Just west of Ubud town, after crossing the sacred river of Campuhan, there is an artist colony village of Penestanan, known as the home of the 'Young Artist', which has a distinctive painting style influenced by the western painter, Arie Smith.
 
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Ubud is 33 km from Kuta and 18 km from Denpasar. Normal driving time from Seminyak is 45 mins to 1 hour.

By plane

There are taxis available from Denpasar's Ngurah Rai airport. Check current prices on the notice board in the taxi office just outside the arrivals hall. Melati can also arrange one of their friver to pick you upon arrival should you request transportation when making your reservation.

By bemo

There are regular public bemos from Denpasar's Batubulan terminal to Ubud.

By taxi

If you want to take a taxi from southern Bali, it's best to charter the vehicle for a return trip, as otherwise you'll be hit with a 30% fee for going out-of-town. Metered fares one-way not including surcharge are around Rp 50,000 from Denpasar and Rp 100,000 from Kuta.

By Shuttle Bus

The Perama Shuttle Bus offers regular direct transfers to Ubud from Denpasar's Ngurah Rai airport, Sanur, Lovina, and Candidasa/Padangbai that are convenient and inexpensive. (E.g; 4 times per day from Ngurah Rai Airport, Rp 30,000). Incoveninently the Permana Shuttle Bus terminal isn't located right in the centre of Ubud, but about 2 km south of the town centre, in Padang Tegal (on Jl. Hanoman, just south of the Intersection of Monkey Forest Rd).