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

Should you visit Lahore 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 Lahore 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: Lahore or Seoul?

Lahore

As Pakistan's second largest city and the capital of the north-eastern Punjab province, Lahore is widely considered the country's cultural capital. Some of its best-known features include the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Gurdwara, a mall surrounded by buildings from the British Raj, and many unique markets and neighborhoods.

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 Adventure Tours to Pakistan, The Best Cultural Tours in Pakistan, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to South Korea, and The Best Adventure Tours to South Korea.


Which place is cheaper, Seoul or Lahore?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lahore is $57, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $109. 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 Lahore and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lahore $37
    Seoul $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lahore $74
    Seoul $110
Compare Hotels in Lahore and Seoul

Looking for a hotel in Lahore 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 Lahore


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: Lahore Hotel Prices and Seoul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lahore $9.98
    Seoul $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lahore

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

  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Arrival : $30
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Departure: $30
  • Airport Transfer : $60
  • Transit Trip: Lahore Guided Day Trip With Round Trip Airport Transfers: $140

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $3.69
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Metro Ride
    $0.99
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seoul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seoul:

  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport (1-12pax): $170
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Gimpo Airport (1-12 pax): $167
  • Private Airport Transfer: Gimpo Airport to Seoul City (1-12 pax): $167
  • Lotte World Ticket with Private Transfer: $108
  • Private Airport Transfer * Incheon Airport <-> Seoul (1-5 people): $102
  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport: $101
  • Private Transfer l Airport to/from Seoul: $100
  • Private Airport Transfer : Incheon airport to/from Seoul(~7 pax): $99
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Incheon Airport (1-5 pax): $98
  • Private Gimpo Airport Transfer to Seoul and Vice Versa: $95
  • Seoul Airport: Private Departure Transfer from Seoul City Center: $87
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport to from Incheon Private Transfer: $85

Is it cheaper to fly into Lahore or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Lahore 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
    Lahore $14
    Seoul $30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lahore

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

  • Street Food Tour of Lahore's Walled City : $85
  • Lahore's Complete Night Food Tour: Local Culinary Experience: $110

Typical Food Prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.42
  • Waffle
    $0.74
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.47
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $4.05
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.47
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.40
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.42
  • Donut
    $0.74
  • Mushroom Burger
    $3.83
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.43
  • Udon & Sushi
    $5.16
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.54
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.32
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.69
  • Fried Rice
    $4.05
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $7.00
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $7.00
  • Donut
    $1.84

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: $47
  • Namdaemun Market Street Food Tour: $48
  • Mangwon Market Food tour By Locals; Cheap Eats to Fancy Feast: $48
  • Seoul Ultimate Food Tour with a K BBQ Finale: $52
  • Seoul Ultimate Food Tour with a K BBQ Finale: $52
  • Mangwon Market Food tour By Locals;Cheap Eats to Fancy Feast: $54
  • Guided City Wall Sunset Hike with Korean Dinner: $58
  • K-Vegan Cooking Class: Tofu Gimbap, Sundubu Jjigae, and more: $60
  • Energizing Korean Cooking Class in a Local Home in Seoul: $71
  • Dive into Seoulite's Gourmet Dinner Korean BBQ and Beyond: $71

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lahore $5.08
    Seoul $27

Tours and Activities in Lahore

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lahore.

  • Lahore Big Bus City Tour: $20
  • Lahori Food Experience: $65
  • Wahga Border Flag Ceremony & Shalimar Garden Private Tour: $70
  • Guided Walking Tour: Walled City of Lahore : $90
  • Ladies Special: Lahore Half day Guided Shopping Tour: $90
  • Lahore Half Day Private Tuk Tuk ( Trishaw ) Guided Tour : $95
  • Full Day Private Guided Lahore Sightseeing Tour : $95
  • Lahore Walled City Walking Tour: $102
  • Rangeela Rickshaw Walled City Guided Tour Lahore : $110
  • Rangeela Rikshaw Walled City Guided Tour Lahore : $110
  • Private Tour: Lahore Full Day Customized Guided Trip : $120
  • 1 Day Rohtas Fort & Khewra Salt Mines Tour: $120

