If you’re visiting Bali with the hope of experiencing some true Balinese culture then you absolutely have to visit Ubud. The lush green town radiates positive spiritual energy that Balinese culture is all about. It’s here that you can play with monkeys and walk among the stunning rice paddies. Let our ultimate Ubud travel guide help you out by telling you everything you need to know about travelling in Ubud.

Our Ubud travel guide will explain to you ‘How to get to Ubud?’, ‘How to get around Ubud’, ‘the top things to do in Ubud’ and ‘Where to eat and drink in Ubud’.

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Why Should You Visit Ubud?

A high view perspective of the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali.

You’ve probably seen Ubud a thousand times before you’ve even considered visiting. You know, the lush green rice fields and waterfalls? It’s the go-to option for travel companies marketing their trips to Bali. The fact that photographs of Ubud are the go-to content for such companies tells you everything you need to know. UBUD IS BEAUTIFUL!

The town of Ubud is the cultural and artistic heart of Bali. It’s here you can experience true Balinese culture, see the crafts of the local art villages and explore stunning temples.

Besides the art and culture, Ubud, in general, is stunning. It’s surrounded by greenery and is home to the world-famous rice terraces and some of Bali’s best waterfalls. This makes it one of the best parts of Bali to get out and explore.

The vibe in Ubud is more spiritual than other areas like Kuta and Canggu. So, the type of tourist Ubud attracts is different and overall the vibe is very chilled out. Yoga retreats and healthy cafes are commonplace here, making it perfect for the yogis.

Overall, we think Ubud is perfect for all kinds of travellers. Families included. The monkey forest, temples, yoga retreats and rice terraces ensure that Ubud has something to entertain everybody.

To summarise, the pros of visiting Ubud are:
  • Experience true Balinese culture and crafts
  • See the lush greenery and jungle of central Bali
  • The adventure of visiting epic rice terraces and waterfalls
  • Feel the spiritual vibe throughout the town
  • Embrace the strong yoga culture

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Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Typical Ubud Travel Costs

A woman in a red dress, walking along the edge of a pool at Sandat Luxury Glamping Tents in Ubud.

Guest House 300K (£16) Per Night

Scooter 60K (£3.30) Per Day

Local Food 40K (£2.20) For a plate of local food at a warung

Bottle Of Beer Small/Large 30K (£1.70)/ 50K (£2.80) At a bar or restaurant

Typical Breakfast 80K (£4.40) For a smoothie bowl and coffee

Local Taxi Driver 60K (£3.30) For a short journey within Ubud

Private Driver 700K (£39) For the entire day


Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Getting Around Ubud

People riding motorbikes on Jalan Raya Ubud.

How To Get To And From Ubud

Ubud is located a couple of hours inland, but you’ll be glad to know it’s super easy to get to. Whether you’re travelling straight from the airport or another part of Bali, you’ll find that Ubud is easily accessible. Overall, the trip is very straightforward.

You essentially have two main options when deciding how to get to Ubud. They are, hire a motorbike and ride yourself, or take a taxi/private driver.

Hiring a motorbike is the fun, cheap and quick option. It’s quite the adventure and something to remember. Though, only do so if you’re confident riding. The ride is an easy one too. You’ll only really hit heavy traffic in the south of Bali and as you’re arriving into Ubud itself. Though, being on a motorbike makes navigating the traffic much easier and quicker.

Otherwise, you can opt to take an air-conditioned taxi or private driver to Ubud. This is the more comfortable option, especially if you’ve got a lot of luggage. Taxis and drivers can be organised by any accommodation. Alternatively, join a Bali facebook group and find a driver yourself.

How long does it take to get to Ubud?

We’ve mentioned that the south of Bali and Ubud both suffer from heavy traffic. This is something that massively affects your travel time to Ubud. In general, if you’re coming from the airport, Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu, a taxi journey will take around 2-2.5 hours. However, if you’re travelling by motorbike, expect the journey to Ubud to take around 1 – 1.5 hours.

Typical journey times to/from Ubud:
  • Ngurah Rai Airport2 – 2.5 Hours (250K)
  • Kuta – 2 Hour (300K)
  • Seminyak/Legian – 1.5 – 2 Hours (300K)
  • Canggu – 1 – 2 Hours (300K)
  • Sanur – 1.5 Hours (250K)
  • Uluwatu – 2.5 – 2 Hours (400K)
  • Padang Bai – 1.5 Hours (400K)
  • Amed – 3-4 Hours  (600K)

How To Get Around In Ubud

Cars, motorbikes and people walking up Jalan Raya Ubud in the Centre of Ubud, Bali.

