Seoul Transportation Guide


KampungboyCitygal’s 7 Days Seoul & Busan Itinerary – click here.

From Incheon Airport to downtown Seoul – AREX, Bus, & Taxi


The AREX is comprised of two lines: an express line that goes non-stop from the Incheon Aiport to Seoul Station (a 43-min ride) and a commuter line, which runs parallel and makes stops at major subway stations (Digital Media City, Hongdae, Gongduk, Seoul Station) in the downtown area.

Incheon International Airport -> Seoul station
Express train: Adult 13,300won (Children 6,600won)
Commuter train: 3,700won
* An additional 100won will be charged for single-use traffic cards.
* Deposit charge for single-use traffic cards (500won) is reimbursed via the card return machines in each subway station.

AREX Free Shuttle Bus:
For AREX passengers taking the express line, free shuttle bus services are available from Seoul Station to Myeongdong, Dongdaemun (starting Oct. 15, 2011) and major hotels in the Seoul area. Passengers must present their AREX express train ticket stub/receipt when boarding the bus

Shuttle bus info:
Hours: 09:00-18:00 (09:00/10:00/11:00/12:00/14:00/15:00/16:00/17:00/18:00)
Boarding: shuttle bus stop on the ground floor (1F)
Bus route: Seoul Station -> Myeong-dong area (Pacific Hotel, Prince Hotel, & Sejong Hotel) Dongdaemun area (Ramada Hotel, CO-OP Residence, & East Gate Hotel)

#2 Taxi

Taking a taxi from the airport is usually a bit costly, but may be worthwhile if you have heavy baggage or are traveling in a group. Depending on your destination, the fare for a standard taxi from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul can be anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 won. The 7,500 won toll for the Incheon International Airport Expressway is the responsibility of the passenger, not the driver.
#3 Bus

Airport limousine buses are still the most preferred transportation option for those with heavy bags and those traveling from the Incheon International Airport to areas in downtown Seoul not directly served by the AREX.  Airport bus ticket booths are located on the Arrivals Floor (1F) of the Passenger Terminal next to Gates 4 & 9 inside the terminal and Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 and 9C outside the terminal along the curb. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made at the Airport Information Desk, also conveniently located on the first floor.
There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses are KAL limousines that go straight to major hotels in Seoul. These buses make less stops (making for a faster travel time) and have comfortable, more spacious seats. Standard limousine buses stop at more locations along their route, so you may be able to get closer to your final destination. Airport limousine buses are much more comfortable than standard city buses and you are almost always guaranteed a seat.

Bus fare:
Deluxe limousine bus: Travel to Gimpo Airport is around 7,000 won, while the fare for most routes to downtown Seoul is 14,000-15,000 won.
Standard limousine bus: Travel to Gimpo Airport & Songjeong Station costs around 5,000 won, while the fare for most routes to downtown Seoul is 9,000-10,000 won.

Bus Discount Coupon:

Print this out to enjoy 1000 won discount on Standard Limousine Bus. Each coupon is valid for one time use only. You’ll need to print it out and show it to the bus driver to be entitled for the discount.

Airport Limousine Bus Search & Details:

Click on the link below, enter your destination, and press ‘Search.’ Under the search bar you will see a short list of bus numbers, bus stops, and more. Click on the gray ‘Detail’ button of your preferred route for information on the first bus, last bus, fares, and other important information.
We took bus 6050 as it stops right in front of our service apartment – S.A. Seoul. A one way ticket costs 15,000 won.
The deluxe limousine bus was spacious with good sized comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. We got a decent shut eye and within an hour, we reached our destination.

Getting Around Seoul
#1 Subway

Subway systems offer a convenient way of exploring metropolitan cities in Korea. A single journey ticket within 10 km distance costs 1150 won but if you are using the T Money card, it is 1050 won.

Single Journey Tickets can be purchased using the Ticket Vending and Card Reload Devices located inside subway stations. The Devices are operated in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese. Single journey cards can be used only on the subway.

T-money Cards are rechargeable transportation cards, which can be used on subways, buses and taxis. The cards offer at least 10% discount on the basic fare.

T-money Cards can be purchased for 2,500 won each using T-money Vending Devices (limited availability) or convenient stores, and recharged with amounts ranging from 1,000 won to 90,000 won using the Ticket Vending and Card Reload Devices located inside subway stations. The Cards can also be purchased and recharged at convenience stores and vendor kiosks with the “T-money” signboard.


To recharge T Money Card:

1. Select your preferred languge.
2. Touch the ‘T-money Card’ box on the right side of the screen.
3. Place your T-money Card on the recharging pad.
4. Select the amount of money you wish to recharge.
5. Pay the total recharge amount. The Device takes 1,000/5,000/10,000-won bills and 50/100/500-won coins.
6. Wait briefly while the Device recharges your T-money Card. Once the card is recharged, check its pre-/post-recharge balance.

