How Much Money Should You Carry For A Bali Trip?
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’s pending is arranging Indonesian currency for in-destination expenses – but you’re confused about how much to carry.
Fear not, though – we have it sorted for you. Our comprehensive guide on the costs you’ll incur on a one-week trip to Bali will give you an idea of the cash you need to carry.
Since your flights and hotels are booked, the only other expenses that you’ll need to pay cash for are local transport, food, drinks, and any activities that you may do.
Bali is a relatively small island, so it’s easy to get around.
The most reliable form of transport here are private cabs. They typically cost Rs 2,300/ US$ 36 for five hours and up to Rs 2,700/ US$ 42 for eight hours. Hire a cab if you want to explore Bali on your own.
If you are changing base and it’s only going to be a one-way ride, it’s better to make use of apps like Uber and grabtaxi, or take a local cab.
Rent A Scooter
You can hire a scooter for Rs 250-300/ US$ 3-5 per day, but ensure you have a valid international driving license. Bali police are pretty strict about this, and charge hefty fines if you don’t have it.
Another common expense is transfers from the airport to the city and vice-versa. By cab, it should cost you around Rs 870/US$ 14 per person.
Total Cost Of Transport
For a seven-day trip, you can roughly estimate around Rs 10,000/ US$ 156 for local transport.
Food & Drink
Bali has tons of cafés and restaurants, right from budget-friendly ones to luxurious dining outlets. The street-food culture in Bali is not so prominent, but the food is still relatively cheap. For three meals a day, you can assume Rs 1,000/US$ 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 Rs 150/ US$ 2. If you buy drinks from a sit-in restaurant or bar, you might have to pay in the range of Rs 200-250 /US$ 3-4 per bottle.
Total Cost Of Food & Drink
For a seven-day trip, you can account for Rs 8,000 to 10,000/ US$ 125-156 per person for food and drinks.
Activities can form a major chunk of your expenses. Most activities in Bali are concentrated around Nusa Dua and Ubud, with Nusa Dua being famous for watersports and Ubud for rafting and the Mount Batur trek.
Watersports typically start from Rs 600/US$ 9 and can go up to Rs 3,000/ US$ 47, depending on the activities you choose. Adrenaline-pumping activities like flyboarding cost more. The Undersea Walker costs around Rs 1,600/US$ 25.
Whitewater rafting in the Ayung and Telaga rivers is another incredible experience, popular with travellers and costs around Rs 2,000/ US$ 31.
Scuba diving costs in the range of Rs 4,500-7,000/ US$ 70-110, with Amed being the cheapest place to experience it.
Mount Batur Trek
The cost of the Mount Batur trek depends on where you start the trek from. (It’s the cheapest when done from Ubud.) The price for the trek ranges from Rs 1,900-2,500/ US$ 30-40. The popular Kintamani tour, known for stunning views of Mount Batur and Lake Batur, costs Rs 3,300/ US$ 52.
Another popular activity among travellers, especially couples, is the sunset cruise, which costs around Rs 4,000/ US$ 62.
Apart from these activities, you might want to visit some of Bali’s scenic temples, which may have entry charges. The most famous ones – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temples – have entrance charges of Rs 150/ US$ 2 and Rs 300/ US$ 4 respectively. If you want to watch the traditional Kecak dance in Uluwatu, then that’s another Rs 500/ US$ 8.
A local spa in Bali starts at Rs 500/ US$ 8 and can go up to Rs 10,000/ US$ 156, depending on how novel an experience you want to go for.
Total Cost Of Activities
Activities in Bali can cost in the range of Rs 10,000-15,000/ US$ 156-234 per person.
For a seven-day trip to Bali, you can assume a total cost of Rs 30,000-35,000/ US$ 469-547 per person for local transport, food & drink, and activities. That’s essentially the amount of cash you need to carry.
The Free Trip Planning App for Bali!
If you want to avoid reading hundreds of articles like these to plan your trip, download Ithaka.
It is a fun way to discover Bali and plan your entire trip by talking to someone who’s already been there and done that!
From helping you discover the coolest destinations to recommending activities, your travel buddy on Ithaka will help you plan your entire trip.
Download the App Now: