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All you need to know about getting around Seoul

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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 aroundthecity. 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.


price table : Passenger, Tmoney (KRW), Ticket (KRW)
Passenger Tmoney (KRW) Ticket (KRW)
Regular (19 years & up) 1,250 1,350
Teenagers (13-18 years) 720 1,350
Children (6-12 years) 450 450

※ The Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line charge higher fares
※ 10 - 50 km: KRW 100/5 km
※ After 50 km: KRW 100/8 km
※ Tmoney card users receive KRW 100 discount off 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 KRW 500 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).

Select the English menu at the Korean and English language select screen
Choose the English menu
Single pass transportation card select screen
Select “Single Journey Ticket”
Destination select screen
Choose your destination
Fare insert screen after entering the number of passengers
Select number of passengers & insert money

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.

 

For reservations:  www.intltaxi.co.kr

Fare
Taxi price : Fare, Regular (KRW), Deluxe/Jumbo (KRW)
Fare Regular (KRW) Deluxe/Jumbo (KRW)
Base fare 3,800/2 km 6,500/3 km
Distance charge 100/132 m 200/151 m
Idle charge 100/31 s 200/36 s
Late-night surcharge 20% added from 12:00 - 04:00 None

※ International taxis charge a flat fares (KRW 65,000 - 90,000) 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 (+85-2-2735-5501) 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 (1F) and present voucher.
- Take your pre-reserved taxi to your destination.

○ Fare

Taxi to Seoul from Incheon Airport : special prepay service - Sections, Midsize Car (KRW), Deluxe or Jumbo (KRW)
Sections Midsize Car (KRW) Deluxe or Jumbo (KRW)
Section A
Gangseo
65,000 95,000
Section B
Eunpyeong, Mapo,
Seodaemun, Yangcheon,
Yeongdeungpo, Guro
70,000 100,000
Section C
Jongno, Yongsan, Dongjak,
Gwanak, Geumchon
80,000 110,000
Section D
Gangbuk, Seongbuk,
Dongdaemun, Seongdong,
Gangnam, Seocho
85,000 120,000
Section E
Dobong, Nowon, Jungnang,
Gwangjin, Songpa, Gangdong
90,000 130,000
* Reservations & 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 Seoul Bus.

Fare
Bus Price - Bus, Adult (KRW), Teenagers (13-18)(KRW),Children (6-12)(KRW)
Bus Adult (KRW) Teenagers (13-18)
(KRW)
Children (6-12)
(KRW)
Blue, Green 1,300 1,000 450
Maeul (local) 1,200 800 350
Yellow 700 450 200
Red 2,400 1,800 1,200

※ Tmoney card users receive a KRW 100 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 21:00 and 07:00 the next day) and 10 km of disembarking.

Travel Pass
TMoney

Picture of Public transport card 'T-Money'
 

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 KRW 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.



Additional Info

The TMoney card can also be used to purchase items at Seoul's traditional markets.
* The TMoney card can be used at traditional markets, such as Sinwon Market, Gildong Market, Jeongneung Market, Namseong Market, Jangwi Market,  Dongbu Market, Namguro Market,  Yeongcheon Market, Macheon Market, Seongnae Market,  Ttukdo Market,  Donam Market, and Huam Market.

* There is a KRW 1,000 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 KRW 3,000 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 KRW 20,000 at convenience stores for a small fee. For balances greater than KRW 20,000, refunds must be made at the TMoney headquarters (1F, TMoney Town, SeoulCity TowerBuilding, 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 - Card Type, Pirce, Price After 17:00
Card Type
1-Day Pass
2-Day Pass
3-Day Pass
5-Day Pass
7-Day Pass
Price (KRW)
15,000 23,000 30,500 47,500 64,500
Price After 17:00
(KRW)
12,000 20,000 27,500 44,500 61,500

 ※ Discounted prices available after 17:00

Refund Location

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

2) Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center

3) 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(KRW), Note
No. Name Location Parking Rates
(KRW)
Note
1

Gyeongbokgung
Palace
1-91, Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu
First 2 hrs.: 5,000
(800 every 10 mins. after)

 

2

Donghwa Duty Free Shop

Gwanghwamun
Building,
211, Sejong-ro,

Jongno-gu

2,000 every 30 mins.
& 4,000 every hour

 
3

National Museum
of Contemporary
Art

165 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu First hour: 2,000
(500 every 15 mins.
after)

 
4

Lotte Department
Store
1, Sogong-dong,
Jung-gu
First 30 mins.: 3,000
(1,000 every 10 mins.
after)

 
5

JW Mariott
Dongdaemun
289-3, Jongno 6ga, Jongno-gu First 30 mins.: 3,000
(1,000 every 15 mins.
after)

15 large

buses,

15 medium

buses

6

Jau Center 201-6, Jangchung-
dong 2ga, Jung-gu
1,000 every 10 mins.