There are a total of 12 subway lines in Seoul alone. The route map looks as complicated as a spider cob web; just download Jihachul app onto your smart phones/tablets and you are ready to go!

#2 Bus

In Seoul, buses are one of the most convenient and readily available forms of transportation. For more information on Seoul buses, click here.

#3 Taxi

Regular Taxis (silver): The fare system is based on both distance and time. Fares begin at ₩2,400 for the first 2 kilometers and go up incrementally ₩100 every 144 meters beyond that. If the taxi is going less than 15 kilometers per hour, an additional charge of ₩100 per 35 seconds is added to the fare.

Deluxe Taxis (black): Deluxe taxis called “mobeom” taxi in Korean, are black with a yellow sign on the top and the words “Deluxe Taxi” written on the sides. They offer more passenger space and a much higher standard of service. Fares are ₩4,500 for the first 3 kilometers and ₩200 for each additional 164 meters or each 39 seconds if the speed drops below 15 kilometers per hour.

International Taxis (orange): Korea launched a special “international taxi” service, where the taxi drivers are able to speak English or Japanese.  These taxis operate on a 100% reservations basis, and taxi fees can be calculated by meter, by destination, or by time.  For example, if you chose to hire a regular taxi for three hours it will cost 50,000 won, and you can even hire it for a day for 120,000won. The fees for these new international taxis can be paid in cash or with international credit cards (VISA, MASTER, AMEX, JCB).

For more information on taxis, click here.

Next Up: Seoul Itinerary Day 1: Cheongyecheon Stream & Deoksugung 

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  1. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the guides!


  2. Casendra says:

    Very informative! Great sharing!


  3. ignato says:

    fascinating information , for a moment thought your must
    be korean P.R. . U may reconsider to set up budget tour co. in the
    future like kontiki tour.?


  4. Debbie says:

    This is such a good tip! :D Good tips and advice. Especially when I’m planning to go to Korea one day. This tip would really help when I go to Korea. Then I’ll not look like such a newbie there!

    By the way, I love the simplicity of your blog’s design. It is easy to navigate around your blog for travel advices or recommended places to visit. Your blog also has a very homely feel, so it feels really comfortable to be browsing around your blog. I like how you bring your blog to a personal level too :)

    It also feels professional as the content really is relevant to what I’d want to find out as a newbie tourist. There’s so much details and information about the places you visit, yet it’s quite exciting to read your blogposts! :)


  5. Silvi says:

    Hi…I’ve been following your blog for some time. I love how you describe your trip and it really helps me to plan a trip or make comparison with my trip. To my surprise, you just visited Seoul while actually I’m planning to go there this May, but I have to postpone it until October.
    The things that I would like to ask is about internet connection, may I know what kind of SIM card did you use in Seoul? did you buy local SIM card coz I heard Korea only use CDMA while I need a GSM. Please share your experience about it….thanks


  6. Chong CK says:

    Pls help to send the makan-makan place info to me….
    thx ^v^


  7. its realy Owsum very informative for me thank you…


  8. LikeYourGuide says:

    May i know do you take bus 6050 from your your service apartment to the Airport?

    If we want to take airport bus to the Airport, where and how can we buy the bus ticket? :) thanks


  9. Hi,

    just wondering how and where i can buy the bus tickets if i want to travel to the airport by airport bus? thanks :)


    kampungboycitygal Reply:

    just pay to the bus driver :)


  10. I second the airport bus recommendation. They’re cheap, they don’t take all that much longer than a taxi and they’re relatively comfortable too. I lived in Seoul for a year and took an airport bus every time I had to go to or come from Incheon.
    Daniel McBane – Funny Travel Stories´s last [type] ..Toilet With a View at the Seoul Tower


  11. vie says:

    Hi, do you have information about how to reach Gimpo from Incheon using AREX? Inside the AREX, does it have any monitor which shows us the current station & next station, so that i aware when the AREX almost reach Gimpo?

    Thanks :)


  12. Leska says:


    I’ve been to Korea one time, but I didn’t see the AREX? Is this the same train to immigration? Sorry for thew newb question.


  13. jm says:

    Is the airport discount discount coupon still can use?


  14. Anonymous says:

    thx for all those info


  15. jan says:

    hi. i would like to know does the t-money comes with preloaded amount.
    when you purchase it for 2500won, does it has any balance in the card?


  16. Lynn says:

    Hi… It’s so nice to read your blog. I want to ask about airport discount coupon. Can it be used until now? And how to get that? thx



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