A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Seoul for Food, Nightlife, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Bali or Seoul?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Seoul can help you decide which place is right for you.

Bali

Bali is a lush, frequented, and spiritual island. And you can't forget about the hiking, shopping, and nightlife.

Seoul

Seoul is a cultural, bustling, and modern city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Bali and Seoul: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Big city activities
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Bali different from Seoul?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Seoul and Bali. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bali or Seoul Better for Food?

Bali
Seoul

Both Bali and Seoul offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Bali has long been recognized as a culinary destination with great restaurants. The food is rich and diverse with a lot of spices and complex flavors. Turmeric is a common spice and many dishes use coconut milk. Popular local dishes include Nasi Ayam (a chicken dish), Satay (grilled chicken), and Babi Guling (a pork dish).

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Seoul is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. Food is a cultural obsession here, and you'll find everything from world class street food to award winning restaurants. The dishes are so much more diverse than Korean barbecue and kimchi. Many dishes are very spicy, with popular local foods including gamjatang (pork and potato soup) and jeon (savory pancakes).


Is Bali or Seoul Better for Nightlife?

Bali
Seoul

Both Bali and Seoul are comparable when it comes to partying.

Bali is a world class party destination. The island is known for its crazy raves and all night pool parties. There are multi-story dance clubs as well as upscale bars and beach clubs that host parties late into the night. The best nightlife areas are around Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.

Seoul has a large number of nightlife venues. This is definitely a work hard/play hard city, with locals working long hours during the day and then partying hard late into the night. The nightlife scene is strong both during the week and on weekends. There are bars, clubs, and lounges that are frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Is Bali or Seoul Better for Shopping?

Bali
Seoul

Both Bali and Seoul are good shopping destinations.

Bali is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. A big appeal of shopping on the island is the affordability. There are many local items that are fun to bring home including jewelry, handicrafts, furniture, and clothing.

Many people travel to Seoul specifically to go shopping. This bustling city offers traditional local items as well as Korean cosmetics and trendy fashion. Although shopping malls are spread throughout the city, some of the most popular shopping areas are found around Myeong-dong and Dongdaemun.

Is Bali or Seoul Better for Families?

Bali
Seoul

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Bali or Seoul.

Bali is a very kid-friendly island. The island has countless activities that kids can enjoy. There are watersports, snorkeling, surfing lessons and beautiful beaches. You can also expose your kids to the spiritual side of the island with kid-friendly yoga classes. Animals lovers will enjoy getting to see the monkeys up close and for a unique culinary experience, you can take a family cooking class.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Seoul. The city has a wide range of kid-friendly activities, ranging from the easy choices like amusement parks and children's museums, to the less obvious like kid-friendly cafes and markets. There are many entertainment options packed into a small space, so kids and adults alike will stay entertained.

Is Bali or Seoul Better for Couples?

Bali
Seoul

Both Bali and Seoul are good destinations to visit as a couple.

For those traveling as a couple, Bali has plenty to offer. This beautiful island offers stunning beaches, adventure sports, and world class snorkeling. There are beautiful resorts with spas as well as couples yoga classes impressive natural areas.

Seoul makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Couples enjoy the beautiful viewpoints, outdoor parks, and diverse restaurants. There are also many beautiful luxury hotels where couples can enjoy a romantic getaway.


Is Bali or Seoul Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Bali
Seoul

While Seoul and Bali are both good for backpackers, overall Bali is more popular.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Bali. Backpackers flock to this beautiful island for its stunning setting and affordable accommodation. There are many nice places where backpackers can hang out and get to know other travelers. If you want to get off the beaten path, it's best to head into the countryside and away from the main tourist hubs.

Plenty of backpackers visit Seoul. The city isn't the most popular among backpackers, but those who visit will enjoy exploring a fascinating culture and delicious cuisine. Because it's a large city, you'll find a diversity of accommodation options including some budget-friendly hostels and hotels.

Is Bali or Seoul Better for Public Transit?

Bali
Seoul

While Bali and Seoul both provide public transit, overall the system in Seoul is considered to be better.

