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

Should you visit Bali or Ulaanbaatar?

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 Ulaanbaatar 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.

Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia's capital city. It has a population of slightly over two million people, or about sixty percent of the country's entire population. You are likely to arrive in Ulaanbaatar either by train, coming from China or Russia, or by plane. Many people use Ulaanbaatar as a stop off while doing the Transsiberian Railway. The city is a great place to organize a tour of the surrounding countryside. It's also good city to relax, so make sure you allow yourself a few days to recover from your tour, enjoy some of the great food options, and see some of the fascinating cultural sights around town.

Which city is cheaper, Ulaanbaatar or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $65, while the average daily cost in Ulaanbaatar is $24. 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 Ulaanbaatar 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $11. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ulaanbaatar the cost is $22 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $37
    Ulaanbaatar $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $74
    Ulaanbaatar $22

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 Ulaanbaatar travelers spend around $8.65 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
    Ulaanbaatar $8.65
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
    $9.12
  • 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.

  • Seafood Dinner in Jimbaran Bali: $4.59
  • Bandung Street Food Tour: $5.40
  • Omah Kecebong Fun Outbound and Dinner Experience in Yogyakarta: $11
  • Yogyakarta Historical Walking and Food Tour: $13
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise by Sea Safari Cruise in Bali: $13
  • Online Cooking Class with Chef Juna by Kelas.com: $18
  • Cooking Class in Ubud: $21
  • Indonesia Food Online Cooking Class by Masakonline: $21
  • Cooking Class and Village Tour Experience at Bukit Lawang: $21
  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Jambangan Bali Cooking Class in Ubud: $25
  • Visesa Cooking Class in Ubud : $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ulaanbaatar

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

  • Cooking Class in a Traditional Ger Home in the Suburbs of Ulaanbaatar: $50
  • Cooking famous Mongolian dumplings with local nomads: $205

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bali is $8.17 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Ulaanbaatar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.82 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ulaanbaatar.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.17
    Ulaanbaatar $2.82
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Private H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport (TJQ) Transfers for Belitung: $6.35
  • Private Husein Sastranegara International Airport Transfers (BDO) for Bandung: $5.45
  • Private Juanda Airport Transfer (SUB) for Surabaya: $5.99
  • Private Lombok International Airport Transfer (LOP) for Lombok: $11
  • Private Ngurah Rai International Airport Transfers (DPS) in Bali by Bali Made: $6.59
  • Private Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) Transfers for Greater Jakarta: $9.09
  • Shared Transfer Sightseeing to South Bali: $7.75
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ulaanbaatar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ulaanbaatar:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Ulaanbaatar Train Station to City by Business Vehicle: $16
  • Departure Private Transfer City to Ulaanbaatar Train Stationby Business Vehicle: $16
  • Airport Transfer: $21
  • Airport Transfer Service: $25
  • Private Pickup Transfer from Chinggis Khaan Airport to Hotels in Ulaanbaatar: $27
  • Private Drop off Transfer to Chinggis Khaan Airport from Downtown Ulaanbaatar: $27
  • Ulaanbaatar Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $33
  • Ulaanbaatar Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $33
  • Airport transfer service: $43
  • Transfer service to Terelj national park: $51
  • Departure Private Transfer to New Ulaanbaatar Airport UBN by Business Vehicle: $52

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Ulaanbaatar?

Prices for flights to both Ulaanbaatar 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.





Entertainment

Bali's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.79 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.

Entertainment and activities in Ulaanbaatar typically cost an average of $4.28 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $9.79
    Ulaanbaatar $4.28
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
    $32

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Hutan Pinus Pal 16 Cikole Lembang Ticket in Bandung: $0.39
  • Puncak 9 Bukit Ngisis Ticket in Kulon Progo: $0.65
  • Mount Halimun National Park and Camping Experience: $0.69
  • Blue Lagoon Waterfall (Puncak Sari) Ticket in Bali: $0.89
  • Taman Pelangi Yogyakarta Admission Ticket: $0.95
  • Jembong Waterfall Ticket in Buleleng Bali: $0.95
  • Kroya Waterfall Ticket in North Bali: $0.95
  • Mangli Skyview Ticket in Magelang: $1.00
  • Rumah Belanda Ticket in Bandung: $1.19
  • Indonesian Islamic Art Museum Ticket in Lamongan: $1.25
  • Banyumala Twin Waterfall Ticket in Wanagiri: $1.29
  • Gereja Ayam Bukit Rhema Ticket in Magelang: $1.59

Tours and Activities in Ulaanbaatar

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

  • Mongolian Food Experience: $20
  • Full-Day Private City Tour Ulaanbaatar by Taxi: $25
  • Full Day Tour of Ulaanbaatar With Museum, Black-market Cashmere Factory Store: $62
  • Khoomei Throat Singing Lesson including FREE Concert ticket: $62
  • Half-Day Modern Art Tour in Ulaanbaatar: $67
  • Ulaanbaatar City Tour: $70
  • Day Coach Tour of Aglag Buteel Monastery and Meditation Center Including Lunch: $72
  • Terelj National Park and Chingis Khan Statue a day tour: $75
  • Full-Day Ulaanbaatar Sightseeing and Shopping Tour: $76
  • Half Day Mongolia Nomadic Discovery Tour of Chinggis Khan Statue: $76
  • 1 Day City Sightseeing with Bogd Khan Winter Palace: $77
  • Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour: $77

Alcohol

The average person spends about $2.89 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 Ulaanbaatar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.71 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.89
    Ulaanbaatar $3.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Bali

Also in Bali, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Sababay Winery Tour with Wine Tasting in Bali: $13


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Ulaanbaatar, we can see that Bali is more expensive. And not only is Ulaanbaatar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ulaanbaatar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ulaanbaatar 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 Bali would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bali than you might in Ulaanbaatar.

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