Indonesia is a country to visit by travel addict with a small budget. In this blog, we will describe the general prices for each of your daily needs.
Indonesia is a vast country, from the island of Sumatra to Papua, and has 3-time zoning. Indonesia has many islands from densely populated ones to islands with few inhabitants. The number of these islands results in different developments in each region. Consequently, the cost of living will also vary.
For example, the cost of daily living on the island of Java will be cheaper when compared to the island of Sulawesi or Papua. Similarly, the cost of living in Bali will be different from the island of Lombok, which is next to it.
With the development of mobile platforms in the field of travel lately, tourism activities have become more manageable. The cost of lodging, accommodation, and meals available on a mobile platform can help travelers avoid excessive tourist fees because often, these platforms do not differentiate between tourist fees and local fees.
The cost of traveling to Indonesia will be cheaper if you do a shared room to stay, or at backpackers’ lodgings. As for transportation, you can rent a bike at a motorcycle rental in Indonesia, as well as a car rental if you go in a group. As for food, the types of local non-restaurant food will significantly save your budget when visiting Indonesia. Meanwhile, if you are more suited to western food, fast food like KFC, CFC, or McD in Indonesia will be wiser to choose to save the budget.
Then how much is the daily fee for traveling to Indonesia? What is the regular cost of traveling to Bali? is the daily fee for traveling to Lombok? Or maybe a weekly price for going to Indonesia? Or you plan to stay longer, like remains for a few months. In the following, I will give a general description of the cost of living in Indonesia when traveling. You may still remember that if you plan to go to an area with a higher cost of living, it may require more budget.
Daily or weekly traveling costs in Indonesia
Eat and drink
The average cost of eating at local Indonesian food places ranges from 2-5 $ (not fancy food, of course). With these prices, you can get a menu in the form of chicken and vegetables. For backpackers visiting Indonesia, cheaper dining options are available in local residential areas, and you need to explore the city by entering narrow alleys in urban areas. In this case, your non-verbal communication skills might be beneficial. Also, read about Beneficial Words For Your Travel In Indonesia.
Then what if a traveler doesn’t like the local menu, but still can save money. In urban areas or areas that have been visited by many tourists, famous fast food brands have usually opened branches in the area. Well-known brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald’s, etc. are easily found in urban areas. Prices for one meal at fast food in Indonesia range from 3-10 $ for one person.
There are other cheaper options besides food from fast food, namely local westernize food. This type of food is rather tricky to find. The solution is to order the food through the application that is on your mobile. The price of this type of food will be lower when compared to branded fast food as above. There are also types of local westernize food available at more affordable prices, such as crispy fried chicken. This type of food is common on street vendors along the road, close to residential areas, and the prices offered start from 0.5-1 $ per piece of chicken.
In certain months, as in the month of Ramadan. Many hotels and restaurants provide an “all you can eat” menu, which means that you can pick up a variety of foods at the same fixed price. The price offered for one meal ranges from 10-30 $, this option might be an additional reference if you are bored with the continuous menu.
For drinking purposes, mineral water also seems to be included in your travel budget. You cannot drink tap water in various regions in Indonesia (in general). So to drink that you carry every day, you need to buy it. The price of 750 ml mineral water is around 0.5 $, while for 1.5 liters, it is around 0.7-1 $ per bottle. To further save, there are other tips, namely by refilling water in containers with water provided by the inn where we stay temporarily.
The price of accommodation for a single room in Indonesia ranges between 10-30 $ per night. If you go together, there are usually a lot of hotels and hostels that provide places for two people. So you can save even more by sharing a room. As for the type of lodging for the backpacker, the price offered is usually cheaper. Accommodation for backpackers in Indonesia ranges from 7-15 $ per night.
Lodging in Indonesia is now comfortable to do via the online booking platform. Booking cheap accommodation in Indonesia with the online booking will give you more choices about the inn. Price matters can also get an adjustment to your budgeting.
How about a traveler who likes adventure and wants to do mountain trekking in Indonesia. At the basecamp or the gateway to the trekking area, there are usually settlements, some of these houses provide simple facilities for staying overnight. Fees are typically between 1-3 $ per night. Many of them do not charge a stay. So, you only need to order food that is also sold by the owner of the place. It might be different if you use the facilities offered by the tour guide.
Transportation costs such as taxis or transport within the city will depend on the type of transportation you choose. Airport taxis usually charge around $ 10 for transport in the town. As for buses, transportation costs in the city range from 0.2-1 $ for transportation in the city. Some areas in Indonesia, such as in Jakarta or Yogyakarta, there are types of TRANS buses that tend to be more comfortable to use. The price is around 0.3 $.
