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All you need to know about getting around Seoul

 

 

Subway

 

Subway Routes and Map

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지하철 노선도 - 영문

 

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. 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.
Smartphone and tablet users can download a variety of apps that give routes, times, and transfer information in English, including Seoul Subway, Metroid Korea Subway Info, and Subway Navigation by Kakao.

 

 

Subway Fare
Passenger Tmoney Ticket
Regular (19 years old and up) 1,250 won 1,350 won
Youth (13-18 years old) 720 won 1,350 won
Child (6-12 years old) 450 won 450 won

 

※ The Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line charge higher fares
※ 10 - 40 km: 100 won for every 5 km
※ After 50 km: 100 won for every 8 km
※ Tmoney card users receive a 100 won discount off the adult fare per ride.

 

Riding the Subway

1. Subway stations are clearly marked with color coded signs written in Korean and English, and each exit is numbered.

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 Tmoney transit card).

Choose the English menu
Choose the English menu
Select “Single Journey Ticket
Select “Single Journey Ticket”
Choose the English menu
Choose your Destination
Select “Single Journey Ticket
Select the number of passengers, then insert money into the machine

3. As you go through the turnstile, place your card over the Tmoney scanner.

4. Transferring lines take place within the station. Follow the signs (color coded) to your desired line.

5. After reaching your destination, place your card over the Tmoney scanner at the turnstile. If you’ve used a single-journey ticket, claim your 500 won deposit by returning the card to any “Deposit Refund Device.”

6. If you have insufficient funds on your Tmoney card or single journey ticket, you can add money by using the fare adjustment machines located near the turnstiles.

 

Deposit Refund Device

 

Taxis

 

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.

 

Regular Taxi
Regular Taxi

Regular taxis are the cheapest and most common taxis in Seoul, and are easy to flag down in most neighborhoods. Most regular taxis are orange, but white, gray, and other colors are also common.

Deluxe Taxi
Deluxe Taxi

Deluxe taxis have a higher flag drop charge and the fare per distance and idle time is higher than regular taxis, but deluxe taxis do not have surcharges for late-night use. They are usually larger, more luxurious vehicles with exceptionally safe service. Deluxe taxis are black with gold stripes, and can normally be found at major hotels and tourist locations.

Jumbo Taxi
Jumbo Taxi

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

Warning

Please be cautious of the difference between Jumbo taxis, which are legal for the transportation of passengers, and call vans, which are intended for transporting passengers with freight and cargo goods and charge a much higher fare. The two may look similar, but call vans will have the words “VAN” or “CALL VAN” written on them and do not use a taximeter. All Jumbo taxis will have the words “JUMBO” written on them.

International Taxi
International Taxi

Specifically created for foreign tourists, drivers of these cabs are proficient in English, Chinese, or Japanese, with the language indicated on the side of the vehicle. International taxis can be reserved in advance, or flagged from the street. International taxis are black or orange with “International” written on the door. They are slightly more expensive than regular cabs, and can be chartered for blocks of 3 or more hours for a flat rate and will provide airport pickup service and trips for a flat rate.

 

Reservation : www.intltaxi.co.kr

Fare

 

Taxi 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

 

※International taxis charge a flat fares (55,000~75,000 won) from Incheon Int’l Airport to destinations around Seoul.



Tip! Prepay Abroad, the Seoul International Taxi Service for Foreign Tourists
 

The city of Seoul, in order to prevent foreign tourists from falling victim to fraudulent taxi fares, now offers a special prepay service (currently only available for those traveling from Hong Kong). Pay for a voucher before traveling to Seoul, and enjoy peace of mind while traveling from the airport into Seoul. Hanatour's Hong Kong location (+852-2735-5501) now offers vouchers for taxi rides to and from Incheon Airport and Seoul.

○ How to Purchase
- Make a reservation for a taxi and purchase a voucher during Hanatour’s Hong Kong location operating hours.
- At Incheon Airport, head to International Taxi Information Desk in the Arrivals Hall (1st floor) and present your voucher.
- Take your pre-reserved taxi to your destination.

