How to travel Bali on budget?

Bali, Indonesia, is on the bucket list of many travelers and the Island revolves around tourists enjoying all it has to offer. Whether you’re experiencing the island on a backpacker budget or you’re coming over for an unforgettable five-star luxury trip, the prices in Bali suit any pocket and any style of travel.

Luckily, Bali is a budget backpacker paradise. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia and a hub for travelers, yoga lovers, honeymooners, and digital nomads alike.

Not only does it cater to the budget-savvy vagabond, but the island offers plenty of options for the more affluent traveler as well.

Bali only has one airport on the entire Island, it’s located in the South of Bali in the city of Denpasar. Ngurah Rai International Airport receives international flights from big carriers and also low-cost airlines. Bali flight costs can vary greatly depending on where you are coming from, dates and airline. This is one of the costs of traveling to Bali that changes according to each traveler.

Arriving at Bali airport can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. The immigration lines can be long and once you exit the airport you are offered transport from hundreds of people trying to get your business. It’s from here that we can start breaking down the travel prices in Bali and how you can use your money wisely.


Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak: Just a 2-minute walk from Seminyak Beach, this budget hotel offers modern, single rooms starting at $23 USD per night.

Black Pearl Hostel: Located in Canggu and within a short walk to Echo Beach, this hostel has a beautiful pool and offers a restaurant, free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, plus garden and pool view terraces. Beds start at $14 USD per night.


Taxis are the most expensive transport around here. Renting a motorbike is the “way” of Bali and very cheap. You can hire one for 30,000-50,000 IDR ($3-$5 USD) a day.


Local food and street food can be as cheap as $1 USD—a plateful of chicken, rice, and veggies might only set you back about $1.30 USD.

You can always cook your own food by carrying minimal kitchen essentials since ingredients for your go to recipes are available in abundance in considerably cheap prices.

Leisure & Luxury

One of the biggest attractions of Bali is the affordable spa services. Massage houses can be found on nearly every corner offering one-hour massages for around 80,000 IDR ($6 USD).


There’s so much to see and do in Bali. For tours around the island, hire a local driver and split the cost with a fellow traveler to save money.

Try some adventure sports

There are tons of adventurous activities to do. You can go paragliding, hiking, mountain cycling, horseback riding, jungle trekking, and even treetop zip-lining. Prices will vary, though they are all quite affordable. Paragliding, for example, will cost you around 1,500,000 IDR ($110 USD) per person for a tandem glide.

Scuba diving and snorkeling

While snorkeling is always an option here, Bali is most popular for its phenomenal dive spots. The reefs here are beautiful and there is an amazing variety of fish to see. The wreck of a US cargo ship, Liberty, is a highly recommended spot. Prices will vary but expect to pay at least 1,900,000 IDR ($135 USD) for a two-tank dive.

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