Once you’re in Ubud, getting around is easy. If you’re planning to stay central and only explore Ubud town, then you can easily do this on foot.

However, some of the main sights like rice terraces, temples and waterfalls are located some distance away. For this, you’ll need to hire transport. Though this is easily done. Anyway, there are three main ways to get around Ubud that we have listed and discussed below.

Walking

The central part of Ubud is certainly walkable. Two of the main roads, that meet each other are Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest. At the intersection of these roads, you’ll find Ubud Palace and Ubud Market.

There are many temples, cafes, warungs and shops in this area too. Located at the other end of Jalan Monkey Forest is…you guessed it, the sacred Monkey Forest.

Walking in this area might just be your best option too. As traffic gets crazy and finding parking is difficult. So, you’ll be doing yourself any favours by exploring on foot!

Hire A Motorbike

To explore a little further afield and visit the rice terraces, waterfalls and more famous temples then a motorbike is a great option. You can easily hire a motorbike in Ubud centre and once out of the town, the traffic is much easier to navigate.

Hiring a motorbike is definitely the fun and convenient option as it allows you to explore at your own pace. However, we do only recommend this to experienced riders and to always practise caution.

Hire a private driver

Hiring a private driver is another great option for you to explore outer Ubud. We did this on our first visit to the town and it was nice to be driven around with the knowledge of a local. You can hire a driver for the entire day and simply tell him where you want to go. It’s nice to be driven around in an air-conditioned minivan for the day. The drivers are always friendly and provide water too!


Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Top Things To Do In Ubud

Ubud is one of Bali’s best known and most visited areas for a reason. It’s beautiful, exciting and has a lot of unique activities for visitors such as yourself.

The activities are wonderfully varied too, making Ubud a great place to visit for all kinds of travellers. There is a large community of ex-pats that live here ranging from Yogis to Digital Nomads and everything in between.

We’ve listed some of Ubud’s highlights below. It’s no wonder why so many ex-pats love to call this place home…


Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Bali is famous for its amazing rice paddies and rice terraces. And on an island with so many, Tegallalang does well to be, arguably, Bali’s most beautiful. You’ll have certainly seen these world-famous rice terraces many times before as they’re probably Bali’s most photographed location.

The terraces are located just a short 20-minute ride away from the centre of Ubud and are easy to find. They’re also super cheap to enter too, costing just 10k per person. Be warned though, it gets hot in the middle of the day so take a lot of water. Walking the rice terraces gets exhausting!


Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

Now this one is a family (and just about everybody else) favourite! The sacred monkey forest is in the heart of Ubud and is home to around 750 Balinese long-tailed monkeys.

The monkeys here are friendly, playful, inquisitive and mischievous. You won’t have any problems getting up close and personal with one if you wish to do so. In fact, feeding the monkeys and taking pictures with them is common practice.

However, there are some precautionary measures to be taken to ensure a safe visit. You can find out more safety information at the monkey forest, or on their website.


Chasing Waterfalls

We know they say ‘don’t go chasing waterfalls’, but, if that’s your kind of thing then Ubud is the perfect place to do so. Besides the wildlife and rice paddies, there are a number of great waterfalls in the Ubud’s vicinity. It really is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

The waterfalls make for a great day trip and some seriously awe-inspiring Instagram photos. Some of the top waterfalls around Ubud are:

  • Tenegungan
  • Kanto Lampo
  • Tukad Cepund
  • Tibumana
  • Leke Leke
  • Nung Nung

It’s important to note that the waterfalls have varying levels of accessibility. Some have paved steps all the way down, whereas others require moderate hikes down muddy paths through the jungle. In any case, it’s worth the effort!


Temple Hunting

Honestly, one of the best parts of travelling in South-East Asia is visiting the amazing temples. Here in Ubud, you’ll find some of Bali’s most beautiful and culturally significant Hindu temples. We highly recommend taking a guided tour around some of the temples to really dive deeper into the Balinese Hindu culture.

Local Balinese Hindu's praying and purifying themselves in the holy waters at Tirta Empul temple.

You’ll find temples on almost every corner of Ubud, though, there are a few really special ones. We can highly recommend visiting the following:

  • Pura Taman Saraswati
  • Goa Gajah
  • Pura Gunung Kawi
  • Batuan Temple

Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Where To Eat In Ubud

Ubud is another part of Bali that can be considered a foodie’s heaven. We’ve heard it described as the most vegetarian town in the world. We’re not vegetarian, so we can’t verify this claim. But there is certainly a lot of vegetarian/vegan cafes here and a general bias towards the healthy eaters out there.

