What is the (true) cost a trip to Bali?

Alexis
Modified on January 21, 2024

Main Costs of a Trip to Bali The cost of a trip to Bali depends on various factors. Of course, if you opt for an organized trip, some of these costs will be included in the total price, while others won't. But this doesn't change much in the overall bill. Here are the main expense […]

Main Costs of a Trip to Bali

The cost of a trip to Bali depends on various factors. Of course, if you opt for an organized trip, some of these costs will be included in the total price, while others won't. But this doesn't change much in the overall bill.

Here are the main expense categories to consider in your budgeting for a trip to Bali.

For the sake of simplicity, all costs are displayed here in Euros. Consider more or less the same for USD. Add 50% for AUD or SGD.

Flight Ticket Price to Bali: a Significant Travel Cost

If you are coming from Europe, be it from France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands or Sweden the cost of the flight ticket to Bali will undoubtedly be a significant part of your travel budget.

The cost of the flight ticket depends on various factors:

  • The airline you are flying with
  • The time of the year for your flight (low or high season)
  • How far in advance you booked your flight
  • In which class you are traveling (economy class is not the same price as a first-class ticket!)
  • The geopolitics of the moment (periods of Covid and war in Ukraine do not favor low prices)

In terms of costs, you can expect these ranges for a round-trip ticket from Europe (per person):

  • Minimum 700€ in economy class regardless of the airline
  • From 900€ to 1500€ in economy class during high season
  • At least 1700€ in business class during low season

From Australia, you can expect prices much lower than that, usually around half / a third of the cost.

For US travellers, the cost is usually higher than going from Europe, but not by a huge margin.

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Qatar Airways business class, very nice but not cheap...

Accommodation Price in Bali: Highly Variable Depending on Desired Comfort

The accommodation price is one of the most important variables in the cost of a trip to Bali.

Overall, the cost of a hotel, guest house, or villa is much lower than in a Western city, but there are exceptions, and many go to Bali to enjoy beautiful hotels/villas that they couldn't afford in their own country.

Here are the price ranges you can expect for accommodation:

  • The cheapest of the cheap (outside tourist areas, no air conditioning, etc.): 4€ per night. Below this threshold, it's practically anecdotal
  • Nice hotels/guest houses: 10€ to 30€ per night in a double room
  • Small villas, somewhat luxurious hotels: from 60€ per night
  • Large villas/luxury hotels: from 120€ per night

To get an idea of the quality and prices, and even to book, booking.com is very convenient. With advance booking or last-minute deals, you can find some interesting offers.

For a more detailed overview of hotel prices by city, along with my selection of the best establishments, I recommend reading my dedicated articles:

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Food Budget: Varies Significantly According to Your Tastes

The food budget during a trip to Bali is the subject of many debates.

Yes, theoretically, you can get by for 1€ per person per meal by going to local warungs or street food, especially if you speak a little Bahasa. However, this is generally quite unrealistic for the average tourist.

Let's say that a minimum of 3€ per person per meal is a good minimum for a foreigner eating local.

If you want to enjoy some nice restaurants, the bill can, of course, climb very quickly.

Here are the ranges you can expect for the food budget during a trip to Bali:

  • Hyper-local or street food: 1€ per meal
  • Regular local warung speaking English and clean: 3€ per meal
  • Nice but not overly fancy Western restaurant: 12€ per meal
  • Fancy restaurant: from 20€ per person
  • Fancy restaurant with some alcohol: from 50€
  • Gourmet restaurants: from 100€

Of course, these prices are indicative and depend on many parameters, including the location of the dining place, its cleanliness, its staff, and its popularity.

Generally speaking, as soon as there is a bit of English spoken, it's more expensive.

Read more on the subject: The best 100% Balinese dishes to try

Transportation in Bali: Often an Underestimated Cost

Transportation costs in Bali are undoubtedly the cost of a trip most often (very) underestimated. Certainly, the cost of transportation has little to do with transportation costs in Europe, but still.

Added up, they are not negligible either, especially if you move around frequently.

