Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Indonesia?
Yes. ATMs are easily accessible in most of the tourist areas. Many larger outlets will accept card payments,
although it’s a good idea to also carry some cash in the local Indonesian currency for smaller purchases.
How expensive is Indonesia?
Because of the scale and diversity of Indonesia, prices can vary enormously between the very popular tourist
areas and those hidden spots off the beaten track. Generally speaking, the Indonesian exchange rate is favourable,
and you can expect to pay less than you would in the UK for food, drinks and transport.
As an example, in Bali, you might expect to pay:
- 4100.65 Rp for a bottle of water
- 29449.20 Rp for a coffee
- 165,000 Rp for a three course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant
Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Indonesian rupiah.
Can you use other currencies in Indonesia?
The only official currency of Indonesia is the rupiah. In some larger tourist destinations or bigger hotels,
you may have the option to pay in US dollars. However, check the exchange rate before agreeing to this,
as it usually won’t be the cheapest way to pay.
Do you need a visa to visit Indonesia?
If you’re travelling to Indonesia for a holiday, you can either apply for an e-visa online before you travel,
or on arrival in the country. It will cost 500,000 Rp to apply on arrival, so if you choose this route it’s a
good idea to order some rupiahs to bring with you before you travel.
The visa will allow you to stay for up to 30 days, and can be extended once for a further 30 days if needed.
You might be asked to show proof of your onwards travel to immigration officials, so make sure you have this
booked before attempting to enter the country.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Should you tip in Indonesia?
Tipping is normal in Indonesia, and you can expect to add on around 10-15% of your bill if you’re happy with
the service for meals or drinks. For higher end hotels or luxury resorts, you might also want to tip a range of staff,
including housekeeping, porters, spa attendants or concierges.
It’s normal to tip in cash in rupiahs. Having some cash to hand in the Indonesian currency can mean you’re fully
prepared for situations where tipping is expected, like taxis or transfers.
What languages are spoken in Indonesia?
The official language of Indonesia is the Indonesian language. However, it’s estimated that there are around 700
different languages spoken throughout the various islands and regions of the country altogether.
The two main secondary regional languages spoken are Javanese and Sundanese. They have around 98 million and 48 million
native speakers respectively.
What is the latest government travel advice for Indonesia?
When you’re planning a trip, it’s always a good idea to check online for the latest
government travel advisory for Indonesia
as things can change quite quickly.
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides advice on risks involved with travel to an area.
It’s worth checking the details of your travel insurance policy to make sure you’re covered
in case anything goes wrong before or during your trip.
What is the average cost of a Bali holiday?
Bali is a popular holiday destination and once you get there, your money can go further than you’d think. Of course,
the cost of a holiday to Bali depends entirely on what type of trip you’re looking for. A budget backpacking trip,
staying in hostels and sampling the local street food is going to set you back far less than relaxing at a luxury spa resort.
You could expect to pay around 150,000 Rp for a bed in a hostel. A private villa might start from around 757,000 Rp while
pushing the boat out for a 5-star hotel could be upwards of 2million Rp.
Don’t forget to factor in extras like day trips, guided tours and travel costs to fully make the most of your time – whether
its surfing in Sumatra or hiking volcanoes in Java. See our handy guide on what to think about before planning
When is the best time of year to visit Indonesia?
July and August tend to be the busiest times of year in Bali and Lombok. You can expect a lively nightlife scene,
and busier beaches at this time of year. The same is true over the Christmas period too, when escaping the gloom of
winter makes the warmer temperatures of Indonesia so appealing.
The tropical climate does mean Indonesia has a rainy season. If you’re planning on visiting places in Indonesia
from December to March, you might want to pack your umbrella, as tropical downpours are common.
If you’re ready to hit the beaches of Bali, check the Indonesian exchange rate and order your Bali currency online using our
travel money Click and Collect service.