Buy Currency

Bali Travel Money Guide

A holiday in Bali is synonymous with beaches, temples, parties, culture, food, and more. As one of the world’s premier beach holiday destinations, this Indonesian island attracts thousands of holiday makers each year. Find out all you need to know about the Indonesian Rupiah and how best to manage your money in Bali with our Bali travel money guide.

If you’re looking for Bali travel inspiration, check out our Indonesia Travel Guide.


The Low Down on Indonesian Currency

  • Currency: Indonesian rupiah
  • Currency code: IDR
  • Central Bank: Bank of Indonesia
  • Currency symbol: Rp (rupiah)
  • Bank notes: Rp 2,000, Rp 5,000, Rp 10,000, Rp 20,000
    Rp 5,0000, Rp 100,000

The currency used on the island of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. The name Rupiah, or IDR, is Indian in origin, and said to derive from the classical Indian word for silver (rupyakam). Before the country’s independence from Holland, the Rupiah was known as the Dutch Indies Rupiah1

Within Indonesia, you may also hear the Rupiah referred to as “perak” which means silver2. You may also see it abbreviated as Rp or Rs on your travels.

Denominations of Rupiah

There are 7 major banknote denominations in Indonesia, with the latest series being released in 2016. This series features images of traditional dance on one side, and famous national heroes on the other. The Rupiah comes in notes of 1000, meaning you will most often be dealing with amounts of 10,000 on your travels in Bali - which can get confusing!

Denominations of Indonesian banknotes are:

Rp 1,000 - these are yellow

Rp 2,000 - these are grey

Rp 5,000 - these are brown

Rp 10,000 - these are purple

Rp 20,000 - these are green

Rp 50,000 - these are blue

Rp 100,000 - these are red

Coins do exist and are in circulation in Indonesia, but they are not commonly used. Denominations of coins are 25, 50,100, 200, 500 and 1,000.

Travelex Tip: It can be common to make mistakes with Indonesian money, especially in busy crowded markets. Take your time to read banknotes properly to avoid handing over the wrong amount!

Denominations of Rupiah

Common Money Phrases in Indonesian

If you are going on holiday to Bali, knowing how to say and understand the major amounts of notes you’ll be using will come in handy. We’ve included a brief language guide on major notes below. If you are going on holiday to Bali, knowing how to say and understand the major amounts of notes you’ll be using will come in handy. We’ve included a brief language guide on major notes below.

Most Balinese people will speak both Indonesian, and Balinese dialect. However, because many Indonesians come to Bali from other islands to work, Indonesian is the most common language used within the tourism sector3.

You may also find that many people speak English in Bali. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few useful phrases to rattle off on your travels! We’ve rounded up a list of some handy money-related phrases in Indonesian for your trip.

Do you speak English?Bisa bicara bahasa Inggris?
How much does this cost?Berapa harganya?
Can I have the bill please?Boleh minta nota?
Too expensive!Terlalu mahal
Can I have it for less?Boleh kurang?
Can I pay on credit card?Anda terima kartu kredit?
I don’t have changeSaya tidak punya kembalian
Rp 1,000satu ribu
Rp 2,000dua ribu
Rp 5,000lima ribu
Rp 10,000sepuluh ribu
Rp 20,000dua puluh ribu
Rp 50,000lima puluh ribu
Rp 100,000seratus ribu

Good to Know - Bali Money Tips

Monetary customs can change drastically from country to country. Keep these tips and cultural nuances in mind before going to Bali for a smoother time on your holiday.

Bargaining is commonplace on the street and in markets in Bali. Be aware that as a foreigner, you will most likely be offered a higher price when shopping. When bargaining, remember to establish a starting price from the seller, and try to counter-offer from one-third to two-thirds of that price. If all else fails, walk away! The seller may change their minds and go lower.9

Tipping isn’t generally expected in Bali. However if you’re really happy with the service a 10% tip is appropriate. Check that there is no service charge already on your bill before tipping.10

If you are going to change money in Bali, avoid doing it on national holidays or weekends. Exchange rates are generally less favorable on these days due to official rates not being accessible as banks are closed11.

Good to Know - Bali Money Tips

Ways to Get Indonesian Rupiah with Travelex

International SIM Cards

Stay connected when travelling overseas. Choose from a range of prepaid International SIMs.



All you need to know about IDR, how much things cost and how much you need

More Info

Find a Store

Purchase cash, a Travelex Money Card or conduct a Money Transfer in-store

More Info


Get IDR from an ATM in Australia

More Info

Other services

About Indonesia

Guide to Indonesia places and tips

More Info

About Bali

General guide and tips to Bali, or going with kids

More Info

Track the IDR

Receive an alert when the Indonesian rupiah has reached your desired rate

More Info

Historical Rates

Check out current and historical AUD to IDR Travelex rates

More Info

FAQ Relating to Bali Currency

Back to top
  • What Currency do they Use in Bali?

    The official currency in Bali is the Indonesian rupiah.

    It is often mistaken for Bali Dollar or Bali Rupee.

  • Can you use an Australian bankcard to withdraw rupiah in Bali?

    Yes, you can use your bank card to withdraw cash in Bali, however depending on your bank, there may be associated fees.

  • Do they take AUD in Bali?

    Generally no, you cannot use Australian Dollars in Bali. The only currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah.

    You may be able to use AUD as a form of payment in certain larger hotels and other establishments; however the exchange rate may not be as favourable.

  • What is Go-Jek and how can it save me money?

    Go-Jek is a ride sharing app that is extremely common in Indonesia. Much like Uber, you can order bikes, cars, courier services, food delivery and more via your phone. There are currently over 11,000 Go-Jek drivers in Bali.11 Generally, taking a Go-Jek is cheaper than taking a taxi.


* Lock in your exchange rates mean the exchange rate is locked in for the initial load only. The exchange rates for subsequent reloads will be set at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the transaction. ^ This data is sourced from and is meant as a guide only. Costs of items may differ around the destination.