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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘salam ’
( sa-laam )
halo
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
May-Sep
Best time to go
Dry

Money and costs

Currency
Indonesian Rupiahs (Rp)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
500,000Rp
  • Simple rooms: less than 200,000Rp
  • Cheap street meals: less than 30,000Rp
  • Local transport such as becaks: from 20,000Rp
Midrange
500,000–2,000,000Rp
  • Double rooms with air-con: around 300,000–800,000Rp
  • Cheap flights to shorten distances: from 500,000Rp
  • Guides, plus meals in restaurants 200,000–500,000Rp
Top end (more than)
2,000,000Rp
  • Stay at resorts or boutique properties in remote places: more than 850,000Rp
  • Flights and cars with drivers to get around: 500,000–1,000,000Rp
  • Special tours for activities such as diving; top restaurants on Bali: more than 1,000,000Rp

Visas

Unless you're on brief holiday, visas are the biggest headache many travellers face in their Indonesian trip. They are not hard to obtain, but the most common – 30 days – is very short for such a big place. Many...

Get the latest visa advice for Indonesia from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
IDN
Papua
Go Apr–Dec
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Kalimantan
Go Apr–Sep
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Yogyakarta
Go Jul–Sep
Mar – May
32249076
Jun – Aug
21165949
Sep – Nov
33249275
Dec – Feb
20165750
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ubud
Go Jun–Aug
Mar – May
31258777
Jun – Aug
20175651
Sep – Nov
21175851
Dec – Feb
20175751
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Jakarta
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
32268979
Jun – Aug
1092926
Sep – Nov
21186053
Dec – Feb
20175852
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Indonesia

There are many ways into Indonesia: by boat from Malaysia and Singapore, and overland to Kalimantan, Papua and West Timor. But most people will fly, landing at – or transiting through – Jakarta or Bali.

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

Flights to Indonesia

The best price found from United States to Indonesia is on November 7th, 2018, travelling with Singapore Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $437.00
DPS
Bali (Denpasar)

Getting around Indonesia

Transport in Indonesia takes many forms.

Boat Slow and fast boats link the many islands but beware of rogue operators with dodgy safety standards.

Bus Buses of all sizes travel almost everywhere cheaply and slowly.

Car Rent a small car for US$30 a day (Bali), get a car and driver from US$60 a day.

Motorbike Rent one for as little as 70,000Rp a day.

Becak Motorbike with sidecar; Indonesia's version of a tuk tuk.

Ojek Get a cheap ride on the back of a motorbike. Used everywhere.

Taxi In cities and tourist areas; fairly cheap.

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