For Transjogja types, with this price, you can use it for several trips. The area covered includes tourism destinations in urban areas in Yogyakarta. This option will significantly reduce your travel costs. Read more about Trans Jogja at the official website here.
Other options for transportation are online taxis and motorbike taxis. Famous platforms are GOJEK and GRAB, and you can install the application on your mobile. The price is available on the platform, so you don’t need to bargain anymore. I often see tourists bargaining with non-online motorbike taxis in more remote areas. In addition to language problems, there can also be an overcharge compared to the use of online taxis. Online taxi payment can be done by top-up or done on the spot.
Other types of transportation are by renting a motorbike or car. For motorbike rental costs ranging from 4-8 $ per day, depending on the type of vehicle and place to rent. Usually, with these costs, you are already equipped with other facilities such as two helmets and raincoats. Automatic motorbike type is the right choice when compared to motorbike type with manual transmission.
Whereas, the cost of renting a car per day in Indonesia ranges from 30-60 $ per day. One car can give accommodation for 5-7 people. Some car rentals also provide drivers who are ready to take you to various tourist destinations in the area. In the airport area in Lombok, for example, there are many taxis and drivers offering transport facilities. The price provided may depend on your bargaining with the driver.
Other mass transportation available is the trains, this type is only available on Java, unfortunately. To book train tickets can be done directly at the station or through the purchase of train tickets online. The price offered varies from 1 $ to 40 $, depending on the distance and the class to be ridden. Rail transportation will save on inter-city travel costs if you travel on the island of Java, for example, transport from Jakarta to Yogyakarta or Bandung. The train schedule in Indonesia available here, include its ticketing.
What about the other costs? Such as tickets to attractions, parking fees, telephone credit, and the Internet. Entrance fees to attractions vary greatly, ranging from free to around 10 $, depending on the tourist attraction and the destination region. Parking fees also vary, starting from 0.2-1 $. There is a type of non-official parking that usually exists on the street when you buy food. The fare is around 0.2 $. As for telephone credit and the internet in Indonesia, there are many providers to choose from at competitive prices.
Monthly Traveling Costs in Indonesia
In addition to the price I have described above, if you plan to choose a more extended stay in Indonesia, other options can make your budget lower while living in Indonesia.
Eat and drink
If you stay longer in Indonesia, you can do cooking activities in the house you rent. Types of vegetables and fruit you can buy in supermarkets or traditional markets, the prices offered in traditional-markets will be cheaper than those in supermarkets. In contrast, the quality of vegetables and fruit will vary.
If you are not good at cooking and want to save money, there are other options such as types of prepared food, for example, instant noodles. The price of one pack of instant noodles ranges from 0.1-0.5 $. Instant noodles easily to buy in minimarkets or food stores along the road. Many flavors offered, ranging from Indonesian, Korean to Japanese, depending on your preferences in choosing which type of noodles.
For drinks, if you stay for a long time in Indonesia, you can buy refill mineral water at a price of around 0.5-2 $ per gallon. This option will be cheaper than buying bottled mineral water. You can also boil the water from the tap in your place of stay, but the water will taste a little not tasteful.
If you like healthy drinks like fruit juices, many types of instant-juices are available at the supermarket or mini market. If you prefer the one from fresh fruit and especially if you consume it almost every day, then buying your juicer will be a wise choice. Juicer prices range from 20-50 $, you can easily buy it in the malls, or shopping centers are near.
For lodging in the long term, it will be more economical if you rent a room or house available for monthly rental. Many platforms make it easy for you to do this, such as Airbnb. Monthly room rental fees, ranging from 20-50 $ per month, depending on location and facilities offered. As for rental housing, it ranges between $ 100-300 per month. Also, make sure the facilities offered already bundled with the price offered. Also, ensure security in the area. You can also consider access to where you stay with the available transportation facilities.
Other costs if you stay for about a month in Indonesia, for example, drugs and entertainment in a rental home. Health needs, such as the medicinal, can be bought at the nearest drug-store. First aid medicines or particular medicines for your health issue is also available at those places. If you need a prescription from a doctor to buy it, you can go to the hospital first to get that prescription for your good.
As for entertainment needs in rental places such as the internet and television. There are various circumstances. The tenants of a room or house may have completed their facilities with internet access. Otherwise, you will need to use the mobile internet for the duration of your stay. As for other entertainment, like television, there is good news for you, you don’t need to pay a monthly fee to be able to watch TV in Indonesia, the bad news is that there aren’t many shows available in English.