What To Budget For Indonesia

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What To Budget for Indonesia

In our second post in our ongoing series “What to Budget” we detail our own spending so that you’ll know exactly what to budget for Indonesia during your travels.

As mentioned in our first post of this series, we understand the importance of correctly budgeting for your travels as there is nothing worse than running out of money half way through your trip!  This is where this series of posts comes in. It is one thing to read through the major travel books to assist you in planning but it is of even greater value to read other travellers first hand accounts.

Indonesia differs a bit from the mainland Southeast Asian countries in terms of budget for a few different reasons. Firstly, there are thousands of islands that make up the country and so the cost to of inter-country travel which is usually done by plane will be higher than the rest of Southeast Asia which is mainland and easily traversed by bus. Secondly, the most popular destination for travellers in Indonesia is Bali which can ruin your budget if you aren’t careful as prices in some areas like Kuta or Seminyak can be just as high as Australia.

In the following category breakdown we provide per day costs, major influencing expenses if any and our best advice on how to stay in budget.

Make sure to also check out our popular post on sample itineraries for 2 weeks in Indonesia to help you further plan your travels.

Accommodation

hostel labuan bajo

This section includes anything spent on accommodation while in the country which could include guesthouses, hostels, hotels, apartments, etc

Spending Per Day: $5 USD per person

Digging Deeper: We stayed in hostels and guesthouses throughout Indonesia, staying mostly in private rooms with the occasional night in a dorm. It is important to note that we did stay with a friend in Bali for two weeks where we paid a lot less for accommodation than we normally would.

Budget Advice: You will save a lot of money on accommodations in Indonesia if you negotiate the rate face-to-face instead of booking online. Don’t be afraid to try haggling with a few different places you like until you find a price that works for your budget. If you need some quick tips on how to barter while in Indonesia check out our post, “How to Haggle Like a Pro”.

Meals

Bali breakfast

This section includes anything we spent on meals, drinks, alcohol and groceries.

Spending Per Day: $13 USD per person

Digging Deeper: We ate as local as possible throughout most of Indonesia but we did go out for a few nicer meals on the Gili Islands and in Bali.

Budget Advice: Eat where the locals eat and you will save a ton of money on your trip as you can find Nasi Goreng and other dishes for as cheap as a few dollars in most places.  Also, it’s easy to blow your budget on partying hard every single night in places like Bali and the Gili Islands. If that’s what you’ve come to Indonesia for that’s fine but you’re going to need to take that into account while budgeting.

Inner Country Transport

This section includes any transport taken to travel within the country such as: car/motorcycle hire, trains, taxi, & buses

Spending Per Day: $5 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to a few flights, bus trips, and boat transfers.

Budget Advice: If you have the time, try and go overland or by boat as much as possible but with the islands being so far away, flying is usually the best and safest option. There are plenty of budget airlines in Indonesia but the one with the best safety record and one we highly recommend is Garuda Indonesia.

Inner City Transport

Tuk tuk driver sleeping

This section includes any transport taken to travel within a city such as: subway, taxi, tuk-tuks & buses

Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to taxi, tuk-tuks and buses within the towns.

Budget Advice: Tuk-tuks and taxis are negotiable and always negotiate the rate up front before getting in. Also, in Indonesia use Bluebird Taxis as they are a public company and is your best and safest bet while in the country. As in every country, if you are going to get scammed or ripped off it’ll probably be by a taxi driver so just be prepared. Check out our post on “The Most Common Scams in Southeast Asia before leaving on your trip.

Entertainment

Dragon Komodo

This section includes things such as: Tours, temples, museums, shows, sporting events, etc.

Spending Per Day: $3 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed mostly to tours to Mt. Bromo, Kawah Ijen and Komodo National Park.

Budget Advice: Entertainment is obviously an area that you have a lot of control over. If you are divers like us, that’ll cost you a bit more than most things but just make sure to not go overboard on the really expensive excursions and you’ll be fine. Just like everything else in Indonesia, tours are negotiable so don’t be afraid to haggle.

Laundry/Gifts/Misc.

This section includes anything spent on laundry, gifts, and miscellaneous items.

Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to laundry and a few misc. items.

Budget Advice: Of course you have to do laundry as no one likes the stinky kid but of course souvenirs and gifts for those back home are things you have complete control over.

Visa

$23 USD per person for one month for Canadians

The Numbers: Indonesia

Total Nights: 50

Total Spent Per Person Per Day: $30 USD

 

We hope you are now feeling confident that you can accurately plan your adventure now that you know what to budget for Indonesia. Make sure to also check out our popular post on sample itineraries for Indonesia to help you further plan your travels.

We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments please send leave us a message as we’d be more than happy to help you out.

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Cheers,

Ross & Alyse

At Mt. Kelimutu

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