Bali is supposed to be one of the hottest islands in the world. Many of them, out there are working pretty hard to save for their trip to this alluring island! However, believe me, when I say, you can do it on a budget.
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Budget-Friendly Bali Trip – Cost breakdown and more
Tah and I stayed in Bali for 60 days and trust me it is actually cheaper if you stay for a longer time in Bali than for a short stay. Most if the travelers live in Bali for a long duration as there are stunning places you can see without burning your wallet!
Where to stay in Bali?
The most welcoming thing about Bali is that you have plenty of stay options to pick from, depending on how much you want to spend. A private pool villa would roughly come around $303 to $337 per month. But if you want something for a lesser cost, you can stay at a Homestay that would be just $150 for a month and maybe grab a hotel day pass if you really need that poolside relaxation.
How to commute within Bali?
- Bike your way – One of the cheapest ways is to rent a bike in Bali. All you have to do is call the transport agents and there are plenty of them here and there. $3.37-$4.72 would be the average rent for a day in Kuta or Seminyak. One problem with this method is you have to bear with the heavy traffic.
- Uber comes handy– Open the Uber app on your mobile and book your driver to take you to your destination, right away. The cost is usually affordable. For eg: You can traverse from Ubud to Canggu in $6.74.
- Private driver- If comfort comes to you first than budget, then hire a private driver at $40 per day. This is a great way though it cost more! Do you know why? If you are lucky to get a good driver, he would take you to lesser-known places and also give you all the information about places on your way.
However, the budget-friendly way to commute around Bali is hiring a bike. Even petrol is just $0.54 per bottle. 3 bottles would be sufficient to fill the bike’s tank.
Bali restaurant prices
You get delicious food for any budget, throughout the island! Below are a few points to help you get an idea of food cost in Bali:
- Traditional Restaurant- If you wish to dine at a street food joint or a Balinese traditional food restaurant, then the price of food would be $1.35 to $2.20.
- Western food Restaurant- A chic and stylish restaurant that serves western food will range from $2.02 to $6.74.
Expense on Alcohol in Bali
Normal, non-alcoholic drinks cost $0.34 to $0.47, in a typical restaurant. However, Beer is very cheap in Bali. Bintang is one of the best selling and popular drink in Bali which costs $2.02 to $2.36. You will find ‘happy hours’ in many drinks bar in and around the place. Some places give a combo with dinner and 5 cocktails at $6.75. Besides, there is an imported tax of 150- 200% for alcohol.
It is advisable to stick to traditional drinks as imported ones are costlier than its actual price in other countries. For example: If it is $11 in the USA, it is $40 here!
Gym cost in Bali
You can be pretty sure that the diet freak inside you will die of eating all the yummy foods in Bali. So, make sure you hit the gym regularly when you are in Bali. The cost is around $16.80 per month in Canggu and around $13.44 per month in Ubud.
Laundry cost in Bali
Put your dirty clothes to laundry at $0.47 per Kg. This cost is in Ubud and Canggu.
Grocery cost in Bali
If you plan to live in Bali for a longer time, it is better to cook for yourself. It’s not only healthy but also affordable. Walk down to the nearest market, early in the morning, to get fresh stuff. Grab those juicy fruits at $.0.54. The basic foods like rice, green vegetables, potatoes, eggs, and chicken will come around $5.39- $6.74. This is sufficient enough for three days.
Free activities to do in Bali
There are a number of things that Bali will offer, at a free cost! Here are a few you ‘must-try’ ones:
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces- This green paddy terrace can be visited for free of cost
- Bali Gate- This is the most iconic spot for photographers. Take some instant-worthy pictures here as you fall in love with its architecture!
- Saraswathi Temple- Yet another place that you can visit for free is the temple of Hindu Goddess, Saraswathi.
- Coffee plantation tour- Luwak coffee remains to be famous here. Taste different types of teas for free at this place and also take a free tour to take a look at the plantation. A guide usually accompanies you. Though it is free, you can tip the guide as per your wish. If you want to buy coffee, then it is $3.37! We would recommend you not to miss it!
- Bali is known for being a beach paradise. Most of the beaches are free to visit. Perhaps there are a few things you need to pay for on the beaches. Here, let us take Batu Balong for example:
- Parking fee comes around $0.13
- Beach chair rent is $3.37
- Surfboard rental is $1.35 to $3.37 per hour
Waterfalls in Bali
There are other activities that you do at a lower cost in Bali. If you love the sounds and sight of waterfalls, then Bali is for you! More than 1000 waterfalls gush down in Bali. Be it the power falls, private falls, deep jungle kind of falls or the cave one, everything is just stunning and unbeatable. Entrance fees are usually $0.67 for these falls.
Did you realize what you’ve saved so far is more than enough for your Bali vacation? Then, what are you waiting for? Plan your first trip to Bali and the surrounding islands as soon as possible!