Public Transportation

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Seoul buses are divided into blue, green, yellow, red, customized, and nightrider buses. Airport buses operate in Seoul.

Bus

Regional bus

  • Yellow Bus : First Number (Areas where buses are operating) / Second Number(serial number (1~))
  • Blue Bus : First Number (Number of departure area) / Second Number (Number of arrival area) / Third Number (serial number (0~))
  • Green Bus : First Number (Number of departure area) / Second Number (Number of arrival area) / Third Number (serial number (11~))
  • Red Bus : First Number (9) / Second Number (Number of departure area) / Third Number (serial number (00~))
  • Customized Bus : First Number (8) / Second Number (departure area) / Third Number (Number of arrival area) / Fourth Number (serial number (0~))
  • Airport Bus : First Number (6(0~7)) / Third Number (serial number (00~))
  • Midnight Bus : First Number (N) / Second Number (Number of departure area) / Third Number (Number of arrival area)

Seoul buses information

  • 0 area (Major Districts : Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Yongsan-gu / Extension Line : none)
  • 1st area (Major Districts : Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Dobong-gu, Nowon-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Yangju-si, Uijeongbu-si, Dongducheon-si, Pocheon-si)
  • 2nd area (Major Districts : Seongdong-gu, Gwangjin-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Guri-si, Namyangju-si, Gapyeong-gun, Yangpyeong-gun)
  • 3rd area (Major Districts : Songpa-gu, Gangdong-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Gwangju-si, Hanam-si, Icheon-si, Yeoju-si
    )
  • 4th area (Major Districts :Seocho-gu, Gangnam-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Seongnam-si, Yongin-si, Anseong-si)
  • 5th area (Major Districts : Geumcheon-gu, Dongjak-gu, Gwanak-gu / Extention Line : Gyeonggi-do Anyang-si, Gunpo-si, Uiwang-si, Ansan-si, Gwacheon-si, Suwon-si, Hwaseong-si, Osan-si, Pyeongtaek-si)
  • 6th area (Major Districts : Yangcheon-gu, Gangseo-gu, Guro-gu, Yeongdeungpo-gu / Extension Line : Incheon Metropolitan City, Gyeonggi-do Gimpo-si, Bucheon-si, Gwangmyeong-si, Siheung-si)
  • 7th area (Major Districts : Eunpyeong-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Mapo-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do  Goyang-si, Paju-si, Yeoncheon-gun
    )

Fare & Transfer System

  • Fares can be paid by cash or transportation card. One-time boarding charges a flat-rate fare where you can pay by cash or transportation card
  • Fares for Seoul city buses and Maeul (village) buses can be paid by T-money, U-Pass, EB Card, Cashbee, and Korail Membership Card. Deferred payment transportation cards, which are compatible with T-Money and U-Pass, can be used as well.
  • Seoul city buses offer a free ride for a maximum of 3 children under the age of 6 so long as they are accompanied by a guardian. Legal free riders who are defined in the Passenger Transport Service Act of Korea are also able to ride for free.
  • Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Incheon buses and metropolitan subways are under the Metropolitan Integrated Fare System, so they charge a basic fare up to 10km. Using Seoul metropolitan buses, Gyeonggi-do general buses, non-stop deluxe buses, Incheon buses, and red buses for more than one transfer will cost a basic rate up to 30km, and you will be charged an extra 100 won for each additional 5 km (based on the adult fare).
  • Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Incheon buses and metropolitan subways are under the Metropolitan Integrated Fare System, so they charge a basic fare up to 10km. Using Seoul metropolitan buses, Gyeonggi-do general buses, non-stop deluxe buses, Incheon buses, and red buses for more than one transfer will cost a basic rate up to 30km, and you will be charged an extra 100 won for each additional 5 km (based on the adult fare).
  • Multiple-passenger boarding and a transfer discount are applicable only to city buses, and this offer can be approved only if the same passengers travel to the same destination.

T-money Card

T-money is a transport card issued by the Korea Smart Card. It can be used as a transport card and e-currency. It is usually used in the metropolitan area, along with Cashbee.

