The Cost of Travel in Indonesia
Indonesia is a really great place to travel on a budget. We spent a whole month traveling around Java and Bali and were pleasantly surprised at how affordable everything was. There are many great cities to spend time in in Indonesia. There is a great mix of history and culture and the people are super friendly and welcoming. A lot of people just go straight to Bali and call it good. However, I highly recommend visiting Java if you can. I wish we could have made it to even more places. One of the things I always want to know before I go somewhere is how much can I expect to spend. Everyone has a budget, whether they meticulously plan it out in a spreadsheet or just try to live within a certain means. I think it is helpful to know how much some key items cost when traveling to a new country. I am writing this post to highlight some of the spending we did while traveling around Indonesia to shine some light on what kind of money you can expect to spend if you are planing a trip on a budget.
Because we are traveling as a couple, it is almost always cheaper for us to stay in private rooms than in hostels. There are plenty of budget hotel options in Indonesia that can be found by searching the typical hotel websites such as Agoda, and Booking.com. Most have the basics included such as wifi and AC, but many will even have private bathrooms, TV, and breakfast. The following images are of the various rooms we stayed in during a trip to Indonesia along with their price per night in US dollars.
It is super cheap to get around Indonesia and there are a variety of options for getting to your destination. All of the larger cities have airports with quick and affordable flights to other parts of the country. There are trains connecting the tip of Java to cities all the way down to the bottom. There are great shuttle services for quick trips between cities too. There are plenty of taxis in every city as well as ride sharing services and city buses. A scooter can be rented for practically nothing and you can make your own way around a town. Boats and ferries take people between Bali and Lombok and some of the other islands as well. Here are a few of the costs we encountered while getting around Indonesia.
Food & Drink
It’s always great when a place that actually has good food is affordable. You can find great meals all over Indonesia for just a few dollars.
Traveling in Indonesia is extremely affordable and fun. The country is wide open to backpackers and adventure travelers with so much to see and do. A month wasn’t near enough time for us, but I sincerely hope that future visitors have as much fun as we did. If you have any questions for me about traveling in Indonesia feel free to visit the contact page and shoot us a message. Other wise make sure and checkout some of our other posts below on travel in Indonesia before you go!
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- Things To Do In Jakarta
- How To Get to Prambanan and Borobudur Without A Tour
- Things To Do In Amed, Bali