South Korea vs Spain - Cost of Living Comparison

South Korea Spain
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1062
$1141
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2839
$2609
🏠 One person rent
$457
$613
🏘️ Family rent
$948
$972
🍽️ Food expenses
$416
$329
🚐 Transport expenses
$100
$88.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2022
$1701
💸 GDP per capita
$31598
$27056
😃 Human freedom index
8.39
8.56
❤️ Life expectancy
83.4
82.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
62
61
🌐 English speaking %
20%
22%
🎓 Higher education
88
90
😀 Quality of life
77
73
🏙️ Population
51.5M
46.7M

The average cost of living in South Korea ($1062) is 7% less expensive than in Spain ($1141). South Korea ranked 53rd vs 46th for Spain in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months in South Korea compared to 1.5 months in Spain. Ranked 20th and 27th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in South Korea vs Spain

We calculate prices for South Korea and Spain as a population-weighted mean of 87 and 153 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.

South Korea Spain
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.59
$11.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$29.1
$40.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.02
$7.85
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.84
$3.03
 Cappuccino
$3.5
$2.08
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.33
$1.85
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$458
$620
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$331
$470
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1094
$1021
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$733
$767
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$79.7
$77.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$122
$119
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$21
$35.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.64%
2.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7604
$3348
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5485
$2169
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.02
$1.57
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$42.5
$39.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.67
$14.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.66
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$0.84
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.34
$0.99
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.02
$1.08
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.25
$2.17
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14
$11.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.29
$6.56
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$28.5
$10.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.55
$1.82
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.31
$1.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.48
$1.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.69
$1.79
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.36
$1.27
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$0.44
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.33
$1.73
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.5
$5.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.93
$0.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.37
$5.16
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.98
$6.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.13
$2.81
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.47
$1.5
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.86
$1.79
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.5
$38.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.6
$8.07
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$29.8
$59.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.47
$12.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.1
$74
👟 Brand Sneakers
$72.6
$72.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$352
$370
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$18313
$7276

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Cities Comparison in South Korea vs Spain

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

In Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K