Daily Budget in Bali – How much do 13 Days on Bali cost?

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Bali is a dream destination. This guide will show you how to explore Bali on a Budget.

Visiting Bali is a must if you want to see all that Asia has to offer. And while the island is not the cheapest destination, it is possible to explore Bali on a budget. Observe amazing sunsets at the beach, chase waterfalls and explore temples.

Just like my budget guides about Vietnam and Sri Lanka, this daily budget in Bali guide gives a general estimate of the costs based on my own spendings as well as some tips and recommendations. I wrote down every rupiah I spend because I might be a little freaky as I love knowing how much I spend while traveling.

The prices in this spending diary are in Indonesian Rupiah and in Euro. The exchange rate as of January 2020 is as follows: 100.000 IDR is 6,67 EUR, 7,36 USD, 5,62 GBR, or 10,75 AUD.

Daily Budget in Bali

Explore Bali on a Budget

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Accommodation: 1.005K IDR / 64,68€

Your daily budget in Bali can be relatively small even if you decide to stay in more luxurious accommodations. However, those places right or near the beach tend to be a lot more expensive. So just look for a places a little bit further away from the ocean if you plan to rent a scooter while in Bali.

Just like in Bangkok, I decided to stay in hostels that allowed me to have my own personal space. Both hostels I stayed in were amazing with their capsule-style rooms and amenities, so I can only recommend them to you.

The hostel I stayed in Canggu is Kultur Umalas and the one in Ubud Gypsy Lust Hostel. They are my favorite accommodations and I would stay there again if I want to explore Bali on a Budget.

Explore Gili T
Villa Cinta Pool, Kelapa Villas

Hostel Room

Canggu: 73,5K IDR – 85K IDR

Ubud: 110 IDR

Private Villa on Gili T

The night on Gili T is not listed as the accommodation was included in the costs of my Gili trip.

But if you do not mind splurging while there, I can only recommend the Kelapa Villas to you. The prices range from 1.410.000 IDR for a 1 bedroom villa to 7.740.000 IDR for a 7 bedroom villa.

Food & Drinks: 1.624K IDR / 104,52€

While exploring Bali I ate both local food and at those trendy instragramable places. And my food budget admittedly was the largest part of my daily budget in Bali.

Cheapest Meal: 65K IDR

Most Expensive Meal: 175K IDR

Average Cost per Day: 125K IDR

Daily Budget in Bali: Food Prices
Bali on a Budget - Drinks

Bali Buda 128K

Kynd Community 175K

The local food is amazing and you will want to eat a lot of it. It is cheaper and perfect if you travel to Bali on a budget. But if you also want to see the expat side of Bali, you should check out other restaurants. There are several amazing international restaurants in Canggu and Ubud.

Transport: 525K IDR / 33,79€

Airport Transport: 230K IDR

Upon arrival, I did not get a sim card right away and therefore I had to rely on the airport wifi to order my transport to Canggu. But the drivers kept canceling the trips as I never got their messages and was therefore unable to answer in any way. Eventually, I just thought ‘damn it’ and took a taxi that was way too expensive. The way back to the airport was the exact same route and it only cost me 53% of the price I paid upon my arrival in Bali.

So if you want to save money, I can only recommend getting a sim card at the airport. Just ensure that you get a tariff plan that works everywhere in Indonesia and that you can easily recharge.

Grab 525K IDR

Getting around in Canggu: 65K IDR

Canggu – Ubud Return Trip (0.5x): 460K IDR

Try to find someone that is willing to share a Grab with you if you decide to take one between Canggu and Ubud.

Scooter: 400K IDR / 25,74€

During my two weeks in Bali, I rented a scooter on 5 different days. Hereby the price for a good and reliable scooter is usually between 60K and 70K a day and will therefore only be a small part of your daily budget in Bali. I saw offers for less, but from what I saw, those scooters did not look as safe. If you rent a scooter for less, you should check if the scooter is in a good condition and take pictures from all angles to avoid any potential issues and scams.

Scooter Rental: 340K IDR

Fuel: 50K IDR

Parking: 10K IDR

If you plan to stay in Bali for more than 14 days, it might be cheaper to rent a scooter for an entire month. Enquire about the price before you rent it and ask if you can potentially switch to a monthly rental plan after trying out the scooter for a day or two. That way you can be sure that the scooter is okay.

Traveling Bali on a Budget

If you know how to ride a scooter and do not mind driving on the left side of the road, a scooter is the best way to explore Bali. On some days I drove more than 100km and it was perfect. Using a scooter allowed me whenever I wanted to enjoy the view and to explore the picturesque rice fields.