○ Fare

Taxi Fare
Sections Midsize Car Deluxe or Jumbo
Section A
Gangseo, Seodaemun,
Yeongdeungpo
55,000 won 80,000 won
Section B
Geumcheon, Yongsan, Jongno,
Dongdaemun, Seocho
65,000 won 95,000 won
Section C
Gangnam, Gangdong, Nowon
75,000 won 110,000 won
* Reservations and Inquiries : Hanatour Airport Team (+82-32-502-2972)

 

 

Bus

 

Seoul’s public bus system is a well-developed, cheap, and convenient form of transportation. All buses are color coded: blue buses connect different districts of the city along main route, green buses connect subway stations and main blue bus routes with residential areas, smaller green maeul (local) buses travel shorter routes within a single district or neighborhood, yellow buses travel in a circulation route in the city center,, 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. Major stops are usually announced in English and Korean.
Smartphone and tablet users can download apps for navigating the bus system in English or Korean, such as SeoulBus.

 

Fare

 

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

 

※Tmoney card users receive a 100 won discount.

※Up to four transfers between buses and between bus and subways are free for Tmoney users. To transfer, make sure you scan the Tmoney card at the reader by the bus’ front or rear doors when exiting. Transfer must take place within 30 minutes (1 hour for travel between 9pm and 7am) and 10km of disembarking.

 

Travel Pass

 

TMoney

 티머니 2
 

The TMoney 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. TMoney 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.

 

More Info

The TMoney card can also be used to purchase items at Seoul's traditional markets.
- The TMoney card can be used until 2018 at traditional markets such as Mangwon Market, Tongin Market, Gildong Market, Jeongneung Market, Shinwon Market, Yeongcheon Market, Donam Market, Dongbu Market, Ttukdo Market, Yongmun Market, and Huam Market.
- There is a 1,000 won discount on purchases of at least 10,000 won for visitors who make a purchase at a traditional market within 1 hour of using the TMoney card on public transportation.  

 

Where to Buy

TMoney 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. TMoney 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 TMoney headquarters (1st fl. TMoney Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul). The price of the card cannot be refunded.

 

TMoney Mpass

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.

 

Where to Buy

The TMoney Mpass can be purchased at the tourist information centers located in front of gates 5 and 10 on the 1st floor of Incheon Int’l Airport, the Airport Railroad (AREX) Information Desk (B1 Incheon Int'l Airport), the Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, and Seoul Station Tmoney Town. 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.

 

 

Card Type
1-Day Pass
2-Day Pass
3-Day Pass
5-Day Pass
7-Day Pass
Price
15,000 won23,000 won30,500 won47,500 won64,500 won
Price After 5 pm12,000 won20,000 won27,500 won44,500 won61,500 won

 ※ Discounted prices available after 17:00

 

Refund Location

Incheon Int'l Airport (Terminal 1) Tourist Information Center

Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center

Seoul Station Tmoney Town

※ No refunds available in Airport Railroad (AREX) Information Desk. (Pass available for purchase only.)


Tour Bus Parking Guide


To better accommodate the growing number of tour buses, the city of Seoul is working continually to provide parking spaces in the heart of Seoul. The following lists are locations where tour buses can park in Seoul. The lists have been divided into parking garages/attached parking lots, off-street parking facilities, street parking spaces (tour buses only), street parking time limits, and temporary parking.

 

Parking Garages/Attached Parking Lots
Parking Garages/Attached Parking Lots

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Gyeongbokgung
Palace
1-91 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu

First 2 hrs: 4,000
won (500 won every 15 min. thereafter)

 

2

Donghwa Duty Free Shop

Gwanghwamun
Building,
211 Sejong-ro,

Jongno-gu

Free

 

3

National Museum
of Contemporary
Art

165 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu

3,000 won per hour

 

4

Lotte Department
Store
1 Sogong-dong,
Jung-gu

First 30 min: 3,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

5

JW Mariott
Dongdaemun
289-3 Jongno 6ga, Jongno-gu

5,000 won per hour

15 large

buses, 15

medium

buses

6

Jau Center 201-6 Jangchung-
dong 2ga, Jung-gu

1,500 won per
10 min.

