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

Should you visit Seoul or Sydney?

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

Where Should I go: Seoul or Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney or Seoul?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Seoul is $83, while the average daily cost in Sydney is $135. 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 Seoul and Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Seoul $42
    Sydney $78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Seoul $84
    Sydney $156
Compare Hotels in Seoul and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Seoul or Sydney? 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 Sydney


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Seoul $12
    Sydney $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $3.52
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $4.92
  • Metro Ride
    $0.95
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.03

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Sydney:


  • Taxi Ride
    $13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • Airport (YYZ) to City - Toronto Arrival Transfer: $5.00
  • Shuttle Transfer from Circular Quay Cruise Terminal to Sydney Airport: $13
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney City to Sydney Airport: $13
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to and from CBD Hotels: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sydney to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD): $29
  • Sydney Private Chauffeured Airport Transfer: $36
  • Sydney Airport (SYD) to Sydney hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney to Sydney Airport (SYD) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney Airport Private Car Arrival Transfer: $44
  • Sydney Airport Private Car Departure Transfer: $44
  • Sydney's Best Chauffeured Airport Transfers: $50
  • Sydney Private Airport Transfer: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Seoul or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney 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 $23
    Sydney $36
Typical Food prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.22
  • Waffle
    $0.70
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.41
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $3.87
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.41
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.34
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.22
  • Donut
    $0.70
  • Mushroom Burger
    $3.66
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.32
  • Udon & Sushi
    $4.92
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.37
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.16
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.52
  • Fried Rice
    $3.87
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $6.68
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $6.68
  • Donut
    $1.76

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

Typical Food prices in Sydney

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


  • Tea
    $2.61
  • Lunch Special
    $9.79
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $9.79
  • Meat Pies
    $3.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Seoul $20
    Sydney $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $5.62
  • Movie Ticket
    $5.62
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.11

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

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


  • Theatre Show
    $29
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $30
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $124
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $9.82

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket: $6.32
  • MultiDay Tour - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Standard Tour 3 - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry Ticket: $12
  • Sydney Opera House Guided Digital Tour: $14
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: All-Inclusive Ticket: $18
  • Sydney Tower Eye Ticket: $20
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Entry Ticket - See it All: $20
  • Sydney Sightseeing Bus Tour with Bondi Beach: $22
  • Cake and pastry walking tour - Sydney: $24
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour: $24
  • True Crime Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Seoul $9.37
    Sydney $12

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sydney:

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Seoul and Sydney, we can see that Sydney is more expensive. And not only is Seoul much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Seoul is in Asia and Sydney is in Pacific, 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 Seoul would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Seoul 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 Sydney would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sydney than you might in Seoul.


When is the best time to visit Seoul or Sydney?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Sydney 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 Sydney in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Seoul and Sydney. The city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

In the summer, Seoul is a little warmer than Sydney. Typically, the summer temperatures in Seoul in July are around 26°C (78°F), and Sydney is about 23°C (73°F)in January.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Sydney this time of the year. Seoul usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during summer. At this time of the year, Seoul gets 121 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun.

Sydney receives a lot of rain in the summer. Seoul gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Seoul usually receives more rain than Sydneyin January. At this time of the year, Seoul gets 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Seoul 26°C (78°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Sydney in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Seoul as well as Sydney. Many travelers come to Seoul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

In October, Seoul is generally cooler than Sydneyin April. Temperatures in Seoul average around 15°C (59°F), and Sydney stays around 19°C (65°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Seoul this time of the year. In the autumn, Seoul often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sydneyin April. Seoul gets 204 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sydney. Seoul usually gets less rain in October than Sydneyin April. Seoul gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Seoul 15°C (59°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Sydney in the Winter?

Both Sydney and Seoul are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Seoul in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Seoul can get quite cold in the winter. Seoul is much colder than Sydney in the winter. The temperature in Seoul is usually -3°C (27°F) in January, and Sydney stays around 12°C (53°F)in July.

It's quite sunny in Sydney. Seoul usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during winter. At this time of the year, Seoul gets 163 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun.

In January, Seoul usually receives less rain than Sydneyin July. At this time of the year, Seoul gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Seoul -3°C (27°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Seoul or Sydney in the Spring?

Both Sydney and Seoul during the spring are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Seoul for the activities around the city during these months.

In the spring, Seoul is cooler than Sydney. Typically, the spring temperatures in Seoul in April are around 13°C (55°F), and Sydney is about 18°C (64°F)in October.

In Sydney, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Seoul. In the spring, Seoul often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin October. Seoul gets 205 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

Seoul usually gets more rain in April than Sydneyin October. Seoul gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Seoul 13°C (55°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Seoul

Seoul Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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