Travel budget in South Korea

South Korea: calculate your travel budget

South Korea: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in South Korea for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 48 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1125* (1284710 ₩)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 9.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2126* (2427446 ₩)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 127 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 3661* (4180442 ₩)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in South Korea in 2020

Cost of living: South Korea VS United States

On average, the cost of living in South Korea in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in South Korea by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in South Korea compared to the national average.

Cities /South Korea View Details
Sangju 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sangju
Cheonan 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cheonan
Seoul 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seoul
Gangneung 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Gangneung
Gumi 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Gumi
Wonju 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Wonju

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Local prices in South Korea by expense type

South Korea: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in South Korea costs 31% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7/person
($ 4.4 to $ 10.5)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 18/person
($ 11 to $ 45)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.7/person
($ 5.3 to $ 6.1)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.1 for 500ml
($ 2.2 to $ 4.8)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.9/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 5.3)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.4/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

South Korea: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Korea costs 44% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 59 to $ 95)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 44 to $ 91)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 59 to $ 136)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 167/night
($ 136 to $ 206)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 247/night
($ 210 to $ 298)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 53/month
($ 44 to $ 67)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 94/month
($ 67 to $ 137)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 136/month
($ 95 to $ 190)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 75/month
($ 53 to $ 108)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 124/month
($ 79 to $ 193)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

South Korea: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Korea is 38% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.2/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 3.1)

151% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.5/500g
($ 1.8 to $ 4.4)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3.8/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 8.7)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 4.4)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 18/kg
($ 8.6 to $ 45)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9.7/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 17)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 6.8/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 14)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.1/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 8.7)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 6/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 12)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.1)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 2.3/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 3.1)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 30/kg
($ 14 to $ 63)

129% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

South Korea: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in South Korea costs 6% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.1/ticket
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 49/month
($ 45 to $ 66)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

92% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.1
($ 2.6 to $ 3.3)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 51/24hrs
($ 35 to $ 98)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

South Korea: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in South Korea costs 26% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 152/month
($ 89 to $ 249)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 26/month
($ 18 to $ 45)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 591/month
($ 351 to $ 1182)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 407/month
($ 263 to $ 750)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1636/month
($ 876 to $ 3063)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 928/month
($ 526 to $ 1575)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 57/month
($ 27 to $ 89)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 400/month
($ 263 to $ 613)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 21022/yr
($ 15745 to $ 29741)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

South Korea: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in South Korea is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.7/ticket
($ 7.9 to $ 13)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 8.7 to $ 32)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

South Korea: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in South Korea is 9% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.9/pack
($ 3.9 to $ 4.4)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 65
($ 27 to $ 89)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 44
($ 27 to $ 71)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 83
($ 49 to $ 115)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 132
($ 71 to $ 194)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

London → Seoul
London → Seoul
London → Seoul
$ 829
(fair price: $ 672)
Los Angeles → Seoul
Los Angeles  → Seoul
Los Angeles  → Seoul
$ 965
(fair price: $ 769)
New York City → Seoul
New York City → Seoul
New York City → Seoul
$ 1155
(fair price: $ 884)
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
$ 1191
(fair price: $ 981)
Manchester → Seoul
Manchester → Seoul
Manchester → Seoul
$ 830
(fair price: $ 700)
Sydney → Busan
Sydney → Busan
Sydney → Busan
$ 819
(fair price: $ 709)
Auckland → Seoul
Auckland → Seoul
Auckland → Seoul
$ 941
(fair price: $ 763)
Dublin → Seoul
Dublin → Seoul
Dublin → Seoul
$ 842
(fair price: $ 747)
Montreal → Seoul
Montreal → Seoul
Montreal → Seoul
$ 1155
(fair price: $ 943)
Sydney → Seoul
Sydney → Seoul
Sydney → Seoul
$ 814
(fair price: $ 649)
Edinburgh → Seoul
Edinburgh → Seoul
Edinburgh → Seoul
$ 886
(fair price: $ 770)
Melbourne → Busan
Melbourne → Busan
Melbourne → Busan
$ 784
(fair price: $ 701)
Perth → Busan
Perth → Busan
Perth → Busan
$ 751
(fair price: $ 640)
London → Busan
London → Busan
London → Busan
$ 943
(fair price: $ 745)
Los Angeles → Busan
Los Angeles  → Busan
Los Angeles  → Busan
$ 949
(fair price: $ 788)
New York City → Busan
New York City → Busan
New York City → Busan
$ 1330
(fair price: $ 898)
Toronto (Ontario) → Busan
Toronto (Ontario) → Busan
Toronto (Ontario) → Busan
$ 1496
(fair price: $ 1093)
Melbourne → Seoul
Melbourne → Seoul
Melbourne → Seoul
$ 795
(fair price: $ 648)
Auckland → Busan
Auckland → Busan
Auckland → Busan
$ 1094
(fair price: $ 803)
Perth → Seoul
Perth → Seoul
Perth → Seoul
$ 783
(fair price: $ 646)
Manchester → Busan
Manchester → Busan
Manchester → Busan
$ 1046
(fair price: $ 917)
Montreal → Busan
Montreal → Busan
Montreal → Busan
$ 1224
(fair price: $ 1013)
Dublin → Busan
Dublin → Busan
Dublin → Busan
$ 1050
(fair price: $ 903)

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About the information on the cost of living in South Korea

The information about the cost of living in South Korea shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in South Korea updated on 26-09-2020.

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