Seoul prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$36.38   
1000 KRW = 0.96 USD
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Seoul hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
9.62 - 0.01
star
19.25 - 77.00
starstar
57.75 - 91.43
starstarstar
67.37 - 163.62
starstarstarstar
105.87 - 250.24
starstarstarstarstar
125.12 - 481.23


hotel seasons

Just as the city has its best weather in spring and fall, hotels in Seoul tend to have their high season prices during these periods as well. From April through early June and again from September through November you’ll find the highest prices. The warm and wet months of July and August can offer small discounts, but only December through February (outside of the holiday period) is considered low season for Seoul hotels and hostels.


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Seoul is truly a massive city, and it has things in nearly every price range available. It’s definitely cheaper than Tokyo, but more expensive than most of the larger cities in China. Bargains can be found in Seoul hotels and hostels, and extreme luxury is also available.

Most of the main attractions are well within reach of nearly any budget so at least once you arrive you can see all the major sights without having to go hungry.

Food and drink can also be found to meet nearly any budget, with an abundance of lower-priced options that are generally aimed at the local workforce. If you go to a place with an English-language menu you’ll often be paying a higher price for it, but still there are cheaper options available even for those who don’t speak Korean.

Seoul attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul's royal palace is a major attraction. For one price you can also visit 3 other nearby palaces. adults 9.62
this palace only 2.89
Lotte World A huge indoor amusement park in Seoul is popular with locals and tourists. Entry including unlimited rides is about 60% more. adults 26.95
junior 24.06
child 21.17
Seoul City Bus Tour This company runs 3 all-day hop-on, hop-off routes around the city, and each one lasts around 2 hours if you don't get off. Doing just one route is cheaper. adults 9.62
students 7.70

Seoul Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 48.12 - 67.37
Express bus from airport to city center 14.44
Public bus from airport to city center 7.70 - 8.66
3km taxi ride in Seoul 3.08 - 5.77
Subway ride in Seoul 0.96 - 1.92
Express train from airport to city center 3.56 - 12.80

Seoul food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast there are plenty of fast and cheap options. 1.92 - 6.74
Budget lunch Look for places where locals go for good-value and good quality lunches. 2.89 - 9.62
Budget dinner Proper sit-down restaurants range in price greatly, but cheaper ones are there if you look. 3.85 - 11.55
Beer (pint) Local lagers can be cheap, especially in pitchers or on special deals. 1.92 - 3.37
Soju (360ml bottle) This sake-like rice liquor is cheap and extremely popular with locals. Even cheaper at markets. 2.89 - 4.33
McDonalds Big Mac If you are food-homesick in Seoul then Big Macs aren't a bad deal. 3.37

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Seoul facts

Population 10,500,000
Metro area 24,500,000
Time zone UTC+9
Currency South Korea won
Airports Incheon International Airport (ICN)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 35 21 0.9
Feb 39 25 0.9
Mar 50 34 1.8
Apr 64 45 3.0
May 73 55 4.0
Jun 80 64 5.2
Jul 84 71 12.9
Aug 85 72 13.7
Sep 78 62 5.4
Oct 68 50 1.9
Nov 53 37 2.1
Dec 40 26 1.0

Weather Advice

Seoul is probably best visited during either spring or fall, since winters can be very cold and a bit snowy, while summers tend to be hot and humid, with especially heavy rainfall during July and August. May, June, and October offer mild temperatures without much threat of major rainstorms.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 6:35am 6:44pm
21 Jun 5:11am 7:56pm
21 Sep 6:18am 6:31pm
21 Dec 7:43am 5:17pm

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