GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
Seoul is served by two international airports. Incheon International Airport is the main one, located just 70 kilometres from Seoul, while Gimpo International Airport is 30 kilometres away. A new subway line between Incheon International Airport and Seoul has cut the journey down to 43 minutes.
– Incheon International Airport to Seoul
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|*Train||₩9,000 / ₩4,150 or ₩4,750||43 or 51 minutes/59 or 66 minutes|
|Airport bus||₩15,000||75 minutes|
|Taxi (Central Seoul)||₩45,000||60 minutes|
|Taxi (Conference Centre)||₩60,000||70 minutes|
*Train services from Incheon International Airport
There are two train options from Incheon International Airport. The Airport Railroad Express Train (AREX) (9,000 Won) which travels non-stop from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 Station and Terminal 2 Station to Seoul Station. From Terminal 1 the train leaves approximately every 30 minutes and operates from 0523–2248 taking 43 minutes.
From Terminal 2 the train operates from 0515-2240 and takes 51 minutes departing every 40 minutes. To take this train purchase an Express Train Pass from the station.
The alternative option is the All Stop Train which stops at all subway stations between the airport terminals and Seoul station. From Terminal 1 the train takes 59 minutes departing every 5-10 minutes and operates from 0525-2339. From Terminal 2 the train operates from 0518-2332 and takes 66 minutes departing approximately every 5-10 minutes. Standard fare using prepaid transportation card is 4,150 Won from Terminal 1 and 4,750 Won from Terminal 2.
For further information on public transport from Incheon airport visit www.airport.kr/ap_cnt
– Gimpo International Airport to Seoul
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|**Train||₩9,000 / ₩4,150 or ₩4,750||43 or 51 minutes/59 or 66 minutes|
|Regular Taxi (Central Seoul)||₩20,00||40 minutes|
|Regular Taxi (Conference Centre)||₩30,000||50 minutes|
**Train services from Gimpo International Airport
Travel from Gimpo International Airport to Seoul Station takes around 20 minutes on the All Stop Train costing approx. 1,450 Won (standard fare).
For more information on public transport from Gimpo airport visit www.airport.co.kr/gimpoeng
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
Seoul has an extensive network of public transportation and taxis. Consistently voted as one of the best in the world for its ease of use, cleanliness, and frequency of service, the Seoul subway system is one of the most efficient ways to travel around the city. Trains run non-stop from approximately 0530 until midnight. All subway lines are colour-coded and stations display signs in Korean, English, and Chinese. To ride the subway, you must use a single or multiple journey pass. Single-journey passes can be purchased in the subway stations, and require exact fare to your destination plus a 500-won refundable deposit. Multiple journey passes called Tmoney can be purchased at most convenience stores. Transfers between subway lines are free, and Tmoney users can transfer for free between bus and subway lines. For more info go to visitseoul.net
Seoul’s public bus system is a well-developed, cheap, and convenient form of transportation. All buses are colour-coded, however, due to the lack of English signs and information at bus stops, Seoul’s buses can be more difficult to use for first time travellers to Korea. Major stops are usually announced in English and Korean.
The TMoney Mpass is a transit card specifically designed for international visitors that require the use of public transportation multiple times a day. The card can be used up to 20 times a day for most subways and public buses. Just like regular TMoney cards, the Mpass can also be charged with additional funds to use at convenience stores, taxis, and more. With this card, you can use all subway lines in Seoul and Seoul metropolitan area, excluding Sinbundang Line and Airport Railroad Express Train, and all Seoul city buses, excluding Red buses.
|Card Type||1 Day Pass||2 Day Pass||3 Day Pass||5 Day Pass||7 Day Pass|
Taxis in Seoul are an inexpensive and useful means of transportation. Abundant and inexpensive, it’s easy to flag one down on the streets, or find one of the many taxi stands located around major tourist destinations. All taxis use a meter, with slightly different base rates for regular, international, deluxe, and jumbo cabs. Most taxis accept cash, credit cards, and Tmoney for payment. Rates depend on the class of taxi, length of journey, and time of day.