route & costs indonesia

When we came to Indonesia, we didn't really have a clue how big this country is, how diverse the islands are and how much we would love it. We visited 7 islands and loved them all. We made a map of our route through Indonesia and will tell a bit more about the costs we made and what our average daily spendings were.

We started our Indonesia trip in Sumatra, where we spent 40 days in total. This is longer than we normally would have spent here, but Marije was walking on crutches and had to recover for 3 weeks. We started in Pulau Weh and ended our trip in Padang.


From Padang, we fly to Jakarta, which was the start of our time in Java. We traveled from West to East, spending 25 days here. After our visit to Ijen, we got on the boat to Bali.


Arriving in Bali, we first went to Ubud. We drove around the island and used it as a base to visit other islands in Indonesia. Our returning cities were Sanur & Kuta. In total, with all the extra time we spent here because we used it as a base, we were in Bali for 26 days.

From Den Pasar we flew to Makassar in Sulawasi. We traveled from the South to the North with Manado as the end stop, which took us 28 days. From here we flew back to Den Pasar - Bali.


In Bali, we arranged a transfer to the Gili's which was the first stop in Lombok. After spending some time on the islands and some cities, we rented a motorbike and drove all the way to Flores & Sumbawa. These islands are less visited but really worth visiting. Flores & Sumbawa was a 15 day trip.


Returning to Lombok, as a last trip in Indonesia, we climbed the Rinjani volcano. Our total amount of days in Lombok were 14. From here, we took the boat back to Bali and flew out to Malaysia.

extra costs

Because we spent so much time in Indonesia, and visited so many islands, the list of extra costs is quite high. You can find the extra costs explained per island in the route & costs section of each.

average daily spendings

In the 150 days we were in Indonesia, our average daily spendings come down to 322.919 Rupiah p.p. But this can easily be brought down to 300.000 Rupiah p.p.p.d. or less. Especially the first 3 weeks in Sumatra were more expensive because of Marije's injury. We also had quite some Western food during our time in Indonesia. Keep in mind that traveling with someone else can be cheaper because you can share a room. Unless you don't mind sleeping in dorms, than it even can be cheaper to travel alone.


Within this budget we integrate all costs such as ATM costs. Only the extra costs mentioned in the route & costs section of each island, were not taken in to account in the budget.


How did we spent our money? Besides our non backpackers behavior we did travel like backpackers after Pulau Weh. We usually sleep in rooms/bungalows with our own bathroom, but not always with aircon. We eat both in restaurants as on the street. We use the public transport, rent a motorbike if possible to visit the highlights instead of going on tours and we walk more often instead of taking a taxi or bejac. 


Hopefully our info is useful to future Indonesia travelers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate and let us know!

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