I constantly see BNI and BRI cash machines across Indonesia.

What are the differences between the two?

  • The same differences as between PostFinance and Credit Suisse ATMs. Every machine with a VISA sign allows you to get money from your credit card at a cost fixed by VISA and at the daily conversion rate of your credit card issuer. – Alexander Jul 16 '15 at 12:37
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    Beside the fact they're just two different Indonesian banks ? – blackbird Jul 16 '15 at 12:38
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    I was wondering if these actually were different banks, thought they could be part of the same group company – Adrien Be Jul 16 '15 at 14:28
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    Just different banks. BNI sometimes seem to have higher limits though (sometimes it's possible to get 2 million while the machine states a maximum of 1,5 million). – Axel Jul 16 '15 at 22:10

Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) are separate banks. BRI is bigger and has a more widespread ATM network, with over 20,000 compared to BNI's 6,000.

There's conflicting information about fees, with at least one claim that BRI has lower fees but a similar forum post stating there are no fees for most Indonesian ATMs.

  • Interesting. One thing I noticed is that BNI cash points accept bank cards belonging to a wider number of networks. Anything to say about it? – Adrien Be Jul 18 '15 at 9:43

Although BRI seems to have a bigger network than BNI, there seems to be an advantage in using BNI cash machines: they usually (if not always) accept cards belonging to a larger number of card networks.

BNI cash points accept: Visa, Visa electron, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro, Plus, ATM Bersama, Prima, BNI, Link.

BRI cash points usually do not accept cards belonging to Visa. I'll try find out more on this.

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