Bali is a dream destination for many travellers. Beautiful villas, green rice terraces, towering waterfalls, and sandy beaches. But how much does it cost to go to Bali? Well, that depends on several factors including where in Bali you want to go, your travel style, and what your plans are.

Bali may be a small island, but there is plenty to see and do. Hundreds of temples, stunning natural attractions, and a variety of towns to visit mean you won’t ever be bored. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to suggest a one-week (7 days, six night) itinerary in Bali. This will include return airfare, average meal costs, transportation, accommodation, and more. Please note that this guide is based on the costs for a single person. If you are travelling as a couple, make sure to double these costs (except for hotels).

Bali trip cost for one week

 Estimated Costs
Airfare$850
Accommodations$600 ($100 X 6 nights)
Transportation and attractions$120
Food and drink$175 ($25 X 6 7 days)
Random spending$100
Total$1,845 USD

The above estimate is in American dollars. Please use xe.com to find out the average costs in your home currency.

This estimate is assuming that you’re using shared taxis/hired drivers to get around and has not rented a motorbike. For motorbike costs and information, see the transportation section.

Also keep in mind that this is just an estimate. Bali can be both budget friendly and costly, depending on your travel style. Throughout this article, I’ll be sharing tips on how to keep costs low to best stay on, or even below, your budget.

Airfare

Airfare to Bali will probably be your biggest cost, especially if you are coming from North America. To help lower these travel costs, avoid travelling during the holidays (Christmas and Easter) as well as during July and August which is high season.

If you are travelling from Canada or the United States, Bali is quite far (especially from the Eastern parts of both countries). Direct flights will be impossible to find, so play with some different itineraries. For example, it may be more affordable to fly to Bangkok, Singapore or even Hong Kong, then find a cheap flight with a budget airline to Bali. If you can be flexible, it’s definitely worth doing a few different searches as you may be able to save a couple of hundred dollars with the added bonus of getting to experience another city.

If you’re Canadian, you may want to consider applying for one of the best travel credit cards in Canada to help offset your costs by collecting points. For example, the American Gold Rewards Card gives you a signup bonus of up to 30,000 American Express Membership Rewards points which have a minimum value of $300 (potentially more if you transfer your points to Aeroplan or Marriott Bonvoy). There’s also the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card that has no foreign transaction fees, a sign up bonus worth $250 and it comes with airport lounge access.   

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Accommodations

When it comes to accommodation, Bali has it all. From world-class luxury villas with infinity pools and jungle views, to a single bed in a shared dorm room of a hostel. For the sake of this article, I’ve estimated the average nightly price to be $100, which is what you can expect to pay for a nice hotel in a central location. However, this price can both inflate and deflate drastically depending on your travel style. Here are a few recommendations depending on what you are looking for. Regardless of which country you’re from, make sure you apply for a credit card with no foreign exchange fees before you depart.

Hostels – Bali’s hostels are definitely the cheapest choice. Dorm rooms will have the lowest cost but you can get some nice private rooms as well. Dorm options average at about $8/night while private rooms can be found for $20/night and up. I’ve written a detailed guide on the best hostels in Bali which covers Ubud, Seminyak, Canggu, and Kuta, so check that out now. Alternatively, here are some quick recommendations: Wayan Family Homestay II (Ubud), M Boutique Hostel (Seminyak), The Jungle House (Canggu).

Homestays – Balinese homestays are basically like staying in a bed and breakfast. Travellers will stay on a local family’s property in a private room with breakfast included. These properties are usually basic, but clean, comfortable, and homey. Average nightly costs are about $35/night.

Recommendations: Ujung Ubud Guesthouse (Ubud), Nadialit (Seminyak), Wita Homestay (Canggu)

Midrange Hotels – Bali has plenty of nice midrange hotels with good amenities and in great locations. Prices can range quite a bit, but it’s easy to find a room for about $100/night.

Recommendations: The Sungu Resort and Spa (Ubud), U Passha Seminyak Bali (Seminyak), Canggu Beach Apartments (Canggu)

Luxury Hotels and Villas – If you have ever wanted to really splurge on a luxury hotel, then Bali is the place to do it. From elegant villas to resorts. Bali does luxury like nowhere else.

