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

Should you visit Seoul or Cape Town?

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 Seoul and Cape Town can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Seoul or Cape Town?

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.

Cape Town

Picture your travel bucket list. Is Cape Town on it? Yes, most people dream of visiting the "Mother City" of South Africa. As one of the most iconic places in the world, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city full of bustling nightlife, historical backdrops and a large gay community.

Cape Town is the most southern city in Africa with seasons turned upside down. In the southern hemisphere they experience the summer from December to February. During these months days can be hot and dry so be sure to gather in the shade and wear plenty of sunscreen. The winter from June to August is full of rainy days and cold nights.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to South Korea, The Best Adventure Tours to South Korea, The Best Camping Tours in South Africa, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in South Africa.


Which place is cheaper, Cape Town or Seoul?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Seoul is $109, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $98. 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 Seoul and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Seoul $55
    Cape Town $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Seoul $110
    Cape Town $78
Compare Hotels in Seoul and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Seoul or Cape Town? 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 Seoul


Hotels in Cape Town


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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: Seoul Hotel Prices and Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Seoul $16
    Cape Town $17
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 l Airport to/from Seoul: $100
  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport (1-12pax): $170
  • Private Transfer To/From Incheon Airport: $101
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Private Airport Transfers in Cape Town- One way/Round Trips: $16
  • 1.Cape Town Airport Transfer (&Private tour trips during yo Stay): $17
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Cape Town City Center (CBD) to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Airport Transport Shuttle Transfer to Claremont Cape Town : $17
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Claremont to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Airport Transport Shuttle Transfer to Camps Bay Cape Town: $18
  • Airport Transfer (Cape Town ) Bus: $18
  • Airport Transport Shuttle Transfer to Muizenberg Cape Town : $18
  • Transport Shuttle Transfer from Constantia to Cape Town Airport: $18
  • 24 hour Private Airport Shuttle and Transfer CBD: $19
  • Private Transfer Cape Town Airport to or from From Cape Town: $19
  • Cape Town Airport (CPT) to Cape Town - Arrival Private Transfer: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Seoul or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Seoul 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
    Seoul $30
    Cape Town $42
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Night Market Food Tour: $73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cape Town

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

  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $29
  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $29
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap: $41
  • 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap: $44
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $56
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $57
  • Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class: $61
  • African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer: $62
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $63
  • South African Cooking Class in Cape Town with a Local Family: $82
  • Half Day Cape Town African Dinner Restaurant with Live Music Show: $90
  • Private Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class in Manenberg with Locals: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Seoul $27
    Cape Town $23
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
  • ‘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 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

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

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

  • Muizenberg to Kalk Bay: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $2.99
  • District Six Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $3.30
  • Kirstenbosch: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $3.99
  • Cape Town 30-minute V&A Harbour Cruise: $4.23
  • Cape Point Flying Dutchman Funicular Ticket (One way Up): $4.47
  • Cape Point Flying Dutchman Funicular Ticket (One way Down): $4.47
  • Meandering through Mouille Point: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • V&A Waterfront: Seal & Harbour Cruise: $5.00
  • Sea Point Promenade: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.13
  • Muizenberg to Kalk Bay: Amble along the amazing False Bay Coast on an audio tour: $5.20
  • Cape Town's original shoreline: a self-guided audio tour: $5.40
  • Cape Point Flying Dutchman Funicular Return Ticket : $5.43

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Seoul $12
    Cape Town $21

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
  • 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

Sample the Local Flavors in Cape Town

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

  • Drumstruck at Silvermist. Live African Drum Show & Wine tasting: $25
  • Sip 15 Wines on a 3-Region Wine Tour with Cheese: $39
  • Wine Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek & Stellenbosch incl 3 wineries: $39
  • Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl Wine Tasting Shared Tour: $41
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $48
  • half day wine tour & Safaris[Morning /Afternoon]: $49
  • Stellenbosch: Half-Day Wine Tour: $51
  • Fullday Wine Tour: $52
  • Private Constantia Wine Tour: $59
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Wine Tram: $66
  • Wine Tasting Private Tour through Durbanville Winelands: $68
  • Full Day Wine Tour Stellenbosch and Franschhoek: $69


When comparing the travel costs between Seoul and Cape Town, we can see that Seoul 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 Seoul is in Asia and Cape Town is in Africa, 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 Seoul Expensive? and Is Cape Town Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Seoul or Cape Town?

Seoul has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Cape Town. When comparing the sizes of Seoul and Cape Town, 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 Seoul or Cape Town?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Cape Town is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Seoul has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Seoul or Cape Town in the Summer?

Both Cape Town and Seoul during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Seoul for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Seoul is a little warmer than Cape Town in the summer. The daily temperature in Seoul averages around 26°C (78°F) in July, and Cape Town fluctuates around 21°C (70°F)in January.

In Cape Town, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the summer, Seoul often gets less sunshine than Cape Townin January. Seoul gets 121 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 338 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Seoul. Seoul usually gets more rain in July than Cape Townin January. Seoul gets 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Seoul 26°C (78°F) 
    Cape Town 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Cape Town in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Seoul and Cape Town. 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, Seoul is cooler than Cape Town. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Seoul in October average around 15°C (59°F), and Cape Town averages at about 18°C (64°F)in April.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cape Town this time of the year. In Seoul, it's very sunny this time of the year. Seoul usually receives less sunshine than Cape Town during autumn. Seoul gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Cape Town receives 233 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Seoul usually receives more rain than Cape Townin April. Seoul gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Seoul 15°C (59°F) 
    Cape Town 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Cape Town in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Seoul as well as Cape Town. 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, Seoul is generally much colder than Cape Townin July. Daily temperatures in Seoul average around -3°C (27°F), and Cape Town fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).

In the winter, Seoul often gets less sunshine than Cape Townin July. Seoul gets 163 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 193 hours of full sun.

Seoul usually gets less rain in January than Cape Townin July. Seoul gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Seoul -3°C (27°F) 
    Cape Town 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Cape Town in the Spring?

Both Cape Town and Seoul are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Seoul for the activities around the city.

Seoul is cooler than Cape Town in the spring. The daily temperature in Seoul averages around 13°C (55°F) in April, and Cape Town fluctuates around 16°C (61°F)in October.

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

In April, Seoul usually receives more rain than Cape Townin October. Seoul gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Seoul 13°C (55°F) 
    Cape Town 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Cape Town and Seoul

Seoul Cape Town
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Feb -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in) 21°C (70°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Jul 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Aug 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Sep 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 14°C (58°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 19°C (65°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Dec 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)