The Guide to

Seoul

Money

Coming from London, Seoul doesn't seem overly expensive, but it is a big, vibrant city so you can't expect it to be cheap.

Accommodation will probably be your most significant expense. Transportation is pretty affordable, and you can eat quite cheap in Seoul if you eat around the markets and small local restaurants.

However, you will find a great variety of foods and desserts in Seoul which makes it very difficult to keep in the budget. There is always something else you just have to try right now.

  • CURRENCY:Korean Republic Won (KRW, ₩)
  • APPROXIMATE VALUE:

    1 GBP = KRW 1464

    1 USD = KRW 1132

    1 EUR = KRW 1348

    1 CNY = KRW 174

Costs

FOOD:

Street market food:

KRW 1000-4000

Meal for 2 in local restaurant:

KRW 20,000-40,000

Bottle of water (0.5l):

KRW 800

Coffee:

KRW 2000-4000

ACCOMMODATION:

Airbnb:

on average £39/night

TRANSPORT:

Subway:

from KRW 1250 (one journey with T-Money card, inside the city center you won't pay much more)

Taxi:

from KRW 3000 (better for shorter distances, 1-2 subway stops, and 2+ people)

Walking:

cost nothing, just a great experience

For detailed information read more in the transport section.

Tipping

Tipping is uncommon in Seoul and generally not expected.

Payment

ATMs are widely available.

Cards (VISA, MasterCard, Amex): Depends on where do you mostly spend your time. In shopping centers, bigger restaurants and chains you will be ok with all major cards.

In small local shops, restaurants, and markets you need cash.

In taxis, I usually pay by cash or use T-Money card.