How much does it cost to travel in Indonesia?
In this guide, we'll share the cost of traveling to Indonesia, look at Indonesia hotel prices and accommodation budgets, share our best tips for finding low-cost hotels and good local restaurants.
We'll also help you choose a daily budget, covering transportation costs, accommodation cost and good ways to find cheaper options.
Intro to Indonesia Travel Cost
Indonesia is a vast country in Southeast Asia consisting of a massive archipelago of over 17,000 islands.
Each island offers a great natural environment and a diversity of cultures, traditions, and ethnic groups.
In a country where you can relax on pristine islands, see orangutans in the wild, climb volcanoes, and visit ancient historical sites, the cost of travel in Indonesia ensures it will continue to be a good deal for the budget traveler.
Indonesia uses the Rupiah (IDR) currency. The exchange rate with the US dollars is $1 = 14,443 IDR (June 2022).
Indonesia Visa Information
Things are changing as the government tries to increase tourism in the country. It's now easier to get a paid tourist visa.
Currently, citizens of most countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK, can get a 30 day-extendable stamp free of charge or pay $35 for a “Visa on Arrival,” which can be extended by 30 days if you wish.
Once you land, you will choose either the “Visa Free” line, or the “Visa on Arrival” line, depending on what you want.
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Cost of Transportation
As a chain of islands, Indonesia sometimes presents a challenge when it comes to transportation.
For traveling from major island to island, there is a choice of ferry or flight. Indonesian-style buses navigate the streets, but the roads are often in poor condition.
How to Get Cheap Flights in Indonesia
Discount airlines operating in Indonesia can save you tons of time moving around the country.
We recommend using Skyscanner to search for the best flights. Here are a few examples of what a domestic flight costs in Indonesia.
- Jakarta to Bali (Denpasar): from $44
- Jakarta to Komodo Island: from $71
- Bali to Komodo Island: from $33
- Bali to Yogyakarta: from $41
Trying to get from Medan in north Sumatra to Jakarta on the island of Java, there was a bus and ferry combination or taking a flight.
The journey by road would have taken four days, and domestic flights last about two hours. With only a one-month visa for Indonesia, I scooped up an Air Asia flight for $52 (736,000 IDR).
Trains on Java
On the island of Java, the train is a great transportation option. Economy class overnight train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta cost me $8 (113,000 IDR). I also took the train from Yogyakarta to Surabaya for $5 (65,000 IDR).
Buses and Other Overland Options
If the train is not available, the bus is the only option left. Taking buses often can help you keep the cost of travel in Indonesia down, especially in rural areas.
I took a nice 12-hour bus from Cemoro Lawang (Mount Bromo) to Probolinggo, Java, and across a ferry to Denpasar, Bali, at an average cost of $12 (165,000 IDR).
Within cities, there is the possibility of taking local buses, tuk-tuks, rickshaws or renting a motorcycle or car. At Lake Toba, I rented a motorcycle for a day for about $7 (99,000 IDR), including gas.
In Bali, a few friends and I rented a micro Suzuki SUV that cost $23 (325,000 IDR) for 24 hours. It's a good idea to do this because you can go anywhere on your own time.
Cost of Accommodation
The good news is that foreign visitors and digital nomads don't need much money to find an affordable place to stay at a popular destination. Accommodation, in general, is quite reasonable, if not outright cheap!
Hostels are more like guest houses; it's often easier to find double rooms than dorm beds.
Some double rooms come en-suite, while others have communal bathroom facilities.
As an example, along with a friend, I paid $4 (57,000 IDR), $1.90 each for a double room in the city of Medan, Sumatra, but on the beautiful shores of Lake Toba, we only paid $2 (30,000 IDR) for a double room.
It almost seemed outrageous when the cheapest guesthouse we could find in Jakarta was $5 (75,000 IDR) per night, but you realize it's not too much when split by two people.
Accommodation prices in Bali and the popular tourist-oriented islands of Indonesia are generally slightly more pricey.
Rooms with air conditioning can cost around $8 – $15 (113,000 – 213,000 IDR) per night.
How To Find the Best Accommodation Deals in Indonesia
Hotels Combined is a meta-aggregator. It compares the other main booking sites to find the best price, then lets you book with that site (like (Booking.com, Agoda, etc.).
As it doesn't include Hostelworld, you need to check that site separately.
How Much Can You Save Using HotelsCombined?
We get down to specific prices in our Sample Indonesia Accommodation Budget below, where we give an estimate of the savings you can expect by using HotelsCombined.
By our estimate, a 2-week trip through Indonesia will cost you between $95 and $331, depending on your travel style (cheap vs. on a budget vs. flashpacker).
If we assume using HotelsCombined will save you about 15% on your accommodation, that's a savings of $16 – $57. And that kind of savings can go a long way in Indonesia).
