Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩6,359,200
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩3,881,331
  • Seoul is the 3rd most expensive city in Asia (3 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Seoul is more expensive than in 54% of cities in the World (90 out of 194)
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List of prices in Seoul
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩10,737
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩8,027
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,877
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,860
12 eggs, large ₩6,320
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩7,872
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩7,646
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩8,473
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,237
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,933
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,934
2 liters of coca-cola ₩3,193
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩4,160
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩3,727,990
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩2,395,900
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩273,226
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩1,238,220
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩902,041
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩114,665
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩29,085
40” flat screen tv ₩418,515
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩100,183
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,893
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,266
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩79,937
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩59,970
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩93,969
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩144,451
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩38,561,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,649
Monthly ticket public transport ₩58,332
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩13,805
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,748
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,336
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩32,756
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩15,753
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩10,736
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,307
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,094
Tube of toothpaste ₩4,101
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,955
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,542
2 tickets to the movies ₩27,407
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩196,179
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩81,020
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩13,223
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,510
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,093
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩652,202
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩184
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩77,817
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 123 prices entered by 68 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2024

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Seoul position in our World Ranking

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90th
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3rd
out of 18

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