If you want to know, how expensive it really is to live on the paradise island of Bali, you’re in for a treat. We tracked all our living costs in Ubud, Bali during November 2019. And now I’m going to share with you EVERYTHING we spent.
PS! I made a similar post last year with the cost of living in Ubud in October 2018. Take a look at how much it differs from this year.
Ubud living cost per month for 2 people (November 2019)
#1 Living cost – Rent
We live in a little villa 25 min outside Ubud center and we have a brand new house with a private garden overlooking the valley. We accidentally scored our dream home! And we have pretty much all included: electricity, water, drinking water, wifi and cleaning 1x week. We pay a little more than last year, but we are SO HAPPY with the house and the location. Our rent per month is 384€ (6 million IDR). Check out my post about the best areas to stay in Ubud.
That’s our house here in Ubud, Bali
#2 Living cost – Transport
We drive around with a scooter in Bali. Actually, we got the exact same scooter as last year. Scooter rent for 30 days is 45€ (700K IDR) including 2 helmets and for the gas, we spent around 8€ (122K IDR). So transport-related stuff all together was 53€ (830K IDR).
My personal driver ♥
#3 Living cost – Groceries
We decided to eat out every day for lunch and dinner because we calculated that it’s not actually more expensive than cooking at home. Especially when we only eat vegetarian food and at local warungs. So for groceries, we buy breakfast material (oatmeal, coffee, fresh fruit, peanut butter) and snacks (peanuts, chips, etc) and some home stuff (soap, shampoo, etc). In the supermarket/market, we spent around 95€ (1,48 million IDR).
#4 Living cost – Eating out & coffees
As I mentioned, we’ve increased the times we eat out. When last year we ate at cafes around 4 times per week, then this year we eat out 14 times per week. Yeah, sometimes we get fed up with rice and noodles, but overall it’s so much more convenient for us than cooking at home.
And at least once per week, we change our home office to a cafe for work. All this costs us 208€ (3,26 million IDR), which is around 3.7€ per meal for 2 people!
#5 Living cost – Laundry
We don’t have a washing machine so we get our laundry done weekly. This cost is pretty much the same as last year. One kilo costs 0.64€ (10K IDR). Every week we have around 4kg of laundry and in a month we spend on it around 10€ (155K IDR).
#6 Living cost – Massage
Usually, we #treatourselves and go to a one-hour full-body Balinese massage once per week. But November was super-busy for us and we managed to go only 2 times this month. One time per one person is 6.4€ (100K IDR) and per month in November, we spent on massage 26€ (400K IDR).
#7 Living cost – Miscellaneous Stuff
This includes medication, data for phone, cinema tickets, dog food and dog vaccination for our foster puppy (which was 12€, 200K IDR) and other random spendings (like a bought a hat, and Markus did some work-related printing). All this for a month cost us 52€ (809K IDR).
Our foster puppy Kiki getting a vaccination
#8 Living cost – Visas
We have a social visa here in Bali, which means we can stay for 6 months, but we have to extend the visa every month. We use a visa agency to do that for us because it’s quite a time-consuming hustle to do it yourself (including several trips to Denpasar, a sponsor letter from a local and filling out documents in Indonesian). For this service and visa extension, we pay 112€ (1.75 million IDR) per month.
#9 Living cost – Travel Insurance
For travel insurance, we pay 37 dollars per month per person. We use subscription-based insurance called Safety Wing (not sponsored) which means we pay only for these months we are away from home. It’s really convenient for digital nomads and for people unsure of their travel plans. So for insurance, we spend around 66€.
All living costs per month per 2 persons:
- Rent – 384€ (6 million IDR)
- Transport – 53€ (830K IDR)
- Groceries – 95€ (1.48 million IDR)
- Eating out & Coffees – 208€ (3.26 million IDR)
- Laundry – 10€ (155K IDR)
- Massage – 26€ (400K IDR)
- Miscellaneous Stuff – 52€ (809K IDR)
- Visa – 112€ (1.75 million IDR)
- Travel Insurance – 66€ (1.03 million IDR)
= 1006€ (15.7 million IDR), meaning it’s 503€ per person.
That’s a little more than we spent last year living in Bali but it’s not bad at all considering we scored our dream house and we are eating out twice a day. And this time we have to pay for the visa extension (which is a pretty big cost in our budget).
FYI, this is just our experience living in Ubud, Bali. You can easily spend 2 or 3 times more if you live in a house with a pool or eat out in western cafes. But I hope this blog post gave some ideas about the cost of living in Bali. Let me know if you have any questions.
Sending good vibes from Bali,