Costs of Traveling on Bali
Overall Bali is a place that offers great value for money. It’s comparably cheap in any category of your choice and if you want or need to travel on a budget, you certainly can.
Accommodation in Bali
Accommodation in Bali is therefore very reasonably priced compared to other top tourist destinations around the world. Rooms in basic 2 or 3-star hotels (perhaps US$20-30 or so in Bali) can easily compare with accommodation which can cost US$150 per night in the US or Singapore, Europe etc. – and over there don’t expect ANY service at all.
Luxury and middle class hotels and resorts are cheap compared to the services and facilities you can enjoy during your stay.
Private luxury villas, particularly the 3 bedroom and larger are very appreciated these days for friends traveling together, small groups and families.
Generally speaking, hotel rates in Bali range from about US$20 for a basic but clean, air-conditioned room with private bathroom and a small terrace to US$2,500 + 21% tax & service charge per day for beautiful Balinese 1-bedroom cottages and villas with private plunge pool set in a walled tropical garden and offering stunning views and polished 5-star service around the clock. In general, if you pay 100-150US$ you can find something really nice.
The bottom line is that accommodation of any kind in Bali is still a great bargain, and in every category you get more than you pay for.
5star plus villas:
If you aim for the luxurious life, Bali is offering like almost no other holiday destination, what you get for your money will in most cases overwhelm you. Check out the complete list of the best of the best luxury villas on Bali. Carefully selected, fully serviced and with a dream-come-true guarantee. Click here: Dream Bali Villas
Nowadays there are many many self service private villas for 100US$ to 400US$ available for rent. 2 bedroom villas and 3 bedroom villas are the norm on Bali. But some villas have even up to 9 bedrooms. Some are so breathtakingly beautiful, secluded, exclusive, and serviced that it is like renting your own private hotel. And considering what one room costs per night, it might even be cheaper to rent a villa Brangelina would be happy with and pay less than renting 5 or 6 rooms in a 5 star resort. Generally the cleaning staff is usually included in the price and cooks, shoppers can be arranged upon request. Those private villas became a real competition to the 4 to 5 star hotels.
in Bali was always cheap by any standard. The metered radio taxis start with a flag fall of 7,500 Rupiah and most trips cost Rupiah 30,000 to 90,000 if you are not leaving “town”. Most reliable and polite are the drivers of the blue bird or bali bird taxis, and you should avoid other taxis – particularly if they refuse to use their meter.
You can download UBER or CrabTaxi app, although those services are still highly controversial in Bali, an some drivers get beaten up, if they enter “protected areas” where local villagers fear to loose business to drivers, that do not come from their area. Seminyak, Kuta and Denpasar are no problem though and this would be by far the easiest and cheapest way to make use of a car.
If you brought an International Driver’s License, you can rent motor bikes from Rupiah 5US$ to 15US$ per day (don’t go too cheap. Literally thousands of motorbike accidents happen on Bali every year, many of them fatal).
We think, it’s much more relaxing to have someone who knows his way around behind the wheel than to drive yourself through Bali’s traffic. You can fully enjoy the sights, don’t have to worry about getting lost, and there’s always somebody to watch the car and your belongings when you go for a meal or sightseeing. Always make sure to negotiate with gasoline included, to avoid unnecessary discussions at the end of the day! A car with driver can be hired for 500,000 to 1,500,000 per day. Although also here, don’t go too cheap. Drivers for tourists on Bali need special permits and licences, insurances, etc. The cheapest offers are usually not the best to take. Prices sometimes also depend on the language skills of your driver!
We usually suggest to hire from this company click here: car rental and tours Bali), that is not the cheapest but probably the most reliable with great drivers. The company pays their taxes, services the cars, pays decent salaries…all this adds up and makes it of course a bit more expensive than the cheapest offer on the street.
Newer car models are more expensive, and luxury cars such as a Volvo limousine or a new Toyota “Land Cruiser” will cost US$150 to US$250 and more per day * because imported cars can be quite expensive in Indonesia.
Gasoline prices have been raised several times in the past, and Premium leaded gasoline is now 6,500 Rupiah per liter (which might rise soon).
Everywhere in tourist areas you’ll be offered “transport, transport”, and the rates are negotiable. However, the cars of some of these guys are newer, some are older. Although most drivers initially seem to be very friendly a few are real “artists” and waste hours of your precious vacation by bringing you to shops you never wished to visit because they want to earn a commission on your purchases.
Food and Drink
Wine and Dine
A decent meal for a dollar, a clean room for 10-15 bucks still exists on Bali, although the very cheap accommodation and losmen are getting rare. Instead, today’s budget traveler checks into one of the many new budget hotels on Bali, where you can stay in an air conditioned clean room, with TV and private bathroom for RP. 300-450,000 (25-35US$).
Average restaurants will charge 3-5 US$ for a lunch or dinner. Great food, fresh, and tasty. A coke costs you around 1US$ and a beer 3US$. Cick here and check out this restaurant guide.
At Bali’s top hotels Food & Drinks cost slightly less in the same category of hotel anywhere else in the world although the room rates are quite cheaper than abroad for what you get. Breakfast is US$5 to US$30, lunch and dinner US$20 to US$70 and more per person; and that does not include any wine which can be very expensive here on Bali due to import taxes. On the other hand, restaurants outside the large hotels are often much cheaper, and at the open food stalls and warung you can still get a tasty meal for a few thousand Rupiah.
If you’ve rented a private villa for your stay in Bali, your house staff can do the shopping at the local “warungs” and supermarkets and prepare delicious meals according to your instructions. This way you can enjoy delicious meals and all your favorite snacks and drinks – at unbelievably low prices.