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 accommodations is that you have plenty 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. It’s worth it to see places like Munduk all on your own time.
- Grab comes handy– Open the GoJek 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 Canggu to Ubud 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 by 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. Staying fit while traveling can be hard sometimes but not in Bali. The cost is around $16.80 per month in Canggu and around $13.44 per month in Ubud Center.
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 is one of the must-do in Ubud and can be visited for free they just ask for a donation.
- 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!
- Karang Boma – The best sunset in Bali located right down the road from the Uluwatu temple.
- Bali Twin Lakes – Best Place for sunrise. Although the viewpoints like Wanagiri Hidden Hill arent free they do have free viewpoints over the lake.
- 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
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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!
Hi, I think maybe some of your information is misleading. There is no Uber in Bali.
A homestay for $US150 = $A207 per month is $A50 per week – is that correct?
And I might suggest some of your prices are unbelievable but excellent if that’s what you actually paid.
Thank you for posting your experiences.
Jimmy Huss says
Hey! Uber was in Bali last year! Im not sure when they got rid of it. If you want a Fan room for $150 check out OkBaliHomeStay they have Fan and AC rooms. We actually just booked another room there for April. Ac room in Canggu for $208 a month. If you want they have Airbnb there so you can check them out. Also our friends are locals there, The average cost for a local accommodation is $100 a month. Trust me by no means are we exaggerating these cost. They are what we payed. It’s the cheapest place we have been in Asia and we love it here. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!
I’m going to Bali for a month. I want to discover all of Bali, if that’s even possible. Will it be ideal (considering the price and travel time) to book a place for one month than to move from place to place?
Jimmy Huss says
I think so. I mean thats a great way to have a place to go back to but still get the monthly rate. For example we are booking a month at okbali homestay in canggu for $150 But will be all over Indonesia in that month
Your prices for Bali are spot on. I’ve gone there 4 times in the last 5 years and, if you avoid the high-priced tourist areas, the prices listed here are correct. A couple other noteworthy prices: 60-minute massages = $10 USD, lunch/dinner is often $2-$4 max, and there are even free/inexpensive outdoor theater venues. Many temples, tourist sites and museums are inexpensive also. Get outside, explore, and have a unique experience.
Love your video of what NOT to do in Bali. I’ll be showing this to my college study abroad group. Nicely done!
Jimmy Huss says
Thank you so much! We actually are giving prices on Canggu and Ubud. But you can still find these prices if you look in the right places. Just have to avoid the tourist traps and western food haha. Thank you so much for the support!
Can you hook me up with the rent of villa’s with a pool that are 350$ per month?
Jimmy Huss says
Yes of course! I know a couple of friends that live in Canggu for around 300-400 with a pool and shared kitchen! Hope this helps!
Jimmy Huss says
I don’t have a name exactly because we never stay in them but they are easy to find I promise!
Ari Sotiriades says
Hi I had a question,
I love your buys blog and am subscribed to your Youtube as well! I have found some helpful information but had a few questions. I am planning a trip to Bali for the Month of May this year after my study abroad semester in Thailand.
1) I was wondering if you guys have made an itinerary for waterfalls to visit in the north of Bali. There are plenty to see and I am trying to figure out what ones are the best to see as well as how to get to them.
2) Another question, do you guys recommend any cheap places to stay in Ubud during my visit? I saw that you had some recommendations for places in Canggu, but If I wanted to go to some of the waterfalls, it might be better to leave from Ubud considering it seems like the ones that I would want to see would be in the northern part of Bali.
3) what are recommended places I should see when in Ubud (Temples, etc.)
4) When going south near Canggu or Uluwatu are there any recommended places I should see?
I plan on staying for about 25 days and checking out Gilli T along with Nusa Penida island
Jimmy Huss says
Hey! Yes of course, for staying in Ubud we don’t have much to suggest because we always stay in Canggu. That being said they do offer tons of amazing and cheap villas in Ubud to check out. If you just check all our Bali blogs and videos they will show you the best places and a lot of places many people miss like the north. Ubud waterfalls are all going to be super packed so make sure you get up for sunrise and head there ASAP. This is the best way to beat the crowds.