How Do I Travel to Seoul on a Budget?

By Anna Duncan

Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. With its rich culture and history, there are countless things to do and see.

But with all the attractions and activities available, it can be difficult to plan a trip to Seoul on a budget. However, with a little planning and research, you can still have an amazing time in Seoul without breaking the bank.

One of the best ways to save money on a trip to Seoul is by finding cheap flights. While there are many international airlines that fly into Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, there are also plenty of budget airlines that offer flights at discounted rates. It is important to compare prices between different airlines before booking your flight as this can help you save quite a bit of money.

Once you’ve booked your flight, finding accommodation in Seoul is another way to stay within your budget. There are plenty of hostels and guesthouses available at affordable prices that offer comfortable stays. You can also try looking for shared apartments or Airbnb rentals if you would like more privacy during your stay.

When it comes to transportation in Seoul, public transportation is the most economical way to get around. The city has an expansive Subway system that covers almost all areas of the city. Taking buses or taxis is also an option but they tend to be more expensive than taking the Subway.


Eating out in Seoul can be quite expensive but there are ways to save money on food while still enjoying delicious local cuisine. Street food vendors offer some tasty snacks for very cheap prices and traditional markets such as Gwangjang Market or Dongdaemun Market offer fresh produce and ready-to-eat meals at lower prices than restaurants.


Finally, when it comes to attractions, there are many free or low-cost activities that can add up quickly if not careful. Popular attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace or Namsan Tower cost only a few dollars each entry but if you plan on visiting multiple sites then it might be worth buying a tourist pass that includes access to multiple attractions for one discounted price.


With some research and planning ahead, it is possible for anyone visit Seoul on a budget. By finding cheap flights and accommodation options, using public transportation whenever possible, eating street food instead of expensive restaurants and taking advantage of tourist passes for attractions – you can have an amazing time in this vibrant city without breaking the bank!