Just keep in mind that no insurance will cover you if you do not have the correct motorbike license. A simple 45CC one will no suffice in Bali as all scooters have more power.

You can pay ‘a fine’ if the police stops you, but the moment you crash, you are screwed. Whether you decide to do so is up to you, but I wanted to give you all the important facts. Please be careful and have fun exploring Bali!

Entrance Fees: 250K IDR / 16,09€

Bali has many temples and waterfalls and visiting most of them costs a small fee.

Monkey Forest: 80K IDR

Tirta Empul Temple: 50K IDR

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls: 30K IDR

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple: 50K IDR

Tirta Gangga Temple: 40K IDR

Activities: 1.000.000 IDR / 64,36€

Gili T Trip

I booked a trip to Gili T and spend two days there. As it was a special photographer trip, I cannot recommend a specific company in case you want to book the trip as a package. However, the price of the transport to the ferry port, the ferry rides, and accommodation on Gili T should cost approximately the same. You can book the ferry ride to the Gili Islands on 12GoAsia. Alternatively, you can book it at the departure location, but the ferry can be full so it is best to buy your ride in advance.

Gili T

My Tip:

If you do not mind splurging for a night and want a bit of luxury, the Gili Islands are perfect. There are many private villas with pools and everything for fair prices. The experience is worth it. The Gili Islands are a paradise.

Sim Card: 180K / 11,58€

I ended up getting a rather large amount of data that is valid in all of Indonesia. Tell the salesperson what your plans are and they will recommend the best data plan. Keep in mind, that many phone tariffs are regional and that your Bali data plan might not be valid if you plan to visit the Gili Islands and Lombok.

It is a lot cheaper to get a local plan upon arrival than to buy a worldwide plan with your usual provider.

Additional Costs in Bali

Washing: 59K IDR / 11,58€

Souvenirs & Shopping: 405K IDR / 26,06€

Bali offers many amazing souvenirs and handmade things, so just add a certain amount of money to your budget when you plan your expenses for Bali.

For the amount of money states I got three bracelets, two magnets, five sarongs, a bowl made of a coconut and fish food at Tirta Gangga.

Spendings that are not a Part of the Calculation

Pharmacy Costs

I decided no to add these costs to the budget as I hope that you will not be as dumb as I was. I managed to get a ‘Bali Kiss’ when I burned myself on a motorbike’s exhaust. And let me tell you that getting what I needed at the pharmacy was not cheap when compared to other prices in Indonesia. However, the service I received at two different pharmacies was amazing.

Pharmacy #1: Gaze and tape – 161K IDR

Pharmacy #2: Gaze, disinfectant and two waterproof bandaids – 102,3K IDR

Do yourself a favor and be careful when you get off a motorbike. And bring basic first aid utensils when visiting Bali.

My Spendings

Daily Budget on Bali: 419K IDR / 26,97€

Total Cost of 13 Days on Bali: 5.448.000 IDR / 350,62€

Further Readings: Bali and beyond

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10 thoughts on “Daily Budget in Bali – How much do 13 Days on Bali cost?”

  1. Being a solo budget traveler, this guide is really helpful as I am planning to visit Bali in the near future. Very well written.

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  2. It sounds like you made the most of your money and had an amazing adventure in Bali!

    p.s. It’s pretty interesting that food and drink cost almost double what you paid for accommodation. It always seems to be the other way around when we travel here in Canada!

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    • I really do not know why that’s the case, but the food > accommodation situation was my general experience in Asia. The food was always cheap by international standards, but still my highest expense

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  3. I keep track of my expenses just like you do – gives me great satisfaction somehow! Your guide was quite useful to gauge how much to budget – I want to visit Bali soon now! Tough about you getting burnt – hope it didn’t affect your trip much.

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    • wohoo! I’m not the only expense tracker around here.
      Glad to hear that this guide is useful for you. 🙂
      I’m a diver (that really wanted to dive) & wasn’t allowed to enter the ocean after the burn. Let’s just say it was not the highlight of my trip

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  4. This is a great and helpful post for those budget travelers. The plane tickets alone can be costly the best way to do it is to do backpacking around the neighboring country at once to make use of your big $$$ plane ticket.

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  5. The daily costs are low, which is good, but getting there and flying back will be a big expense, especially for someone like me who comes from the US.

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  6. Wow you managed to stick to a great budget without missing out on yummy food and amazing adventures! Bali is one of the cheapest places we have visited. We pre-booked a taxi from the airport which is another way to not pay too much at the airport 🙂

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    • While Bali was still cheap by international standards, it was the most expensive place I’ve been to in Asia. Haha

      I should have done the same, or gotten that wicked sim card right away. I absolutely overestimated how good the wifi connection at the airport would be. Oops

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