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Bali Railway Network Will Revolutionize Tourists’ Experience Of The Island

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The Bali Railway Network is a project that has been in the pipeline for years. Developments have been chugging away in the background for months and plans have changed and evolved as time progresses.

One thing is for sure, the ambitious project will revolutionize tourists’ transportation experience. 

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The multi-phase development project has been announced to feature both overground and underground railway lines.

James Clark from Future South East Asia has successfully complied and archived every incremental change and development about the project since its first proposal in 2011. 

Clark has created the Bali Railway Concept Map which shows for the first time how all of the project proposals will look together when completed.

Each section of the railway, which covers a different section of the island, has been announced by the government and investors separately.

With the Bali Railway Concept Map, it is far easier to see how the railway’s system will eventually revolutionize the way in which residents and tourists navigate around the Island of the Gods.

The map features all the proposed routes, which include regional and national railway lines and the South Bali Metropolitan Railway which, as it stands, will feature railway lines and the beach tram.

This railway map is not an official government graphic but rather a concept map that brings together for the public’s benefit a visual demonstration of the plans outlined by officials.

The South Bali Metropolitan Railway is set to be comprised of a metro, light rail, and tram system. Line 1, which has been referred to as the Seminyak Line, is one of the most in-demand travel routes on the island.

The route is set to be an underground railway and will run from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport to the beach resort of Seminyak.

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The line is set to stop at Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak and continue to what will be known as Seminyak Junction before traveling onwards to Kerobokan Kelod, Kerobokan, and Kerobokan Kaja, into North Denpasar.

This train line alone would completely change the way in which millions of residents and tourists experience the island almost overnight.

The traffic in Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak, through the airport, is famous amongst Bali lovers. However, more recently it is the traffic jams around Canggu that have been capturing the attention of road users. 

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In the long term, there are proposals to establish a railway line that runs from the Seminyak area all the way through to Tanah Lot, which would encompass the ever-growing resort of Canggu.

As outlined as Line 3 on the concept map, the route would start at the Seminyak Junction and travel westerly along the southern coast stopping at Umalas, Tibubeneng, Canggu, Pererenan, Cemagi, Beraban, and Tanah Lot.

With all of the proposed train lines a long way off being constructed, let alone open to the public, the regency government of Badung has committed to leveling up road infrastructure in the popular resort town as soon as possible. 

Traffic Congestion in Canggu

The Badung Regency Government has started construction on a new shortcut along the Tibubeneng-Canggu Highway.

The new road will help redirect traffic through a one-way system intersection that will hopefully alleviate some of the gridlock traffic on the highway.

It will help filter vehicles into the smaller roads that head directly towards the beachside resorts and hotels in Canggu. 


Project managers confirmed to reporters earlier this week that progress on the new Simpang Padonan Road is going smoothly and on schedule.

Ketut Antara told reporters that the new road should be open on the 28th of December 2023. 


The Christmas and New Year holidays make for two of the busiest weeks in Bali. Over a million people will arrive on the island to celebrate the festive season, including many domestic tourists who will travel by road from Java.

The roads will be busier than ever, and tourists are advised to leave plenty of time to get from A to B.

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Tuesday 5th of December 2023

How can an underground system even be possible on an island that has vulcanic activity. I would never hop on an underground train here in Bali. We have earthquakes, rainy seasons that leave parts in Bali flooded several months in the year. This is insane. How about thinking of managing the waste better fixing the roads. Making roads bigger. The build of this railway system will cause immense traffic. Why not asking the citizen first about what they think . Bali is an island not a city.


Friday 1st of December 2023

A complete fantasy. I thought that I was reading a Christmas Story for Children. It will never happen. Every "Development" on Bali is a disaster. The most recent transport one was the introduction of electric buses, at great fanfare, which mainly run empty. The government doesn't seem to understand that most tourists never visit Denpasar. They don't even know where it is. The absolute priority for Bali right now is an island wide sewage system. 100% of ground water is contaminated (government reports). The rest can wait.


Sunday 3rd of December 2023

@Alex, Before sewage system, they need to sort out the trash problem. They manage to keep tourists zones relatively clean, but in many local areas it is a disaster with uncollected trash everywhere, hence smelly, plenty of insects, rats and snakes. 3 meter tall piles of uncollected trash at some of the temporary collection points inside the city.


Saturday 2nd of December 2023

@Alex, hear hear you make complete sense. And yes most tourists don't know Denpasar they just pass through it unknowingly thinking what a chaotic dangerous driving sh..hole it is on the crawling way to another tourist attraction that has massive traffic and rubbish issues.


Friday 1st of December 2023

I can’t wait. I think it would be fantastic. I hope they manage to pull this off. 🙏🏻🙏🏻


Sunday 3rd of December 2023

@Thommo, Pull off? The purpose of this article is to pull legs.


Saturday 2nd of December 2023

@Paul, they could not pull a toilet roll holder off a wall these clowns. And the way the article is written you would think the traffic issues are just an occasional problem in places and only a recent phenomena. It's become an unsolvable catastrophe decades in the making. Blind Freddy can see that.


Thursday 30th of November 2023

That is a fun railway map to dream about. Reality is that after the Dutch left things are going backwards: Wikipedia: "Most railway lines in Indonesia were constructed during the Dutch colonial rule. After independence in 1945, many lines were abandoned". Indonesia even had Tram lines in Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, and Semarang before their service was closed after independence.

This is quite telling.

By the way: What is status for Gilimanuk - Mengwi tollroad supposed to be completed by 2024? The Airport - Kuta LRT?

Wayan Bo

Friday 1st of December 2023

@Exp, should Dutch’s be asked to come back❓❗️🤣

Wayan Bo

Thursday 30th of November 2023

The future could bring a bit of big city felling, overnighting in underground subway stations as homeless's do it in countries from where most tourists arrive.