Busan travel budget

Busan: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Busan

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 38 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 969* (1096340 ₩)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 62 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 9.8 per person
  • $ 9.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2006* (2269526 ₩)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 117 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 3716* (4204004 ₩)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Busan compared to South Korea in 2021

On average, the cost of living in Busan in 2021 is essentially identical to the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Busan in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Busan by expense type

Restaurant budget in Busan

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Busan is 27% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.2/person
($ 4.9 to $ 10.5)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 22/person
($ 14 to $ 34)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 5.3 to $ 9.7)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.2 for 500ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.9)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.2 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.2/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 5.3)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.2/can
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Busan

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Busan is 40% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 69/night
($ 69 to $ 69)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 32 to $ 72)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 52 to $ 109)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 159/night
($ 95 to $ 257)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 285/night
($ 230 to $ 348)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 30 to $ 61)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 97/month
($ 49 to $ 168)

42% 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
$ 229/month
($ 127 to $ 352)

39% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 52/month
($ 33 to $ 77)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 145/month
($ 71 to $ 279)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Busan

On average, the price of supermarket food in Busan is 12% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.3/litre
($ 1.8 to $ 2.6)

168% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 2.9/500g
($ 1.4 to $ 6.2)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.4)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.5/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 14)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 5.4/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 7)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.5/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.4)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 2.6)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in Busan

On average, the price of transport in Busan is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 1.2 to $ 1.3)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.4)

97% 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)
$ 2.9
($ 2.9 to $ 3.1)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 60/24hrs
($ 54 to $ 67)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Busan

On average, budget for leisure activities in Busan is 31% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.7/ticket
($ 7.9 to $ 23)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 29/hr
($ 14 to $ 36)

79% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Busan

On average, shopping budget in Busan is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.9/pack
($ 3.9 to $ 3.9)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 36 to $ 81)

33% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 45
($ 28 to $ 63)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

Sydney → Busan
Sydney → Busan
Sydney → Busan
$ 827
(fair price: $ 709)
Melbourne → Busan
Melbourne → Busan
Melbourne → Busan
$ 805
(fair price: $ 701)
Perth → Busan
Perth → Busan
Perth → Busan
$ 754
(fair price: $ 641)
London → Busan
London → Busan
London → Busan
$ 959
(fair price: $ 756)
Los Angeles → Busan
Los Angeles  → Busan
Los Angeles  → Busan
$ 978
(fair price: $ 802)
New York City → Busan
New York City → Busan
New York City → Busan
$ 1372
(fair price: $ 906)


About this information on the cost of living in Busan

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

The information about the cost of living in Busan was updated on 06-06-2021.

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