Cologne vs Seoul - Cost of Living Comparison

Cologne Seoul
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1502
$1460
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3553
$3914
🏠 One person rent
$800
$719
🏘️ Family rent
$1406
$1659
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$496
🚐 Transport expenses
$205
$157
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2485
$2716
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
18 km
🎓 Higher education
91
100
😀 Quality of life
95
94
🏙️ Population
1.08M
9.67M

The cost of living in Cologne is 3% more expensive than in Seoul. Cities ranked 2657th and 2834th ($1502 vs $1460) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 13th and 2nd in Germany and South Korea, respectively. Check Germany vs South Korea comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cologne compared to 1.9 months in Seoul. Cologne ranked 3rd best city to live in Germany vs Seoul ranked 1st in South Korea, while ranked 15th and 25th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cologne vs Seoul

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Cologne Seoul
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12
$5.87
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$43.4
$38
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.6
$5.6
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.95
$3.1
 Cappuccino
$2.83
$4.24
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.32
$1.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$746
$755
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$597
$539
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1462
$2190
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1077
$1279
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$221
$176
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.1
$21.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.4%
3.32%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6543
$12026
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4352
$11060
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.1
$1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$97.6
$43.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.7
$9.94
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.94
$1.41
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
$2.11
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$2.72
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.73
$4.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$17.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.02
$10.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.5
$39.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$6.32
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$3.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$6.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$6.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$3.37
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$2.84
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.25
$0.71
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.68
$2.31
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.08
$16.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.8
$2.1
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.34
$3.48
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.01
$5.11
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.02
$5.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.48
$2.81
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.64
$1.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$30
$50.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$9.42
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$47.9
$23.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.9
$11.3
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.2
$54.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.9
$70.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$512
$380
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10097
$19045

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Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1222
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1474
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1221
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1161
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1219
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1214
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1186
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1217
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1219
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1218
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1217
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1221
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1219
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1218
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1213
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1215
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1138
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1212
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1217
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1219
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1440
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1218
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$969
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1214
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1221
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1215
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1214
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1216
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1218
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1209
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1221
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1215
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1211
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1281
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1218
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1221
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1218
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1470

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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