A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Tokyo for Food, Nightlife, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Bali or Tokyo?

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

Bali

Bali is a frequented, spiritual, and cultural island. It's also popular because of the shopping, nightlife, and food.

Tokyo

Tokyo is a iconic, eclectic, and cutting edge city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Bali and Tokyo: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Bali different from Tokyo?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Tokyo and Bali. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Food?

Bali
Tokyo

Both Bali and Tokyo offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Bali has long been recognized as a culinary destination with great restaurants. The food is rich and diverse with a lot of spices and complex flavors. Turmeric is a common spice and many dishes use coconut milk. Popular local dishes include Nasi Ayam (a chicken dish), Satay (grilled chicken), and Babi Guling (a pork dish).

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Tokyo is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. With an astonishing number of Michelin star restaurants, this is one of the most interesting and impressive food destinations in the world. Not all restaurants are high end though. You'll find plenty of cheap eateries that offer their own rewarding culinary experience. Must try local dishes include okonomiyaki, ramen, and of course, sushi.


Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Nightlife?

Bali
Tokyo

Both Bali and Tokyo are comparable when it comes to partying.

Bali is a world class party destination. The island is known for its crazy raves and all night pool parties. There are multi-story dance clubs as well as upscale bars and beach clubs that host parties late into the night. The best nightlife areas are around Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.

Tokyo is a must-see party destination. The professional urgency that you feel during the day morphs into a vibrant, laid back city at night. The neon lights turn on and locals head out to destress. There are karaoke bars, casual pubs, high energy nightclubs, and more. Popular areas for nightlife include Roppongi, Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Shopping?

Bali
Tokyo

Both Bali and Tokyo are good shopping destinations.

Bali is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. A big appeal of shopping on the island is the affordability. There are many local items that are fun to bring home including jewelry, handicrafts, furniture, and clothing.

Many people travel to Tokyo specifically to go shopping. The city is known for its electronics, anime products, and trendy fashion brands. Many neighborhoods are also shopping districts with malls or markets throughout. Prices can be steep, but products are generally high quality. For some of the city's best shopping, head to Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Ginza.

Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Families?

Bali
Tokyo

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Bali or Tokyo.

Bali is a very kid-friendly island. The island has countless activities that kids can enjoy. There are watersports, snorkeling, surfing lessons and beautiful beaches. You can also expose your kids to the spiritual side of the island with kid-friendly yoga classes. Animals lovers will enjoy getting to see the monkeys up close and for a unique culinary experience, you can take a family cooking class.

Tokyo is an amazing family-friendly island to visit. This is an incredibly kid-friendly city. There's Disneyland, but there are also many other entertainment centers, amusement areas, a zoo, aquarium, and more. Kids will also enjoy experiencing the city's fascinating culture. They can visit temples, museums, and the Tokyo Tower. Another fun local experience is to go to a baseball game.

Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Couples?

Bali
Tokyo

Both Bali and Tokyo are good destinations to visit as a couple.

For those traveling as a couple, Bali has plenty to offer. This beautiful island offers stunning beaches, adventure sports, and world class snorkeling. There are beautiful resorts with spas as well as couples yoga classes impressive natural areas.

Tokyo makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. This high tech city offers luxury hotels and spas, award winning restaurants, and unique date night opportunities like karaoke or sushi making classes. The city has many parks and gardens as well as malls, dynamic neighborhoods, and interesting museums.


Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Bali
Tokyo

While Tokyo and Bali are both good for backpackers, overall Bali is more popular.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Bali. Backpackers flock to this beautiful island for its stunning setting and affordable accommodation. There are many nice places where backpackers can hang out and get to know other travelers. If you want to get off the beaten path, it's best to head into the countryside and away from the main tourist hubs.

Plenty of backpackers visit Tokyo. Known for it's high prices, it can be a bit difficult to visit this city on a budget. There are dorm rooms available but they still come with a high price tag. Food is a bit easier as the eateries are diverse with many options on the cheaper side.

Is Bali or Tokyo Better for Public Transit?

Bali
Tokyo

While Bali and Tokyo both provide public transit, overall the system in Tokyo is considered to be better.

Tokyo has a world-class public transit network to take passengers everywhere in the city. Trains, subways, and buses make up the complex transportation system and, while it may seem overwhelming at first, the system is actually very clean, efficient, and reliable.

Bali has some public transit options. There are minibuses and tourist shuttle buses around the island. You can also hire a taxi or rent a car, scooter, or bicycle.

Is Bali or Tokyo a more walkable city?

Bali
Tokyo

Tokyo is considered more walkable than Bali.

It is easy to get around Tokyo on foot. Many neighborhoods are very easy to explore on foot, so it's fun to just wander without a plan, seeing where you end up.

Bali is generally not a very walkable island. There are some walkable towns and cities on the island, but many areas can be challenging to navigate on foot.

Should I spend more time in Tokyo or Bali?

How long in Bali or Tokyo?

Both Bali and Tokyo have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bali is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Tokyo is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Bali or Tokyo? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bali 5-7 
    Tokyo 3-7

One day in Bali or Tokyo?

In Bali, many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping that this lush destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

Tokyo is a big city destination where you can fill many days. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.


A weekend in Bali or Tokyo?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bali. Many travelers plan to spend time hiking while in the area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Tokyo is a fun place to experience. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Five days in Bali or Tokyo?

Bali is a fun place to experience. In Bali, many people enjoy the nightlife and food that this destination offers. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Tokyo is a eclectic big city where you can fill many days. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

A week in Bali or Tokyo?

In Bali, many people enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling that this lush destination offers. Plenty of people spend one week in the area when traveling. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is often enough time to do most activities.

