Busan vs Phuket - Cost of Living Comparison

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Busan Phuket
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$894
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2868
$2979
🏠 One person rent
$380
$503
🏘️ Family rent
$856
$1620
🍽️ Food expenses
$420
$272
🚐 Transport expenses
$142
$28.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2478
$540
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
27 km
🎓 Higher education
73
7
😀 Quality of life
90
54
🏙️ Population
3.45M
77.6K

The cost of living in Busan is 15% more expensive than in Phuket. Cities ranked 5144th and 6056th ($1031 vs $894) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 59th and 2nd in South Korea and Thailand, respectively. Check South Korea vs Thailand comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.4 months in Busan compared to 0.6 months in Phuket. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Phuket ranked 6th in Thailand, while ranked 108th and 5982nd 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
$5.71
$4.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.7
$34
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.29
$6.95
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.99
$2.71
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$2.32
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.36
$0.75
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$368
$476
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$248
$408
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$875
$1698
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$657
$1455
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$66.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$135
$102
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$19.3
$14.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.49%
3.8%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8506
$3176
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7564
$2118
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.01
$1.12
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.9
$10.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$11.2
$10.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.24
$1.2
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$1.53
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.86
$1.52
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.19
$1.47
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.14
$2.06
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.6
$19.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.52
$2.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$30
$9.53
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.62
$3.03
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.97
$1.02
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$1.71
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.44
$1.49
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.21
$1.04
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$0.31
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.11
$1.18
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.6
$16.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$1.58
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.36
$3.96
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.73
$3.06
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.06
$2.26
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.69
$1.22
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$1.33
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$41.9
$66.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.96
$8.88
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$25.1
$16.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.75
$4.56
👖 Brand Jeans
$70.1
$48.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$68.9
$109
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$530
$682
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14047
$13532

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Distance City Cost of living
21 km or 13 mi Gimhae
$931
27 km or 16 mi Yangsan
$994
40 km or 25 mi Changwon
$1112
46 km or 28 mi Masan
$1029
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$925
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
$1008
56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1151
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$948
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$972
81 km or 50 mi Tsushima Island
$921
84 km or 52 mi Gyeongsan
$1053
85 km or 53 mi Gyeongju
$1358
87 km or 54 mi Jinju
$884
94 km or 58 mi Daegu
$1108
98 km or 61 mi Yeongcheon
$1047
102 km or 64 mi Tsushima
$922
108 km or 67 mi Pohang
$1047
123 km or 77 mi Gwangyang
$1043
131 km or 82 mi Yeosu
$1120
138 km or 86 mi Gumi
$1060
141 km or 88 mi Gimcheon
$1082
142 km or 88 mi Suncheon
$1060
154 km or 96 mi Namwon
$999
162 km or 101 mi Iki
$937
165 km or 103 mi Andong
$880
166 km or 103 mi Sangju
$1062
183 km or 113 mi Mungyeong
$1034
189 km or 118 mi Jeonju
$823
193 km or 120 mi Gwangju
$1150
195 km or 121 mi Yeongju
$1002
198 km or 123 mi Hirado
$937
199 km or 124 mi Munakata
$946
199 km or 124 mi Fukutsu
$961
200 km or 124 mi Okagaki
$929
201 km or 125 mi Koga
$971
201 km or 125 mi Shingu
$976
202 km or 125 mi Itoshima
$972
202 km or 126 mi Karatsu
$949
204 km or 127 mi Daejeon
$952
205 km or 127 mi Jeongeup
$990

Cities near Phuket

Distance City Cost of living
48 km or 30 mi Ao Nang
$658
60 km or 38 mi Krabi
$746
76 km or 47 mi Ko Lanta
$704
173 km or 107 mi Surat Thani
$557
183 km or 114 mi Nakhon Si Thammarat
$646
185 km or 115 mi Ko Lipe
$657
231 km or 143 mi Langkawi
$496
248 km or 154 mi Hat Yai
$525
248 km or 154 mi Ko Samui
$647
256 km or 159 mi Kangar
$487
269 km or 167 mi Ko Pha-ngan
$668
289 km or 180 mi Ko Tao
$711
293 km or 182 mi Alor Setar
$450
331 km or 206 mi Lhokseumawe
$424
339 km or 211 mi Sungai Petani
$542
348 km or 216 mi George Town
$563
352 km or 219 mi Butterworth
$575
384 km or 238 mi Langsa
$457
425 km or 264 mi Taiping
$642
428 km or 266 mi Banda Aceh
$379
468 km or 291 mi Kota Bharu
$449
470 km or 292 mi Ipoh
$548
470 km or 292 mi Medan
$478
477 km or 296 mi Binjai
$469
507 km or 315 mi Myeik
$570
514 km or 319 mi Tebing Tinggi
$470
517 km or 321 mi Teluk Intan
$564
548 km or 340 mi Hua Hin
$603
553 km or 344 mi Pematangsiantar
$483
569 km or 353 mi Tanjungbalai
$504
596 km or 370 mi Kuala Terengganu
$463
625 km or 388 mi Nong Prue
$661
625 km or 389 mi Pattaya
$675
637 km or 396 mi Klang
$554
637 km or 396 mi Shah Alam
$582
638 km or 396 mi Sihanoukville
$756
638 km or 396 mi Ko Chang
$624
639 km or 397 mi Petaling Jaya
$645
641 km or 398 mi Laem Chabang
$657
641 km or 398 mi Kuala Lumpur
$746