Cost of living in Busan, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Busan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩3,949,165
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩1,687,828
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Busan
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,935
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,616
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,774
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,431
12 eggs, large ₩4,596
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩6,406
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,797
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩5,944
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,514
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,378
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩15,917
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,724
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,768
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩1,127,110
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩804,952
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩168,017
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩613,400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩437,056
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩93,974
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩25,284
40” flat screen tv ₩617,148
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩87,842
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,860
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩24,064
Clothes Update prices
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 ₩95,497
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,131,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,602
Monthly ticket public transport ₩57,152
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩20,096
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,409
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,759
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩36,417
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.) ₩5,395
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,282
Tube of toothpaste ₩1,859
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,265
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩20,535
2 tickets to the movies ₩21,187
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩105,682
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩39,176
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,577
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,525
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,000
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩774,736
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 ₩3,893
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 19 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: February 03, 2023

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