The national Indonesian currency is Rupiah (Rp) and come in bank note denominations of 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500 and 100. Coins come in 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 rupiah. Change is often not available in smaller shops out side big cities. Carry a variety of coins and small notes with a big bag of money, especially when travelling outside cities.
Bring only new notes (no coins), as practically no one will change dirty or marred bank notes. The best exchange rate is usually obtained at money-changers, found at the airports of all major cities. Hotels usually offer a lower rate of exchange, and banks are known to offer the worst rate.
What do you really know about Indonesia Currency-Tipping
In Bali, where illegal money-changers know every scam in the book, be sure to only do business with those advertising themselves as “Authorised” (this too must be double checked for legitimacy).
Be sure to count your money before leaving the counter and get a receipt. MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most large hotels and shops. Diner’s Club and American Express are less prevalent. See Exchange Rate at
I ravelled US to Sumatra, Bali and Java for months and was NEVER asked for a tip.You’re generally not expected to tip, but there are exceptions. At some restaurants, a 5% “service fee” will be added to your bill.
As printemps noted, you will encounter a sort of “share the wealth” mentality if you appear to be wealthy or are in an area heavily frequented by tourists. You should leave a 5-10% tip in these cases.
General Indonesia Currency-Tipping and Globally!
Tipping or service fees is widespread across North America, Canada and also some places in Asia. USA is a country where most people tip in restaurants, bars or any sit-down dining outlets, but the practice is increasingly common also in other places where a service is provided (such as massages, services, sexual services and tourism).
Also, in general, people tip taxicab drivers, hair dressers and hotel doormen. Baristas boast with a tip jar next to the payment screen and cashiers at more and more establishments prompt customers to to tip by offering a little extra on the top of their service and to ensure the satisfaction.