How much money you should carry to spend in Bali
Your trip to the land of gods is nearing and your planning is in the final stages. Your flights and hotels are booked. All that is pending is arranging Indonesian currency for in-destination expenses, but you are confused about the amount to carry.
Afraid not, we have it sorted for you. Our comprehensive guide on the costs that you will incur on a 1 week trip to Bali would give you an idea of the cash you need to carry.
Since your flights and hotels are booked, the only other expenses that you will need to pay cash for are local transport, food, drinks and any activities that you may do.
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Bali is a relatively small island, so it’s easy to get around in Bali.
The most reliable form of transport here is private cabs. They typically cost INR 2300/ USD 36 for a duration of 5 hours and up to INR 2700/ USD 42 for 8 hours. Its better to hire a cab if you want to do local exploration in Bali on your own.
If you are changing base and its only going to be a one way ride, then its better to make use of apps like uber, grabtaxi or take a local cab.
Renting a scooter
You can hire a scooter for INR 250 – 300/ USD 3 – 5 per day, but ensure you have an international driving license. Bali police is pretty strict about it and can impose a fine if you don’t have it.
Another common expense is transfers from the airport to the city and vice-versa. By cab, it costs around INR 870/USD 14 per person.
Total Cost of Transport
For a 7 day trip, you can roughly estimate around INR 10000/ USD 156 for local transport.
Food and Drinks
Bali has tonnes of cafés and restaurants right from budget friendly ones to luxurious dining outlets. The street food culture in Bali is not so prominent, but food is still relatively cheap. For 3 meals a day, you can assume INR 1000/USD 15 per person.
Drinks on the other hand are cheapest when purchased from supermarkets like 7-11 or minimarts. A bottle of beer from these local markets costs around INR 150/ USD 2. If you buy drinks from a sit in restaurant or a bar, then you might have to pay in the range of INR 200 – 250 / USD 3-4 per bottle.
Total cost of food and drinks
So for a 7 day trip, you can account for around INR 8000 to 10000/ USD 125 – 156 per person for food and drinks.
Activities form a major chunk of the cash component. Most of the activities in Bali are concentrated around Nusa Dua and Ubud areas, with Nusa Dua being famous for watersports and Ubud for rafting and the Mount Batur trek.
Watersports typically start from INR 600/ USD 9 and can go up to INR 3000/ USD 47, depending on the activities you choose. Adrenaline pumping activities like Flyboarding cost higher. The undersea walker costs around INR 1600/USD 25.
Whitewater rafting in the Ayung and Telaga rivers is another incredible experience popular among travelers and it costs around INR 2000/ USD 31.
Scuba diving costs in the range of INR 4500 – 7000/ USD 70 – 110, with Amed being the cheapest place to experience it.
Mount Batur Trek
The cost of Mount Batur trek depends on where you start the trek from. It’s the cheapest when done from Ubud. The price ranges from INR 1900 – 2500/ USD 30 – 40. The popular Kintamani tour known for stunning views of Mount Batur and lake Batur costs INR 3300/ USD 52.
Another popular activity among travelers, especially couples is the sunset cruise, costing around INR 4000/ USD 62.
Apart from these activities, you would want to visit some of Bali’s scenic temples and some of them have entrance charges. The most famous Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temples have entrance charges of INR 150/ USD 2 and INR 300/ USD 4 respectively. If you want to watch the traditional Kecak dance in Uluwatu, then that’s another INR 500/ USD 8.
A local spa in Bali starts at INR 500/ USD 8 and it can go up to INR 10000/ USD 156, depending on how novel an experience you want to go for.
Total cost of activities
So activities in Bali can cost in the range of INR 10000 – 15000/ USD 156 – 234 per person.
For a 7 day trip to Bali, you can assume a total cost of 30000 – 35000 INR/ USD 469 – 547 per person for local transport, food & drinks and activities. Thats essentially the amount of cash you need to carry.