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

Should you visit Krabi or Bali?

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 Krabi and Bali can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Krabi or Bali?

Krabi

Thailand is covered in beaches, but if you're more interested in immersion in Thai culture than the salty ocean, consider a trip to Krabi, also known as "Krabi Town". Pronounced "Grabee," this small, but bustling city is just up the river from the coast, and is the gateway to the beaches in the surrounding Province of Krabi. Krabi Town is full of hotels, agencies and western restaurants, but if you look hard enough, you'll easily see the energy and life of Thailand. While there are no beaches in the town itself, there is plenty of Thai culture to experience.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Bali or Krabi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Krabi is $46, while the average daily cost in Bali is $59. 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 Krabi and Bali in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Krabi $30
    Bali $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Krabi $60
    Bali $66
Compare Hotels in Krabi and Bali

Looking for a hotel in Krabi or Bali? 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 Krabi


Hotels in Bali


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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: Krabi Hotel Prices and Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Krabi $3.75
    Bali $7.42
Typical Local Transportation prices in Krabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Krabi are as follows:


  • Scooter Rental
    $8.41
  • Short Tuk-Tuk Ride
    $2.80
  • 2 Bottles of Gasoline
    $2.24
  • Longboat Taxi from Town
    $5.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Krabi

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

  • Ferry Transfer To/From Koh Phi Phi with Van Transfer: $14
  • Ferry Transfer Phuket To/From Phi Phi: $16
  • Private Departure Transfer from Krabi Town to KBV Krabi Airport: $19
  • Phuket: Speedboat Transfer To/From Ko Phi Phi Don: $31
  • Superfast Transfer from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi by Arisa Speed Boat: $37
  • Private Round Trip Transfer between Krabi Town and KBV Krabi Airport: $39
  • Private Transfer from Krabi City to Krabi (KBV) Airport: $41
  • Krabi Airport: Private Transfers to/from Hotels in Koh Lanta: $87
  • Private Transfer from Krabi to Phuket with 2h of Sightseeing: $91
  • Private Transfer To/From Khao Sok Area: $141

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:

  • Ubud: Jungle Trampoline, Swing & Luwak Coffee with Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394
  • Nusa Dua: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Transfer: $12
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $15
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Denpasar : Private Transfer to/from Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport: $14
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Private Transfer between Airport (DPS) and Seminyak: $12
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Krabi or Bali?

Prices for flights to both Bali and Krabi 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
    Krabi $10
    Bali $16
Typical Food prices in Krabi

For Krabi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $7.00
  • Drinks on the Beach
    $6.72
  • Sit Down Dinner (for Two)
    $17
  • Nice Dinner (for Two)
    $31
  • Mango Shake
    $1.40
  • Pad Thai
    $2.80
  • Fruit from the Market
    $1.68
  • Pancakes
    $2.80
  • Coffee & Cake
    $2.10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Krabi

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

  • Private 4-Island Sunset Tour with Dinner: $721

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Krabi $8.36
    Bali $8.89
Typical Entertainment prices in Krabi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Krabi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Thai-English Book
    $9.25
  • Thai Massages (for Two)
    $22
  • Bikini & Sarong
    $17
  • Yoga Class (1 Hour)
    $12
  • Backgammon Set (travel size)
    $7.00
  • Kayak Trip (for Two)
    $53

Tours and Activities in Krabi

For Krabi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Koh Phi Phi to Phuket by Phi Phi Cruiser: $17
  • Ko Lanta: Mangrove Kayaking Half-Day Tour: $36
  • ATV Adventure: $39
  • Hong Islands Boat Tour with Panorama Viewpoint: $41
  • Private Sunset Boat Trip and Night Market Tour: $44
  • Koh Hong Sunset Tour with Beach BBQ and Night Snorkel: $52
  • Krabi 4 Island Tour By Speed Boat From Krabi: $54
  • From Koh Phi Phi: Island Hopping and Snorkeling Tour: $55
  • Kayaking Tour to Ao Thueak Lagoon with Lunch: $56
  • Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Lae Nai Lagoon and Lunch: $56
  • Half-Day Zip Line Adventure: $58
  • Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Nai Nang Village & Lunch: $62

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Krabi $3.57
    Bali $2.63
Typical Alcohol prices in Krabi

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Krabi are as follows:


  • Beer
    $2.52
  • Cocktails (for Two)
    $8.41


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Krabi and Bali, we can see that Bali is more expensive. And not only is Krabi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Krabi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Krabi 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 Krabi.


When is the best time to visit Krabi or Bali?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Krabi or Bali in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Krabi as well as Bali. Plenty of visitors come to Krabi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season. Krabi receives a lot of rain in the summer. Krabi usually gets more rain in July than Bali. Krabi gets 287 mm (11.3 in) of rain, while Bali receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bali. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Krabi this time of the year. In the summer, Krabi often gets less sunshine than Bali. Krabi gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bali receives 253 hours of full sun.

In the summer, Krabi is around the same temperature as Bali. Typically, the summer temperatures in Krabi in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Bali is about 27°C (81°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Krabi 28°C (82°F) 
    Bali 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Bali in the Autumn?

Both Bali and Krabi are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Krabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

The rainy season in Bali is October to March. It's quite rainy in Krabi. In October, Krabi usually receives more rain than Bali. Krabi gets 304 mm (12 in) of rain, while Bali receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

It's quite sunny in Bali. Krabi usually receives less sunshine than Bali during autumn. Krabi gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Bali receives 266 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Krabi is generally around the same temperature as Bali. Temperatures in Krabi average around 27°C (81°F), and Bali stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Krabi 27°C (81°F) 
    Bali 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Bali in the Winter?

Both Bali and Krabi during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Krabi throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year.

October to March is the rainy season in Bali. Krabi usually gets less rain in January than Bali. Krabi gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Bali receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Krabi. In the winter, Krabi often gets more sunshine than Bali. Krabi gets 287 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bali receives 170 hours of full sun.

Krabi is around the same temperature as Bali in the winter. The temperature in Krabi is usually 28°C (82°F) in January, and Bali stays around 26°C (79°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Krabi 28°C (82°F) 
    Bali 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Krabi or Bali in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Krabi and Bali. Plenty of visitors come to Krabi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

April to September in Bali is the dry season. Krabi gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Krabi usually receives more rain than Bali. Krabi gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Bali receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In Krabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. Krabi usually receives more sunshine than Bali during spring. Krabi gets 249 hours of sunny skies, while Bali receives 226 hours of full sun in the spring.

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


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

Typical Weather for Bali and Krabi

Krabi Bali
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 28°C (83°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 52 mm (2 in) 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Apr 29°C (84°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 318 mm (12.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 279 mm (11 in) 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 287 mm (11.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 262 mm (10.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 399 mm (15.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 304 mm (12 in) 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 165 mm (6.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)


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