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

Should you visit Cairo or Seoul?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cairo and Seoul can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cairo or Seoul?

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Seoul or Cairo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $21, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $96. 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 Cairo and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $11
    Seoul $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $22
    Seoul $98
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Seoul

Looking for a hotel in Cairo 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 Cairo


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: Cairo Hotel Prices and Seoul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $3.79
    Seoul $14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.13
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cairo city centre to Cairo Airport CAI: $8.73
  • Cairo Airport Arrival or Departure Transfers: $8.75
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport: $11
  • Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $11
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport to Your Hotel: $11
  • Cairo International Airport Transfer: $12
  • Cairo Airport Transfers: $13
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $13
  • Private pickup & Transfer from & to cairo Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Cairo and Giza to Cairo Airport: $14
  • Private Transfer Cairo Airport to the Hotel in Cairo or Giza: $14
  • cairo airport transfer: $15

Typical Local Transportation prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $4.07
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $5.69
  • Metro Ride
    $1.10
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $8.13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seoul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seoul:

  • (Private Transfer) From hotel / Airbnb in Seoul to Incheon International Airport: $99
  • 1- Day Private Seoul or Outskirts Tour (Round-trip transfer to your hotel): $120
  • Airport Private Transfer: Seoul to Incheon Int'l Airport: $46
  • Departure Private Transfer Seoul City to Seoul Airport ICN by Business Minivan: $123
  • Departure Private Transfer Seoul City to Seoul Airport ICN by Luxury Sedan: $123
  • Departure Private Transfer Seoul City to Seoul Airport ICN by Standard Sedan: $114
  • Everland Theme Park Private Transfer: $16
  • Everland Themepark Private Round trip Transfer + Ticket from Seoul: $115
  • Incheon Airport / Seoul ⇄ Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort Private Van Transfers: $267
  • Incheon Airport Transfer- Private Service between Airport and Seoul (1-13 pax): $200
  • Incheon Airport Transfer- Private service between Airport and Seoul (1-7 pax): $101
  • Incheon Airport ⇄ Seoul Private Van Transfers (Up to 7 or 13 pax): $105

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Cairo 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
    Cairo $6.03
    Seoul $27
Typical Food prices in Cairo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cairo:


  • Juice
    $0.07

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile.: $19
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile: $19
  • Cairo 2-Hour Nile River Cruise with Dinner and Pickup: $20
  • Cairo dinner cruise includes dinner belly dancing show pickup & all transfers: $21
  • Dinner on a boat in Luxor Nile Cruise with oriental dance: $21
  • Dinner on the river nile and party: $23
  • Nile Cruise Dinner at the Nile with Oriental Show: $24
  • Dinner on the river nile: $25
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25
  • Special Bedouin Dinner+ watching oriental show: $26
  • Cairo Food Tour: $27

Typical Food prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.88
  • Waffle
    $0.81
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.63
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $4.47
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.63
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.54
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.88
  • Donut
    $0.81
  • Mushroom Burger
    $4.23
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.68
  • Udon & Sushi
    $5.69
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.90
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.66
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $4.07
  • Fried Rice
    $4.47
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $7.72
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $7.72
  • Donut
    $2.03

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.
    Cairo $7.30
    Seoul $24
Typical Entertainment prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $1.34
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $10

Tours and Activities in Cairo

Here are a few actual costs in Cairo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum Half Day Private Tour: $7.48
  • Cairo City Tour: $8.58
  • Private Tour of the Pyramids: $9.71
  • Pyramids Day Tour: $10
  • Day_tour :Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx: $11
  • Virtual Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum: $12
  • Egypt Virtual Tour of Tomb of King Tut: $12
  • Private Day Tour at Pyramids, Sakkara And Dahshur: $13
  • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and Papyrus Making Demonstration: $13

Typical Entertainment prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $6.50
  • Movie Ticket
    $6.50
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.44

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
    Cairo $1.49
    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 Cairo and Seoul, we can see that Seoul is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cairo is in Africa and Seoul is in Asia, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo 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 Cairo.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Seoul?

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

Should I visit Cairo or Seoul in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Seoul. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to Seoul for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Cairo is around the same temperature as Seoul. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cairo in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Seoul is about 26°C (78°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during summer. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 121 hours of full sun in the summer.

Seoul receives a lot of rain in the summer. In July, Cairo usually receives less rain than Seoul. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Seoul in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Seoul. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Seoul because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

In October, Cairo is generally much warmer than Seoul. Temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Seoul stays around 15°C (59°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Seoul. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the autumn, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 204 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in October than Seoul. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Seoul 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Seoul in the Winter?

Both Seoul and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

It's quite cold in Seoul in the winter. Cairo is much warmer than Seoul in the winter. The temperature in Cairo is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Seoul stays around -3°C (27°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during winter. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 163 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Cairo usually receives less rain than Seoul. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Seoul in the Spring?

Both Seoul and Cairo during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Seoul for the activities around the city.

In the spring, Cairo is much warmer than Seoul. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cairo in April are around 21°C (70°F), and Seoul is about 13°C (55°F).

In Seoul, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the spring, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 205 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in April than Seoul. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Cairo

Cairo Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)


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