How to Get Around Seoul, Korea

This multi-million capital has very good infrastructure and is connected by various means of transportation

Incheon International Airport

The main international gateway is Incheon International Airport, 52km west of central Seoul on the island of Yeongjongdo.

Train

Two types of A’REX trains run from the airport to Seoul station. The express train costs ₩14,300 (43 minutes) departing every 30 minutes. More frequent commuter trains cost ₩4150 (53 minutes), running between 5.20am to 11.45pm.

Bus

The city limousine buses take an hour to reach central Seoul (₩9000, 5.30am to 10pm, every 10 to 30 minutes). The deluxe KAL limousine buses (₩14,000) run along four routes (₩14,000), dropping passengers at top hotels around Seoul.

Taxi

Regular taxis charge around ₩60,000 to ₩100,000 for the 70-minute journey to downtown Seoul. From midnight to 4am there’s a 20% surcharge.

Gimpo International Airport Seoul

Most domestic flights (and a handful of international ones) arrive at Gimpo International Airport, 18km west of the city centre.

Subway

Lines 5 and 9 connect the airport with the city (₩1250, 35 minutes).

Train

A’REX trains run to Seoul Station (₩1450, 15 minutes).

Bus

City/KAL limousine buses run every 10 minutes to central Seoul (from ₩5000/7000, around 40 minutes).

Taxi

Costs around ₩35,000 to the city center and takes around 40 minutes.

Getting Around Seoul on Subway

Seoul has an excellent, user-friendly subway system that connects destinations around the city and beyond, including Suwon and Incheon.

First train is at 5.30am, and last around midnight (or earlier).

The minimum fare of ₩1300 (₩1250 with a T-Money card) takes you up to 12km.

The average time between stations is just over two minutes; with departures every five to 10 minutes.

Neighbourhood maps, including ones with digital touch screens, inside the stations help you figure out which subway exits to take.

Taxi

Regular orange- or grey-colored taxis are a good deal for short trips.

The flag fall for 2km is ₩3000 and rises ₩100 for every 144m or 35 seconds after that if the taxi is traveling below 15km/h.

A 20% surcharge is levied between midnight and 4am.

Few taxi drivers speak English, but most taxis have a free interpretation service whereby an interpreter talks to the taxi driver and to you by phone.

Orange International Taxi (02-1644 2255) has English speaking drivers; these taxis can be reserved in advance for 20% extra on the regular fare and can be chartered on an hourly or daily basis for longer journeys.

Bus

Seoul has a comprehensive and reasonably priced bus system.

Using a T-Money card allows free transfers between the bus and subway. Put your card to the screen as you exit as well as when you get on a bus, just as you do on the subway.

Red buses Long-distance express buses run to the outer suburbs.

Green buses Link subways within a district.

Blue buses Run to outer suburbs.

Yellow buses Short-haul buses that circle small districts.

Getting Around Seoul on a Bicycle

Bicycles can be rented (₩3000 per hour) at several parks along the Han River, including on Yeouido and at Seoul Forest Park. There’s also free bicycle rental from designated subway stations, including Jamsil.

Cycling the busy main streets of the city is not recommended.

Car & Motorcycle

Due to the traffic jams, the impatience and recklessness of other drivers, and lack of signs and parking, we recommend first-time visitors to Seoul give driving a miss.

Driving is on the right.

To rent a car, you must be over 21 and have both a driving license from your own country and an International Driving Permit.

Incheon International Airport has a couple of car-rental agencies. Try KT Kumho (02-797 8000) or Avis (032 743 3300;  Incheon International Airport). Daily rates start at ₩80,000.

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