Busan vs Manila - Cost of Living Comparison

Busan Manila
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$755
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2765
$2086
🏠 One person rent
$401
$394
🏘️ Family rent
$777
$949
🍽️ Food expenses
$390
$235
🚐 Transport expenses
$150
$61.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1891
$434
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
11 km
🎓 Higher education
75
74
😀 Quality of life
89
65
🏙️ Population
3.45M
1.85M

The cost of living in Busan is 36% more expensive than in Manila. Cities ranked 4532nd and 6222nd ($1031 vs $755) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 8th and 6th in South Korea and the Philippines, respectively. Check South Korea vs the Philippines comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Busan compared to 0.6 months in Manila. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Manila ranked 1st in the Philippines, while ranked 130th and 4129th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs Manila

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Busan Manila
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.19
$3.25
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27
$24
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.85
$3.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.08
$1.46
 Cappuccino
$3.78
$2.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$0.99
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$382
$486
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$279
$245
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$851
$1515
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$578
$639
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.3
$63
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$96.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.7
$37.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
7.78%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4953
$3557
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3043
$2640
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
$0.54
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.2
$24.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$12.8
$3.16
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.29
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.95
$1.61
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$1.19
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$1.02
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$1.87
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$5.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.83
$4.04
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.8
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
$2.76
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.63
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$2.93
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$1.45
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
$1.88
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$1.64
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
$0.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.15
$1.55
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$9.02
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.88
$1.15
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.34
$2.47
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.12
$5.21
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.14
$2.79
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$1.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.43
$1.56
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$44.9
$42.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.35
$5.65
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.8
$11.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$10.3
$4.84
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.1
$40.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.7
$71
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$288
$273
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$22569
$8737

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Distance City Cost of living
21 km or 13 mi Gimhae
$839
27 km or 16 mi Yangsan
$909
40 km or 25 mi Changwon
$955
46 km or 28 mi Masan
$945
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$945
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
$861
56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1066
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$900
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$795
81 km or 50 mi Tsushima Island
$1024
84 km or 52 mi Gyeongsan
$922
85 km or 53 mi Gyeongju
$1184
87 km or 54 mi Jinju
$765
94 km or 58 mi Daegu
$918
98 km or 61 mi Yeongcheon
$792
102 km or 64 mi Tsushima
$1021
108 km or 67 mi Pohang
$775
123 km or 77 mi Gwangyang
$963
131 km or 82 mi Yeosu
$1003
138 km or 86 mi Gumi
$951
141 km or 88 mi Gimcheon
$925
142 km or 88 mi Suncheon
$923
154 km or 96 mi Namwon
$895
162 km or 101 mi Iki
$1020
165 km or 103 mi Andong
$800
166 km or 103 mi Sangju
$981
183 km or 113 mi Mungyeong
$897
189 km or 118 mi Jeonju
$791
193 km or 120 mi Gwangju
$902
195 km or 121 mi Yeongju
$963
198 km or 123 mi Hirado
$1020
199 km or 124 mi Munakata
$1024
199 km or 124 mi Fukutsu
$1023
200 km or 124 mi Okagaki
$1024
201 km or 125 mi Koga
$1023
201 km or 125 mi Shingu
$1021
202 km or 125 mi Itoshima
$1021
202 km or 126 mi Karatsu
$1025
204 km or 127 mi Daejeon
$944
205 km or 127 mi Jeongeup
$901

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Distance City Cost of living
5.7 km or 3.5 mi Pasay
$744
6.1 km or 3.8 mi Caloocan
$522
6.2 km or 3.9 mi Mandaluyong
$792
7.3 km or 4.6 mi Quezon
$728
7.7 km or 4.8 mi Malabon
$523
7.9 km or 4.9 mi Makati
$860
8.8 km or 5.4 mi Navotas
$584
12 km or 7.2 mi Valenzuela
$473
12 km or 7.2 mi Pasig
$809
12 km or 7.3 mi Taguig
$824
15 km or 9 mi Marikina
$443
15 km or 9.3 mi Bacoor
$537
15 km or 9.3 mi Paranaque
$569
15 km or 9.5 mi Cainta
$611
16 km or 9.7 mi Meycauayan
$551
16 km or 10 mi Las Pinas
$550
19 km or 12 mi Imus
$584
21 km or 13 mi Antipolo
$618
25 km or 15 mi Muntinlupa
$602
25 km or 16 mi San Jose del Monte
$508
26 km or 16 mi General Trias
$568
28 km or 17 mi San Pedro
$593
28 km or 17 mi Binangonan
$467
30 km or 19 mi Dasmarinas
$441
31 km or 19 mi Binan
$507
33 km or 20 mi Malolos
$552
34 km or 21 mi Santa Rosa
$743
37 km or 23 mi Trece Martires
$550
39 km or 24 mi Cabuyao
$575
47 km or 29 mi Calamba
$471
58 km or 36 mi San Fernando
$585
60 km or 37 mi Tanauan
$548
61 km or 38 mi Santo Tomas
$549
69 km or 43 mi San Pablo
$438
74 km or 46 mi Angeles
$637
75 km or 47 mi Lipa
$531
79 km or 49 mi Olongapo
$500
81 km or 50 mi Mabalacat
$553
94 km or 59 mi Batangas
$525
99 km or 61 mi Cabanatuan
$390