The beach resort of Legian is located between Kuta and Seminyak although nowadays it is difficult to distinguish its official borders due to the built up nature of the area. The southern end of Legian is generally thought to be at Jalan Melasti and continues north as far as Jalan Arjuna.
Public transport is surprisingly limited in Legian. Denpasar bound buses only go as far as Jalan Padma before heading back through Kuta. There are however many other options for getting around locally and traveling further afield.
Motorcycle taxis known locally as ‘ojek’ are ever present and are the quickest option for short journeys in town. Any local trip should cost no more than rp10-15,000. Conventional taxis are no less visible in Legian and you should have no more than a few minutes before one will miraculously appear at any time of day and night.
Always insist on the meter being used or at very least agree a fare beforehand. This is supplemented by the myriad transport touts who congregate on every street corner who should be bargained with ruthlessly.
There are numerous places to hire a car or motorbike in Legian and intense competition ensures good value. Bali Kresna (website: www.balikresnarentcar.com) is a safe bet with a good range of modern vehicles. Hiring a car is really only recommended if staying in a hotel with off street parking. It is very difficult finding parking spaces in the town.
For travel a little further afield, Legian travelers have a huge range of shuttle bus operators to choose from. Virtually every Legian street has a dozen or so tour agents offering daily services to Bali’s main tourist centres such as Ubud, Sanur and Lovina.
Most only pick up and drop off at their respective offices although for a few extra rupiah hotel pick ups are often available. JSM Bali are a reputable, long established operator. Prices are from rp50,000 to Sanur and rp120,000 to Padangbai.
Legian has a less hectic atmosphere than neighbouring Kuta but traffic congestion and noise is still high. A saving grace is the beachfront area. The entire length of Legian Beach is closed to traffic and beach life is a far more peaceful experience than its more famous neighbour around the bay.
It has a long and wide paved oceanfront promenade and tranquility is only occasionally broken by the odd motorbike rider. For this very reason alone, many people choose to take surfing lessons here without the myriad distractions of busy Kuta Beach.
General orientation in the resort can be a little bewildering at first. Most of Legian’s main streets have undergone several name changes in recent years and street numbering is often non existent or at very least, erratic.