Seoul has a world-class public transit network to take passengers everywhere in the city. The modern and clean transportation system includes both a subway and buses.

Bali has some public transit options. There are minibuses and tourist shuttle buses around the island. You can also hire a taxi or rent a car, scooter, or bicycle.

Is Bali or Seoul a more walkable city?

Bali
Seoul

Seoul is considered more walkable than Bali.

Seoul is a very walkable city. Many neighborhoods are fun to explore on foot but do take note that parts of the city are very hilly and the weather can be bitter cold during the winter months.

Bali is generally not a very walkable island. There are some walkable towns and cities on the island, but many areas can be challenging to navigate on foot.

Should I spend more time in Seoul or Bali?

How long in Bali or Seoul?

Both Bali and Seoul have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bali is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Seoul is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Bali or Seoul? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bali 5-7 
    Seoul 3-7

One day in Bali or Seoul?

In Bali, many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping that this stunning destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

Seoul is a big city destination where you can fill many days. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.


A weekend in Bali or Seoul?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bali. Many travelers plan to spend time hiking while in the area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Seoul is a fun place to experience. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Five days in Bali or Seoul?

Bali is a fun place to experience. In Bali, many people enjoy the nightlife and food that this destination offers. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Seoul is a cultural big city where you can fill many days. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

A week in Bali or Seoul?

In Bali, many people enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling that this stunning destination offers. Plenty of people spend one week in the area when traveling. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is often enough time to do most activities.

Seoul is a bustling city where you can fill many days. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, Seoul or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $59, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $95. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $33
    Seoul $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $66
    Seoul $96
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Hotels in Bali


Hotels in Seoul


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $7.46
    Seoul $14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Nusa Dua: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer between Airport (DPS) and Seminyak: $12
  • Denpasar : Private Transfer to/from Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport: $14
  • Ngurah Rai Bali Airport Private Transfer: $15
  • Airport Transfers: $16
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56

Typical Local Transportation prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $3.99
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $5.59
  • Metro Ride
    $1.08
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seoul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seoul:

  • Everland Theme Park Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: Gimpo International Airport (GMP) to Seoul: $31
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Seoul to Gimpo International Airport (GMP): $31
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul to Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN): $41
  • Airport Private Transfer: Seoul to Incheon Int'l Airport: $46
  • Private Airport Transfer: Gimpo Airport to Seoul City (1-6 pax): $65
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City - Gimpo Airport (1-6 pax): $67
  • Private Airport Transfer : Seoul to Gimpo/Gimpo to Seoul (up to 7pax): $68
  • Private transfer in Korea along with a wide range of cars (3~28pax): $75
  • Private Transfer to Airport : Seoul to Incheon Airport ( up to 7pax): $79
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Incheon Airport (1-6 pax): $85
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Gimpo International Airport to Seoul Hotels: $90

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Bali 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
    Bali $17
    Seoul $26
Typical Food prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.28
  • Lunch for Two
    $14
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $28
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.33
  • Lunch for 2
    $9.23
  • Dinner for 2
    $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Typical Food prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.79
  • Waffle
    $0.80
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.60
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $4.39
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.60
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.52
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.79
  • Donut
    $0.80
  • Mushroom Burger
    $4.15
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.63
  • Udon & Sushi
    $5.59
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.83
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.59
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.99
  • Fried Rice
    $4.39
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $7.58
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $7.58
  • Donut
    $2.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seoul

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

  • Night Market Food Tour: $48
  • Traditional Korean Cooking Class (Kimchi) & market tour with chef Joungy: $51
  • Korean Cooking Class with Full-Course Meal & Local Market Tour: $56
  • Small-Group Korean Cooking Class in Seoul: $56
  • Traditional Cooking Experience in Korean Style House in Seoul: $58
  • Secret of Banchan (side dish) cooking!: $61
  • Traditional Korean cooking class and market visit in Seoul: $62
  • Private 3-Hour Korean Cooking Class in Seoul: $68
  • Local Flavors of Seoul at Night: Street Food Tour: $70
  • Eat like a local! Most authentic Seoul food tour: $79
  • Historic Jongro District Authentic Food Tour in Seoul: $81
  • Gwangjang Market Food Tour including Lunch: $82

