How Do I Travel to South Korea on a Budget?

By Alice Nichols

Travelling to South Korea on a budget can be daunting, but with a bit of research and planning, it is more than possible to make your trip there a reality. There are a few key things to consider when trying to travel to South Korea on a budget, including transportation costs, accommodation, food and entertainment options.

Transportation Costs: One of the biggest expenses when travelling is transportation costs. To save money while travelling in South Korea, look into cheap domestic flights or consider taking the train instead.

Taking the train can be cheaper than flying depending on your destination. Additionally, look into buying a Korail Pass which offers discounts on train fares.

Accommodation: Accommodation in South Korea can be quite expensive, especially in major cities like Seoul. To save money on accommodation, consider staying in hostels or guesthouses instead of hotels. Hostels and guesthouses offer great value for budget travellers and you’ll often find them located near city centres or other attractions.

Food & Entertainment: Eating out in South Korea can also be expensive so look into street food for an affordable option that won’t break the bank. Street food is also an excellent way to sample traditional Korean cuisine. Also explore free activities such as hiking or visiting local markets and parks.


Travelling to South Korea on a budget requires some research and planning but with some careful consideration of transportation costs, accommodation options and food & entertainment choices it is definitely possible to have a memorable trip without breaking the bank.