Typical Entertainment Prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $5.90
  • Movie Ticket
    $5.90
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.21

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
  • Private Tour Nami Island with Petite France 'and/or' The Garden of Morning Calm: $98
  • ‘Itaewon Class’ Night Tour: $24
  • 2-Hour Makgeolli Tasting Experience in Seoul: $38
  • 2D 1N Phoenix Pyeongchang Reseot Stay + Trout Ice-Fishing Festival Tour: $144
  • 3 Hour Walking Tour in Songpa Seoul: $49
  • 3-Hour Self-guided Sokcho Tour with Private Transportation: $33
  • 3-Hour Seoul Tasting Tour: Cityhall, Gwanghwamun & Jeongdong Area: $108
  • ARMY must visit BTS tour in Seoul: $50
  • 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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lahore $4.89
    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: $11
  • The Seoul Pub Crawl [official]: $21
  • Pub Crawl: $25
  • The Seoul Pub Crawl [official]: $26
  • Soju Tasting at Distillery - story of 3 pigs: $43
  • Soju Tasting at Distillery - Story of Three Pigs: $43
  • Learn and Craft Makgeolli in a Traditional Brewery: $81


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lahore and Seoul, we can see that Seoul is more expensive. And not only is Lahore much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lahore would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lahore 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 Lahore.

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


Which is Bigger, Lahore or Seoul?

Seoul has a larger population, and is about 64% larger than the population of Lahore. When comparing the sizes of Lahore 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 Lahore or Seoul?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Lahore or Seoul in the Summer?

Both Seoul and Lahore during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many visitors come to Seoul in the summer for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

The heat can be very extreme in Lahore. In the summer, Lahore is a little warmer than Seoul. Typically, the summer temperatures in Lahore in July average around 33°C (91°F), and Seoul averages at about 26°C (78°F).

It's quite sunny in Lahore. In the summer, Lahore often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Lahore gets 228 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 121 hours of full sun.

Seoul gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Lahore. Lahore usually gets less rain in July than Seoul. Lahore gets 202 mm (8 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lahore 33°C (91°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Lahore or Seoul in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Lahore and Seoul. Furthermore, most visitors come to Seoul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene during these months.

In October, Lahore is generally much warmer than Seoul. Daily temperatures in Lahore average around 27°C (81°F), and Seoul fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Seoul this time of the year. In Lahore, it's very sunny this time of the year. Lahore usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during autumn. Lahore gets 290 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 204 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Lahore usually receives less rain than Seoul. Lahore gets 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Lahore or Seoul in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Lahore as well as Seoul. Additionally, 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. Lahore is much warmer than Seoul in the winter. The daily temperature in Lahore averages around 14°C (58°F) in January, and Seoul fluctuates around -3°C (27°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Lahore this time of the year. In the winter, Lahore often gets more sunshine than Seoul. Lahore gets 220 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Seoul receives 163 hours of full sun.

Lahore usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Seoul. Lahore gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lahore 14°C (58°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Lahore or Seoul in the Spring?

Both Seoul and Lahore are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, the activities around the city are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

In the spring, Lahore is much warmer than Seoul. Typically, the spring temperatures in Lahore in April average around 28°C (83°F), and Seoul averages at about 13°C (55°F).

It's quite sunny in Seoul. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Lahore. Lahore usually receives more sunshine than Seoul during spring. Lahore gets 278 hours of sunny skies, while Seoul receives 205 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Lahore usually receives less rain than Seoul. Lahore gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lahore 28°C (83°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Lahore

Lahore Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 17°C (62°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 22°C (72°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 28°C (83°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 33°C (91°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 35°C (96°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 202 mm (8 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 32°C (90°F) 164 mm (6.5 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 16°C (60°F) 14 mm (0.5 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)