 
7

Hyatt Hotel 747-7 Hannam-
dong, Yongsan-gu
6,000 every 30 mins.

 
8

War Memorial of
Korea
8, Yongsan-dong
1ga, Yongsan-gu
Free for less than
2 hrs. / 3,000 for
2 hrs. 
(1,000 every 30 mins.
after)

 
9

National Museum
of Korea
168-6, Yongsan-
dong 6ga,
Yongsan-gu
Free for less than
1 hr. / 2,000 for
1 hour
(500 every 30 mins.
after)

 

10

Seodaemun
Independence Park
101, Hyunjeo-dong, Seodaemun-gu 450 every 5 mins.

 
Off-street Parking Facilities
Off-street Parking Facilities : No., Name, Location, Parking Rates(KRW), Note
No. Name Location Parking Rates
(KRW)
Note
1

Seoul Station

Seobu

122-15, Bongnae-
dong, Jung-gu
First 30 mins.: 2,000
(500 every 10 mins. after)

16 seater and over
2

Jeokseondong

Parking Facility

150, Jeokseondong,
Jongno-gu
First hour: 6,000
(500 every 5 mins. after)

 
3

Namsan

Hanok Village

Vicinity of

83-1, Pildong 2ga,
Jung-gu

First hour: 3,000
(500 every 5 mins. after)

1 large bus,

3 medium buses

4 Hannam-dong

658-46, Hannam-
dong,

Yongsan-gu

250 every 5 mins.

 
5

Sinchon Station

(Gyeongui Line)

121-9, Daehyun-
dong,

Seodaemun-gu

350 every 5 mins.

 
6

Mapo Flood

Reservoir

Vicinity of

36-1, Mapo-dong,
Mapo-gu

250 every 5 mins.

24 hours
Street Parking Spaces (* Tour buses only)
Street Parking Spaces (* Tour buses only) : No., Name, Location, Parking Rates(KRW), Note
No. Name Location Parking Rates
(KRW)
Note
1

Dongsulla-gil Vicinity of
112-10, Inui-dong,
Jongno-gu 
Free

16 seater and over

2

Tapgol Park Vicinity of
38-1, Jongno 2ga,
Jongno-gu 
Free

36 seater and over

3

Sopa-ro Namsan
Park
Vicinity of
205-107, Namchang-dong,
Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

4

Sopa-ro, in front of TBS Vicinity of
4-7, Yejang-dong,
Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

5

Sopa-ro Cable Cars Vicinity of
1-15 San,
Hoehyeon-dong
1ga, Jung-gu
Free

36 seater and over

6

Sowol-ro Namsan Park Vicinity of 
463, Namdaemun-
ro 5(o)-ga, Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

7

Entrance to
Namdaemun
Vicinity of
282-10, Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

8

Entrance to
Namdaemun
Market
Vicinity of
51-4, Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

9

Joongang Ilbo Vicinity of
84-2, Sunhwa-dong,
Jung-gu
Free

16 seater and over

10

DDP (east side) Vicinity of
1-1, Euljiro 7-ga,
Jung-gu
Free

36 seater and over

11

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

36 seater and over

12

Jangchungdan-ro Vicinity of
San9-19, Hannam-dong,
Yongsan-gu
Free

16 seater and over

13

Blue House Vicinity of
1-7, Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu
Free

Regulated

by security services

Street Parking w/ Time Limit (* Parking prohibited outside indicated hours)
Street Parking w/ Time Limit (* Parking prohibited outside indicated hours) : No., Name, Location, Parking Rates(KRW), Note
No. Name Location Parking Rates
(KRW)
Note
1

Itaewon-ro Intersection in front of Cheil
Worldwide & the
intersection by
Leeum Museum,
Yongsan-gu
Free

07:00 - 21:00

2

Changuimun-ro 15-57, Cheongun-
dong, Jongno-gu
(General area)
Free

10:00 - 19:00

(36 seater and over)

3

Changgyeonggung-ro 1 2-86, Waryong-
dong,
Jongno-gu
(General area)
Free

09:00 - 19:00

(36 seater and over)

4

Saemunan-ro 2-gil 106-9 Sinmun-ro
2ga, Jongno-gu
(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
(General area)
Free

 

10:00 - 16:00

(36 seater and over)

 

131, Naeja-dong,
Jongno-gu
(General area)
Free

240, Sajik-dong,
Jongno-gu
(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(KRW), Note
No. Name Location Parking Rates
(KRW)
Note
1

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

5-min parking

For street parking with a time limit, tour buses parked outside designated time limit will be fined.


Parking lot location can be confirmed, as well as the number of spaces available, via the app "Seoul Parking Information."
(Download app → Open app → Search "themes" → Tour buses → Maps → NAVI)