Seeking paradise? The tropical jungles, spiritual temples and golden beaches of Bali await, but first things first, how much does a vacation in Bali actually cost?
While travel in Bali can be as luxurious and indulgent as you want it to be, it is also an extremely affordable place to spend a week or more in. This part of the world has long welcomed strapped-for-cash backpackers, so cheap accommodation is plentiful, and with a relatively low cost of living, you won’t have to break the bank to get by while you’re out there.
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This is all you need to know about the cost of a trip to Bali.
How much do flights to Bali cost?
By far the greatest expense of visiting Indonesia’s most famous province is getting there in the first place, unless you’re only visiting from Australia or another part of Asia, of course.
For those coming from the west, you might want to shop around for the best price. The usual factors can mean a significant difference in travel costs – we recommend booking early, checking multiple flight comparison tools, looking for airline discounts and avoiding travel demand booms.
The other big price factor is when you want to visit. Prices tend to hike during peak tourist season, which generally takes place during traditional summer holiday periods, in July and August. Widely celebrated international holidays, such as Easter, Christmas and Chinese New Year, can also be a pricey time to fly.
If you’re visiting from the UK you should expect to pay somewhere in the region of £500-£1,200, while US travellers can expect a round trip for $800-$1,500.
How much does it cost to travel around Bali?
In general the cost of living in Bali is significantly lower than in countries like the UK and USA, so you can expect to spend a lot less day-to-day on food, utilities, transport and activities. So if you can budget a week away in Japan, or somewhere in Scandinavia, you could probably afford up to two weeks in Bali.
Prices do tend to vary a little in peak season, while the most popular tourist areas like Seminyak, Kuta, and Ubud will be pricier than lesser visited areas.
There are some incredible resorts in Bali, meaning you can find true luxury for a fraction of the usual price, but the tourism industry here also caters to the budget traveller very well. Therefore guesthouses, hostels and even mid-range hotels can be pretty cheap.
You won’t have to spend much on food either, with such a strong street food culture and a tonne of great warungs (small, family-run eateries), you can embrace local food culture and get the tastebuds tingling without footing a giant bill. Transport is generally pretty cheap too – just be prepared to negotiate with taxi drivers – and scooter rentals are an invariably popular option.
The cost of activities in Bali can vary a little. The basic stuff, like entrance to temples and gardens, tend to be super affordable, but you may have to shop around a little when it comes to adventurous activities like scuba diving or spa treatments.
Why booking a trip to Bali with Culture Trip is great value for money
The biggest pitfall so many travellers slip into when visiting Bali is a lack of cultural immersion. This is a place that has gone out of its way to cater to and welcome western tourists, with some of the more populated towns practically taken over by spiritual explorers, twenty-something backpackers and gap-year party goers from Europe, the US and Australia.
We love the region’s warm hospitality, and a chance to meet like-minded travellers is always worth taking, but Bali has such a rich and vibrant culture, not to mention an incredible array of natural bounties, that can be so easily slept on. That’s where Culture Trip comes in. Our Bali trip has been carefully curated by our Travel Experts to ensure a healthy mix of adventure, cultural immersion and beach time. Most importantly, our Local Insider will bring you closer to your destination, offering a level of lived-in knowledge, experience and insight that you simply cannot buy. They’ll be able to show you the most beautiful places, give the best foodie tips, and give an actual local’s insight into Bali as a place and the Balinese as a people.
This expert guidance, coupled with a group of friendly fellow Culture Trippers, and a truly spectacular itinerary at a bargain price, makes making your Bali trip a Culture Trip, a no-brainer. Don’t take our word for it, just read our repeat customer Tejal’s review.
Blissful Bali trip
Our 12-day Blissful Bali trip is cheaper than some itineraries half as long in more expensive parts of the world, but the level of adventure, relaxation and authentic experience you can have is as high as ever.
We’ll give you an extensive tour of the island, stopping off in Legian, Munduk, Ubud and Canggu on the main island, and even taking a detour to the nearby Gili Islands.
After some welcome activities on the first night we’ll dive straight into Indonesian culture on day two by learning how to make a traditional Balinese offering and placing it in Batukaru Temple, at the foot of Mount Batukaru, before exploring the Unesco-listed rice terraces of Jatiluwih by e-bike.
In the following days you’ll swim in the spectacular Banyumala twin waterfalls, try FlyHigh yoga and take a Balinese cooking masterclass, before an early start on day five to climb up Mount Batur and watch the sunrise.
You’ll explore Lempuyang Temple and Tirta Gangga water gardens before hopping on a speedboat to the island of Gili Trawangan. There we’ll embrace island life with plenty of pool time, spa treatments, yoga, snorkelling with sea turtles and barbecuing on the beach. Our final days back in Canggu, mainland Bali, will be spent in a gorgeous, laid-back surf resort. We’ll mark the end of the trips with a Balinese blessing ceremony and a group farewell dinner.
All of that, including 11 nights accommodation – ranging from a traditional cottage to premium hotels and glorious island resorts – two lunches, four dinners and breakfast every day, ranges from £1,383-£1,589 ($1,495-$1,929) depending on when you book.
So add in the price of flights, travel insurance and a little spending money for foodie delights and souvenir shopping, and you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of two grand for 12 unforgettable days in Bali.
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