A Travel Price Comparison for South Korea Seoul vs. Pyeongchang for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Seoul or Pyeongchang?

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 Pyeongchang can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Seoul or Pyeongchang?

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.

Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang is a county of South Korea situated in the Taebaek Mountains in Gangwon Province. A popular location for winter sports, it was chosen as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Other attractions include Buddhist temples, parks, villages, and natural scenery.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to South Korea, The Best Adventure Tours to South Korea, The Best Cultural Tours in South Korea, and The Best Luxury Tours to South Korea.


Which place is cheaper, Pyeongchang 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 Pyeongchang is $117. 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 Pyeongchang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Seoul $55
    Pyeongchang $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Seoul $110
    Pyeongchang $126
Compare Hotels in Seoul and Pyeongchang

Looking for a hotel in Seoul or Pyeongchang? 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 Pyeongchang


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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 Pyeongchang Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Seoul $16
    Pyeongchang $25
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: $48
  • Seoul Incheon International Airport to from Incheon Private Transfer: $85
  • Seoul Airport: Private Departure Transfer from Seoul City Center: $87
  • 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
  • Private Airport Transfer: Gimpo Airport to Seoul City (1-12 pax): $167

Is it cheaper to fly into Seoul or Pyeongchang?

Prices for flights to both Pyeongchang 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
    Pyeongchang $28
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.
    Seoul $27
    Pyeongchang $52
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
    Seoul $12
    Pyeongchang $8.95

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 comparing the travel costs between Seoul and Pyeongchang, we can see that Pyeongchang 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. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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



When is the best time to visit Seoul or Pyeongchang?

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 Seoul or Pyeongchang in the Summer?

Both Pyeongchang and Seoul during the summer are popular places to visit. The city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

In July, Seoul is generally around the same temperature as Pyeongchang. Daily temperatures in Seoul average around 26°C (78°F), and Pyeongchang fluctuates around 24°C (76°F).

In the summer, Seoul often gets less sunshine than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 121 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pyeongchang receives 144 hours of full sun.

Pyeongchang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Seoul. Seoul usually gets more rain in July than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain, while Pyeongchang receives 217 mm (8.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Seoul 26°C (78°F) 
    Pyeongchang 24°C (76°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Pyeongchang in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Seoul and Pyeongchang. Many travelers come to Seoul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

Seoul is around the same temperature as Pyeongchang in the autumn. The daily temperature in Seoul averages around 15°C (59°F) in October, and Pyeongchang fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

In Seoul, it's very sunny this time of the year. Seoul usually receives more sunshine than Pyeongchang during autumn. Seoul gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Pyeongchang receives 185 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Pyeongchang receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Seoul usually receives less rain than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Pyeongchang receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Seoul 15°C (59°F) 
    Pyeongchang 15°C (60°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Pyeongchang in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Seoul as well as Pyeongchang. Many visitors come to Seoul in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Pyeongchang can be very cold during winter. Seoul can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Seoul is much colder than Pyeongchang. Typically, the winter temperatures in Seoul in January average around -3°C (27°F), and Pyeongchang averages at about 0°C (33°F).

In the winter, Seoul often gets less sunshine than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 163 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pyeongchang receives 190 hours of full sun.

Seoul usually gets less rain in January than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Pyeongchang receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Seoul -3°C (27°F) 
    Pyeongchang 0°C (33°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Pyeongchang in the Spring?

Both Pyeongchang and Seoul are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Seoul for the activities around the city during these months.

In April, Seoul is generally around the same temperature as Pyeongchang. Daily temperatures in Seoul average around 13°C (55°F), and Pyeongchang fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

It's quite sunny in Pyeongchang. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Seoul. Seoul usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Pyeongchang during spring. Seoul gets 205 hours of sunny skies, while Pyeongchang receives 204 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Seoul usually receives more rain than Pyeongchang. Seoul gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Pyeongchang receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Seoul 13°C (55°F) 
    Pyeongchang 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Pyeongchang and Seoul

Seoul Pyeongchang
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 0°C (33°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Feb -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in) 1°C (35°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (42°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 77 mm (3 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Jul 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in) 24°C (76°F) 217 mm (8.5 in)
Aug 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 262 mm (10.3 in)
Sep 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 216 mm (8.5 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (60°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 9°C (49°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Dec 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 3°C (38°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)