On the other hand, we can promise that there are eateries to suit every taste bud. Besides the vegetarian cafes, there are some great local warungs, cheap western eats, hipster cafes, brunch spots and pizza joints.

We’ve listed some of our best places to eat in Ubud. Our list isn’t extensive (there are 100’s of places to eat in Ubud), though we’ve given you a good variety to choose from:

Best Warungs In Ubud

Melting Wok Warung – @MeltingWokWarung

One of the top-rated warungs, located right in the centre of Ubud. The warung is quaint and offers a smaller, more interesting menu than most other warungs. Though what it lacks in variety it makes up for in quality!

Open: 10am – 10pm Daily
Location:
Jl. Gootama No.13, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Warung Biah Biah – @Warung_BiahBiah

Another great place to try local food in Ubud. The menu at Warung Biah Biah includes all of the Indonesian classics like Nasi Goreng, Mi Goreng and Nasi Campur. An all-around combination of authentic and top quality food.

Open: 11am – 11pm Daily
Location: Jl. Goutama Sel. No.13, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Warung Pondok Madu – @WarungPondokMadu

This is our personal favourite warung in Ubud. They offer all of the local favourites but also serve up ‘the best pork ribs in Bali’. We’ve eaten the ribs many of time and they just get better and better. Another favourite is their Balinese Ayam Betutu, a true Balinese delight.

Open: 8am – 11pm Daily
Location: Jalan Jatayu Tebesaya, Peliatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Sweet Orange Warung – @SweetOrangeWarung

A classic warung in a unique setting. This eatery is in the middle of the rice paddies and their open-air seating plan gives you the feeling of eating with nature. We highly recommend finding this place!

Open: 9am – 9pm Daily
Location: Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Best Cafes In Ubud

Sage – @SageRestoBali

One of the most highly rated vegan cafes in Ubud. They describe themselves as offering ‘vibrant vegan cuisine’. This is a must-try for all of those vegetarians and vegans out there!

Trust me. My mum visited in early 2017 and hasn’t shut up about Sage ever since! Mums know best, right?

Open: 8am – 9:30pm Daily
Location: Jl. Nyuh Bulan No. 1, Banjar Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Clear Café – @ClearCafeUbud

‘Clear food for clear minds’ is their motto. With ingredients sourced from local farmers, Clear Cafe put an emphasis on clean healthy food. Most of the menu is vegan and vegetarian though some dishes do include seafood. They are well known for their healthy milkshakes and fruit juices too.

Open: 8am – 11pm Daily
Location:  Jl. Hanoman No.8, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Yellow Flower Café – @YellowFlowerCafe

This cosy café is slightly out the way, but that’s part of its charm. The atmosphere is chilled and there are great views across the lush greenery of Ubud.

Open: 8am – 9pm Daily
Location: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Lazy Cats Café – @LazyCatsCafe

Another top vegetarian café in Ubud. Lazy cats café boasts that they are a multipurpose café, restaurant, bar and gallery with great vegetarian food and coffee. It’s seemingly a favourite place to hang out for Ubud’s digital nomad community.

Open: 8am – 10pm Daily
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.11, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Seniman Coffee Studio – @SenimanCoffee

One for the coffee fans. Seniman coffee studio offers up a wide variety of coffee and a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes. Beside’s their coffee they’re well known for their fast and reliable wifi. So it’s another great place to get some work done and get a bite to eat!

Open: 7:30am – 10pm Daily
Location: Jl. Sri Wedari No.5, Banjar Taman Kelod, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561


Anomali – @AnomaliCoffee

Anomali is another centrally located café that we frequented when looking for wifi. They have cheap coffee, a good variety of cakes, pastries and other food items. But most importantly they have stable wifi and many places to sit.

Open: 7am – 10pm Daily
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.88, Petulu, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Other great places to eat in Ubud

Umah Pizza – @UmahPizza

Let’s be honest…there’s never a bad time for getting your pizza fix. Whilst pizza isn’t all too common in Ubud, Umah Pizza is a great place to grab it. They serve up a good variety of pizzas at very cheap prices and by all accounts…it’s good pizza. Also, on the menu are pasta dishes, burgers, fries and even some Indonesian food.

They’ll even deliver to your hostel, hotel or guesthouse!

Open: 8:30am – 11pm Daily
Location: Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Milk and Madu – @MilkAndMadu

Milk and Madu is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. They offer great round the clock dining and everything from scrambled eggs to fried chicken burgers and pizzas. On the drinks front, they serve up amazing smoothies and even more amazing cocktails.

It’s a little more ‘up-market’, but the quality of their food justifies it!

