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Bali Airport Tram Network Could Be Built Alongside Train System

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The Badung Regency Government has confirmed plans to develop a public transportation system by designing the construction of a tram line that appears to be set to run alongside the Bali Urban Rail Network, which is set to have construction start in the coming months.

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Speaking to reporters, the Head of the Badung Public Works and Spatial Planning (PUPR) Department, Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, said that this tram route will be provided with a width of 4-6 meters on the beach.

This project will begin with sand filling for beach normalization, which is estimated to be completed in 2025. Meanwhile, construction of the road for the tram is projected to be carried out in 2026.

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He also noted that the project is planned to be built along the coast, running for 17 km from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport area to Cemagi, Mengwi, Badung. The investment value is estimated at IDR 900 billion, which also includes the coastal restoration and arrangement of beaches in Badung.

Suamba explained, “Sand filling will be completed in 2025, and if it can be approved in 2025, in 2026, construction of the road for this tram can be carried out. However, if in the discussions in 2025, it is approved directly for construction, including road paving, it will be possible in 2025.”

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According to Suamba, the development of the tramway would be funded entirely using the Badung Regional Budget. The investment value is IDR 900 billion.

He explained that “the Badung Regency Government does not plan to buy electric buses for this tram. Rather, it will collaborate with private parties related to services. Like what the city of Surabaya does, the private sector prepares the vehicles, but the regulations are set or regulated by the government.”


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The civil servant explained further that if all the plans are approved as expected, his team targets the construction team and associated land development to be in use by the community in 2027.

He shared that if Bali residents want to use the tram, it will be provided free of charge. However, there will be a fee for tourists.

“The people of Badung Regency will be given subsidies. Whether a quota will be given every month for the use of transportation services will, of course, be at the leadership’s discretion.”


Suamba also made a big announcement regarding the development of beachfront tourism facilities such as hotels, resorts, and beach clubs in the Badung Regency area.

He said he is certain that in the future, there will be no more beaches that will be claimed to belong to certain individuals or investors.

“Because all beaches belong to the Badung Regency Government. People will also carry out activities more safely and comfortably. If the assets (belonging to the district government) are not recorded, the beach cannot be claimed by the hotel.”


His comments come as the Traditional Village Leaders in Pererenan staged a demonstration earlier this week based on information they sourced that suggested that the river way leading to Lima Beach had been cleared to be leased or sold by the local government to private investors for tourism developments. 


Whether the progress on the Badung Tram gets underway as planned remains to be seen. Plans to create the Bali Urban Railway Network are still edging forward bit by bit.

Small but significant progress was announced at the end of last month when the Bali Governor’s Office hosted an event called “Submitting Investment Interest in Bali Urban Rail and Associated Facilities and Submitting Qualification Documents’ where potential investors handed over their bids for the tender for the project that could, at first, connect I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to tourism hotspots like Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and Sanur.

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Wednesday 26th of June 2024

Will never happen and is a diabolical idea. Just like an elected official/politician here with broad,realistic understanding and logic regarding initiatives and focus on important issues and developments will never happen


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

Bali will become like a chaotic Singapore but without the efficiency.


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

How to solve the road congestion problem. Raise the arrival tax to 50,000,000. Only issue tourist visas for 7 days. Problem solved. Tidak tourists, tidak congestion on roads, less bad behaving tourists too.


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

I would support a rail system between the airport and tourist spots where many would stay. And also a rail system down South of the Airport to Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur areas as well. There are people living in the South and East as a well.


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

"Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, said that this tram route will be provided with a width of 4-6 meters on the beach."

Not to be a party pooper; but have they noticed the erosion along Kuta and other beaches having lost maybe 25 meter over last few years?

Secondly and even more important; A tram line along the beach will soon be ruined and grind to halt as a result of corrosion from the harsh marine environment with constant sea spray and fine sand.

Can someone please go back to the drawing board?