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Essential information

At a glance

Best time to go
Rupiah (Rp)
Bahasa Indonesia and Balinese

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Room at guesthouse or homestay: less than US$50
  • Cheap food and drink, meals: under US$5
  • Beaches: free
  • Room at midrange hotel: US$50–150
  • Great night out eating and drinking: from US$20
  • Spa treatment: US$10–40
Top end (more than)
  • Room at top-end hotel or resort: over US$150
  • Lavish evening out: over US$40
  • Car and driver per day: US$60


Visas are easily obtained but can be a hassle if you hope to stay longer than 30 days.

When to go and weather

Getting to Bali

Most visitors to Bali will arrive by air. Island-hoppers can catch frequent ferries between eastern Java and Bali, between Bali and Lombok, and between Lombok and Sumbawa.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Bali

The best way to get around is with your own transport, whether you drive, hire a driver or cycle. This gives you the flexibility to explore places that are otherwise inaccessible.

Car Rent a small 4WD for under US$30 a day or get a car and driver for US$60 a day.

Motorbike Rent one for as little as US$5 a day.

Public transport Bemos (small vans) provide very cheap transport on fixed routes but are very infrequent and hard to find – most locals have switched to motorbikes.

Tourist shuttle bus Combine economy with convenience.

Taxi Fairly cheap, but only use Bluebird Taxis to avoid scams.

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