The most common questions I’ve received since I returned from Bali. Are definitely cost related. This post is long overdue as it’s something I’ve wanted to share for months. But life has definitely been rolling at full swing since my dream trip to Bali. I remember asking myself the same questions before our trip. How much does a trip to Bali truly cost? There’s no denying South East Asia is a cheap destination. But with an influx of tourists in recent years, Bali has seen a steep increase in the cost of living. That being said it continues to be an incredibly affordable destination.
Research and planning ahead can go a long way. You can make Bali a really affordable holiday, or a really expensive one. I guess that’s one of the true beauty’s of Bali’s it has the best of both worlds. And If you’re like us you can combine a bit of everything.
I hope this guide will give you a bit of an insight into the cost of Bali. All prices are market at the current exchange rate in pounds, with it’s equivalent in Indonesian Rupiah (the local currency)
By far the biggest expense you will come across on this trip. Bali has no shortage of amazing accommodations available. From private villas, to luxury resorts, to remote guesthouses, hotels, remote guesthouses, hostels, etc… I would recommend you visit during off season just before rainy season starts ( June/July – September/October) As prices will be considerably lower and the island in general less crowded.
If you are travelling as a family or as a group of friends. Renting a villa is definitely your best option in Bali. But even if you’re on a budget Bali has so much to offer. Personally we stayed in a mix of hotels, guest houses, and ended our trip with a lovely airbnb in Canggu.
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You could spend weeks here and only just scratch the surface of Bali’s vast food scene. Food is really cheap in Bali, a meal at a local Warung will cost you roughly under £2 while a meal at a more western restaurant will be at a higher price point, but still incredibly affordable. Bali is one of those countries where you will find that it’s cheaper to eat out than make a meal at home, during our trip we ate out every meal and only had one bad experience. We had two main meals a day in restaurants and snacks, and ice cream stops in between. We became widely addicted to fresh coconut water by the beach.
Check out my Bali food guides here:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner: £10-£12
Transport in Bali can be a stressful experience, from haggling with your driver to not get ripped off to driving a scooter (Word of warning literally no rules apply on the roads)
Scooter rental: £3.30 a day
Petrol (Per litre): £0.50
Taxi airport (Airport-Seminyak): £8 Night fare
Taxi airport (Canggu-Airport): £9
If you don’t feel comfortable on a motorbike. The apps “Grab” and “Go Jek” will be your best options for transportation between the different areas of Bali. During our trip we opted for Go Jek as we found their prices to be more reasonable in comparison to the app “Grab” You are more than welcome to leave a tip personally to your driver at the end of the trip. But don’t agree to a higher rate than what has been stated prior on the app.
Go Jek is a motorbike and car hailing service in Indonesia. Go-Jek allows you to pay through the app or you can link your credit. However we always preferred to make our payments in cash at the end of the trip.
You also have the option of hiring a private driver for the day which you can hire for around £50. A perfect option if there is a few of you, and great when in Ubud if you are looking to visit the different waterfalls in northern Bali.
Bali really doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of amazing things you can do around the island that won’t break the bank at all. From temples, to the most amazing sunrises, morning surfs for all levels, wild Monkeys, the list is endless Bali is full of magic and beauty on every corner.
While some temples are free in Bali most of the popular tourist attractions will incur a small fee. This also applies to the majority of the more popular waterfalls. Below are a few rough ball park figures we came across during our trip to Bali.
Waterfall entrance fees:
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall IDR 15.000 (£0.85)
- Tibumana waterfall IDR. 15.000 (£0.85)
- Kanto Lampo Waterfall IDR. 15.000 (£0.85)
- Leke Leke Waterfall IDR. 50.000 (£2.85)
- Tegenungan Waterfall IDR. 20un.000 (£1.15)
- Gitgit Waterfall IDR. 20.000 (£1.15)
- Munduk Waterfall IDR. 15.000 (£0.85)
- Sekumpul waterfall IDR. 20.000 + Guide Fee (£1.15)
Bali beach fees:
- Padang Padang Beach IDR. 10.000 (£0.56)
- Pandawa Beach IDR. 15.000 (£0.85)
Monkey Forest: £4.50
Temples: from £2 to £6
1 hour massage: From £5/6