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $8.94
    Seoul $23
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

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


  • Spa for Two
    $56
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $13
  • Cooking School
    $29

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Sunset Small-Group Tour: $16
  • Ubud Traditional Tour Private Guided by Local - Free WiFi: $18
  • Bali Private Tour by Budhi: $19
  • Bali Private Guided Tour : Best point of Ubud & Uluwatu Sunset - Free WiFi: $20
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour: $20
  • Tour and Transport Services: $21
  • From Nusa Dua : Private Guided Tour to Ubud - Free WiFi: $21
  • Ubud: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch: $22
  • Discover Hidden Hills & Twin Waterfall Private Guided Tour - Free WiFi: $25
  • Tukad Cepung Waterfall - Tirta Gangga - Lempuyang Private Guided Tour Free WiFi: $25
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26

Typical Entertainment prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $6.38
  • Movie Ticket
    $6.38
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.39

Tours and Activities in Seoul

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

  • Royal Seoul Private Tour: Zombie City Exploration Game: $3.72
  • National Museum of Korea Private Tour: Seoul Exploration Game: $3.72
  • Alternative Uncover the city's alternative culture on an audio tour: $5.00
  • The Dark Side of Seoul Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $6.22
  • Changdeokgung Palace Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul: $7.00
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul: $7.00
  • N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul: $7.01
  • Premium Hanbok Experience in Hanboknam Gyeongbok Palace Branch: $7.18
  • Poopooland Discount Ticket at Insa-dong: $8.00
  • Dynamic Maze Discount Ticket Insa-dong: $8.83
  • [Extremely popular Chuncheon trip] Nami Island X Gangchon Railbike One Day Tour: $9.30
  • Alive Museum Discount Ticket at Insa-dong: $9.50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.64
    Seoul $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Seoul

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

  • Seoul Pub Crawl and Party with Free Shots: $24
  • Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs: $25
  • 3-Hour Small Group Korean Pub Crawl + Food Tasting in Hongdae: $86


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Seoul, we can see that Seoul is more expensive. And not only is Bali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bali and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Seoul would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Seoul than you might in Bali.


When is the best time to visit Bali or Seoul?

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

Should I visit Bali or Seoul in the Summer?

Both Seoul and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Also, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

Bali is around the same temperature as Seoul in the summer. The temperature in Bali is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and Seoul stays around 26°C (78°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bali. Bali usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during summer. Bali gets 253 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 121 hours of full sun in the summer.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Seoul. In July, Bali usually receives less rain than Seoul. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain each month for the summer. The dry season in Bali is April to September.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Bali or Seoul in the Autumn?

Both Seoul and Bali during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Seoul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

In the autumn, Bali is much warmer than Seoul. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bali in October are around 27°C (81°F), and Seoul is about 15°C (59°F).

In Seoul, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bali. In the autumn, Bali often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Bali gets 266 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 204 hours of full sun.

Bali usually gets more rain in October than Seoul. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year. October to March is the rainy season in Bali.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Seoul 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Bali or Seoul in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Seoul. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, many visitors come to Seoul in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Seoul can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Bali is generally much warmer than Seoul. Temperatures in Bali average around 26°C (79°F), and Seoul stays around -3°C (27°F).

Bali usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Seoul during winter. Bali gets 170 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 163 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Bali usually receives more rain than Seoul. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the winter. Also, October to March is the rainy season in Bali.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Bali or Seoul in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bali as well as Seoul. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to Seoul for the activities around the city during these months.

Bali is much warmer than Seoul in the spring. The temperature in Bali is usually 27°C (81°F) in April, and Seoul stays around 13°C (55°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Seoul. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In the spring, Bali often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Bali gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 205 hours of full sun.

Bali usually gets less rain in April than Seoul. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Bali

Bali Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)


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