A Travel Price Comparison for Indonesia Yogyakarta vs. Gili Trawangan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Yogyakarta or Gili Trawangan?

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

Should I visit Yogyakarta or Gili Trawangan? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Yogyakarta or Gili Trawangan?

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, also called Yogya, Jogja, and Jogjakarta, is Java's hub of culture and art, and is the top-visited destination on the island. While Jakarta is the most populated and industrially-developed city in Indonesia, Yogya has managed to progress without losing its cultural charm, as illustrated in its well-kept traditional Indonesian architecture.

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan, known as Gili T, is the most visited of the three Gili Islands, located on the northeast side of Lombok. These islands are known for world-class diving and snorkeling spots. It's not hard to see why, considering that any direction you step off the shoreline, there's a beautiful underwater world to explore.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Indonesia, The Best Eco Tours in Indonesia, The Best Cultural Tours in Indonesia, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Indonesia.


Which place is cheaper, Gili Trawangan or Yogyakarta?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yogyakarta is $57, while the average daily cost in Gili Trawangan is $36. 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 Yogyakarta and Gili Trawangan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yogyakarta $36
    Gili Trawangan $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yogyakarta $72
    Gili Trawangan $48
Compare Hotels in Yogyakarta and Gili Trawangan

Looking for a hotel in Yogyakarta or Gili Trawangan? 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 Yogyakarta


Hotels in Gili Trawangan


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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: Yogyakarta Hotel Prices and Gili Trawangan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yogyakarta $1.32
    Gili Trawangan $2.73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yogyakarta

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

  • Private Tour With Pick Up and Transfer: $39
  • Layover Tour w/ Entry Tickets & Airport Transfer: $94
  • Borobudur 5-hour Tour with Climb-up & Transfers: $29
  • Yogyakarta Airport : for pick up or transfer service: $29
  • Transfer in or out airport: $26
  • Transfer In or Out Airport Yogyakarta: $12
  • Semarang & Transfer To The Hotel or Airport: $93
  • Private Yogyakarta Airport Transfer Service with English Speaking Driver: $48
  • Private Transfer from Yogyakarta Airport YIA To City Center: $29
  • Private Transfer from Yogyakarta Airport (JOG) to Wanurejo: $171
  • Private Transfer from Yogyakarta Airport (JOG) to Tirtoadi: $94
  • Private Transfer from Yogyakarta Airport (JOG) to South Rejowinangun: $171

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gili Trawangan

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

  • Private Transfer Three Gili Island Lombok by Speedboat: $80
  • Lombok Transfer From 3 Gilis to Airport or Hotel In Lombok: $45
  • Gili Trawangan Gili Air Lombok Speedboat Transfer to Bali: $25
  • Airport private Transfer: $39

Is it cheaper to fly into Yogyakarta or Gili Trawangan?

Prices for flights to both Gili Trawangan and Yogyakarta 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
    Yogyakarta $12
    Gili Trawangan $7.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yogyakarta

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

  • Morning Food Tour with Tasting: $23
  • 3-hour Cooking Class with Market Tour: $26
  • Ramayana Ballet Performance with Dinner: $29
  • Yogyakarta Historical Walking and Food Tour: $30
  • Yogyakarta : Guided City Walk and Food Tour: $32
  • Prambanan temple afternoon tour and dinner: $34
  • Prawirotaman Night Food Tour: $35
  • Night Walking and Food Tour: $37
  • Indonesian Cooking Class in Yogyakarta: $39
  • Small-Group Walking and Food Tour by Night in Yogyakarta: $40
  • Yogyakarta Cooking Class and Market Tour : $45
  • Ramayana Show with Transfer, Entry Fee & Dinner: $46

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Gili Trawangan

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

  • Sweet and Spicy - Indonesian Cooking Class in Gili Trawangan: $28
  • Learn to cook authentic Indonesian food at Gili Cooking Classes: $33
  • Gili Trawangan Sunset BBQ Dinner Cruise with snorkeling: $91

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yogyakarta $16
    Gili Trawangan $3.94

Tours and Activities in Yogyakarta

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

  • Yogyakarta Jomblang Cave Day Tour (PRIVATE TOUR): $88
  • 1 day Yogyakarta Tour Jomblang cave and Pindul Cave tubing: $72
  • 1 day tour Borobudur and Prambanan Temples : $69
  • 1 day tour borobudur temple,prambanan temple,plaosan temple: $72
  • 1-Day Yogyakarta Merapi Borobudur - PRIVATE Tour with GUIDE: $183
  • 1-Day Yogyakarta Prambanan Breksi Ijo Temple - PRIVATE Tour with Guide: $183
  • 1-Day Yogyakarta Prambanan and City Tour - PRIVATE Tour with GUIDE: $188
  • 10 hours Borobudur VIP Entrance & Prambanan Temple Tour .: $87
  • 12 hours city tour sultan palace & free Destination: $21
  • 2 Days Tour to Mount Merbabu from Yogyakarta : $280
  • 3 Days Private Tour of Bromo Sunrise and Ijen Crater: $299
  • 5D Borobudur,Prambanan, Tumpaksewu, Bromo, Ijen Tour to Bali: $784

Tours and Activities in Gili Trawangan

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

  • 5H Snorkeling & Sunset Cruise on Utopia Catamaran: $107
  • Gili Hai 3 Islands BBQ Cruise: $72
  • Gili Hai 3 Islands BBQ Sunset Cruise: $72
  • Gili Nanggu Day Tour: $80
  • Gili Trawangan 3 Island Half day Cruise with BBQ Lunch and Snorkeling : $91
  • Shared Gili Islands Snorkeling Tour: $19
  • Kuta Tour (South Of Lombok Beutiful Tour): $49
  • Lombok Private Tour Waterfall And Traditional Village Including Beach: $59
  • Private 2 Hours Snorkeling Experience with Baby Turtles Visit: $57
  • Private Snorkeling Experience in Gili Trawangan: $22

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yogyakarta $4.89
    Gili Trawangan $3.64


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Yogyakarta Expensive? and Is Gili Trawangan Expensive?.