The cost to travel to Indonesia varies depending on where you go, but Indonesia remains one of the cheapest travel destinations in Asia. Hotels, food, and transport are all inexpensive in US dollar terms.
Getting Started followed by ‘luxury’ foreign articles such as electronics. A stream of price hikes in petrol during 2005 increased the cost of bus travel, although its Accommodation is usually the greatest expense of Indonesian travel, still inexpensive by any standard.
Three square warungs (food stall) meals can cost you as little as US$2 (less than Rp. 10,000 per meal), but even if
you dine in decent local restaurants, you still won’t be spending much more than US$10 per day (around Rp. 30,000 per meal) on food.
If you confine yourself to Sumatra, Java, and Nusa Tenggara, a shoestring traveler can spend as little as US$15 per day. A mid-range budget
starts at about US$40 per day, which will get you an air-conditioned
hotel room, an occasional tour, and car hire.
Midrange accommodation is more expensive in Balinese resorts, so the budget for around US$50 per
Top-end travelers will end up spending anything between US$50 and US$250 per day, although if you stick to the best the luxury
resorts, that figure can blow out to US$2000 a day.
Travelers’ centers with lots of competition, such as Danau Toba, Yogyakarta, and Bali, can be superb value for accommodation and food.
Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara are also good budget options.
Elsewhere, budget accommodation can be limited and prices are higher because competition is less fierce. Accommodation prices in Maluku and Papua can be twice as high as in tourist towns, and transport costs on Kalimantan are relatively high.
Transport expenses also increase once you get into the outer provinces. In Bali, Sumatra, Java, and Nusa Tenggara there’s very little need to take to the air, but in the interior of Papua, you have no choice but to fly. Flying is much more expensive than other forms of transport, though still cheap in dollar terms.