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What is the Cheapest Way to Go To North Korea

What is the cheapest way to go to North Korea and indeed how much does it cost to go to North Korea? With North Korea having a semi-justified reputation for being an expensive place to visit, the question of “how can I travel to North Korea cheaply” is a common one. The short answer to this question is to book an Ultra Budget to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours! In fact, it was the desire to make North Korea travel cheaper that inspired us to start the company. So, how much does it cost to go to North Korea?

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How much does it cost to go to North Korea?

How much does it cost to go to North Korea? We are currently the cheapest company offering tours to North Korea. Our cheapest “proper tours” go from 395-445 Euro, plus 50 for the visa. You can therefore visit North Korea on a tour for under 500 Euro. Whilst this might sound expensive, you could easily spent hat much getting to and staying in Seoul for the same amount of time.

This is pound for pound the cheapest way to go to North Korea. At 445 Euro, our Ultra-Budget Tours, which last for two nights, three days starting and finishing in Dandong are the cheapest group tours to North Korea, but they are not the cheapest way to go to North Korea.

 Can you visit North Korea on a day trip?

What is the cheapest way to go to North Korea? By day trip. To Chinese tourists, North Korea has always been the “near abroad”, with Chinese guests being able to do day trips from border towns Tumen, Ji’an, and Dandong without even need for a passport (instead using a special two way single use passport). In Sinuiju, the North Korean border town across from Dandong, North Korea is even trying to build a special tourist zone (somewhat like the old Kumgang Zone), which will basically be visa and passport free, for Chinese guests at least.

 But for western guests these avenues were always closed, until 2014 at least, when Chinese tourists were briefly banned from going into North Korea. At this time, Sinuiju decided to open the gates to western tourists wishing to do a day trip in North Korea.

Day trip to North Korea – the cheapest way to see the county

How much does it cost to go to North Korea on a day trip? The day tours to Sinuiju start and finish in Dandong, a city that itself is worth a few days exploration, if nothing else just to see the statue of Chairman Mao waving at a poster of Nicholas Cage. Or to eat good quality North Korean food at decent prices, without even stepping across the border!

 

Sinuiju Tour – What is the cheapest way to go to North Korea

How much does it cost to go to North Korea?

During the Sinuiju day tour, you experience North Korean customs (always interesting), explore the large central square and see the giant bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung, you partake in many local folklore activities, watch a breath taking children’s performance at the local kindergarten and visit a few museums.

Can you really truly see a country in a day? My personal belief is that unless you’ve drank Soju and sang Karaoke at night you haven’t been to North Korea, but to genuine country collectors, you get to tick it off.

How much does it cost to go to North Korea on a day trip?

As for cost, joining a group tour will cost 1690 RMB ($255). So, whilst it’s far from cheap in most people’s books, it is the cheapest way to tick off the DPRK on your visited countries list.

Which is more expensive North Korea, or South Korea

When you look at how much it costs to go to North Korea, it would be easy to see it as being much more expensive than South Korea, but in reality that is not the case. Pound for pound the food and accommodation you receive in North Korea is excellent value, whereas getting the same standard in Seoul would cost much more. But can you backpack in North Korea? Not really, whereas in the south you can do grimy hostels and ramen noodles.

What is the cheapest way to go to North Korea and how much does it cost to go to North Korea? We hope we have answered these questions in full!

Oh, and before you ask, if you count doing the DMZ tour from South Korea and stepping over the “border” as visiting North Korea, you are an ass. That is all

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