Abu Dhabi vs Seoul - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Seoul
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$1460
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$3914
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$719
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$1659
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$496
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$157
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$2716
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
18 km
🎓 Higher education
52
100
😀 Quality of life
81
94
🏙️ Population
1.48M
9.67M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 34% more expensive than in Seoul. Cities ranked 608th and 2834th ($1963 vs $1460) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 2nd in the United Arab Emirates and South Korea, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs South Korea comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.9 months in Seoul. Abu Dhabi ranked 4th best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Seoul ranked 1st in South Korea, while ranked 318th and 25th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Seoul

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Abu Dhabi Seoul
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$5.87
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$38
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$5.6
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$3.1
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$4.24
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$1.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$755
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$539
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$2190
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$1279
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$176
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$21.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
3.32%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$12026
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$11060
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$43.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$9.94
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$1.41
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$2.11
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$2.72
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$3.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$4.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$17.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$10.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$39.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$6.32
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$3.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$6.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$6.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$3.37
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$2.84
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.71
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$2.31
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$16.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$2.1
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$3.48
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$5.11
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$5.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$2.81
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$1.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$50.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$9.42
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$23.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$11.3
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$54.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$70.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$380
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$19045

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$1297
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$1899
142 km or 88 mi Sharjah
$1360
143 km or 89 mi Al Ain
$1448
152 km or 94 mi Ajman
$871
170 km or 105 mi Umm al-Quwain
$1053
211 km or 131 mi Fujairah
$1095
237 km or 147 mi Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
300 km or 187 mi Doha
$1894
318 km or 198 mi Al Khor
$1755
356 km or 221 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
365 km or 227 mi Nizwa
$824
395 km or 246 mi Seeb
$1236
425 km or 264 mi Riffa
$1002
427 km or 265 mi Manama
$1307
428 km or 266 mi Isa Town
$1152
439 km or 273 mi Muscat
$1145
454 km or 282 mi Jahrom
$660
468 km or 291 mi Dhahran
$969
481 km or 299 mi Dammam
$1004
486 km or 302 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
501 km or 311 mi Fasa
$939
514 km or 320 mi Qatif
$889
548 km or 341 mi Jubail
$861
568 km or 353 mi Sirjan
$663
575 km or 357 mi Jiroft
$659
599 km or 372 mi Shiraz
$724
610 km or 379 mi Bushehr
$694
617 km or 384 mi Borazjan
$657
620 km or 385 mi Marvdasht
$659
632 km or 392 mi Kazerun
$656
637 km or 396 mi Chabahar
$659
649 km or 404 mi Bam
$659
678 km or 421 mi Rafsanjan
$663
698 km or 434 mi Kerman
$680
701 km or 435 mi Iranshahr
$657
741 km or 460 mi Yasuj
$611
775 km or 481 mi Riyadh
$1132
790 km or 491 mi Al Wafrah
$954
792 km or 492 mi Behbahan
$660

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Distance City Cost of living
13 km or 7.9 mi Guri
$906
17 km or 10 mi Goyang
$1002
17 km or 10 mi Gwangmyeong
$928
17 km or 11 mi Gwacheon
$897
19 km or 12 mi Uijeongbu
$998
20 km or 12 mi Hanam
$906
20 km or 12 mi Namyangju
$970
20 km or 13 mi Seongnam
$1022
21 km or 13 mi Siheung
$945
21 km or 13 mi Bucheon
$1121
22 km or 14 mi Anyang
$1102
23 km or 14 mi Yangju
$912
24 km or 15 mi Gunpo
$975
26 km or 16 mi Gimpo
$979
27 km or 17 mi Uiwang
$901
30 km or 19 mi Gwangju
$927
32 km or 20 mi Paju
$941
33 km or 20 mi Ansan
$921
33 km or 21 mi Suwon
$977
34 km or 21 mi Incheon
$1002
37 km or 23 mi Dongducheon
$911
39 km or 24 mi Pocheon
$906
42 km or 26 mi Yongin
$1049
47 km or 29 mi Hwaseong
$965
49 km or 31 mi Osan
$912
52 km or 32 mi Icheon
$979
58 km or 36 mi Kaesong
$1473
65 km or 40 mi Yeoju
$902
66 km or 41 mi Pyeongtaek
$809
69 km or 43 mi Anseong
$912
72 km or 45 mi Chuncheon
$834
83 km or 52 mi Dangjin
$904
86 km or 53 mi Wonju
$857
87 km or 54 mi Cheonan
$930
101 km or 63 mi Seosan
$872
107 km or 66 mi Chungju
$1004
114 km or 71 mi Cheongju
$880
118 km or 73 mi Jecheon
$932
123 km or 77 mi Haeju
$1478
124 km or 77 mi Sejong
$928