 

7

Hyatt Hotel 747-7 Hannam-
dong, Yongsan-gu

First 30 min: 3,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

8

War Memorial of
Korea
8 Yongsan-dong
1ga, Yongsan-gu

First 30 min free.
Up to 2 hrs 10,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

9

National Museum
of Korea
168-6 Yongsan-
dong 6ga,
Yongsan-gu

 

First 30 min free.
Up to 2 hrs 4,000
won (1,000 won
every 30 min.
thereafter)

 

10

Seodaemun
Independence Park
101 Hyunjeo-dong, Seodaemun-gu

900 won per 10
min.

 

 

 

Off-street Parking facilities
Off-street Parking facilities

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Seoul Station

Seobu

122-15 Bongnae-
dong, Jung-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

16 seater and over

2

Jeokseondong

Parking Facility

150 Jeokseondong,
Jongno-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

 

3

Gwanghwamun

Citizens Square

76-14 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

 

4

Namsan

Hanok Village

83-1 Pildong 2ga,
Jung-gu

(the general area)

3,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(500 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

1 large bus, 3

medium buses

5 Hannam-dong

658-46 Hannam-
dong,

Yongsan-gu

3,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs

(1,000 won per 10 min. thereafter)

 
6

Sinchon Station

(Gyeongui Line)

121-9 Daehyun-
dong,

Seodaemun-gu

6,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs

(1,000 won per
hour
thereafter)

 
7

Mapo Flood

Reservoir

36-1 Mapo-dong,
Mapo-gu

(the general area)

Medium Bus:
500 won per 5 min.

Large Bus: 700 won
per 5 min.

24 hours

 

 

Street parking spaces (tour buses only)
Street parking spaces (tour buses only)

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Dongsulla-gil 112-10 Inui-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

2

Tapgol Park 38-1 Jongno 2ga,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

3

Sopa-ro Namsan
Park
205-107 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

4

Sopa-ro, in front of TBS 4-7 Yejang-dong,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

5

Sopa-ro Cable Cars 1-15 San,
Hoehyeon-dong
1ga, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

6

Sowol-ro Namsan Park 463 Namdaemun-
ro 5(o)-ga, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

7

Entrance to
Namdaemun
282-10 Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

8

Entrance to
Namdaemun
Market
51-4 Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

9

Joongang Ilbo 84-2 Sunhwa-dong,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

10

DDP (east side) 1-1 Euljiro 7-ga,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

11

DDP (north side) 222-3 Sindang-
dong, Jung-gu

Free

36 seater and over

12

Jangchungdan-ro San9-19, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu (the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

13

Blue House 1-7 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

Regulated

by security services

 

 

Street parking with a time limit (parking is not allowed outside of the indicated hours)
Street parking with a time limit (parking is not allowed outside of the indicated hours)

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Itaewon-ro The intersection in front of Cheil
Worldwide and the
intersection by
Leeum Museum,
Yongsan-gu

Free

07:00~21:00

2

Changuimun-ro 15-57 Cheongun-
dong, Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

3

Changgyeonggung-ro 1 2-86 Waryong-
dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

09:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

4

Saemunan-ro 2-gil 106-9 Sinmun-ro
2ga, Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

09:00~21:00

(36 seater and over)

5

In front of the DDP

U:US building

204-92 Sindang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~17:00

(36 seater and over)

6

Sajik-ro 20 Naeja-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

 

10:00~16:00

(36 seater and over)

 

131 Naeja-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

240 Sajik-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

7

Seongsan-ro 117-1 Seongsan-
dong, Mapo-gu

Free

09:00~20:00

8

Moraenae-ro Across the street
from Songlim
Restaurant and
Mun Yeong-hwan
OBGYN,
Seodaemun-gu

Free

09:00~20:00

Across the street
from Yang Peng
Restaurant and
Gonjiam
Restaurant,
Seodaemun-gu

Free

9

Susaek-ro 26 Susaek-ro,
Seodaemun-gu
(the general area)

Free

07:00~17:00

 

 

Temporary Parking
Temporary Parking

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Notice

1

Entrance to
Itaewon
57-6 Itaewon-dong,
Yongsan-gu

Free

5 minute parking

 

 

For street parking with a time limit, a fine will be applied if a tour bus is parked outside the designated time limit.

You can confirm the location of a parking lot and how many spaces are available through the app "Seoul Parking Information." (Download the app -> open the app -> search "themes" -> tour buses -> maps -> NAVI)

[Dec. 31, 2015 16:27  Input / Feb. 08, 2016 00:00  Publish]