How to get your Indonesian Rupiah

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Where can I use Indonesian Rupiah?

Indonesia is the world's largest island country, home to over 17,000 islands. You'll find a rich variety of cultures and landscapes here, from the beautiful beaches of Bali and the Gili Islands to the volcanic landscapes of Sumatra and the bustling streets of Jakarta. 


How much spending money will I need for Indonesia?

Prices will vary depending on where you are in Indonesia, and places like Bali and Jakarta will inevitably be more expensive than the less touristy islands. In general, though, Indonesia offers excellent value for money. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for things in Bali:

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant: 165,000 Rp (£9.56)
  • Coffee: 28,000 Rp (£1.62)
  • Domestic beer bottle 28,000 Rp (£1.62)
  • Bottle of water: 4,250 Rp (£0.25)
  • One-way ticket on local transport: 3,250 Rp (£0.19)
  • Taxi/km: 3,600 Rp (£0.21)
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Paying for things in Indonesia


ATMs (mesin kasir) are widely available across Indonesia’s main cities and tourist areas. On more remote islands, ATMs may not work or may offer very poor exchange rates, so it’s a good idea to have some cash on you before you go.


Tipping is not a widespread practice across Indonesia, but is becoming more common in touristy areas like Bali. Here, a small tip for most services (10% or around 5000Rp) is expected, and hotels and restaurants might add 20% to your bill for tax and service (known as ‘plus plus’).

For taxis and porters, a tip of 5000-10,000 Rp is appreciated.


Useful information about Indonesian Rupiah

Exchange rate

At the current rate, £1 will get you 17,425 Rupiah. This will go up and down depending on the market, so click here for the latest rates.


Notes: 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Rp

Coins: 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Rp



A top coffee destination

Did you know? Jakarta is famed for its incredible (but rather expensive) coffee. Indonesia is home to some very unusual coffee varieties, including kopi joss (charcoal coffee), kopi jahe (ginger coffee) and kopi luwak: a specialist variety created from digested coffee cherries.

Read more in our coffee-lover’s travel guide.

Buy Back

Leftover Indonesian Rupiah?

No problem. We'll buy back any Indonesian Rupiahs you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 


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