Currency in Bali: All You Need to Know About Bali Currency

Bali is often beloved among tourists because of how affordable it is! From $1 meals to $50 hotels, you can see why many chose to spend their holidays in Bali, saving as they splurge! You can even enjoy a 2-4-1 cocktail hour for around $10 at the enchanting Café del Mar Bali, relaxing while basking in the signature Canggu sunset.

However, it is still crucial to note that learning about the currency in Bali, exchange rates, and payment options could definitely keep you safe in the long run.

Here are a few essential tips to get you started and help you navigate your financial transactions while in Bali!

What currency is used in Bali?

Bali uses the Indonesian Rupiah as its sole currency, the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), usually represented with the symbol Rp. Banknotes are available from 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000; to 100,000 IDR. 

Coins are less commonly used but can definitely come in handy for smaller purchases or even parking fees.

To put the Bali currency into perspective, 1 USD is equivalent to around Rp. 15,000, and 1 AUD equal to around Rp. 10,000. It is highly advised to regularly check the updated international rates to find the most trusted rate.

Rupiahs are the only acceptable currency in Bali, so paypals and bitcoins are definitely not a valid transaction method. However, you can still use Paypal in Bali to make transactions with your own accounts.

Should I carry cash in Bali?

Having cash with you is definitely advisable, especially if you’re travelling to a more remote area where internet banking is not a common feature. Smaller vendors, warungs, and local restaurants will most likely prefer cash transactions, so make sure to have exchanged your money with the acceptable currency in Bali.

You can keep a few Rp. 100,000 bills, as well as a handful of smaller notes like 10k, 5k, even 2k for easier transactions as most cash-only cashiers find it difficult to break larger notes. Plus, smaller notes often come in handy when paying for a quick, authentic Balinese lunch (usually around 30k)

Plan ahead! It is advisable to have cash ready before you travel the island. While most places accept debit and credit cards, having cash on standby will save you lots of time and reduce the risk of extra surcharges and transactional fees.

Can I use my debit/credit card in Bali?

Definitely. Most restaurants, shops, and major tourist areas only accept Visa & Mastercard debit cards if you are an international traveller. You can also use your VIsa & Mastercard credit cards, but expect a certain percentage surcharge in every transaction.

It is always wise to check with your local bank to see if they qualify for international expenses and withdrawal limits. Also, learn about the exchange rates of the currency in Bali so you won’t be surprised at the withdrawn amount from your overseas account.

Where can I exchange cash in Bali?

Authorized money changers are your go-to. You can exchange any foreign currency for the currency in Bali. There will always be a risk of scam when you visit smaller money changers so always be on the lookout for the authorized sign and updated exchange rates before making transactions.

BMC (Bali Money Changer) is one of the many safe, authorized money changers in Bali you can often find in popular tourist areas.

Conclusion

The Bali currency is relatively easy to learn! A quick research and planning for your finances could go a long way before your arrival to avoid unnecessary fees and common money traps, ensuring a smooth travel experience in this stunning island, especially Canggu. Check out our guides about Canggu nightlife here!

  • I really had a great experience in Cafe del Mar. the food is worth the price, the ambience (especially during sunset) is great, and the service is 10/10! Also I would love to say thank you to Arsa, Wiwin & Ray for their services & hospitality, they are really friendly & helpful to us! Parking: n/a

    Tara Aziza A Avatar Tara Aziza A
    June 26, 2023
  • AMAZING high-end beach club! I spent a whole day here by myself. They open at 12. It's such a beautiful, clean and tranquil place. The pool is very beautifully designed. The water inside there is crystal clear and refreshing. Subtle ibiza vibes. Nice crowd. The food is very tasty and fresh, as well as all the cocktails. The staff is beyond friendly. very attentive and professional. It's my favourite beach club and i've spent 1 month in bali and seen some beach clubs. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a relaxed place with good prices while still upper-scale.

    Anela Cee Avatar Anela Cee
    June 3, 2023
  • Just wonderful!!

    Freo Lama Avatar Freo Lama
    June 19, 2023
  • Skip Finns and head on over here instead! The setting was beautiful, food was delicious, music- just the right vibe… but above all else, the service (especially Selvia) was outstanding ♥️ Selvia went above and beyond with food and drink recommendations (must try the bebek and Jimbaran fish) and the staff surprised us with bday cake! Will definitely be back the next time we’re in Bali 😘

    Karthini Avatar Karthini
    May 3, 2023
  • Sangat nyaman untuk bersantai dan meeting bareng rekan kerja

    ibnu santika Avatar ibnu santika
    October 15, 2023
  • Turns out to be a really cool beach club, better than expected. Great vibe, good food, service does not disappoint. I think for me, probably best to arrive early and just spend a day there when it's not peak hour. I'm over the whole sunset experience and super crowded space anyway😆

    Lina Napitupulu Avatar Lina Napitupulu
    June 5, 2023
  • Visited this place with a friend I made traveling in Hanoi, we agreed to meet up and pay 2.5M IDR between the two of us for a pass on one of the beds near the pool that afforded us everything. The food is spectacular and so is the service, and the view during the sunset is quite unbeatable. Plus we also got to view a "fashion show" by sheer luck which was nice.

    Upamanyu Avatar Upamanyu
    June 3, 2023
  • I went to Cafe Del Mar with my mom and sister and we had a wonderful time here. Pool water was so clean and moderate temperature, food also so good!! The staff called Sri was really friendly. She answered my many questions with a smile. Im pretty sure i will be back to here to make more memory with my friends!

    이루리 Avatar 이루리
    May 3, 2023
  • Super beach club (plutot vue sur la mer que en direct sur la mer) Les lits sont bien espacés de sorte à ce que l’on ne soit pas collés à son voisin. Prix vraiment pas exorbitant pour le lieu et les boissons/plats. Serveurs ultra sympa. La piscine est assez grande. Coucher de soleil merveilleux.

    Mathilde pierre Avatar Mathilde pierre
    October 15, 2023
  • Amazing Place✨ 🏻

    Puty Meriliandi Avatar Puty Meriliandi
    September 28, 2023