Open: 7:30am – 10pm Daily
Location: Jl. Suweta No.3, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Black Pearl – @BlackPearlUbud

The Black Pearl is another great all-rounder. You’ll find cheap dishes that range from the local favourites to some pasta dishes and beyond. It’s a nice chilled atmosphere sitting with rice paddy views and good music.

Open: 7:30am – 10pm Daily
Location:
 Jl. Bisma No.45, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Celts and Spells – @TheSpellCreperieUbud

Celts and spells is a wonderfully vibrant creperie offering a fix for your sweet tooth. Come, sit on their bean bags and be enchanted by their wide range of delicious crepes. They have vegan and gluten-free options too as well as great vegan-friendly toppings.

Open: 8am – 11pm Daily
Location: Jl. Gootama No.13, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Caramel Patisserie – @Caramel_Ubud

A quaint patisserie café in the heart of Ubud. This is another amazing place to grab a sweet treat. They have a delicious selection of coffees, pastries, macaroons, cakes and other delights. We love coming here to escape the heat or the rain and get our sugar fix.

Open: 9am – 9pm Daily
Location:
Jl. Hanoman No.4 B, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Daily Baguette – @Daily_Baguette

The daily baguette is another fantastic option for grabbing a quick bite to eat whilst exploring Ubud. Located on the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud, they offer sandwiches, french breads, cakes and pastries. Their rainbow cake was particularly amazing. We loved it here and we’re sure you will too!

Open: 7:30am – 8:30pm Daily
Location:
Jl. Raya Ubud No.27, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Where To Drink In Ubud

If you’re looking to come to Bali only for epic parties, then you might want to miss Ubud off your itinerary. We wouldn’t advise it, because Ubud has so much more to offer. Though a crazy party scene isn’t one of those. And, depending on who you are, that might be one of it’s biggest selling points.

Overall, there are some places to grab a drink and listen to live music. Though there’s not really any late-night clubs. It’s a world away from the nightlife in the south of Bali, where the party-oriented travellers tend to stay.

If you are looking to stay out for a quiet drink in Ubud then check out our favourites below.


Laughing Buddha – @LaughingBuddhaBali

The laughing Buddha has to be one of the most popular places to drink in Ubud. Sitting on Jalan Monkey Forest, the live music gigs draw in an international crowd of travellers. They have good happy hour cocktails and obviously Bintang. This really is a fantastic place to spend the evening and meet some new friends.

Open: 9am – 1am Daily
Location:
 Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Folk Bar – @FolkUbud

Folk Bar is a ‘pool and gardens’ venue that’s open all day until about 10 pm at night. It’s a great place to hang out by the pool and catch the sun during the day with a cold beer. Some evenings they play music, other evenings they have a free open air cinema club.

Open: 9am – 10pm Daily
Location: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


No Mas – @NoMasUbud

No Mas is part of the Folk Bar establishment but opens later, offering a different vibe. They describe themselves as a local bar where rock, salsa and hip-hop can coexist. It’s a great place to grab a beer, wine or cocktail and listen to live music until the early hours of the morning.

Open: 5pm – 1am Daily
Location: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Milk and Madu – @MilkAndMadu

We know. We already featured Milk and Madu on our great places to eat in Ubud list. But we’re always drawn back there for their amazing happy hour cocktails. We especially love the fact it’s sitting right in the heart of Ubud. So, we like to grab a cocktail, sit outside and people watch as the sun goes down.

Open: 7:30am – 10pm Daily
Location:
 Jl. Suweta No.3, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571


Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide:
Where To Stay In Ubud

Budget – Putu’s Paradise Guesthouse 

Your own private room surrounded by beautiful gardens at a backpacker price? Look no further. We loved our stay here, a highlight was the free breakfast each morning and the amazingly friendly owner Putu! 

Mid-range – Budget – Villa Sonia Bisma

Perfect location and right next to the famous monkey forest! The rooms are spacious, the pool is great and the views at breakfast were fab! You even receive a free welcome massage! One of our favourite places to stay in Ubud. 

Luxury – Sandat Glamping

Want to be surrounded by nature and fall asleep listening to the hum of insects and birds? Then Sandat Glamping is the perfect place for you. This 5 billion star resort is for those wanting ultimate luxury, a private pool and unique glamping experience.

For more accommodation in Ubud, you can check the latest prices here.


Did you find our Ultimate Ubud Travel Guide useful?

We’d love to know if you found our ultimate Ubud travel guide useful. Was it your first time visiting Ubud or have you been before? We want to know if we helped you have a great trip or if we helped you to find some new places. Is there anything we missed out that you want to know about? Don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments or directly on Instagram. And please do check out our other Ubud related blog posts!

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