How Much Does It Cost To Travel In South Korea?

The cost of traveling in South Korea can be moderate to high.

I spent almost three weeks in South Korea in August 2018 and I spent roughly $400 on this trip. That includes everything: accommodation, public transportation, eating out and heaps more.

How much does it cost to travel in South Korea?
Exploring Inwangsan Mountain

So, how much does it cost to travel in South Korea? In this post, I am going to break it down for you! I visited the following places:

  • Goyang-si
  • Seoul
  • Busan

How much does it cost to travel in South Korea?

The Basics

Accommodation

In South Korea, generally speaking, accommodation can be pricey. We house sitted in Goyang-si though for a week through Trusted Housesitters and rented an apartment in Seoul through Airbnb. My man and I paid $16.50 in total per night for our own studio apartment in a buzzing part of Seoul.

Everything else that I found on Airbnb were private rooms for the same amount of money and much more. Please note, we were visiting Seoul in August and the prices I saw for accommodation reflected that. Of course, prices can vary greatly depending on the season in which you travel.

Alternatively, you can opt for hostels and if you’d like to connect with a local then CouchSurfing is a great option. We were extremely lucky to have found a house sit in South Korea. I can only highly recommend you to check out trusted housesitters. While there aren’t usually a lot of house sits in South Korea, it’s worth checking out.

How much does it cost to travel in South Korea?
House sitting in Goyang-si

Food

The cost of eating vegan food in South Korea at a cheap restaurant is between $5-6 per meal. If you mainly stay in Airbnb apartments then you will be able to cook your own meals. I eat a vegan diet rich in fruits and vegetables and spent roughly $100 on food in South Korea.

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Transportation

The easiest and cheapest way to get around South Korea is by bus. Buses, depending on the distance, can be between $20-30. For a one-way bus ticket from Seoul to Busan, I paid $22.5.

Public transportation in Seoul and Busan can definitely add up. Single journey tickets start at around $1.20 and the actual fare you end up paying is dependent on the zone. For further information regarding Seoul’s subway visit the Korean tourism website.

My favorite market, Amsa Complex Market!

More

Activities

The cost of activities is going to be hugely dependent on what you are into and what you are planning on doing while in South Korea. Most of what I greatly enjoy doing in South Korea is free. If you need inspiration for Seoul, check out 10 Things to do in Seoul.

Some of my favorite activities in South Korea are:

  • Hiking
  • Wandering around the city
  • Visiting markets

How to save money in South Korea

  • Eat like a local
  • Couchsurf
  • House sit
  • Cook
  • Walk
  • Stick to water
How much does it cost to travel in South Korea? Bibimbap
Bibimbap for ₩5,000

The cost of traveling in South Korea can be rather high. Whether you perceive the stated amounts as a high or low is, of course, dependent on where you are coming from and how you usually travel. For long trips, my monthly budget is $1,000 per month. That’s not to say that I am spending that exact amount šŸ˜‰

As mentioned, I spent almost three weeks in South Korea in 2018 and spent $400. South Korea is definitely one of my favorite countries!

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