Saudi Arabia vs South Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

Saudi Arabia South Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1020
$1062
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2441
$2839
🏠 One person rent
$461
$457
🏘️ Family rent
$768
$948
🍽️ Food expenses
$316
$416
🚐 Transport expenses
$123
$100
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1862
$2022
💸 GDP per capita
$20110
$31598
😃 Human freedom index
5.12
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
75.3
83.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
53
62
🌐 English speaking %
55%
20%
🎓 Higher education
79
88
😀 Quality of life
66
77
🏙️ Population
33M
51.5M

The average cost of living in Saudi Arabia ($1020) is 4% less expensive than in South Korea ($1062). Saudi Arabia ranked 58th vs 53rd for South Korea in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Saudi Arabia compared to 1.9 months in South Korea. Ranked 38th and 20th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Saudi Arabia vs South Korea

We calculate prices for Saudi Arabia and South Korea as a population-weighted mean of 22 and 87 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Saudi Arabia South Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.32
$5.59
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$44.9
$29.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.66
$5.02
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.45
$2.84
 Cappuccino
$3.69
$3.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.76
$1.33
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$464
$458
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$300
$331
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$787
$1094
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$564
$733
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$58.2
$79.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$89.8
$122
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$70
$21
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.32%
3.64%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1392
$7604
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$935
$5485
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.13
$1.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$42.5
$42.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.2
$9.67
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.57
$1.3
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.62
$1.93
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.76
$2.34
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.04
$3.02
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.63
$3.25
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.47
$14
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.5
$8.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.3
$28.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.15
$5.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.64
$3.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$4.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$4.69
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.22
$2.96
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
$2.36
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.42
$0.64
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.07
$2.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$3.86
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.81
$1.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.25
$3.37
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.92
$4.98
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.44
$5.13
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.94
$2.47
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.96
$1.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$100
$42.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$16.5
$8.6
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$35.9
$29.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.63
$8.47
👖 Brand Jeans
$44.9
$58.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$100
$72.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$356
$352
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6336
$18313

Cities Comparison in Saudi Arabia vs South Korea

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Saudi Arabia

City Cost of living Population
Riyadh
$1132
8M
Jeddah
$990
3.98M
Mecca
$926
1.68M
Medina
$892
1.18M
Dammam
$1004
903K
Qatif
$889
625K
Tabuk
$1051
513K
Abha
$975
236K
Jubail
$861
379K
Ha'il
$877
311K
Al-Mubarraz
$699
299K
Unaizah
$847
250K
Yanbu
$833
299K
Dhahran
$969
138K
Ar Rass
$752
92.5K
Bareq
$820
75.4K
Najran
$981
72K
Al Wajh
$820
50K
Sakakah
$827
33.2K
Bisha
$821
31.5K
As Sulayyil
$834
8.21K
Dumat al-Jandal
$815
7.61K

In South Korea

City Cost of living Population
Seoul
$1460
9.67M
Busan
$1031
3.45M
Incheon
$1002
2.91M
Daegu
$918
2.46M
Gwangju
$902
1.49M
Daejeon
$944
1.48M
Seongnam
$1022
949K
Suwon
$977
1.23M
Ulsan
$1066
1.17M
Changwon
$955
1.05M
Goyang
$1002
1.06M
Yongin
$1049
971K
Bucheon
$1121
868K
Cheongju
$880
833K
Namyangju
$970
713K
Jeju Island
$968
696K
Pohang
$775
520K
Jeju
$1542
435K
Hwaseong
$965
655K
Ansan
$921
653K
Anyang
$1102
573K
Jeonju
$791
653K
Cheonan
$930
652K
Gimhae
$839
534K
Pyeongtaek
$809
458K
Masan
$945
430K
Siheung
$945
425K
Uijeongbu
$998
422K
Paju
$941
415K
Gumi
$951
421K