Tokyo is a iconic city where you can fill many days. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, Tokyo or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $59, while the average daily cost in Tokyo is $143. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Tokyo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $33
    Tokyo $67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $66
    Tokyo $134
Compare Hotels in Bali and Tokyo

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Tokyo? 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 Tokyo


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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 Tokyo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $7.42
    Tokyo $18
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65
  • Ubud: Jungle Trampoline, Swing & Luwak Coffee with Transfer: $57
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

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


  • Metro from Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

Also for Tokyo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Japan Railway Station Shared Departure Transfer : Tokyo City to Tokyo Station: $25
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Central Tokyo Hotel to Haneda Airport: $51
  • Tokyo Disneyland Shared Transfer : from Tokyo to Disneyland (One Way): $51
  • Tokyo DisneySea Shared Transfer : from Tokyo to DisneySea (One Way): $51
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tokyo to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND): $78
  • Tokyo hotel/address to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) - Departure Private Transfer: $80
  • Tokyo to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $80
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport (HND): $97
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Central Tokyo Hotel to Narita International Airport: $101
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport HND by Minivan: $108
  • Haneda Airport Private Transfer: $114
  • Private Transfer from Tokyo City Center to Tokyo Disneyland: $119

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Tokyo?

Prices for flights to both Tokyo 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 $16
    Tokyo $34
Typical Food prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.27
  • Lunch for Two
    $14
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $28
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.28
  • Lunch for 2
    $9.18
  • Dinner for 2
    $10

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
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Typical Food prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tokyo:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $5.75
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $5.75
  • Meal at Airport
    $7.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 1-Hour Tsukiji Fish Market Food Tour with Local Guide: $26
  • Unique Private Cooking Class with a Tokyo Local Emi: $78
  • Local Food Tour on Sunamachi Ginza Street: $83
  • West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour: $95
  • Private Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class from Central Tokyo: $108
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure: $129
  • Gyoza Cooking Classes in Tokyo: $135
  • Private Dining: Wagyu and sake pairing dinner in Shinjuku: $136
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Japanese Cooking Class in Asakusa: $142
  • Tokyo Private Food Tour: From Ramen Bars, Vending Machines To Cat Cafes: $174
  • 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night: $182

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $8.89
    Tokyo $63
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

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


  • Spa for Two
    $55
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $13
  • Cooking School
    $29

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • 2 Days Rinjani Trekking Tour: $250
  • Amazing Nusa Penida Snorkeling Experience: $63
  • Ancient Tour to Yeh Pulu and Goa Gajah: $45
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26
  • Bali - Kintamani Tour: $65
  • Bali - Ubud Tour: $60
  • Bali 5 Days Tour & Activities - All Included: $306
  • Bali ATV or Quad Bike Tandem Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Alternative Temples Private Group Tour: $74
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Bali Countryside Bike Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tokyo.

  • Samurai Spots in Tokyo Virtual Tour: $8.26
  • Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket: $11
  • 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba: $11
  • Japanese Snacks You Should Try: Online Experience by Local Guide: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Japan: the bathing and Sento experience: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Ghibli Spots in Japan: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Tokyo Highlights: $12
  • Tokyo Online: Virtual Experience in Shibuya and Shinjuku with a Local Expert: $14
  • Virtual Tour to Discover Mount Fuji: $14
  • Online Japanese Archery Experience: $15
  • Tokyo Online Tour All in One, With 10+ Top Sights!: $15
  • Thermae-Yu Hotspring in Shinjuku Entrance Ticket: $21

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.63
    Tokyo $29

Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

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


  • Sake
    $4.31


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


When is the best time to visit Bali or Tokyo?

Tokyo has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bali experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bali or Tokyo in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bali as well as Tokyo. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Tokyo because of the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Bali is around the same temperature as Tokyo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bali in July are around 27°C (81°F), and Tokyo is about 26°C (78°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In the summer, Bali often gets more sunshine than Tokyo. Bali gets 253 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tokyo receives 137 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Tokyo. Bali usually gets less rain in July than Tokyo. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Tokyo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Bali or Tokyo in the Autumn?

Both Tokyo and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Tokyo this time of year.

In October, Bali is generally much warmer than Tokyo. Temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Tokyo stays around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bali. Bali usually receives more sunshine than Tokyo during autumn. Bali gets 266 hours of sunny skies, while Tokyo receives 129 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Tokyo. In October, Bali usually receives less rain than Tokyo. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 165 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn. The rainy season in Bali is October to March.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Tokyo 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bali or Tokyo in the Winter?

Both Tokyo and Bali during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Tokyo for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Bali is much warmer than Tokyo in the winter. The temperature in Bali is usually 26°C (79°F) in January, and Tokyo stays around 5°C (42°F).

In the winter, Bali often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Tokyo. Bali gets 170 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tokyo receives 175 hours of full sun.

Bali usually gets more rain in January than Tokyo. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year. October to March is the rainy season in Bali.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Tokyo 5°C (42°F)

Should I visit Bali or Tokyo in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Tokyo. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many visitors come to Tokyo in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Bali is much warmer than Tokyo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bali in April are around 27°C (81°F), and Tokyo is about 14°C (58°F).

In Bali, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bali usually receives more sunshine than Tokyo during spring. Bali gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Tokyo receives 161 hours of full sun in the spring.

Tokyo receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Bali usually receives less rain than Tokyo. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain each month for the spring. April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Tokyo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Tokyo and Bali

Bali Tokyo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 5°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 9°C (47°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (58°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 22°C (71°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 23°C (74°F) 180 mm (7.1 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 165 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)


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