A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Seoul for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Seoul?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Amman and Seoul. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Seoul?

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Seoul

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to South Korea, and The Best Adventure Tours to South Korea.


Which place is cheaper, Seoul or Amman?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $110, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $108. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Amman and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Seoul $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Seoul $110
Compare Hotels in Amman and Seoul

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Seoul? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Amman


Hotels in Seoul


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Amman Hotel Prices and Seoul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Seoul $16
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

Also for Amman, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Queen Alia Intl Airport Private Transfer to Amman City or Hotels: $20
  • Private Transfer From Amman Airport to many cities: $21
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Amman Airport private Transfers From/To multi destinations : $24
  • From Amman :Private transfer to Airport, Dead Sea and Petra.: $25
  • Amman Airport Private Departure Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport: Private Transfer to Amman Hotels: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Private Transfer from / to Amman Airport to Amman Hotel: $28
  • Petra Private Transfer to or from Amman or Airport or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $30
  • Private QAIA Airport Transfer to Amman : $30
  • Private departure transfer from Amman to airport: $30

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Seoul

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Seoul:


  • Subway Card
    $3.66
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $5.12
  • Metro Ride
    $0.99
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seoul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seoul:

  • Private Transfer l Airport to/from Seoul: $100
  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport (1-12pax): $168
  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport: $100
  • Lotte World Ticket with Private Transfer: $108
  • Seoul to Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN) - Departure Private Transfer: $47
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport to from Incheon Private Transfer: $85
  • Seoul Airport: Private Departure Transfer from Seoul City Center: $87
  • Private Transfer from Seoul to Incheon Airport(~12 passengers): $180
  • Private Gimpo Airport Transfer to Seoul and Vice Versa: $95
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Incheon Airport (1-5 pax): $98
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Gimpo Airport (1-12 pax): $167
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City - Gimpo Airport (1-5 pax): $80

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Amman change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Amman $34
    Seoul $30
Typical Food Prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

For Amman, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Amman:Home resturant lunch and dinner: $37
  • Private Day or Night Amman Sightseeing - Optional Cooking or Wine Tasting Tour : $51
  • 3 course dinner with a sommelier: $56
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $113
  • 3-Hours Guided Food Tour in Amman: $130

Typical Food Prices in Seoul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Seoul are as follows:


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.39
  • Waffle
    $0.73
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.46
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $4.03
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.46
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.39
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.39
  • Donut
    $0.73
  • Mushroom Burger
    $3.81
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.42
  • Udon & Sushi
    $5.12
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.51
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.29
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.66
  • Fried Rice
    $4.03
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $6.95
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $6.95
  • Donut
    $1.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seoul

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Seoul.

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace : Tour, dinner and coffee: $37
  • Seoul Mangwon Market Social Night Food Tour: $44
  • Namdaemun Market: the Largest Traditional Market Food Tour: $46
  • Namdaemun Market Street Food Tour: $48
  • Seoul Ultimate Food Tour with a K BBQ Finale: $52
  • Mangwon Market Food tour By Locals;Cheap Eats to Fancy Feast: $53
  • Gwangjang Market Netflix Food Tour: $54
  • Guided City Wall Sunset Hike with Korean Dinner: $58
  • Sunset Walking Tour in Naksan Park with Dinner: $59
  • K-Vegan Cooking Class: Tofu Gimbap, Sundubu Jjigae, and more: $60
  • Seoul Food Tour: LETS GET FED!!: $61
  • Energizing Korean Cooking Class in a Local Home in Seoul: $71

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Seoul $27

Tours and Activities in Amman

For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • the apple bottom jeans experience 3: $1.14
  • Discover the hidden gems of Amman's Rainbow street on a self-guided audio tour: $5.00
  • JR The Wine Experience: $26
  • Full Day Amman Private City Tour: $35
  • City Tour with Guide and Transport to/from Hotel: $35
  • Private Sightseeing City Tour: $40
  • History & Culture Immersion, City Tour Of Amman : $43
  • Amman : Must-See attractions Private walking tour: $43
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed): $45
  • Half Day Private tour to Dead Sea From Amman. : $50
  • Amman Private City Tour: $50
  • Half Day Tour: Jerash From Amman.: $52

Typical Entertainment Prices in Seoul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Seoul are as follows:


  • Palace Tickets
    $5.86
  • Movie Ticket
    $5.86
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.20

Tours and Activities in Seoul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Seoul are as follows:

  • Pocheon Art Valley with Strawberry Picking Half-Day Tour: $66
  • 2-Hour Makgeolli Tasting Experience in Seoul: $38
  • 2D 1N Phoenix Pyeongchang Reseot Stay + Trout Ice-Fishing Festival Tour: $144
  • 3-Hour Self-guided Sokcho Tour with Private Transportation: $33
  • 365-day DMZ Special Tour including Monday & National Holiday: $55
  • 63 Aqua Planet and 63 Building Seoul Observatory Tickets: $14
  • ARMY Must-Visit BTS Tour in Seoul: $55
  • Activity - Mt. Bukhan Hiking Guided Tour: $150
  • Afternoon Half Day Seoul City Tour, visit Queen's dorm: $67
  • All Day Private Make your own plan tour to Nami Island and others: $270
  • Alpaca World & Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm One Day Tour: $66
  • Alpaca World & Suspension Bridge Day Tour with Luge Ride: $90

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Seoul $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Seoul

Also in Seoul, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Chunpoong Makgeolli Brewery Tour: $10
  • Pub Crawl: $25
  • The Seoul Pub Crawl [official]: $26
  • Soju Tasting at Distillery - story of 3 pigs: $42
  • Soju Tasting at Distillery - Story of Three Pigs: $43
  • Learn and Craft Makgeolli in a Traditional Brewery: $81


When comparing the travel costs between Amman and Seoul, we can see that Amman is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Even though Amman is in Middle East and Seoul is in Asia, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Amman Expensive? and Is Seoul Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Amman or Seoul?

Seoul has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Amman. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Seoul, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Amman or Seoul?

Seoul has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Amman experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Amman or Seoul in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Amman as well as Seoul. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, many visitors come to Seoul in the summer for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Amman is around the same temperature as Seoul in the summer. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 25°C (77°F) in July, and Seoul fluctuates around 26°C (78°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Amman this time of the year. In the summer, Amman often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 121 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Seoul. Amman usually gets less rain in July than Seoul. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Amman or Seoul in the Autumn?

Both Seoul and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to Seoul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene during these months.

In the autumn, Amman is a little warmer than Seoul. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Amman in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Seoul averages at about 15°C (59°F).

It's quite sunny in Seoul. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during autumn. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 204 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Amman usually receives less rain than Seoul. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Seoul 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Amman or Seoul in the Winter?

Both Seoul and Amman during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Seoul because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Seoul can be very cold. In January, Amman is generally much warmer than Seoul. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 8°C (46°F), and Seoul fluctuates around -3°C (27°F).

In the winter, Amman often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 163 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually gets more rain in January than Seoul. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Amman or Seoul in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Seoul. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Also, the activities around the city are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

Amman is a little warmer than Seoul in the spring. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 16°C (61°F) in April, and Seoul fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Seoul this time of the year. In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during spring. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 205 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Amman usually receives less rain than Seoul. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Amman

Amman Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)