Cost of living in Busan, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Busan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩3,855,672
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩1,664,777
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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List of prices in Busan, South Korea. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,646
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,148
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,165
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,439
12 eggs, large ₩4,364
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩6,524
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩13,135
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩5,745
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,647
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,483
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩17,678
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,641
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,260
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩1,100,450
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩823,017
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩168,110
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩620,470
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩429,006
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩100,179
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩25,284
40” flat screen tv ₩679,832
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩84,588
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,134
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩20,193
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩86,350
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩51,070
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩93,995
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩95,368
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩34,697,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,557
Monthly ticket public transport ₩55,734
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩20,438
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,590
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,738
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩27,500
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩15,573
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,876
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩5,390
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,282
Tube of toothpaste ₩1,859
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩16,856
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩19,667
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,673
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩37,200
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩43,542
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,736
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,403
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,791
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩775,104
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩457
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩58,837
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩3,687
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 11 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2020

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