Recommendations:  Viceroy Bali (Ubud), W Bali (Seminyak), Ametis Villa (Canggu)

Airbnb – Renting an apartment via Airbnb has become a popular choice for many travellers, including myself. Most offer clean and safe places to stay at reasonable prices. Just make sure to read the reviews ahead of time. As with hotels and hostels, make sure to choose a central area. Use my invite to get $45 towards your first stay.

If you have the right credit card, you can save a fair amount of money on hotels. For example, Canadians should consider the BMO World Elite Mastercard since it typically has a sign up bonus of $250 when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months of card membership. This card does have an annual fee of $150 but it’s normally waived for the first year so you’re getting $250 for free. There’s also the Marriott Bonvoy American Express which gives you 51,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months. That’s enough points for up to five free nights at some hotels which could easily have a value of over $650.

bali trip cost accommodations

Local transportation

Local transportation is the biggest hassle when travelling through Bali. Public transit is non-existent and transfers can get pretty pricey.

The most affordable and easiest way to travel around the island of Bali is by motorbike. While it is the best deal money wise, it can be dangerous and should not be considered if you have no motorbike driving experience. Keep in mind if you plan on renting a motorbike in Bali, you will need an international driver’s license. While it is not necessary for renting purposes (they just need a copy of your passport). Police will pull you over to check. The average price for renting a motorbike in Bali is between $20-$30USD for the week. Make sure to ask around to find a reputable place, and be sure to check the bike over ahead of time for any scratches or damage so you don’t get the blame upon return.

For those who don’t want to rent a motorbike, expect to pay significantly more to get around as you will have to rely on local drivers.

Uber does exist, however there are a lot of problems between Uber drivers and taxis that have led to violence and problems. Uber is not allowed in most areas and while there are some drivers, they will take off and leave you hanging if they don’t feel safe. For this reason, Uber is not a reliable form of transit.

Taxis are common in the main areas of Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu. As with many countries, the taxi drivers here have a reputation of ripping off tourists. The best advice if to use Blue Bird taxis when possible and, of course, make sure that they turn on the meter.

If you plan on going any distance (for example, Seminyak to Tulumben) you will need to hire a private driver. This will cost $50 per trip or more. You can always try to haggle, but know that this form of travel can be quite expensive.

To save money on transportation costs, your best bet is to base yourself in one, maybe two areas during your stay and rely on group day trips.

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Attractions

Bali is absolutely stunning and plenty of the attractions across the island are natural. From waterfalls to beaches to rice terraces; the terrain is stunning. While nature is normally free to explore, a few spots do come with small fees. For example, the famous Tegalalang Rice Field near Ubud has an entrance fee of 15,000 IDR which is equal to about 1.10USD. A very minimal fee.

Bali’s other predominant attractions are the beautiful temples spread across the island. These include Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Goa Gajah, and Tirta Empul. All of these temples also come with a small fee, usually just a couple of dollars.

Bali’s attractions are actually quite cheap; however, the real cost comes in getting to them. If you have chosen to rent a motorbike you only need to worry about petrol and parking costs (both minimal). However, if you need to hire a private driver a day trip will likely cost about $50USD for the car. The best way to cut down on these costs is to make a full day out of it to see as much as possible, and to find other people to go with since the price is for the day, not per person.

Insider Tip:  If you do find a driver you like, you can probably make an agreement for a discounted rate for multiple day trips. The driver will happy for the business and therefore more likely to give you a better deal.

I should add that I have not included costs for adventure activities in this estimate. Bali is a scuba diving paradise, so if you are a fan of the sport I highly recommend you do at least a couple of dives. Average scuba diving costs are approximately $100-$120/day for two dives including lunch, transportation and equipment rentals. Snorkelling is also very popular.

The other attractions people tend not to think about but are usually worth it are day passes at other hotels where you’re able to access their pool and beach. Daytrips and tours are also a good solution if you don’t want to hire a driver.

Here are some Bali attractions you may want to book in advance.

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Food and drink

Food and drink, like accommodation, will really vary in price depending on what you are going for. If you opt for western-style food, you will be spending probably triple the amount of money than if you stick with local food which can cost as little as $2 per meal. I expect that most travellers will eat a mix of the two styles, so the budget estimates in this article allow for a bit of both.

