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

Should you visit Ubud or Bali?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Ubud and Bali. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Ubud or Bali?


Made popular by the film Eat Pray Love, Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia. Beautiful Hindu temples and iconic rice fields are the sight to see in this popular cultural, artistic and religious hub on the island.

Though Ubud is hot and humid during the day, it is still cooler than coastal areas. Still, temperatures linger between mid-70's and low 90's year-round, so it is likely you'll experience warm weather, regardless of when you visit.

Ubud's wet season is from November to June, which makes it an unpopular time for travelers. January and February are when Ubud experiences the heaviest rainfall, so it may be wise to avoid visiting at this time, especially since weather will limit activities, bring out insects, and cause landslides and possible flooding.

Dry season runs from July through October, which is high season for travel. Even during dry season, Ubud is extremely humid, so pack lightweight clothing that breathes and lots of sunblock.


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.

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Which place is cheaper, Bali or Ubud?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ubud is $153, while the average daily cost in Bali is $74. 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 Ubud and Bali in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ubud $135
    Bali $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ubud $270
    Bali $84
Compare Hotels in Ubud and Bali

Looking for a hotel in Ubud 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 Ubud

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: Ubud Hotel Prices and Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ubud $1.86
    Bali $9.20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ubud

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ubud:

  • Ubud Airport & Ground Transfers: $7.00
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Bali Airport to Hotel: $7.40
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Bali Airport: $7.50
  • Bali Denpasar Airport (DPS) - Private Transfer to/from Denpasar City: $8.00
  • Airport Transfer From (DPS) Ngurah Rai Airport to Legian Area: $8.00
  • Bali Airport Private Hotel Transfer : $8.00
  • Airport Private Transfer to Seminyak : $8.50
  • Airport Transfer Bali from (DPS) Ngurah Rai Airport to Tanjung Benoa Area: $9.00
  • Bali Airport - Bali Transfer to all area in Bali - Bali driver: $9.00
  • Amed Beach East Bali Private Hotel Transfer: $9.07
  • Bali Airport - Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Bali Airport Transfer : $10

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

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

  • Motorbike Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • BALI PARAGLIDING Fly, Swing and Soaring above the sea with private transfer: $103
  • Bali Gili Fast Boat Transfer Ticket All Inclusive: $60
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure with Including Hotel Transfer: $45
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure,Banana Boat,Jet Ski and Donut Boat with Transfers: $59
  • Bali Spa Treatment with Airport Transfers (Departure): $56
  • Bali Spiritual: Blessing Ceremony, Pristine Nature and Transfer: $109
  • Bali Tours 4U Airport and Seaport transfers. 24 hours a day.: $21
  • Bali Water Sport : Sea Walker,Donut Boat and Banana Boat with Hotel Transfers: $64
  • Bali and Nusa Penida: Fast Boat Transfers: $29
  • Bali and Trawangan: Fastboat with Optional Bali Transfer: $48
  • Bali to/from Gili Air: Fast Boat with Optional Bali Transfer: $48
  • Bali to/from Gili Gede: Fast Boat (Optional Bali Transfer): $61

Is it cheaper to fly into Ubud or Bali?

Prices for flights to both Bali and Ubud 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 Meals for one day
    Ubud $12
    Bali $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ubud

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

  • Balinese Traditional Cooking Classes with Market Tour: $22
  • Balinese Traditional Cooking Class with Market Tour: $23
  • Ubud Cooking : All Inclusive Cooking Class: $23
  • Balinese Cooking Class and Market Tour with Transfers: $24
  • Cooking Class with Optional Market Visit: $24
  • Balinese Traditional Cooking Class with Market Tour Ubud: $24
  • Best of Ubud with Cooking Class Experience: $26
  • Jimbaran Beach Candle Light Dinner : $26
  • Subak cooking class (Balinese cooking school) 9 Dish Cooking and Market Tour: $26
  • Balinese Cooking Class with Hotel Transfers: $26
  • Be a real Balinese with Traditional Balinese Cooking Class: $29
  • Bali Uluwatu Sunset Fire Dance and Beach Dinner: $30

Typical Food Prices in Bali

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

  • Coffee
  • Lunch for Two
  • Bali Cafe for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch for 2
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Best Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Beach Sunset : $29
  • Private Tour Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran: $31
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $35
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran: $38
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Bali Private tour Beach,Traditional dance, Uluwatu Temple, Sunset, Dinner: $45
  • Bali Street Food Tour: $45
  • South Bali Beach Tour, Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Fire Dance & Seafood Barbeque Dinner: $50
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $52

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ubud $10
    Bali $11

Tours and Activities in Ubud

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

  • ATV Single Ride Adventure Guided: $3.27
  • Guided ATV and Zipline Adventure: $4.19
  • Mount Batur 4WD Jeep Sunrise Combo Experience in Bali: $5.00
  • Bali: Ubud Palace Legong Dance Show Ticket: $6.55
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Bali & FREE WIFI: $7.00
  • Bali Tour Customized with Private Tour Driver: $8.46
  • Ubud Bali Tour: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Jungle Swing: $8.50
  • Ubud Instagram Tour - Custom Itinerary: $8.50
  • Ubud Bali Driver ( Custom Tour): $8.50
  • ️Uluwatu Temple Sunset & Kecak Fire Dance Tour : $9.00
  • Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud - All Inclusive Package: $9.00
  • Tanah Lot Temple - Half Day Tour - All Inclusive: $9.00

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

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

  • Spa for Two
  • Snorkelling Trip
  • Cooking School

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: $9.16
  • Kecak and Fire Dance Ticket at Uluwatu Temple: $14
  • Uluwatu Temple and Karang Boma Cliff Tour with Tickets: $16
  • Watersport activity Ocean walker, Parasailing Adventure & Banana Boat: $18
  • All-Inclusive White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud: $19
  • 1-Day Instant Entry Ticket to Waterbom Bali: $19
  • Bali Nusa Dua Theatre: Devdan Show Tickets: $20
  • All Inclusive Bali Snorkeling Blue Lagoon tour experience : $20
  • Private Custom Tour: Bali in a Day: $21
  • Ubud: Waterfalls, Water Temple, & Rice Terraces Private Tour: $21

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ubud $7.02
    Bali $3.26

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

Which is Bigger, Ubud or Bali?

Bali has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Ubud. When comparing the sizes of Ubud and Bali, 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.