One of Bali’s many attractions is the fact that it can be very inexpensive to travel and live there. Although this is true, I think that because everything is cheaper than it is back home, you are more likely to splurge and your money can end up disappearing quite quickly. I have compiled a full guide here on how much money you will need to budget for your trip to Bali.
As a reference for price 100,000 IDR = £6
Obviously the cost of this is very dependent on how much luxury you want.
Hostels come as cheap as 40,000 IDR a night and can go up to 150,000IDR (£2-£10)
You can find beautiful villas and guest houses for as little as 150,000 IDR (£10) a night, use Airbnb to source these.
If you want a hotel, again they can be cheap at around 150,000-600,000IDR (£10-£35) a night depending on how much you are willing to spend and how basic or otherwise the hotel is.
Food & Drink
Food is going to be your biggest drain on your money here in Bali, as your going to be eating 3 times a day typically.
If your wanting to make your money go further, I suggest eating at Warungs which are restaurant’s/cafes serving up local Indonesian food, they are A LOT cheaper than eating at western places and you get a taste of the local delicacies. An average meal at a warung will cost you around 40,000 IDR (£2.50).
Most guest houses and Airbnb stays will include breakfast in the price
Western eateries are still cheaper than they would be back home. An average meal can cost you 70,000-150,000 IDR (£4-£8.50).
Let’s talk alcohol… A Bintang, which is the local beer is 30,000 in most places (£1.60) , cocktails and spirits are considerably more expensive as it has to be imported. A cocktail can cost anywhere between 50,000-150,000 IDR which can add up if your having these everyday when lounging the beach! Watch out for cocktails and spirits that are extremely cheap, as there have been cases of using locally brewed alcohol that is not safe to drink and people have sadly died, if to looks too good to be true, it probably is.
You can eat reasonably well for cheap in Bali if you want to, I would say you could budget 150,000-200,000 IDR per day easily if you are sensible.
Motorbikes are by far the cheapest way to get around Bali, you can hire one for as little as 40,000 IDR a day. Fuel is sold all along roadsides in empty juice and vodka bottles for 10,000 IDR.
If your not comfortable driving a motorbike yourself but don’t mind being on the back, you can use the GoJek app to hire a ride off a rider, it’s cheaper than taxi’s and can be fun.
In terms of taxis, Uber is the cheapest option, you can see exactly how much your trip will cost on the app, no haggling required. However Uber is very much frowned upon by locals and other local taxi drivers HATE uber so you have to be very discreet when using them and they won’t go into busy areas where there are lots of local taxis, like the airport. The next best bet is BlueBird, which is run by meter, they also have an app you can download. Local Taxis will charge at least double sometimes triple of what an Uber will cost, remember though that you can always haggle. You can also hire a driver for the day, if your wanting to see many attractions in one day, this costs 500,000 IDR and they will take you as many places as you like.
If your planning on visiting some of the other island’s surrounding Bali, then you’ll be taking boat trips. Boats can vary in price depending on where or who you purchase them from. The prices are often negotiable, but just as a reference a fast-boat from Bali to Gili Trawangan, which is about a 2 hour journey cost us 300,000 IDR per person, I’m sure you could get this cheaper, but some of the cheaper boat companies are less reliable.
Now for the fun stuff! There is so so so much you can do in Bali, I would recommend that you take more money than you think you will need for activities because you really don’t want to miss out on once in a lifetime experiences.
Snorkelling day trips – 150,000 IDR
2 hour Surf lesson – 300,000 IDR
1 hour Balinese Massage – 100,000 IDR
Hike Mount Batur – 300,000 IDR
Get Your PADI – 3,000,000 IDR (roughly)
These are just some of the things you can do in Bali but don’t forget all the amazing things you can do for free, like going in the hunt of the island’s stunning waterfalls, visiting the breathtaking beaches and in general just scooting about finding hidden gems.
So How Much do You Need?
If your a backpacker staying in hostels you could easily budget for about 300,000 IDR a day (£16) including accommodation. Yes you could do this cheaper, but I recommend budgeting a tad more than you think you need.
If you’ve got a bit of a bigger budget and your looking to stay in private villas and hotels, expect to budget about 800,000 – 1,500,000 IDR a day (£45-£85).
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