We think that's worth it for less than five minutes of effort!
Sample Accommodation Budget in Thailand
To give you an idea of how your style of travel and accommodation will impact the cost of your trip, we've priced out different Indonesia hostel and hotel options for a 16-day Indonesia itinerary:
- 3 Nights in Bali
- 2 Nights Surabaya
- 2 Nights Yogyakarta
- 3 Nights Jakarta
- 1 Nights Medan
- 3 Nights Lake Toba
- 1 Night Jakarta (before outbound flight)
We priced this out based on three different travel styles:
- “On the Cheap” (dorms beds as cheap as possible)
- “Upscale Budget” (bunks in 'boutique-style hostels)
- “Affordable Flashpacker” (private rooms in boutique and luxury hostels or 3-star level hotels)
Of course, prices are based on the time of writing and will vary depending on the season and how far in advance you book, etc.
On the Cheap
3 Nights in Bali – ($9 – $24) The cheapest place in Bali is undoubtedly Ubud, where a bunk can be had for about $3 (45,000 IDR) per night at a well-liked place like Hostel Rama Sita.
Kuta is known for its parties and wild nightlife and is closer to the airport. If this is your style, stay at CX Hostel Kuta Raya for about $8 (115,000 IDR) per night or Camp Hostel Bali for $5 (71,000 IDR) a night.
2 Nights Surabaya – ($10 – $18) The Hostel Surabaya has bunks in mixed dorms for about $9 (130,000 IDR) per night.
2 Nights Yogyakarta – ($10) A bunk in a mixed dorm at Rumah Panjaitan goes for about $5 (71,000 IDR) per night, breakfast included, well located, and highly rated.
1 Night Medan – ($7) Probably just a night after flying from Jakarta on your way to the Lake Toba region, so head to Pondok Wisata Angel Guest House with bunks starting at about $7 (100,000 IDR) per night.
3 Nights Lake Toba – ($18) You can find a room at Laster Jony's for about $6 (85,000 IDR) a night for a budget double room with a private bathroom. It's located on Samosir Island on the lake, and past guests have raved about the location.
1 Night Jakarta – ($14) you can stay at the same place you did on the way through, or you can spend a bit more and stay closer to the airport, check out RedDoorz and get a room for about $14 (200,000 IDR).
Total ‘On the Cheap' budget for 15 nights in Indonesia: $94.50 – $114.50US
If you're looking to stretch your budget and keep the cost of travel in Indonesia down, then staying in backpacker-type places is the way to go.
3 Nights in Bali – ($18 – $30) A night in a mixed dorm at a beautiful place like Bread and Jam goes for about $9 (126,000 IDR) per night, or head to Canggu Surf Hostel for about $10 (140,000 IDR) per night.
2 Nights Surabaya – ($16 – $19) Ikiru to Live Hotel is well rated and has 3-bed dorms for $10 (140,000 IDR) a night, or a more traditional hostel dorm can be had at Krowi Inn from about $8 (71,000 IDR) per bunk, per night.
2 Nights Yogyakarta – ($14) Find a quiet place like MashBrow, which is more of a budget hotel than a hostel.
It's away from the center but closer to the temples and has motorbikes for rent. Rooms for about $7 (100,000 IDR) a night.
If you want to be in the city center, try a place like Bunk Bed and Breakfast for about $7 per bunk per night.
Jakarta is massive, so play around with Hotels Combined because there are deals depending on your dates.
1 Night Medan – ($8) A decent night can be had at K77 Guest House for about $8 (115,000 IDR) per night. Lot's of local spots nearby for food and drinks.
3 Nights Lake Toba – ($24 – $45) Nothing beats Laster Jony's for price and atmosphere, and they have multiple room options. A deluxe double can be had for $8 (115,000 IDR) a night.
If you are looking for serenity and nature, Toba Cats Garden may be your place, $10 (140,000 IDR) per night.
Check out Tuk Tuk Sarapan for $15 (210,000 IDR) per night if you want a little more atmosphere.
1 Night Jakarta – ($20) D'Prima Hotel Airport has rooms for about $20 (280,000 IDR), but we could find better on Hotels Combined.
Free airport shuttle, toiletries, a/c, bottled water, and a coffee and pastry in the morning to get you on your way.
Total ‘Upscale Budget' for 15 nights in Indonesia: $124 – $160
3 Nights in Bali – ($51 – $57) If you're heading to Ubud, Indraprastha Ubud Home Stay has private rooms from $17 (241,000 IDR) per night.
Mote Surfstay in Canggu is a top choice if you're heading there for $18 (255,000 IDR) per night, or if you're staying near Kuta, Bread & Jam has private rooms (it's still a top/bottom bunk) for $19 (269,000 IDR).