  • Breakfast: $0 (included in hotel/hostel/villa stays)
  • Lunch: $5
  • Dinner: $20

This amounts to a total of about $25 a day and includes a drink. Since the majority of hotels in Bali include a free breakfast (often eggs, banana pancakes, or fresh fruit) I have not included a breakfast allowance in the estimate.

If you plan on drinking alcohol, remember to add more to your budget as well. Beers in Bali (Bintang is the most popular brand) are significantly cheaper than wine or cocktails. If you are more of a cocktail person, keep an eye out for the 2 for 1 specials. Pretty much every bar and beach club has them.

Random spending

Bali isn’t a shopping mecca, but there are a few souvenirs you may be interested in. Batik sarongs, tea, and coffee tend to be the most popular souvenirs. Quality varies, but none of the above are particularly expensive (unless you plan on buying copious amounts of the Kopi Luwak coffee).

What you probably will spend your money on are massages. Bali is famous for its cheap massages and travellers tend to indulge on this practice, many even going every day. While I don’t expect that to be the case for everyone, I imagine you will at least go once or twice during your stay. Basic massages are about $10 for one hour (not at a fancy resort spa). It is customary to leave a small tip.

With shopping and massages in mind, you should budget an extra $100 for random spending.

Final thoughts

So how much does it cost to go to Bali? My research and experience estimates approximately $1,845 USD. This includes airfare, accommodation, food, transportation, attractions, and more. If you’re travelling with two people, you would double all the costs except for accommodations.

Yes, Bali is often considered to be a luxury travel destination, but this guide shows that a visit to this Indonesian island doesn’t necessarily have come with a hefty price tag.  Budget travellers and backpackers can have an equally enjoyable experience if they are flexible and follow the tips and advice listed in this guide. For more inspiration, check out my guides on Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Maldives, Dubai and Southeast Asia.

How Much Does it Cost to go to Bali?

33 Comments

  1. Sangeetha Sivaraman on November 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Thanks a lot so useful

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  3. MUKIIBI HENRY on December 24, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Very informative site!

  4. vinkie r on December 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Very informative thanks

  5. Alex on January 9, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Hi I really would prefer to stay in ubud as my first base to soak in all the nature aspect. I will be there for 7 days total. Was looking at alot of airbnb and I do like to be away from the hectic tourism but I know that’s unavoidable. Do you recommend staying in another town or city as a split. My main goal is to see temples more than beaches. I appreciate any feedback. Also I’ll be going I April if that makes a difference. Thank you

    • Barry Choi on January 9, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Alex,

      There are a few places to stay that are outside the city centre. But if you plan on staying there, you will either need to be prepared to take taxis quite a bit or rent a motorbike because it will be too far to walk.

  6. Charly Risenmay on April 16, 2019 at 1:41 am

    What are the requirements to get the international drivers license to rent a bike?
    Thank you so much

  7. Aleena Alex on April 21, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Really informative article… I got almost every aspect of information for my trip from this..

  8. Phoenixmg on April 22, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Barry for this very informative article. I will be visiting Bali April 2020 (possibly solo) and this sure helps. Will book airfare and accommodation as a package. would you recommend using cash for attractions?

  9. Kimberly on April 30, 2019 at 2:47 am

    What city should I get a villa at to do the main attractions without having to commute so long and so much?
    Do you recommend just staying in one city or going to a couple?
    We would like to do just the main attractions, and relax the rest of the time.
    Thank you so much by the way, this article is EVERYTHING!

    • Barry Choi on April 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Bali is very spread out and not well connected so you’ll likely need to hire a driver or rent a motorbike to get around anyway. Staying in one place is possible but will make for longer travel days depending on where you want to go and what you want to see. I’d suggest staying in at least 2 spots: Ubud and then somewhere by the beach like Seminyak or Canggu

  10. Ana S A on May 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Very helpful, thank you!

  11. Mojtaba on May 21, 2019 at 9:08 am

    So informative and compehensive. Thanks you.

  12. Agilesh Ravindran on June 7, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Barry,
    All the contents and briefing you gave is very helpful.

    But still I have a few questions

    1. I cannot drive 2 wheelers. So is it better to hire a car with driver com guide or hire a car only and drive myself to explore Bali.
    2. I’m planning a couple trip. So should I plan the Bali trip itinerary myself or use a trip organiser and plan and book all the necessary things by them? Since this is a couple trip we need a privacy and I’m not interested a guide with a big group.
    3. I always use booking.com for all my trips. But until now I didn’t get the 10% discount which you told. Could u help me with that?

