currency in bali
Here are a few tips about the Indonesian currency:
As you may have noticed the currency (Rupiah) is in thousands and hundreds of thousands so it can be overwhelming at the beginning of your holiday. One nice thing though is that it is easy to be a millionaire. 1 million Rupiahs is equal to about 65€ (and 1€ about 15000 IDR).
When you spend money daily in restaurants and small shops, some do accept credit cards but charge customers a service fee, so using cash will always be cheaper to deal with.
If you struggle with the conversion it is helpful to download a currency converter app on your smart phone. You can put in your home country’s currency and Indonesian Rupiah – it’ll make your life easier. It’s a fast way to see how much something is so you don’t pay an unreasonable price. There are apps that work offline so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have internet on your phone all the time.
If you haven’t changed your money in advance you can do it when you are already in Bali. You can find several money changers around south Bali. BMC money changers do not charge any commission so we can highly recommend that one. It is also possible to change money at the Front Office of our camps (Seminyak and Canggu) between 9 am and 5 pm. There are a lot of ATMs around Bali but remember that when you withdraw cash the ATM will charge you around 100 Rupiahs each time, so that is something to keep in mind.
Also, never forget to double check your change before leaving the money changers.