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If you’re planning on travelling to Bali, you’re probably wondering how much you need to budget for your trip. While your travel costs will depend on your travel style, generally speaking Bali is perfect for a budget trip.
Accommodation costs are generally affordable and food and drinks are very cheap. Many of Bali’s best attractions are very affordable or even free and, while some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.
A reasonable budget for two for a week in Bali is around IDR 17,013,376.
The above cost is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.
Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.
You can expect to spend between IDR 910,000-IDR 1,800,000 a night, per couple, on accommodation in Bali. This will get you a private room with your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.See latest hotel deals in Bali
Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room with a shared bathroom will still cost around IDR 400,000 per night. A bed in a dorm room also averages around IDR 150,000 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.See the highest rated hostels in Bali
Accommodation prices in Bali are rising again as the tourism industry recovers, however you may still be able to find some good deals at the moment. While accommodation in Bali isn't as cheap as some Asian countries, the value is generally very good and you can have a five-star experience on a mid-range budget. There are also many luxury options that are can reach far beyond the above prices.
Read our guide on where to stay in Bali to find the best place to base yourself during your visit.
Budget to spend around IDR 4,411,400 for two for a week in Bali. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking some alcohol.
If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around IDR 643,000 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a pub is likely to be around IDR 220,000 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around IDR 57,000 each.
Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least IDR 76,600 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around IDR 28,000 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around IDR 326,000, from a shop, although there are cheaper options available. Milk typically costs around IDR 23,000 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around IDR 38,600 for a cappuccino from a local café.
Getting around Bali is easiest with a scooter. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but budgeting around IDR 793,000 for two per week is a good starting point. This should allow you to hire a couple of scooters. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.
Taking taxis or hiring a driver with a car are also good options for getting around Bali, particularly if you don't want to deal with the chaotic traffic or are travelling in a larger group.
A lot of the best things to do in Bali are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – entry fees to a museum or an art gallery are usually around IDR 144,000 - IDR 573,000 per person. If you want to do organised day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn more about some of the sites, budget around IDR 1,100,000 per activity per person.
Here are some prices for popular activities and day trips in Bali:
Bali is a beautiful destination to visit and is a great place for a cheap trip. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.
Travelling through Bali is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season and avoiding school holidays to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Last Updated 23 August 2022