Travel budget and cost of living in South Korea how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 43 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1062* (1143422 ₩)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 77 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 9.8 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2183* (2349690 ₩)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 132 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 19 per person

Total budget:

$ 3851* (4146394 ₩)

* 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 2019

Cost of living: South Korea VS United States

On average, the cost of living in South Korea in 2019 is 7% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in South Korea in 2019 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
Cheonan 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cheonan
Seoul 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seoul
Gangneung 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gangneung
Incheon 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Incheon
Busan 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Busan
Gunsan 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gunsan

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Local prices in South Korea by expense type

Restaurant budget in South Korea

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in South Korea costs 25% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.6/person
($ 5.6 to $ 8.5)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 14 to $ 24)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 5.1 to $ 6.6)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.2 for 500ml
($ 2.4 to $ 4.2)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 4.2)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.2/cup
($ 3.2 to $ 5.1)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.6/can
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in South Korea

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Korea costs 41% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 45 to $ 241)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 64/night
($ 23 to $ 492)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 90/night
($ 34 to $ 677)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 174/night
($ 69 to $ 723)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 249/night
($ 139 to $ 1189)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 57/month
($ 29 to $ 302)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 90/month
($ 36 to $ 535)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 145/month
($ 48 to $ 862)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 75/month
($ 32 to $ 505)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in South Korea

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Korea is 38% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.3/litre
($ 1.8 to $ 2.9)

157% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.9 to $ 4.2)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7.5)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 16/kg
($ 9.3 to $ 29)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9.7/kg
($ 5.6 to $ 15)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 9.3)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.7/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 9.3)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 5.6/kg
($ 3 to $ 8.5)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 5.6)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 2.4/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.2
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 24/kg
($ 15 to $ 39)

95% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in South Korea

On average, the price of transport in South Korea costs 4% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 1.2 to $ 1.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 53/month
($ 44 to $ 71)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.6)

96% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.9
($ 2.6 to $ 3.2)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 51/24hrs
($ 38 to $ 88)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in South Korea

On average, the cost of housing in South Korea costs 21% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 161/month
($ 95 to $ 260)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 26/month
($ 20 to $ 39)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 611/month
($ 376 to $ 1032)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 397/month
($ 282 to $ 610)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1467/month
($ 844 to $ 2812)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 921/month
($ 563 to $ 1500)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 66/month
($ 39 to $ 95)

71% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 380/month
($ 282 to $ 563)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 20141/yr
($ 14055 to $ 28108)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in South Korea

On average, budget for leisure activities in South Korea costs 5% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.3/ticket
($ 8.5 to $ 12)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 7.5 to $ 48)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in South Korea

On average, shopping budget in South Korea is 11% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.2/pack
($ 4.2 to $ 4.4)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 64
($ 36 to $ 114)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 44
($ 29 to $ 76)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 91
($ 58 to $ 122)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 131
($ 76 to $ 188)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Seoul
New York City → Seoul
New York City → Seoul
$ 1252
(fair price: $ 991)
Los Angeles → Seoul
Los Angeles  → Seoul
Los Angeles  → Seoul
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 793)
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
Toronto (Ontario) → Seoul
$ 1106
(fair price: $ 952)
London → Seoul
London → Seoul
London → Seoul
$ 888
(fair price: $ 774)
Manchester → Seoul
Manchester → Seoul
Manchester → Seoul
$ 899
(fair price: $ 801)
Dublin → Seoul
Dublin → Seoul
Dublin → Seoul
$ 910
(fair price: $ 805)
Edinburgh → Seoul
Edinburgh → Seoul
Edinburgh → Seoul
$ 936
(fair price: $ 838)

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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 12-03-2019.

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