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Subway

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 5:30 am until midnight. All subway lines are color coded and stations display signs in Korean, English, and Chinese.

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Subway Price
Passenger T-money Ticket
Regular (19 years old and up) 1,250won 1,350won
Youth (13-18 years old) 720won 1,350won
Child (6-12 years old) 450won 450won
  • - Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line cost an additional fee
  • - 10 - 40 km: 100 won for every 5 km
  • - After 50 km: 100 won for every 8 km
  • - Discounts are given only to those residing in Korea who use T-money


- Riding the Subway

  1. 1. Subway stations are clearly marked with color coded signs written in Korean and English.
  2. 2. You can purchase single journey tickets at ticket vending machines located within the station. A 500 won deposit is required, which you get back at your destination when returning the card. (Skip this step if you have purchased a T-money transit card).


  1. 3. As you go through the turnstile, scan your card over the T-money scanner.
  2. 4. Transferring lines take place within the station. Follow the signs (color coded) to your desired line.
  3. 5. After reaching your destination, scan your card over the T-money scanner at the turnstile. Insert your card at the "Deposit Refund Device" to receive your 500 won deposit.




- Subway Routes and Map

>>View interactive subway map (provides information such as the train fare, time to destination, and more).


-Click the map below to see it in further detail.



Taxis

Taxis in Seoul are some of the cheapest in the world as well as a useful means of transportation. Taxis can be flagged down on the streets from just about anywhere. Taxi stands are also located around major tourist destinations. Regular, Deluxe, Jumbo, and International taxis are available in Seoul. All taxis in Korea use a meter system.



1. Regular Taxi

Regular taxis are the cheapest and most common taxis in Seoul. They can be easily flagged down on the streets from just about anywhere. Regular taxis are orange, but a few are white or gray.


1£®Regular Taxi


2. Deluxe Taxi

Deluxe taxis are about 40-50% more expensive than regular taxis, but boasts luxury vehicles and safer service. Deluxe taxis are black with golden stripes down the side, and can normally be found at major hotels and tourist locations.

Deluxe Taxi


3. Jumbo Taxi

Jumbo taxis can fit up to 8 passengers and cost the same as deluxe taxis.

Jumbo Taxi


*Warning*
Please note that while Jumbo taxis are perfectly legal to transport passengers, call vans, while they may look the same, are not. Call vans are intended for transporting passengers with freight and cargo goods and charge a much higher fare. Call vans will have the words "VAN" or "CALL VAN" written on them and do not use a meter system. Please take precaution when using a Jumbo taxis. All Jumbo taxis will have the words "JUMBO" written on them.


4. International Taxi

Specifically created for foreign tourists, drivers of these cabs are proficient in a foreign language (commonly English). International taxis can be reserved in advance, or flagged from the street. International taxis are black with "International" written on its side.

Reservation: www.intltaxi.co.kr

International Taxi



- Fare

Taxis Fare
Fare Regular Deluxe/Jumbo International
Base fare 3,000 won/2km 5,000 won/3km 3,600 won/2km
Distance charge 100 won/142m 200 won/164m 120 won/142m
Idle charge 100 won/35s 200 won/39s 120 won/35s
Late-night surcharge 20% from 12am~4am None None


Bus

Seoul's public bus system is well-developed, cheap, and a convenient form of transportation. All buses are color coded: blue buses connect the outer areas to the inner city, green buses connect subway stations to nearby residential areas, maeul (local) buses travel around small areas, yellow buses travel in a circulation route around the central parts of the city, and red buses connect the city with surrounding areas. 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 travelers to Korea.


- Fare

Bus Fare
Bus Adult Youth (13-18) Children (6-12)
Blue, Green 1,300 won(1,200 won) 1,000 won(720 won) 450 won
Maeul (local) 1,000 won(900 won) 550 won(480 won) 300 won
Yellow 1,200 won(1,100 won) 800 won(560 won) 350 won
Red 2,400 won(2,300 won) 1,800 won(1,360 won) 1,200 won


  • -T-money card users receive a discount for each trip. See discounted price for T-money card users below in parenthesis.
  • -Transfers (to other buses and subways) are free. Note: You must scan your card on the T-money machine when getting off the bus to receive a free transfer. Transfer must take place within 30 minutes.


- Bus Route

>>Search bus routes

Intercity Travel



Korea Train Express (KTX)

The KTX is Korea's high-speed rail system that connects Seoul to the southern regions of the peninsula. Traveling up to 300km/hr, travel from Seoul to Busan takes just 2 hours and 18 minutes. Tickets can be purchased up to 60 days in advance of your travel date at any train station, large post office, travel agency, and the official KTX website (here).




- Fare

Intercity Travel Fare
Line Route Mon / Thurs Fri / Sun & Holidays
Gyeongbu Seoul (Seoul Station) - Busan 43,000 ~ 53,700 won 46,500 ~ 57,700 won
Honam Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Gwangju 36,900 won 39,700 won
Honam Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Mokpo 41,600 won 44,700 won
Gyeongjeon Seoul (Seoul Station) / Masan 48,600 won 52,300 won
Jeolla Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Yeosu Expo 42,800 won 46,000 won


Express Buses

Express buses connect Seoul with the rest of Korea and are convenient to get to destinations that are not connected by rail. There are two major intercity bus terminals in Korea: Express Bus Terminal, and DongSeoul Bus Terminal. The Express Bus terminal is divided into two terminals, Gyeongbu?Yeongdong Terminal and Honam Terminal, and connects Seoul with the southern and eastern regions of Korea respectively. The DongSeoul Bus Terminal connects Seoul with the north-eastern regions of Korea. The Express Bus Terminal is located at the Express Bus Terminal Subway Station (lines 3,7, and 9). The DongSeoul Bus Terminal is located at Gangbyeon Subway Station (line 2). Times vary by route, but most buses run from 6am to 2am.



