A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Manila for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Manila?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Manila can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or Manila?

Bali

Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

Manila

A sprawling metropolis that is home to more than 12 million people, Manila is one huge, misunderstood concrete jungle, full of diverse cultures, traffic, pollution, restaurants, shopping malls, noise and nightlife. If you're looking to soak in culture and feel the vibe of a place rather than seeking a city that specifically caters to tourists, Manila is the place to be. Capital of the Philippines, Manila is also the center for education, business, and transportation.

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Which place is cheaper, Manila or Bali?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $72, while the average daily cost in Manila is $90. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Manila in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $41
    Manila $53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $82
    Manila $106
Compare Hotels in Bali and Manila

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Manila? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bali


Hotels in Manila


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bali Hotel Prices and Manila Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.96
    Manila $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Bali:


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Private transfer: Uluwatu to Bali Airport (DPS): $15
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Denpasar International Airport to Nusa Dua Area: $15
  • Sanur Bali to/from Lembongan: Speedboat Transfer: $15
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $16
  • Private transfer: Nusa Dua to Bali Airport (DPS): $17
  • Private Transfer Ubud-Seminyak-Kuta-Uluwatu-Jimbaran: $19
  • Bali Tours 4U Airport and Seaport transfers. 24 hours a day.: $21
  • Bali DPS Airport Private Transfer from-to Nusa Dua: $23
  • Private Transfer Between Ubud and Canggu: $24
  • Denpasar Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Denpasar Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $25
  • Canggu/Berawa: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Hotel Transfers: $29

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manila

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Manila:

  • Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Private Transfer: $9.80
  • Private One-way Transfer From Manila To Manila Airport: $22
  • Private Transfer from Manila City Hotels to Manila Cruise Port: $22
  • Private Transfer from Manila Airport (MNL) to Manila Cruise Port: $22
  • Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido Transfer: $25
  • Round-trip Coron Airport Transfer + Town Tour (Shared): $31
  • Manila International Airport Private Transfer To & From City: $35
  • Manila Airport Transfer: $37
  • Manila Airports Quality Safe and Reliable Airport Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Airport Transfer: All Hotels in Ortigas: $41
  • Private Departure Transfer: All Hotels in Ortigas: $41
  • Private Transfer from Clark Airport (CRK) to Subic Bay Port: $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Manila?

Prices for flights to both Manila and Bali change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $20
    Manila $17
Typical Food Prices in Bali

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bali are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $1.23
  • Lunch for Two
    $14
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $27
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.00
  • Lunch for 2
    $8.86
  • Dinner for 2
    $9.72

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bali.

  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset jimbaran Beach: $30
  • Private Tour Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran: $31
  • Bali Sunset and Dinner: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran: $32
  • Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $32
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $33
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Bali Street Food Tour: $45
  • Bali's Best Sunset: Uluwatu Kecak Dance & Dinner Jimbaran Beach: $50
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $51
  • Evening Bali Mangrove Canoe Tour with Dinner: $51
  • Private Balinese Cooking Class in a Family Home: $55

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manila

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Manila.

  • ⭐ Manila Street Food Tour in the Downtown, Eat and Drink⭐: $62
  • Manila Food Tour: Explore World's Oldest Chinatown: $65
  • Manila Food Tour: Introduction to Philippine Street Food: $65
  • Food Tour at the World's Oldest Chinatown: $65
  • Makati Street Food Tour Experience: $68
  • Authentic Manila Chinatown Food Tour Exploration : $75
  • Manila Chinatown Food Tour Experience with Mari: $80
  • Cultural Dance Show with Dinner in Manila: $120

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    Manila $19
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:


  • Spa for Two
    $54
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $12
  • Cooking School
    $28

Tours and Activities in Bali

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bali are as follows:

  • Bali Water Sports Adventure: $7.89
  • Bali Tanjung Benoa Water Sport Adventure: $8.34
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $8.98
  • Best of Ubud Full Day Private Guided Tour: $11
  • Private Tour to New Indonesia Urban Destination: $13
  • Kecak and Fire Dance Ticket at Uluwatu Temple: $14
  • Uluwatu Temple Tour with Optional Kecak Dance Ticket: $15
  • Watersport activity Ocean walker, Parasailing Adventure & Banana Boat: $18
  • Tanah Lot Temple Guided Tour: $18
  • All-Inclusive White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud: $19
  • Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, Temple & Waterfalls Tour: $19
  • Bali Nusa Dua Theatre: Devdan Show Tickets: $19

Tours and Activities in Manila

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Manila are as follows:

  • Guided Tour of the Historic San Sebastian Basilica (Manila): $6.42
  • Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros: $18
  • Intramuros Historical Walk Tour: $27
  • Old Manila Intramuros Area Walking Tour: $32
  • Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros: $34
  • Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle - Ecotours: $37
  • Explore Binondo (Chinatown) Guided Tour: $42
  • Private Custom Tour with a Local Guide: $44
  • ⭐ Intramuros The Walled City Walking Tour ⭐: $45
  • "Manila Chinatown, and Intramuros Tour with Local Guide": $45
  • ⭐ Manila Chinatown Experience with Venus ⭐: $45
  • Old Manila Day Tour Experience with Venus: $46

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.17
    Manila $9.63


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Manila, we can see that Manila is more expensive. And not only is Bali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bali and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Manila would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Manila than you might in Bali.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bali Expensive? and Is Manila Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Bali or Manila?

Manila has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Bali. When comparing the sizes of Bali and Manila, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Bali or Manila?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Bali or Manila in the Summer?

Both Manila and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Manila because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

The dry season in Bali is April to September. It rains a lot this time of the year in Manila. In July, Bali usually receives less rain than Manila. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Manila receives 408 mm (16.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.

In the summer, Bali is around the same temperature as Manila. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bali in July average around 27°C (81°F), and Manila averages at about 27°C (80°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Manila 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bali or Manila in the Autumn?

Both Manila and Bali during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Manila year-round.

October to March is the rainy season in Bali. Manila gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Bali usually gets less rain in October than Manila. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Manila receives 240 mm (9.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In October, Bali is generally around the same temperature as Manila. Daily temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Manila fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Manila 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Bali or Manila in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Manila. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bali year-round. Manila attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Also, October to March is the rainy season in Bali. In January, Bali usually receives more rain than Manila. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Manila receives 17 mm (0.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

Bali is around the same temperature as Manila in the winter. The daily temperature in Bali averages around 26°C (79°F) in January, and Manila fluctuates around 24°C (76°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Manila 24°C (76°F)

Should I visit Bali or Manila in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bali as well as Manila. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Manila throughout the year.

Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season. Bali usually gets more rain in April than Manila. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Manila receives 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the spring, Bali is around the same temperature as Manila. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bali in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Manila averages at about 29°C (84°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Manila 29°C (84°F)

Typical Weather for Manila and Bali

Bali Manila
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 24°C (76°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 27°C (80°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 29°C (83°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 27°C (81°F) 303 mm (11.9 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 27°C (80°F) 408 mm (16.1 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 27°C (80°F) 452 mm (17.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 27°C (80°F) 357 mm (14.1 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 240 mm (9.4 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 50 mm (2 in)