I was just doing some research for my upcoming trip when I came across the information below. I first went to "Top Questions About Bali" on the right hand side of the page. Then on a link "How much is a taxi from the airport" Then another link on the right "Taxis and Rental Cars" Then this information appeared within the article (I've cut and pasted it from the article hope this is ok and I haven't broken any rules?) I have used airport taxis before and wonder if this information is current? I have never seen it on this site before, although I may not have drilled down through the links. Also not sure who the author is?
YOU ARE STRONGLY URGED TO PRE-ARRANGE A CAR TO COLLECT YOU AT THE AIRPORT WHEN YOU ARRIVE INTO BALI. The official "Airport Taxi" service has sadly become completely corrupt. They are closing their windows to all-but-one to create HUGE cue's (recently there was a two hour wait in the taxi line), and they have a monopoly (they are the only taxi's available). Then when you finally reach the window they charge completely different (and MUCH higher) rates to the ones listed on the board. There are notices pinned up around the place saying "Pay set rate" etc etc, but when you point these out they laugh and smirk at you and say "how will you leave here then.." - they know they have you over a barrel. You do not want to experience this kind of "welcome" to Bali. Please ALWAYS arrange a pre-booked car and driver to collect you. The airport taxi company does not deserve your money. Your hotel should be able to pre-arrange an airport pick up. Alternatively you can usually skype contact a reputable travel operator in Bali during Bali office and hours and book through them. "Edited: 24 February 2013, 04:17