- Fare and Route

Tickets cost anywhere from 3,000~35,000 won depending on the destination. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on the date of travel. When purchasing your ticket, you may choose from the more spacious premium buses with 3 seats per row, or a regular bus with 4 seats per row.

>>Routes from the Express Bus Terminal


Major destinations from Gyeongbu - Yeongdong Terminal

Major destinations from Gyeongbu - Yeongdong Terminal
Metropolitan Cities Busan, Ulsan, Daegu, Daejeon
Gyeonggi Province Icheon, Anseong, Pyeongtaek
Gwangwon Province Sokcho, Gangneung, Samcheok
Chungcheong Province Gonju, Cheonan, Cheongju
Gyeongsang Jinju, Gyeongju, Pohang

Major destinations from Honam Terminal

Major destinations from Honam Terminal
North Jeolla Province Jeonju, Namwon, Sunchang
South Jeolla Province Gwangju, Mokpo, Yeosu
North Chungcheong Province Chungju, Cheongju
South Chungcheong Province Yuseong, Nonsan, Cheongyang
Gangwon Province Chuncheon, Cheolweon, Pocheon
North Gyeongsang Province Andong, Yeongju, Yecheon

Major destinations from DongSeoul Bus Terminal

Major destinations from DongSeoul Bus Terminal
Gyeonggi Province Icheon, Yeoju, Pyeongtaek
Gwangwon Province Sokcho, Gangneung, Samcheok
Chungcheong Province Gonju, Cheonan, Cheongju
Gyeongsang Province Jinju, Gyeongju, Pohang
Jeolla Province Gunsan, Suncheon, Jindo


- Riding the Bus

Once you have purchased your ticket, proceed to the boarding gate number on your ticket. Large luggage can be stored underneath the bus. For longer trips, buses will stop at rest areas along the highway for about 10 minutes.


Intercity Train Express (ITX)

The ITX is a high-speed train that connects Seoul with Chuncheon Station to the east in Gwangwon Province. The ITX trains have attendants on board that sell snacks and drinks.


- Fare

Tickets can be purchased on the official website (here) up to 30 days prior to the travel date or from ticketing machines at the station. Tickets (departing from Yongsan Station) are 3,000 won to Cheongnyangni; 6,900 won to Gapyeong (Nami Island); and 9,800 won to Chuncheon.


Travel Pass



T-Money

The T-Money card is a standard transit card that can be used on any public bus, subway, taxis, and even many convenient stores. After charging your card with the desired amount, funds are deducted as the card is used. T -Money cards offer a 100 won fare discount for buses and subways, and transfer discounts between buses and subways. To receive the transfer discount, scan your card when getting on and off the bus. (Note: You must scan your card when getting off the bus at your last transfer.) The transfer discount is only valid for 30 minutes between transfers.


- Where to Buy

T-Money cards can be purchased and charged at most convenience stores, subway stations, and tourist information centers. Cards can be purchased for 3,000 won and charged with any amount. T-Money cards have no expiration date and any unused balance will remain on your card until used. If you wish to receive a refund for balances less than 20,000 won at convenience stores for a small fee. For balances greater than 20,000 won, refunds must be made at the T-Money headquarters (1st fl. T-Money Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul). The price of the card cannot be refunded.



T-Money Mpass

The T-Money 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 T-Money cards, the Mpass can also be charged with additional funds to use at convenience stores, taxis, and more.


- Where to Buy

The T-Money Mpass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Centers located in front of exit 5 and 10 on the 1st floor of Incheon Int'l Airport, the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center in Myeong-dong, and the Gangnam Tourist Center. The Mpass is good for one-month from the date of purchase, and will only be activated upon use. The card expires at midnight of the last day.


Bus Fare
Card Type 1 Day Pass 2 Day Pass 3 Day Pass 6 Day Pass 7 Day Pass
Price 10,000 won 18,000 won 25,500 won 42,500 won 59,500


- Discount & Benefits

The Mpass can also be used to receive discounts at the following locations: Seoul Museum of Art (Free), N Seoul Tower (10%), Chongdong Theater (10%), Lotte World (10%), "Sagye" Drama Exhibition (20%), Performance "Sachoom" (20%), and select restaurants in Myeong-dong.


Seoul Citypass Plus

The Seoul Citypass Plus is similar to a T-money card but comes with more functionality. The card itself costs 3,000 won. Once the card is puchased, funds can be deposited to use for public transportation, public pay phones, and convenience stores. It even comes with a packet of coupons that can be used at major attractions.


- Where to Buy

The Seoul Citypass Plus can be purchased at most convenience stores, subway stations, and tourist information centers.

>>Tourist Information Center locations



- Discount & Benefits

The Seoul Citypass can be used to receive discounts at the following locations: Seoul City Tour Bus Nighttime course (20%), Seoul Museum of Art (Free), Chongdong Theater (10%), Nanta (10%), Hangang River Cruise (10%), 63 City Observatory (10%), N Seoul Tower (10%), and select restaurants and stores.