The Indonesian Rupiah ?
The Rupiah is the official currency of all the Indonesian Islands. It came into circulation in 1946 when it replaced the Netherlands Indies gulden, introduced by indonesian nationalists fighting for independence after WWII.
The denominations for Indonesian Banknotes are 100000, 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 with the largest note (100000) equivalating to only roughly $10 AUD. The coin denominations of Indonesia are 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50. The 50 Rupiah coin is quite rare as it has such little value.
so how much cash do you need in Indonesia? Food and Drink are generally quite cheap in Indonesia, if you’re on a budget try sticking to eating indonesian food as western food tends to be a lot more expensive. Also try searching for bars and restaurants that have happy hour specials, did someone say 2 for 1 cocktails?
Travel Tip: Download apps such as GOJek or Grab they allow you to get the best price on taxis/rides and help you avoid being overcharged, you can also use them to order normal cars (similar to Uber), Bikes (if you’re a single person trying to get somewhere) and even food delivery (for days you don’t feel like leaving the hotel).
Bottle of water: 6000 Rp (approx: 60 cents AUD)
Bottle of beer at a store: 25000 Rp (approx: $2.5 AUD)
Bottle of beer at a bar: 50000 Rp (approx: $5 AUD)
Indonesian meal: 50000 Rp (approx: $5 AUD)
Western Meal: 150000 Rp ( approx $15 AUD)
Meal at Mcdonalds 70000 Rp (approx $7 AUD)