    • Barry Choi on June 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Agilesh,

      You’re probably best to just hire a driver. Things can easily be planned on your own. As for the booking.com genius program, the discount only applies to select properties so it’s possible you just haven’t booked any of those hotels.

      • Agilesh Ravindran on June 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

        I have international driving license from UAE. So is it better I drive myself or use a driver. Is the price same even I use a driver.
        I haven’t booked the hotels yet. Could you suggest me how to find the discounted hotels.

        • Barry Choi on June 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm

          Agilesh,

          It’s really a personal preference if you want to drive yourself, but the majority of people use drivers or taxis. I do not have a list of what hotels fall under the genius program so I can’t help you there.

          • Agilesh Ravindran on June 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm

            Thanks a lot for your time and help.



        • Melissa Cabrera on July 10, 2019 at 3:15 am

          Hello, how do I hire a driver? & is that the Sam’s as a tour guide ?

          • Barry Choi on July 10, 2019 at 6:39 am

            Melissa,

            A private driver is literally just a driver. Private tour guides in Bali usually include transportation so you likely wouldn’t need a driver if you’re hiring a guide.



  13. Tommo on June 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    We have been to Bali many times and it use to be a cheap holiday- not anymore. Even the average one-room accommodations have gone up to about $US 70/night. Eating out, unless you eat street food, has really gone up in price. Avoid drinking the cheap cocktails because most are made on methanol which can kill you unless treated.

    Please plan your vacation very carefully and take on people’s opinions from sites such as Tripadvisor. We now find it cheaper to go to Thailand and the beaches are much cleaner.

  14. Paul mcgowan on August 15, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I’ve been to Bali 4 times in 9 months. There is lots of great clean hotels for under $35 aud a night in Kuta. Double bed fridge oool etc
    Actually I’m here now staying in sanuar

  15. Amit on September 1, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Dear berry
    Good information.
    We would like to trip in dec II week x 3 couples . We are interested to book hotel
    Our own and prefer furnished Aptt or villa
    Any best you explore ?

  16. Anno on September 29, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Dear Berry hello,

    My and my fiancee are planning to visit Bali after our weeding starting 28th of October till 7th of November. What’s the weather like? I’ve heard that rainy season starts from October to April. Is it true?

    • Barry Choi on September 29, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Hi Anno,

      It is rainy season at that time but I wouldn’t be too worried about it. E.g. it could rain hard for an hour or two and then all of a sudden be super sunny 10 minutes later.

  17. Bie on January 5, 2020 at 1:59 am

    My boyfriend and I are planning on having a vacation to Bail from Nigeria, could we have someone help us for bookings and reservations, and touring?

    • Barry Choi on January 5, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Bie,

      I’m sure a travel agent in Nigeria can help you. Alternatively, you can look for an online company to help you.

  18. md hasnat on January 6, 2020 at 11:19 am

    for 7 days how much in Bangladeshi money ?

    • Barry Choi on January 6, 2020 at 11:44 am

      MD,

      Please use XE.com to convert the price.

  19. Anas on January 17, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this informative article,
    I’ve been trying to search the internet to find entry fees for places such as (monkey forest, elephant park, Bali zoo, bird park, , temples and such entrances,safari trips) but unfortunately all I found was full tours that includes the fees, I just want to know the fee excluding transportation. an estimate amount would help a lot in making my budget.

    one more thing I am coming for honeymoon on 9th of April and leaving on 20th April, I’ve decided to take the first 6 days in Ubud but till this moment I am uncertain about the rest.. my wife and I are interested more in cultural stuff, exploring, relaxation and nature.. what’s your recommendation?

    thanx alot

    • Barry Choi on January 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Anas,

      Temple entrance fees aren’t normally listed online but I don’t recall them being very expensive. Klook is reputable and lists some tickets for the Bali zoo – https://www.klook.com/en-CA/activity/1240-zoo-bali/.

      Ubud is the cultural centre of bali. Beach areas will m have more of a ‘resort’ feel with lots of westernized restaurants. If you really want to get off the beaten track western and northern Bali isn’t as touristic, but it’s tricky to get there and to get around ince you’re there.

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