T-money Card

The T-money transport cards are classified as a common T-money card and Smart T-money card. Smart T-money cards are sold in various forms, such as a key ring and a cell phone ring.

T-money cards can be recharged at subway stations and convenience stores.

Subway Information

Subways are a transportation facility of the urban railroad system that is operating in Seoul. Since the opening of Line 1 on August 15, 1974, 9 lines now are currently operating. 

subway information

Subway info
Line 1Line 1 The first subway line that was opened in Seoul It runs toward downtown areas such as Seoul Station and City Hall and Jongno Stations. It is connected to major cities of metropolitan areas such as Suwon, Incheon, and Cheonan.
Line 2Line 2 This is the circular line that operates in downtown Seoul. It connects Gangbuk’s tourist sites such as Hongik Univ., Sinchon, Ewha Womans Univ., City Hall, Euljiro, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Stations, as well as Gangnam’s major areas such as Jamsil, Sanseong, and Gangnam Stations.
Line 3Line 3 This line spans from Goyang-si and Ilsan of Gyeonggi-do to the southern area of Seoul. It connects the central areas of Gangnam such as Sinsa, Apgujeong, and Express Bus Terminal Stations, as well as Anguk and Jongno 3-ga Stations, which are convenient to tour Insa-dong.
Line 4Line 4 This is the line that connects the northern and southern areas of Seoul. It is a convenient line for touring Daehangno, Dongdaemun Market, Myeong-dong, and Namdaemun Markets, and Seoul Station.
Line 5Line 5 This line connects Gimpo Airport and downtown Seoul. Passengers can  transfer to Line 1 and 3 at Jongno 3-ga Station.
Line 6Line 6 This is a convenient line for going to see the World Cup Stadium and Itaewon.
Line 7Line 7 This line connects Uijeongbu-si on the north side of Seoul and the Gangnam area of Seoul. It is highly congested during commuting hours. It passes through a high-quality shopping area, Cheongdam-dong.
Line 8Line 8 This line connects southern Seoul and Seongnam-si. There is Garak Market which lagest agricultural market in Seoul. And Munjeong-dong is Famouse of outlet shopping area.
Line 9Line 9 This is the newest line, which opened in July 2009. It operates express trains and local trains. It connects Gimpo Airport to the Gangnam area in 30 minutes.
Bundang LineBundang Line This line connects the area of Gangnam and residential areas in the outskirts of Seoul. It connects Seonneung Station of Gyeonggi-do and Bojeong Station in Giheung-gu in Yongin city.
ShinBundang LineShinBundang Line This line connects Gangnam-Pangyo-Jeongja Stations, which are operated by an unmanned operation system for the first time in Korea. It passes through Yangjae Citizen’s Forest and the café street in Jeongja-dong, Bundang.
Jungang LineJungang Line This line connects Yongsan Station and Yongmun Station in Yangpyeong-gun of Gyeonggi-do.
Gyeongui LineGyeongui Line This line connects Seoul Station and Munsan Station of Gyeonggi-do. At Munsan Station, there is a train that goes to Dorasan Station, so passengers can get to the DMZ.
Gyeongchun LineGyeongchun Line This line opened in December 2010. It connects Sangbong Station on Line  7 and Chuncheon Station in Gangwon-do. Passengers can use this line to get to Cheongpyeong, Gapyeong, and Chuncheon.
Airport ExpressAirport Express Airport Express service passes through Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport and runs to Seoul Station; it consists of general trains which stop at all ten stations, and fast through trains which directly connect Incheon International Airport with Seoul Station.

 


Subway Fare

Subway Fare
Based on distance traveled Based on transport cards Single-use card
Adult Up to 10㎞ : 1,050 won 100 won added to the transport card fee
10~40㎞ : additional 100 won charged every 5㎞
Exceeding 40㎞ : additional 100 won charged every 10㎞
Youth minimum charge: 720 won No discount (single use fare)
Child minimum charge: 450 won minimum charge: 500 won


How to Use

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1. Finding subway stations
  • At the entrance of subway stations, there are a subway sign and the station name. Station names are indicated in Chinese and English for foreigners.
  • Station numbers are also indicated in different colors, so passengers can easily recognize which subway line it is.