2 Nights Surabaya – ($36 – $40) As with the upscale budget options above, Krowi Inn and Ikiru to Live Hotel are the best options, depending on your dates, Hotels Combined has both with private rooms from $18 – $20 (255,000 to 280,000 IDR) per night, and it includes breakfast.
2 Nights Yogyakarta – ($18 – 24) The highly-rated OstiC House has privates from $18 (255,000 IDR) per night with breakfast included. For a bit extra ($24 or 340,000 IDR), Jogja Dreams Bed and Breakfast has very high reviews on multiple sites.
Family run, clean, peaceful, comfortable, and located in a quiet neighborhood but still close to the center. And, of course, breakfast is included.
3 Nights Jakarta – ($51) Get a private room at Wonderloft Hostel for $17 (241,000 IDR) a night. There is a small supermarket on-site, shared kitchen and breakfast are included.
This hostel gets sparkling reviews. Past guests loved the vibe and felt safe in the clean and modern facility, plus the staff was excellent. There are lots of games, and loads of restaurants and shopping nearby.
1 Night Medan – ($19 – $25) Many travelers stay the night in Medan before heading out to Lake Toba in the morning.
If that's the case for you, Grand Sakura Hotel for about $25 (354,000 IDR) a night, is very close to the train station, where the Rail Link train from the airport arrives.
As with the upscale budget options, K77 will suit your purpose as well; privates there from about $19 (269,000 IDR) per night.
3 Nights Lake Toba – ($60 – $105) Cottages a little away from the town can be had a Mas Cottages for about $20 (283,000 IDR) per night.
Closer to the town, Samosir Villa has a nice pool, and breakfast is included for about $35 (496,000 IDR) a night.
1 Night Jakarta – ($25 – $29) D'Prima is a good option here. Also, POP! Hotel Airport is a super cool-looking place. $29 (411,000 IDR) gets you a basic double room with breakfast (a bit less if you don't want or don't have time for breakfast).
This is where Hotels Combined was the best way to research hotels, as we found great deals at higher-end hotels in and around the airport for about the same price, but it depends on your dates, of course.
Total ‘Affordable Flashpacker’ for 15 nights in Indonesia: $260 – $331
Food & Drink
Street food in Indonesia is of great value. Local food in simple single-plate meals or noodles costs anywhere from $0.50 – $1.75 (7,500 – 23,000 IDR).
A giant plate of food with assorted side dishes (nasi campur) costs $1.75 – $2.50 (23,000 – 35,000 IDR).
Eating street-style fulfilling meals like entire grilled fish and fancier dishes can cost $3 – $4 (45,000 – 59,500 IDR) per person.
You don't need to spend much money on a decent meal. An Indonesian sit-down local restaurant is priced in the $2 – $6 (31,000 – 85,500 IDR) realm for a single person.
If you eat at more Western-style food chains or fancier restaurants, meals can cost $6 – $11 (85,500 – 156,000 IDR).
A large 1.5-liter bottle of water goes for $0.25 – $0.75 (5,000 – 10,000 IDR).
Going Out / Drinking
Concerning the cost of living and eating in Indonesia, drinking and going out are relatively expensive.
Local beer such as Bintang, at cheap convenience stores, costs $1.50 – $2.50 (18,000 – 35,000 IDR).
At bars or clubs, drinks can go for $2.50 – $6 (35,000 – 85,000 IDR).
Some upper-class nightclubs that cater to tourists charge a cover.
Cost of Indonesia Attractions
- Full-Day Jungle and Orangutan Trek from Bukit Lawang $95
- Half-Day Jungle and Orangutan Trek from Bukit Lawang $70
- Jakarta National Monument Entrance – $1 (15,000 IDR) (5,000 IDR to enter the grounds + 10,000 IDR to go up to the viewing platform)
- Indonesia National Museum – $0.75 (10,000 IDR) (non-Indonesian price)
- Borobudur Temple Entrance – $25 adult, discounts for children (354,000 IDR)
- Prambanan Temple Entrance – $25, adult, discounts for children (354,000 IDR)
- Mt. Bromo Park Entrance – $16 (207,500 IDR) weekdays, $23 (307,500 IDR) weekends
- Tanah Lot Temple – $5 (70,000 IDR)
- Mt. Batur – $2 (30,000 IDR)
- Elephant Temple – $1 (15,000 IDR)
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Total Daily Costs
For my entire month of traveling in Indonesia, I spent about $18 (255,000 IDR) per day.
This included a plane flight, a lot of transportation, food, and all the attractions I wanted to see, including the expensive orangutan trek.
I did save a bit of money by not drinking often and by Couchsurfing for about one-third of the time.
If you stay somewhere with air conditioning and party often, the cost of travel in Indonesia is around $25 – $30 per day.
If you go super tight on the budget, you can get by in Indonesia for even $15 per day.
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Last Updated on June 17, 2022 by Daniel Lovell
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.