A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bali vs. Penang

Should you visit Bali or Penang?

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 Penang can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

Penang

Just off the northwestern coast of Malaysia is the charming and diverse island state of Penang. As the link between the ancient kingdoms of Asia and Europe's colonial empire, this area is enriched with Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. This exciting culture is centered in George Town, the main city of the state.

Which city is cheaper, Penang or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $64, while the average daily cost in Penang is $94. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Penang in more detail.




Accommodation

Bali's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $86 for a double occupancy room in Penang.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $37
    Penang $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $74
    Penang $86


Food

Bali food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

In Penang travelers spend around $31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $18
    Penang $31
Typical Food prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.40
  • Lunch for Two
    $15
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $30
  • Lunch for Two
    $9.09
  • Lunch for 2
    $10
  • Dinner for 2
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74

Typical Food prices in Penang

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Penang:


  • Snack
    $1.94
  • Dinner at The Suffolk House (for 2)
    $83
  • Lunch at Sakae Sushi (for 2)
    $70
  • Lassy Juice
    $1.69
  • Dinner for 2
    $3.63
  • Street Stall Food
    $0.68
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.60
  • Italian Lunch (for Two)
    $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Penang

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

  • Dinner at Penang Hill: $91
  • Private Dinner at THE TOP with Skywalk Experience from Penang: $103
  • Private Malaysian Cooking Tour with Lunch from Penang: $119


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bali is $8.14 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Penang.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.14
    Penang $11
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Airport Transfers: $16
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394

Typical Local Transportation prices in Penang

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Penang:


  • Local Bus
    $1.45
  • Island Ferry
    $0.58
  • Bus From Airport to George Town
    $0.65
  • Taxi From Airport to George Town
    $11
  • Motorbike Rental (One Day)
    $7.26
  • Bicycle Rental (One Day)
    $2.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Penang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Penang:

  • Penang Arrival Transfer: $11
  • Shared Transfer: Penang Airport to Penang Beach and City Hotels: $11
  • Private Penang Arrival transfer to Hotel: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: Penang Island to Penang International Airport (PEN): $17
  • Penang Airport Transfer to any Georgetown City Hotel or vice versa: $19
  • Private Transfer: Penang International Airport to Penang Beach or City Hotels: $22
  • Airport Private Transfer: Penang Airport to or from Town Hotel (6 seater): $23
  • Private Economy Penang Airport Transfer-Departure: $25
  • Airport Transfer Service: $34
  • Escape Theme Park with One-Way Transfer from Penang: $60
  • Penang City to Kuala Lumpur City One-way Transfer: $103
  • Penang City to Kuala Lumpur International Airport One-way Transfer: $103


Entertainment

Bali's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.76 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $45 per person, per day in Penang. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $9.76
    Penang $45
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

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


  • Spa for Two
    $61
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $14
  • Cooking School
    $31

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Ubud Traditional Tour Private Guided by Local - Free WiFi: $18
  • Bali Private Tour by Budhi: $19
  • Bali Private Guided Tour : Best point of Ubud & Uluwatu Sunset - Free WiFi: $20
  • Tour and Transport Services: $21
  • From Nusa Dua : Private Guided Tour to Ubud - Free WiFi: $21
  • Discover Hidden Hills & Twin Waterfall Private Guided Tour - Free WiFi: $25
  • Tukad Cepung Waterfall - Tirta Gangga - Lempuyang Private Guided Tour Free WiFi: $25
  • Private UBUD Tour: $37
  • Tanah Lot-Jatiluwih-Beratan Temple-Banyumala Waterfalls-Private Tour: $37
  • Sunset Private Guided Tour in Uluwatu with Sea Walker Experience: $40
  • Bali Private Tour Customize: $40
  • From Nusa Dua : Discover Ubud Kintamani & Waterfall on Private Tour - Free WiFi: $40

Typical Entertainment prices in Penang

Here are a few typical costs in Penang for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Butterfly Gardens
    $7.50
  • Trishaw Tour (One Hour)
    $7.26
  • Fort Cornwallis Entrance
    $0.48
  • Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Entrance
    $2.42

Tours and Activities in Penang

Here are a few actual costs in Penang for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • The Habitat at Penang Hill Official Admission Ticket: $13
  • Penang Street Food Experience: $29
  • Penang Hill and Temple Tour: $36
  • Private George Town Heritage Tour from Penang: $49
  • Private Discovery Tour of Entopia from Penang: $58
  • Group Tour : Half Day Penang Guided Trip: $61
  • Penang Day Tour and Sightseeing: $62
  • Penang Day Tour and Sightseeing: $62
  • Penang Full-Day Private Customizable Tour with Pick Up: $70
  • Penang Hourly Tour with Driver cum Guide: $77
  • Group Tour : Full Day Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide: $81
  • Penang Heritage Tour: $90


Alcohol

The average person spends about $2.88 on alcoholic beverages in Bali per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Penang may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.88
    Penang $14

Typical Alcohol prices in Penang

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Penang:


  • Beer
    $1.94



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Penang, we can see that Penang 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 Penang would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Penang than you might in Bali.

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