With some exceptions, you will be expected to use local currency in Indonesia. Some places in touristy areas like Bali might accept US dollars as well but even in such places paying in Indonesian Rupiahs (IDR) would be cheaper.
Even if Yogyakarta and its famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples attract quite many visitors, this Indonesian city is by far less touristy than Bali is. It can be easily felt when you come to usual things like currency exchange.
Currency Exchange at Yogyakarta Airport (JOG)
When you are coming to Yogyakarta from another Indonesian destination, most probably your pockets are already full of Indonesian Rupiahs and you don’t need to worry about getting local currency. However, everything is completely different, if you’re arriving directly to Adi Sucipto International Airport (JOG) in Yogyakarta.
You will find a money changer at Yogyakarta Airport just before the exit from the airport arrivals. Don’t worry about missing it as the airport is really small so there’s no chance that you would miss the only money changer there.
However, the rates offered by money changer at Yogyakarta Airport are far from good so you shouldn’t exchange more than you need for your transport to the city. If you’re arriving at Yogyakarta late, additionally exchange some money for your first night expenses as most of money changers in Yogyakarta close quite early (7pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends). We found out this in a hard way.
Currency Exchange Rates at Yogyakarta Airport
How bad currency exchange rates at Yogyakarta Airport really are?
As you know, the rates are changing during the time and this table of currency exchange rates at Yogyakarta Airport isn’t current. However, you can know what rates to expect at Yogyakarta Airport by comparing them with official exchange rates at the time the photo was taken.
USD to IDR exchange rate at Yogyakarta Airport
The official USD exchange rate at that time was 13500 IDR for 1 dollar, so the rate offered at the airport (12800 to 11700 IDR/USD) was from 700 IDR to 1800 IDR (depending on the note) lower than the official rate. For every dollar changed here you’re losing between 0.05-0.13 USD that can be a significant amount (50 to 130 USD) if you’re changing 1000 USD.
EUR to IDR exchange rate at Yogyakarta Airport
The official EUR exchange rate at that time was 15960 IDR for 1 euro, so the rate offered at the airport (15300 IDR/EUR) was by 660 IDR lower than the official rate. For every euro changed here you’re losing 0.04 EUR or 40 EUR if changing 1000 EUR.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Yogyakarta Airport
The official GBP exchange rate at that time was 17935 IDR for 1 pound, so the rate offered at the airport (17200 IDR/GBP) was by 735 IDR lower than the official rate. AUD to IDR exchange rate was lower by 748 IDR/AUD and SGD to IDR exchange rate was lower by 700 IDR/SGD. Even worse rates were offered for other currencies and some of them like Indian Rupees were not even accepted.
Best Money Changer in Yogyakarta
Even if you won’t find money changers on every street corner in Yogyakarta, you can get really good deals for currency exchange here. The best of them all in Yogyakarta is Mulia Money Changer. According to local guy, Mulia Money Changer actually is the place where other money changers in Yogyakarta are going to change their money. When we compared the rates, it really started to sound like the truth.
Where can you find the best money changer in Yogyakarta?
Mulia Money Changer is conveniently located at the premises of Inna Garuda Hotel on Malioboro Street where the best night market of Yogyakarta takes place every evening. You will easily find Inna Garuda Hotel on the map. Otherwise, local people will be glad to let you know where it is as it seems that everyone knows it.
Mulia Money Changer will be on your right when you enter the complex of Inna Garuda Hotel. Security guy will show you the direction if you won’t be sure where to go next. The entrance to Mulia Money Changer office looks like this – you will easily spot it.
Opening Hours of Mulia Money Changer at Inna Garuda Hotel
Mulia Money Changer at Inna Garuda Hotel opens every day, except of Indonesian public holidays.
- Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 3pm
Currency Exchange Rates at the Best Money Changer in Yogyakarta
Currency exchange rates at Mulia Money Changer are significantly better than at Yogyakarta Airport or other money changers in the city.
How good are the rates offered by Mulia Money Changer?
USD to IDR exchange rate at Mulia Money Changer
The official USD exchange rate at that time was 13500 IDR for 1 dollar and the rate offered at Mulia Money Changer (13400 IDR/USD) was lower than the official rate only by 100 IDR. If compared with the rates offered at the airport (12800 to 11700 IDR/USD), the difference is huge as you are saving at least 600 IDR for every dollar changed.
EUR to IDR exchange rate at Mulia Money Changer
The official EUR exchange rate at that time was 15960 IDR for 1 euro and the rate offered at Mulia Money Changer (15825 IDR/EUR) was lower than the official rate only by 135 IDR. If compared with the rates offered at the airport (15300 IDR/EUR), the difference is huge as you are saving at least 525 IDR for every euro changed.
Exchange rates of other currencies at Mulia Money Changer
The official GBP exchange rate at Mulia Money Changer was lower than the official rate only by 135 IDR. AUD to IDR exchange rate was lower only by 72 IDR/AUD and SGD to IDR exchange rate was lower only by 127 IDR/SGD.
The less popular is the currency, the lower the rate is but they are still much better than you can get at Yogyakarta Airport and the range of exchanged currencies is by far the widest here. You can exchange JPY, HKD, WON, NT, NZD, PHP, THB, YUAN, INR and few other currencies here with no problem.
Mulia Money Changer Locations
Mulia Money Changer branch at Inna Garuda Hotel isn’t the only one in Yogyakarta. There’s another one at Pelayanan Plaza Ambarrukmo but it’s located in not such a touristy part of Yogyakarta and has shorter opening hours than the main branch.
Currency Exchange in Yogyakarta at Night
As opening hours of money changers are limited, your only choice to exchange currency at late hour in Yogyakarta is touts that you can find on the street if only you’ll ask around. However, the rates offered will be much worse and the guys like the one we were dealing with won’t look trustworthy. If only you can, avoid doing any business with them as you can never know.
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