Rupiah (Rp.) is the currency used in Bali, Indonesia. Rp.1.000, Rp.5.000, Rp.10.000, Rp.20.000, Rp.50.000 and Rp.100.00 are available in bills and very commonly used. Basically, you can forget the smaller notes or coins because you hardly use them when spending in Bali.
US dollars were popular in Bali but all shops accept Rupiah nowadays.
If you carry banknotes or traveller’s checks, it must be exchanged at major banks or authorised money changers. Beware of illegal money changers especially those shops display exchange rates board in front of their shop. Go to legal money changers, their exchange rates might be slightly lower but they don’t cheat you.
Many shops accept credit cards with a 3-5 percent added to the bill. The amount signed for is in rupiah and the bill is then converted to your domestic currency.
Automatic Teller Machines are mushrooming all over the place, especially at shopping centers and bank branches. Most of them are connected to international banking networks, thus making it possible to look for machines that are affiliated with your own ATM network.
Last but not least, bring a credit card for major purchases or as backup.