Load Balancers Pricing

DigitalOcean fully manages Regional Load Balancers and Global Load Balancers, ensuring they are highly available load balancing services. Load balancers distribute traffic to groups of Droplets in specific regions or across different regions, which prevents the health of a backend service from depending on the health of a single server or a single region.

DigitalOcean offers two different types of load balancers: regional and global. Each type of load balancer has different pricing and inclusions.

Global Load Balancers

Global load balancers are currently in beta and cost $15.00 per month and include the following:

  • 25 million HTTP/HTTPS requests per month. Each additional million requests costs an additional $0.70.
  • 1 TB of data transfer per month. Each additional GB of data transfer costs an additional $0.02 per GB.
  • Up to 5 connected domains. Each additional domain costs an additional $0.14 per month.

Pricing for this service may change upon General Availability.

Regional Load Balancers

Regional load balancers cost $12.00 per month for each node they contain.

Each additional node increases the load balancer’s maximum:

  • Requests per second, up to 10,000
  • Simultaneous connections, up to 10,000
  • New SSL connections per second by 250

You can add up to 100 nodes to a load balancer.

You can scale regional load balancers up or down at any time to meet your performance needs. The more nodes a load balancer has, the more simultaneous connections and requests per second (RPS) it can maintain. We prorate the load balancer’s costs by the number of hours it runs at each size. Your invoice displays the number of hours the load balancer runs at each size on a separate line. You can resize a load balancer only once per minute.

Performance may vary depending on the load balancer’s workload. Using different protocols and package management settings will produce different results. Therefore, we cannot provide specific performance metrics for each load balancer size, and we strongly recommend that you run your own benchmarks to see what size works for your application’s specific needs.

There is no additional cost to use Let’s Encrypt with load balancers.

The maximum number of new SSL connections does not apply to load balancers configured for SSL passthrough.


DigitalOcean Load Balancers by themselves don’t generate bandwidth charges; they are bandwidth neutral.

The public outbound traffic that originates from your resources and passes through the load balancer counts towards your bandwidth limit. In this scenario, the aggregated bandwidth is reported as part of the load balancer and not attributed to the individual resources behind it.