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Is Uber actually illegal?

Cardiff, United...
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Is Uber actually illegal?

Hi guys,

I will be in Bali soon and we planned on using Uber but we have read mixed reviews that Uber is illegal in Bali but still operate.

I have been on the Uber website and it lists Bali and Bali airport as a destination on their website so surely if its illegal, Uber would have removed it from their official website?

Can anybody confirm if Uber is illegal there or not

Thanks in advance

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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1. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Uber ceased operations, there is gojek and grabcar which are similar to uber

Both of them are banned in some areas like airport, ubud, canggu and so on.

The cost compared to using blue bird taxi is just a wee bit lower, it won’t put a hole in your wallet but you may be harassed by locals

Cardiff, United...
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2. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

I see and good to know, thanks very much for the reply

Adelaide, South...
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3. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Best to a taxi or a local driver to avoid hassles.

Bandung, Indonesia
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4. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Uber was taken over by Grab. As in many countries there is opposition to Grab. As mentioned above, Grab seems to be banned from the airport, although some weeks ago there was actually a Grab stand that was opened outside the domestic terminal at the airport. However, latest reports shows that it has since been removed.

Blue Bird taxis are the best and very honest. You can download their App.

Bali, Indonesia
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5. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Just to mention, Blue Bird metered taxis do not have a base outside of the southern Bali area. For Ubud and areas further East and North we hire private drivers or sometimes use shuttles like Perama.

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6. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Grab is most of Asia's version of Uber.

7. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

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Cardiff, United...
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8. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

Thanks everyone for the advice. Grab sounds great but after reading some horror stories on the forum, we will probably stick to Blue Bird and we will hire a driver for the day to visit Ubud.

One last thing, which is the best way to go to hire a driver for the day? Would we just approach random taxis in Seminyak and ask for a quote?

Thanks again

Sydney, Australia
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9. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?

I note most of the people who had issues with Grab in the past have been the ones trying to get Grab where they arent allowed such as the Airport.

I used Grab 4 times with no issues.

The locals use Grab often, thats why its flourishing. The fare is so low I felt embarassed, 50% tip, still much lower than bluebird... makes you wonder what the cut is for the bluebird company

Edited: 11 May 2018, 16:47
lewes uk
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10. Re: Is Uber actually illegal?


There is also a Bluebird app which can be useful as identifying a Bluebird on the street can be tricky. Very many non Bluebird blue taksi will not use the meter and try to cheat you on the fare.

It better to get a driver from the TA list as they will have nicer cars than the taksi. Also the drivers will be used to day trips and you won’t have any problems in Ubud where even Bluebird are banned/not permitted to operate.


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