Busan vs San Francisco - Cost of Living Comparison

Busan San Francisco
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$3415
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2765
$7268
🏠 One person rent
$401
$2367
🏘️ Family rent
$777
$3633
🍽️ Food expenses
$390
$693
🚐 Transport expenses
$150
$172
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1891
$3904
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
18 km
🎓 Higher education
75
97
😀 Quality of life
89
89
🏙️ Population
3.45M
882K

The cost of living in Busan is 70% less expensive than in San Francisco. Cities ranked 4532nd and 6th ($1031 vs $3415) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 8th and 4th in South Korea and the United States, respectively. Check South Korea vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Busan compared to 1.1 months in San Francisco. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs San Francisco ranked 25th in the United States, while ranked 130th and 122nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs San Francisco

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Busan San Francisco
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.19
$17.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27
$80.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.85
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.08
$7.53
 Cappuccino
$3.78
$4.91
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$2.78
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$382
$2660
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$279
$2076
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$851
$4631
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$578
$3090
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.3
$112
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$174
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.7
$61.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
5.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4953
$11485
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3043
$9524
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
$2.98
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.2
$87
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$12.8
$19
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.57
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.95
$1.36
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$4.13
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$4.42
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$4.76
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$16.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.83
$14.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.8
$17.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
$5.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.63
$3.07
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$5.35
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$6.05
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
$2.92
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$3.42
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
$1.52
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.15
$2.54
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$16
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.88
$3.21
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.34
$12.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.12
$10.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.14
$8.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$5.21
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.43
$2.69
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$44.9
$82.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.35
$15.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.8
$131
💇 Haircut, simple
$10.3
$27.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.1
$58.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.7
$83.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$288
$2641
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$22569
$14161

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46 km or 28 mi Masan
$945
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$945
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
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56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1066
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$900
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$795
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$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
11 km or 6.9 mi Daly
$1938
14 km or 8.4 mi South San Francisco
$1954
14 km or 8.8 mi Alameda
$3038
15 km or 9.2 mi Oakland
$3240
16 km or 10 mi Albany
$1949
17 km or 10 mi Berkeley
$2751
17 km or 11 mi San Bruno
$1935
18 km or 11 mi El Cerrito
$1939
18 km or 11 mi Pacifica
$1944
19 km or 12 mi Richmond
$1948
20 km or 12 mi Millbrae
$1951
21 km or 13 mi San Pablo
$1938
22 km or 14 mi Burlingame
$1941
24 km or 15 mi San Leandro
$2188
24 km or 15 mi San Rafael
$2631
26 km or 16 mi San Mateo
$3397
28 km or 17 mi San Lorenzo
$1813
28 km or 18 mi Foster
$2122
29 km or 18 mi Lafayette
$1933
29 km or 18 mi Hercules
$1937
31 km or 19 mi Belmont
$2736
32 km or 20 mi Hayward
$2691
32 km or 20 mi Castro Valley
$2595
34 km or 21 mi San Carlos
$1935
34 km or 21 mi Walnut Creek
$2869
36 km or 23 mi Redwood
$3431
37 km or 23 mi Martinez
$2202
37 km or 23 mi Danville
$2146
37 km or 23 mi Pleasant Hill
$1850
38 km or 24 mi Union
$1945
39 km or 24 mi San Ramon
$2142
39 km or 24 mi Vallejo
$2763
39 km or 24 mi Novato
$1947
39 km or 24 mi Benicia
$1937
41 km or 25 mi Concord
$2695
42 km or 26 mi Menlo Park
$1942
42 km or 26 mi East Palo Alto
$1946
43 km or 27 mi Newark
$1951
45 km or 28 mi Dublin
$1943
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$2864