Travel Budget for Seoul

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How much does it cost to travel to Seoul?

How much money will you need for your trip to Seoul? You should plan to spend around ₩517,359 ($430) per day on your vacation in Seoul, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₩84,875 ($71) on meals for one day and ₩50,266 ($42) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Seoul for a couple is ₩712,533 ($592). So, a trip to Seoul for two people for one week costs on average ₩7,243,025 ($6,019). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Seoul for one week usually costs around ₩3,621,513 for one person. So, a trip to Seoul for two people costs around ₩7,243,025 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₩14,486,050 in Seoul. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Seoul can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Seoul?

How much does a trip to Seoul cost? Is Seoul expensive? The average Seoul trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Seoul prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Seoul can vary, the average cost of food in Seoul is ₩84,875 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Seoul should cost around ₩33,950 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Seoul is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Seoul is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₩50,266 per person, per day, on local transportation in Seoul.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020
Flights to Seoul

How much does it cost to go to Seoul? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Seoul?

Typical travel prices in Seoul are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Seoul. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Seoul can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Bus from Incheon to Seoul
  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
  • Green Tea
  • Subway Card
  • Waffle
  • Water
  • Dippin' Dots
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Chicken Stick
  • Palace Tickets
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Donut
  • Mushroom Burger
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
  • Laundry
Typical tour prices for Seoul

How much do tours to Seoul cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    8 days
    $ 2475
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    8 days
    $ 2200
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Seoul On a Budget
Seoul Gyeongbokgung Palace at night, Seoul, South Korea
With a population of more than 11 million, Seoul is easily the largest city in South Korea. It is also the financial, political, and cultural capital of the country and has much to offer open minded travelers. It is often overlooked by travelers who instead head to Tokyo or Shanghai, but Seoul has a wide range of cultural experiences, food options, and historical sights. Seoul is a city of contrasts with ancient traditions, flashy technology, religious temples and a modern youth culture. It is also more affordable than many of the other Asian metropolis' to which it is often compared. If you're looking for an interesting and different experience that is a little off the tourist trail, Seoul can definitely offer that opportunity.

Seoul's climate is humid continental and subtropical transitional. Summers are hot and humid with the East Asian monsoon occurring between June and September. August is the hottest month with temperatures climbing into the mid 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are cold with temperatures dropping below freezing. Winters are also drier than the summer months and there are, on average, 28 days of snow every year.
There are a good number of attractions worth checking out in Seoul. Head to Gyeongbok-gung, which is the city's most impressive Joseon Dynasty-era palace. Changdeok-gung was built in 1405 and is second in importance to Gyeongbok-gung. Namsan Park is in the center of Seoul and is an ecological island surrounded by urban districts. It's a wonderful place to relax and people watch.

In 1988 Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics. You can visit the Olympic Park which includes a lake, a large field covered with grass, and a square with sculptures. It's a popular spot for young couples to have their wedding photos made. There are also some great running trails throughout the park.

Jongmyo Shrine is probably the most famous shrine in South Korea and is devoted to the royal family members of Korean dynasties. It's an easy place to walk around.
Seoul is administratively divided into 25 districts and each district can be further split into subdistricts. The Han river splits the city with Gangbuk being the northern and more historical side and Gangnam being the southern and more modern side. The two largest areas are Jongno and Jung in the north and Gangnam in the south. Jungno is where you'll find many of the city's palaces and government buildings. It's one of the main centers of the city and attracts a large number of tourists. Jung is to the south of Jungno and has European style government buildings, the City Hall, and the Bank of Korea. There are also shopping areas and markets. Other notable districts that are north of the river include Seodaemun, Mapo, and Yongsan.

Gangnam, south of the river, is at the modern heart of Seoul. There are skyscrapers, flashing signs, and some of the country's most expensive real estate. Other notable areas south of the river are Songpa, Yeoui-do, and Yangcheon.

As Seoul is a large city, there is no shortage of activities that you can enjoy around the city. Check out the Sejong Center for Performing Arts, which is the oldest and one of the largest theaters in downtown Seoul. Also look for events at the Seoul Art Center and KBS Hall.

Amusement parks in the city include Lotte World, Everland (a Korean take on Disneyland), Seoul Land, and Children's Grand Park.
Food and Dining
In Korea, dining is a social event. There are countless restaurants around the city that are filled with crowds having a good time. It can be difficult to locate an English menu so just look around and point out what you'd like to your waiter.

Budget restaurants are easy enough to find. There are street stalls that sell noodles and 24 hr Korean fast food restaurants. Korean barbecue restaurants are also common and delicious.

South Korea Bus and Train Prices
The best prices for buses and trains in South Korea can be found on 12Go. They let you search across all bus, train, and airline routes throughout the region.

Seoul's subway system travels throughout the city and is convenient to use. It's also the second most used system in the world. There are 18 lines that are distinguished by colors. Signs are written in both Korean and English, and often Chinese and Japanese as well.

The bus system is also very comprehensive. There are four kinds of buses. Yellow buses follow short routes around tourist areas. Green buses travel between neighborhoods and the subway. Blue buses cross town and Gyeonggi (green and red) buses connect different cities.

Taxis are very nice and reliable. The prices are generally reasonable if you're not traveling far. Drivers rarely speak English so it is best to have your destination written down.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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