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Currency

Upminster, United...
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Currency

What currency is accepted in Bali?

Syracuse, New York
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1. Re: Currency

Indonesian rupiah (IDR). Please exchange it once you arrive in Bali at a reputable authorized money exchange, not on the street, not in the store. Here is one of recommended place http://www.balibestrate.com/

Leeds, UK
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Hi Jane and welcome to the Bali forum. As per kmiggiani the only currency accepted is the Indonesian Rupiah. If travelling from the UK, just take GBP with you and exchange in Bali at authorised money changers. You'll get a better rate than changing into rupiah in the UK and bringing it with you.

coffs harbour...
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3. Re: Currency

HI Jane, on the front page is are 2 pinned posts, one is top questions about Bali, please read this, especially the section on changing money. It is very easy to get scammed if you are unprepared.

Birmingham, United...
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4. Re: Currency

So u don't recommend changing it before you leave ur own country, we're visiting in sept.

Syracuse, New York
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5. Re: Currency

Yes. Exchange it when you are in Bali please, you will get a better rate.

Perth, Australia
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6. Re: Currency

Definitely exchange while in Bali, not in UK. Maybe just change 40 - 50 pounds before you leave so that you have money for taxi/transport, tips and first meal before finding a good place to exchange money. Check the money very carefully before you walk away as there are lots of scammers. Easy to mix up denominations with all the extra zero's!! Use your calculator on your phone to show them the amount you expect if they don't show you first. We've found it's best to just change about $100 at a time (AUD) to avoid carrying too much cash around at any one time. Enjoy your travels!

Perth, Australia
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Hi Dawn and Jane, if your flight is coming in to Bali quite late at night then I would also look at changing some currency before hand, but only a very small amount as Hbdg has stated. I'm not sure if the money changers (x2) at the airport are open late or if they close at any particular time so can't advise you on that option.

If you arrive during the day and need some Rupiah for a taxi then you may be better off to wait until you arrive and change a small amount at the airport. From my experience the rates have been okay but a little less than what BMC or Bali Best Rate are offering. And the rate may still be better than what you would get back home.

Lastly once you're out of the airport, please always use the TA recommended and trusted money changers such as Bali Best Rate (Pt. Dirgahau Valuta Prima) or BMC (Pt. Bali Maspintjinra) or Central Kuta Money Exchange. They are located all over Bali. These money changers have respectable offices, staff in uniform and some locations have a security guard at the door. Their websites tell you where their exchange offices are and also the exchange rate they're offering, so you can compare them and then pick the one that's offering the best rate.

Jane, some hotels will accept USD as payment for your stay but out and about in Bali you will need to pay in Rupiah.

:)

Canberra
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8. Re: Currency

Bali money changers only accept pound notes without tears or biro marks.

Bali money changers will not accept Scottish notes.

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