Busan vs Phuket - Cost of Living Comparison

Busan Phuket
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$637
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2765
$1904
🏠 One person rent
$401
$297
🏘️ Family rent
$777
$794
🍽️ Food expenses
$390
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$150
$29.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1891
$458
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
27 km
🎓 Higher education
75
7
😀 Quality of life
89
53
🏙️ Population
3.45M
77.6K

The cost of living in Busan is 62% more expensive than in Phuket. Cities ranked 4532nd and 7237th ($1031 vs $637) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 8th and 3rd in South Korea and Thailand, respectively. Check South Korea vs Thailand comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Busan compared to 0.7 months in Phuket. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Phuket ranked 7th in Thailand, while ranked 130th and 6023rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs Phuket

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Busan Phuket
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.19
$2.73
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27
$27.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.85
$6.88
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.08
$2.07
 Cappuccino
$3.78
$2.3
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$0.68
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$382
$255
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$279
$243
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$851
$930
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$578
$671
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.3
$35.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$55.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.7
$15.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
3.81%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4953
$2782
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3043
$1870
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
$0.82
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.2
$21.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$12.8
$9.32
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.95
$1.54
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$1.33
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$1.01
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$1.39
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$15.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.83
$1.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.8
$8.93
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
$2.47
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.63
$1.08
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$1.84
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$1.15
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
$1.06
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$1.01
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
$0.3
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.15
$1.15
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$18
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.88
$1.41
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.34
$3.71
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.12
$3.03
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.14
$2.18
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$1.2
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.43
$1.29
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$44.9
$39.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.35
$6.81
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.8
$15
💇 Haircut, simple
$10.3
$4.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.1
$47.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.7
$90
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$288
$417
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$22569
$8781

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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
48 km or 30 mi Ao Nang
$661
60 km or 38 mi Krabi
$543
76 km or 47 mi Ko Lanta
$536
173 km or 107 mi Surat Thani
$477
183 km or 114 mi Nakhon Si Thammarat
$496
185 km or 115 mi Ko Lipe
$534
231 km or 143 mi Langkawi
$498
248 km or 154 mi Hat Yai
$548
248 km or 154 mi Ko Samui
$536
256 km or 159 mi Kangar
$486
269 km or 167 mi Ko Pha-ngan
$535
289 km or 180 mi Ko Tao
$534
293 km or 182 mi Alor Setar
$508
331 km or 206 mi Lhokseumawe
$488
339 km or 211 mi Sungai Petani
$526
348 km or 216 mi George Town
$510
352 km or 219 mi Butterworth
$518
384 km or 238 mi Langsa
$490
425 km or 264 mi Taiping
$552
428 km or 266 mi Banda Aceh
$462
468 km or 291 mi Kota Bharu
$460
470 km or 292 mi Ipoh
$561
470 km or 292 mi Medan
$504
477 km or 296 mi Binjai
$462
507 km or 315 mi Myeik
$746
514 km or 319 mi Tebing Tinggi
$489
517 km or 321 mi Teluk Intan
$533
548 km or 340 mi Hua Hin
$625
553 km or 344 mi Pematangsiantar
$322
569 km or 353 mi Tanjungbalai
$488
596 km or 370 mi Kuala Terengganu
$416
625 km or 388 mi Nong Prue
$535
625 km or 389 mi Pattaya
$584
637 km or 396 mi Klang
$591
637 km or 396 mi Shah Alam
$635
638 km or 396 mi Sihanoukville
$870
638 km or 396 mi Ko Chang
$536
639 km or 397 mi Petaling Jaya
$625
641 km or 398 mi Laem Chabang
$534
641 km or 398 mi Kuala Lumpur
$694