The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR or Rp. Information on daily exchange rates with major other currencies can be found in newspapers or from the net. Money can be obtained from ATM’s that are easily found in major cities, but less frequent (or absent) in more remote locations. Major shops,, restaurants and hotels will accept credit cards, but may add a charge or have minimum amount requirements. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities. They’ll accept most major currencies, but especially for US$ bills it is recommended to bring new bills, as bills with marks, folds or staples are not always accepted.
Standard banking hours are 8.00 am to 3.00 pm Monday through Friday. Branches in major shopping malls or hotels could have extended opening hours, including Saturdays, so you may want to check this out.
Shopping hours are between 9.00 am and 10.00 pm and shopping malls are open 7 days a week, including on Sunday. In tourist areas and the largest cities you may find 24 hour convenience stores. Bargaining is customary in small shops and markets, but not in the shopping malls.
Major hotels and restaurants usually add a 10% service charge to bills. Where it is not included, a tip of between 5 to 10% of the bill is much appreciated, if the service is satisfactory that is. p>Tipping a taxi driver is not mandatory but if service has been satisfactory a tip of 3 to 5,000 Rupiah is sufficient. Hired-car drivers normally get a larger tip. Porters (at airports and hotels) usually expect 5,000 per bag, double if they’re heavy. Don’t feel obliged to use their service, but using their services will increase your vacation feeling. Make sure at airports to use the official (uniformed) porter service.