How Do I Travel to Korea on a Budget?

By Michael Ferguson

Korea is a great destination for travelers looking to explore a vibrant culture, try delicious cuisine, and experience some of the world’s most advanced technology. Unfortunately, with all of its attractions and activities, it can be quite costly to visit this Far East nation.

But with careful budgeting and planning, it is possible to travel to Korea on a budget. Here are some tips on how to save money while visiting Korea.


The best way to save money on airfare is by booking in advance. Many airlines offer discounts if you book a flight several months ahead of time.

Additionally, flying in the off-season (October through March) can also help you get cheaper tickets. It’s also worth considering booking flights during the week as opposed to weekends when prices tend to be higher.


Accommodations in Korea can range from hostels to luxury hotels. If you’re traveling on a budget, your best bet is to stay at one of the many hostels throughout the country that offer cheap accommodations and shared facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, there are plenty of Airbnb options available as well which can provide comfortable and affordable stays for travelers looking for more privacy than a hostel can offer.


Public transportation in Korea is excellent and very affordable so it’s worth considering taking buses or trains instead of renting a car or taking taxis if you’re looking to save money while exploring the country. The Subway system in Seoul is particularly extensive and efficient so it’s definitely worth taking advantage of while visiting the city.


Korean cuisine is among some of the most delicious food in the world but eating out can quickly add up when traveling on a budget. One great way to save money while still being able to enjoy traditional Korean dishes is by visiting local markets where you can buy ingredients for cheap and make your own meals at your accommodation or even cook together with other travelers staying at your hostel/airbnb!


Traveling to Korea on a budget is possible with careful planning and smart spending decisions such as booking flights in advance, staying at hostels or Airbnbs, using public transportation instead of renting cars/taking taxis, and cooking meals using ingredients bought from local markets instead of eating out all the time! With these tips in mind, anyone should be able to enjoy their trip without breaking their bank account!