Daily Travel Costs in Indonesia on a Shoestring Budget
US$25 | 330,000 Rupiah
Like many large countries, there is a fair bit of regional variation in prices in Indonesia that you should consider so how much you spend will largely depend on where you go. We have received comments from many travellers suggesting we always place Indonesia too high in our budget travel table and that it is in fact as cheap or cheaper than most of mainland Southeast Asia. However we suspect they have spent a lot of time away from the islands of Bali and Java, which are a bit pricier. The other islands are considerably cheaper places to visit.
It is true that typical costs are cheap almost everywhere but getting from one island to another although relatively inexpensive can still quickly eat into your budget if you are moving around and entrance fees to major sites of interest can be high so we believe US$25 is a realistic overall Indonesia backpacking budget. If you try to pack a lot in and are moving around every couple of days including visits to multiple islands in a relatively short space of time, you might want to allow for a bit more. If you stick predominantly to one of the cheaper islands such as Sumatra, then it’s possible you can get by on US$20 or less.
See where Indonesia ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Indonesia Backpacker Budget
US$35 | 470,000 Rupiah
Adding an extra US$10 to your daily travel budget in Indonesia will allow you to do quite a bit more no matter what kind of trip you want to have. If you are planning to spend a lot of time in Bali then it will allow you to really get into the party culture whilst perhaps doing the odd daytime activity like surfing. In Java it will allow you to take a few more organised trips up volcanoes and suchlike which are difficult to do independently. While on the cheaper islands you can probably fork out on some pretty good accommodation on this budget that would fall closer into the realm of luxury travel than budget.
Sample Prices in Indonesia
Flight from Jakarta to Bali (1 hour 45 mins) when booked 1-2 weeks in advance – 530,000 Rp (US$40) + baggage
Public ferry from Padang Bai, Bali to Lembar, Lombok (4-5 hours) – 40,000 Rp (US$3)
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – 20,000-30,000 Rp (around US$2)
Large local beer in a bar or restaurant – 25,000 Rp (US$2)
Dorm Bed at Kuta, Bali – from 75,000 Rp (US$5.50)
Private Double or Twin room in Bali – from 120,000 Rp (US$9)
Private room in Sumatra – from 50,000 Rp (US$4)
Entrance fee for Borobudur Temple Complex near Yogyakarta – 280,000 Rp (US$21)
Compare Indonesian prices with the cost of travel in the Philippines.
Currency – Indonesian Rupiah
£1 = 19266 Rupiah
€1 = 15180 Rupiah
US$1 = 13376 Rupiah
(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)
If you head to Bali, which most travellers do then we suggest staying at CX Hostel Kuta Raya at Kuta Beach. It’s well located close to the beach and nightlife and is of a much higher standard than most of the budget accommodation in Kuta.
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This article was published in June 2016
Get our Backpackers Guide to Southeast Asia 2017-2018 for an overview of budget travel in the region.