasan Cafe

Things to do in Ubud

Ubud, near Bali’s cool central upland, is a treasure trove of cultural landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and majestic age-old royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice

  • Goa Gajah Elephant Cave
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Tegallalang Rice
  • Terraces
  • Puri Saren Royal Palace
  • Blanco Renaissance Museum
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art
  • Setia Drama House of Masks
  • Bali Bird & Reptile park
  • Bali Zoo
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Cooking Classes
  • Art Classes
  • White Water Rafting
  • River Rafting
  • Canyoning
  • ATV Ride
  • Bike Tours
  • Eco Tours
  • Yoga Classes
  • Massage

Restaurants in Ubud

Ubud offers a wealth of dining venues, from traditional village roadside stalls selling local fare to modern fine dining restaurants

Budget Food:

  • Ayu’s Warung
  • Ayu’s Cafe
  • Bubu Warung
  • Dewa Warung
  • Ibu Oka Warung Babi Guling
  • Pizza Bagus
  • Sawah Indah Warung Ikan Bakar
  • Sari Bamboo
  • Song’s Oriental Kitchen
  • Umah Pizza
  • Warung Aja
  • Warung Igelanca
  • Warung Lada
  • Warung Garasi
  • CarameL Patisserie & Cafe
  • Paula’s Rice Terrace Cafe
  • Lalapan D’Ubud

Mid Range Food:

  • Alchemy
  • Batan Waru
  • Babyface Restaurant
  • Clear Cafe
  • Cafe des Artistes
  • Casa Luna
  • China Moon
  • Mojo’s Flying Burritos
  • Murni’s Warung
  • Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill
  • Nomad
  • Taco Casa ‘n Grill
  • Tutmak
  • Uma Resto
  • Havana

Expensive Food:

  • Bebek Bengil
  • Cascades Restaurant
  • Mozaic
  • Terazo

Our Restaurant Favourites:

  • Locavore
  • Bridges Bali
  • Mozaic Restaurant
  • Cascades at The Viceroy Bali
  • Luxe Cafe
  • Petani at Alaya Ubud
  • Seniman Coffee Studio
  • Bebek Tepi Sawah
  • Nauthy Nuri’s
  • Warung Bodag Maliah

Shopping in Ubud

With so many shops and stalls it’s hard to name them all.

  • Ubud Art Market
  • Sukawati Art Market
  • Guwang Art Market
  • Celuk Gold and Silversmiths
  • Tegallalang Handicrafts
  • Jean-François Fichot
  • Shalimar
  • Threads of Life
  • Ikat Batik
  • Monkey Forest Street
  • Bali Etrade
  • Bali Biru
  • Ganesha Bookstore
  • Pondok Pecak Library
  • Mas Carving Center
  • Celuk Village