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

Should you visit Hanoi 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 Hanoi 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: Hanoi or Seoul?

Hanoi

Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

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 Hanoi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hanoi is $39, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $89. 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 Hanoi and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hanoi $20
    Seoul $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hanoi $40
    Seoul $90
Compare Hotels in Hanoi and Seoul

Looking for a hotel in Hanoi 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 Hanoi


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: Hanoi Hotel Prices and Seoul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hanoi $5.50
    Seoul $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hanoi

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


  • Taxi to Bus Station
    $1.21
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
    $3.23
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.40
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.37
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)
    $0.81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • Hanoi City Center to Noi Bai Airport - Private Transfer: $7.90
  • Hanoi city center to Noi Bai airport - Private transfer: $7.90
  • Noi Bai Airport transfer to Hanoi Center and more: $8.00
  • Hanoi Airport Transfer to the city center: $10
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi city to Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN): $11
  • Transfer between Hanoi and Sapa: $12
  • Hanoi Airport Departure Transfer: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN): $12
  • Hanoi airport transfer: $13
  • Hanoi Airport and Hanoi City Private Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer: From Ha Noi Airport, Noi Bai (HAN) to Hotels in Ha Noi City: $13
  • Private Transfer Between Hanoi Airport (han) And Hanoi City Center: $14

Typical Local Transportation prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $3.75
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $5.24
  • Metro Ride
    $1.01
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.49

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 Hanoi or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Hanoi 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
    Hanoi $10
    Seoul $25
Typical Food prices in Hanoi

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


  • High End Dinner (for Two)
    $12
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.44
  • Bowl of Pho
    $0.81
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)
    $6.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

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

  • Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Street Food Tour - Small Group: $5.00
  • (Private) Hanoi Street Food Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide ($5 / Group): $5.13
  • (Small Group) Hanoi Street Food Tours with Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • Dinner with a Local Family in Hanoi: $13
  • Street Food Tour + Old City sightseeing Ticket: $15
  • 3-Hours Hanoi Street Food Tour with Guide and Meal: $16
  • Lunchtime Street Food Tour of Hanoi: $21
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $21
  • Small Group: Ha Noi Walking Street Food Tour With Professional Tour Guide: $22
  • Guided Street Food Tour: $24
  • Bun's family food tour: $25

Typical Food prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.49
  • Waffle
    $0.75
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.50
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $4.12
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.50
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.42
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.49
  • Donut
    $0.75
  • Mushroom Burger
    $3.89
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.47
  • Udon & Sushi
    $5.24
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.60
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.37
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.75
  • Fried Rice
    $4.12
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $7.12
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $7.12
  • Donut
    $1.87

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.
    Hanoi $6.88
    Seoul $22
Typical Entertainment prices in Hanoi

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


  • Puppet Theater
    $1.61
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
    $1.61
  • National History Museum
    $1.61
  • Puppet Theater Ticket
    $2.83

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

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

  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.78
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Tickets: $4.79
  • Skip the Line:Water Puppet Show Ticket - Plus Free Tour for Hanoi (Optional): $4.93
  • Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide: $5.00
  • Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City: $5.00
  • (Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Private Guided Tour of Hanoi: $5.13
  • Hanoi City Tour By Volunteer Guide: $5.13
  • (Half Day) Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Show Ticket - with Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.13
  • Skip the Line: Lotus Water Puppet Entrance with Hanoi Hotel Ticket Delivery: $5.50

Typical Entertainment prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $5.99
  • Movie Ticket
    $5.99
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.25

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
    Hanoi $6.22
    Seoul $9.98

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 Hanoi and Seoul, we can see that Seoul is more expensive. And not only is Hanoi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hanoi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hanoi 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 Hanoi.


When is the best time to visit Hanoi or Seoul?

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

Should I visit Hanoi or Seoul in the Summer?

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

Hanoi is a little warmer than Seoul in the summer. The temperature in Hanoi is usually 29°C (84°F) in July, and Seoul stays around 26°C (78°F).

Seoul receives a lot of rain in the summer. Hanoi gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Hanoi usually receives less rain than Seoul. Hanoi gets 210 mm (8.3 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Hanoi 29°C (84°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Seoul in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Hanoi as well as Seoul. Plenty of visitors come to Hanoi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Additionally, the autumn months attract visitors to Seoul because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

In the autumn, Hanoi is much warmer than Seoul. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Hanoi in October are around 25°C (77°F), and Seoul is about 15°C (59°F).

Hanoi receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Hanoi usually gets more rain in October than Seoul. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Hanoi 25°C (77°F) 
    Seoul 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Seoul in the Winter?

Both Seoul and Hanoi are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Hanoi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. 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. In January, Hanoi is generally much warmer than Seoul. Temperatures in Hanoi average around 17°C (63°F), and Seoul stays around -3°C (27°F).

In January, Hanoi usually receives less rain than Seoul. Hanoi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Hanoi 17°C (63°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Hanoi or Seoul in the Spring?

Both Seoul and Hanoi during the spring are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Hanoi throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Seoul for the activities around the city.

Hanoi is much warmer than Seoul in the spring. The temperature in Hanoi is usually 24°C (75°F) in April, and Seoul stays around 13°C (55°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Hanoi. Hanoi usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Seoul. Hanoi gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Hanoi 24°C (75°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Hanoi

Hanoi Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 29°C (84°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 210 mm (8.3 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 22°C (72°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)


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