Travelers arriving at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali can now ride on a public shuttle bus connecting the airport and other parts of the resort island, after the service was previously suspended for months.
The Trans Sarbagita public bus service was relaunched on Thursday, after a one-week trial.
"This is a good thing. [Affordable] public transportation is extremely needed nowadays," airport general manager Haruman Sulaksono said during the relaunch.
The bus will serve two routes, the airport to Nusa Dua via Jimbaran and the airport to Batubulan in Gianyar via Kuta and Denpasar. The bus stops are located in the pick-up zones of both the domestic and international terminals.
As there are currently only six buses serving the two routes, the shuttle service will run three times a day. The route to Nusa Dua departs at 9.15 a.m., 1.15 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. local time, while buses to Batubulan will depart at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. Buses depart according to the same schedule from Batubulan and Nusa Dua to the airport.
The cost of a trip is just Rp 3,500 (25 US Cents), while students with a valid student ID can use the service for free.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster welcomed the relaunch of the service, promising more transportation innovation.
"In the future, we should build and expand transportation [infrastructure] in innovative ways," he said.
The Sarbagita public bus service was first launched in 2011 by then-governor Made Mangku Pastika. Then, Sarbagita connected Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan. However, the service was suspended due to the low number of passengers. (swd)