Costs of Traveling on Bali
Overall Bali is a place that offers great value for money. It’s comparibly cheap and if you want or need to travel on a budget, you certainly can.
A decent meal for a dollar, a clean room for 10-15 bucks.
Even 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.
Accommodation in Bali
Accommodation in Bali is 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.
At the high end, the accommodation offered at the Ayana BALI, FOUR SEASONS and BVLGARI BALI resort for instance can be US$800 or US$1,200++ per night. At the ST. REGIS BALI resort, 1-bedroom suites and villas are between US$950 and US$2,500++, and 2- and 3-bedroom residences can be around US$5,000 and more but the same standard of accommodation would cost you somewhere else still more.
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.
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 roms 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 6,000 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 taxis, and you should avoid other taxis if they refuse to use their meter.
If you brought an International Driver’s License, you can rent motor bikes from Rupiah 50,000 to Rupiah 85,000 per day, and five to ten year old self-drive cars (Jimmy or Toyota “Kijang”) cost from 300,000 Rupiah to 500,000 Rupiah per day. Newer 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. 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.
We think, however, 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. A driver with a decent AC car for 10h can be rented starting 450.000-750.000Rp. Always make sure to negotiate with gasoline incliuded, to avoid unnecessary discussions at the end of the day!
Food and Drink
At Bali’s top hotels Food & Drinks cost about the same as 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$8 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.