Here are the typical costs of useful transportation during a trip to Bali:

  • Scooter rental: 3-5€ per day, at your own risk
  • Bluebird-type taxi: rarely less than 12€ per trip
  • Gojek taxi (GoCar): 4-6€ per half-hour trip
  • Gojek motorbike taxi: 2-3€ per half-hour trip
  • Car rental with driver per day: around 40€ per day
  • Speedboat to Gili (round trip): 80€

Read more on the subject: How to get around in Bali?

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Activities on-site: there's something for every budget

The costs of on-site activities are also highly variable from one traveller to another and quite difficult to estimate without knowing what has been planned.

Here are the prices for some flagship activities in Bali:

  • Non-alcoholic drink on the beach: 2-3€ per drink depending on the location
  • Beer at sunset: 2€ to 5€ per drink depending on the location
  • Cocktail in a beach bar: 7€ minimum
  • Ascent of Mount Batur with a guide: at least 25€ per person
  • Surfing lesson: from 6€ to 70€ depending on the instructor and school
  • Bottle diving with an instructor: rarely less than 70€ all inclusive
  • Snorkeling equipment rental: 3-4€
  • Going to the beach: free except for parking
  • Entrance to Besakih Temple: 4€
  • Cinema ticket: 4€ for regular tickets, double for first class (yes, there are classes in some cinemas!)
  • Entrance to Waterbom Bali: From 20€ for a one-day pass
  • Entrance to Ubud's Monkey Forest: 4€
  • One-hour massage: 5€

As you can see, prices really depend on what you do, making an absolute and definitive answer inevitably complicated.

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Travel insurance: a low-cost imperative compared to the alternative

The cost of travel insurance is undoubtedly the last expense item on which you want to cut corners during a trip to Bali.

Never go to Bali without good travel insurance, and don't rely too much on your credit card insurance either. Read all the fine print and make sure you are covered for very large amounts (at least €800,000) and especially that repatriation is included.

Travel insurance for a trip to Bali costs much less than the bill you could receive in case of health issues in Indonesia.

Prices start at €30 per month for the lowest-risk profiles.

For more details, read the guide: Travel insurance for Bali: is it mandatory?

Visa cost: a necessary evil

A visa is required to enter Indonesia (including Bali) since the beginning of the pandemic.

The cost of the Visa On Arrival (VOA), which allows you to stay for 30 days extendable for another 30 days, is €30, or €1 per day.

If you're not sure about the visa you need for Bali, read the guide on the different types of visas for Indonesia.

Summary: the price (all inclusive) of a trip to Bali

Here is a summary table of the price of a trip to Bali based on your comfort level.

Here's how to interpret each column:

  • Survival: as the name suggests, it's the bare minimum. No activities, no travel, no outings with friends, no enjoyment, and zero comfort. It's technically possible, but it's also a real hassle for everything. I obviously do not recommend it.
  • Budget: traveling on a budget. It's not extravagant, but it's possible to do a lot of things in Bali on this budget. You still need to carefully select where you sleep and where you eat. This level is probably the minimum for a Westerner.
  • Nice: the budget level that I recommend to enjoy your trip to Bali at least a bit. You can stay in nice hotels, eat without too much counting, get around, and do most of the activities that Bali offers. There's no room for big excesses, but you can still have the best vacation of your life without any problems.
  • Comfort : the budget level that gives you access to nice villas, almost all activities in Bali, and/or allows for a lot of partying (especially if you consume alcohol). You shouldn't have to deprive yourself with these budgets.
  • Luxury: the budget level to start living like royalty. Luxury hotels, large villas, Western restaurants, partying... in short, no deprivation. Obviously, this is a minimum; there is no maximum.
Expense itemSurvival (not recommended!)BudgetNiceComfortLuxury
Airfare from Europe (round trip)€600/person (economy, low season)€700/person (economy, low season)€850/person (economy, high season)€1200/person (economy, high season)From €2,000/person (minimum in business class)
Accommodation / night / room (to be divided if you are a couple)€4€10€30€60From €120 per night
Food / day / person€3€10€15€60From €70
Transportation / day / person (average over the stay)€2€10€15€20€50
Activities / person / day€2€10€20€40€100
Travel insurance / person / day€1.5€2€2€4€5
VOA Visa / day / person€30€30€30€30€30
TOTAL 10 days in Bali / person€800€1,200€1,700€3,000€6,000
TOTAL 15 days in Bali / person€850€1,400€2,100€4,000€8,000
TOTAL 21 days in Bali / person€900€1,600€2,600€5,000€10,000

How to Reduce the Cost of a Trip to Bali?

If you're on a tight budget but still want to travel to Bali, don't worry. There are several tips that can significantly reduce the cost of a trip to Indonesia.

Here are some to consider.

Travelling in the Low Season: A Good Way to Reduce Airfare and Accommodation Costs

Saying that prices skyrocket everywhere in high season in Bali would be a bit exaggerated.

However, prices can soar on two parameters of your trip:

  • Airfare prices can double or more in high season.
  • The prices of accommodations in high-demand areas can also rise significantly.

If you avoid June-September and the two weeks before and after New Year's Eve/Christmas, you can easily make significant savings on your flight and some savings on hotel prices.

The Ramadan period is also very popular in Bali, especially among local tourists. This may not influence flight tickets from Europe, but it can fill hotels in certain beach resorts, leading to increased prices.

For more information on seasons: When to go to Bali? Best months and seasons.

Stay Longer in Bali to Amortise the Airfare Cost

When you're on a tight budget, the airfare to Bali can represent half the cost of your trip. The cost of living on the island is certainly not zero, but it is much cheaper than in the West.

The longer you stay, the more the airfare cost is diluted in the total cost.

Moreover, you can also rent accommodation by the month, which is often much cheaper than daily rates.

Opt for Local Food During Your Trip

Local food is much cheaper than imported food in Bali.

If you want to save money, the simplest way is to stick to Indonesian food. The less English writing there is, the cheaper it will be. Getting lost in warungs (see all indonesian food here) is not only a great way to discover "real" local cuisine but also to meet people other than those working in tourism.

If you have a sensitive stomach or are intimidated by entering a warung that doesn't speak your language, stick to dishes with local ingredients when you eat (even in more Westernised restaurants), and you will save a lot of money. As long as you stick to rice, vegetables, and chicken, you shouldn't overspend.

Group Transportation with Guides Among Travellers

When you need to hire guides or even driver-guides, it is often better to go in a small group of 5-7 rather than going alone or as a couple. The work of a guide during a volcano ascent, a driver, or a guide-driver is essentially the same whether you are alone or in a group of 6.

You can easily split the costs of many excursions if you find fellow travellers to accompany you. Just ask other travellers at your hotel or guesthouse, or even check directly with the front desk. After all, you will likely want to do activities together.

Avoid Alcohol, Which Is Expensive in Bali

Alcohol is bad. But alcohol in Bali is especially very expensive!

Getting drunk is certainly never free anywhere, but it is much more expensive to do so in Bali than in Europe, especially if you want to consume something other than Bintang. And believe me, you'll quickly get tired of Bintang. That being said, Aussies usually find alcohol cheap in Bali compared to Australia.

The reason is simple: imported alcohol is taxed at 150% in Indonesia. Apart from arak (which is far from a delicacy and has a reputation for causing blindness) and Bintang, there isn't much alcohol mass-produced in Indonesia. So, it takes a minimum of financial means to consume it.

A bottle of hard liquor costs more than twice as much as a country like France, and I won't even mention wine, as it would be too painful for my French counterparts (and the aussies too!).

Anyway, if you're a party animal/alcoholic, you'll need a substantial budget. Or reduce your consumption.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, after all.

Use Gojek (or Grab) as Much as Possible

A good way to significantly reduce your transportation expenses during a trip to Bali is to use Gojek as much as possible.

Gojek is an app for motorcycle taxis, taxis, and food delivery at home that can completely change your stay in Indonesia.

For transportation, they are often half the price of taxis, or even four times cheaper for motorcycle taxis.

It is often more expensive than renting a scooter yourself, but the chances of ending up in the hospital are also much lower.

Read more: How to open a Gojek account and recharge it (as a foreigner)?

Conclusion

The budget for a trip to Bali depends on many factors.

However, I do not recommend anyone to come too close to the edge either. The vast majority of travelers leave having spent more than they planned.

Do they count wrong? Were they poorly advised? Are they easily tempted? I don't know! What I do know, however, is that budgets vary enormously depending on the travel standard.

Some will tell you that €1,000/person, including flights, was sufficient for 15 days, while others felt tight with €5,000... I think, for my part, that my categories "s

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