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2. Ticket purchasing
  • As of May 2009, boarding tickets have been changed to single-use transport cards. Upon the purchase of this type of card, a security deposit of 500won is added, but it is returned after the card has been used.
  • Prepid transport cards are rechargeable, and the used fares of deferred payment cards are included in the statement of a credit card being charged.

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3. Passing through a turnstile
  • After purchasing a card, scan the card to pass through the turnstile.

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4. Transfer
  • A transfer to another line can be done within the station, without passing through the turnstile.
  • Transferring can be easily done by following the color of the subway line that you want to use.

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5. Exiting
  • To leave the subway station, scan the card and pass through the turnstile.
  • Outside the turnstile, insert the card into a security deposit refund machine to get a refund of 500 won.

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Taxis are a convenient way to get to your destination. To help with communication, Seoul Metropolitan Government operates foreigner-dedicated taxis and provides interpretation services.

International Taxi

  • International Taxi services basically require a prior reservation via telephone (+82-2-1644-2255) and homepage.
  • Call +82-2-1644-2255 for English/Japanese consultations, which are available all year round 24 hours a day 365 days a year
  • A direct reservation is possible via the homepage for International Taxis
  • Immediate use of the taxi is available even without a prior reservation if there is a taxi that is standing by. 

Consultation and reception  of reservation

  • Tel :+82-1644-2255
  • Fax :+82-2-2043-1578
  • E-mail :reserve@intltaxi.co.kr

The benefits of using an international taxi

  • The hiring and educating of taxi drivers and call center operations are supervised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Taxi drivers have certifications in foreign language proficiency.
  • The information desk and boarding area that are exclusively for International Taxi users are located at the Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport.
  • Payment is possible with credit cards or T-money.

Medium Taxi

Medium Taxi
  • These taxis can accommodate up to five passengers. 
  • The “International Taxi” sign is on the roof of each taxi. 
  • Cabs with “Japanese” signs mean that the driver can speak Japanese.

 

Luxury Taxi

Luxury Taxi
  • These taxis can accommodate up to 5 passengers. 
  • The color is black . The sides of the vehicle and the roof lamp will have the “International TAXI” sign.

 

Large Taxi

Large Taxi
  • These taxi vans can accommodate up to nine passengers. 
  • The body of the vehicle is black and “International Taxi” signs are displayed on the sides.

 

Regular Taxi

Regular Taxi
  • While you can differentiate between a privately and company owned taxi by their  roof lamp, you can also easily spot company owned cabs by the company name and numbers on their side doors. 
  • The basic fare for these taxis is 3,000won for the first 2 km with an increase of 100 won per 142m.

 

Luxury Taxi

Luxury Taxi
  • These taxis are black with yellow roof lamp. Although considerably more comfortable, these luxury cabs also cost more. 
  • The basic fare is 5,000 won with an increase of 200 won per 3km.

 

Free interpretation

Free interpretation
  • These taxis have the sign “Free Interpretation,” 
  • Riders have access to free interpretation services in Japanese, English, and Chinese via the use of a cell phone. 
  • If you need the service, simply tell your cab driver, “Free interpretation.”

Two international airports Gimpo and Incheon are easily accessible from Seoul. Limousine buses, subways, and airport railways are available for getting to the airports.

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Incheon Int’l Airport

  • Incheon International Airport meets an airport transport demand from the metropolitan area and plays a role as an airport hub in Northeast Asia in the 21st century.
  • The construction of the airport began in 1992 by landfilling islands between Youngjongdo and Yongyudo. The airport was opened on March 29, 2001
  • The Passenger Terminal is equipped with 270 check-in counters, 120 passport control desks, and 28 security checkpoints. The airport’s passenger processing capacity is 6,400 people per hour.
  • The Cargo Terminal is equipped with facilities that can accommodate 24 airplanes at once, and has an annual cargo processing capacity of 4.5 million tons.
  • The apron area is 109,0909.05 m2, and can accommodate 40 airplanes at once


Gimpo Int’l Airport

  • Designated
    as an international airport in Jan.1958
  • Currently operating domestic lines for Gimhae (Busan), Jeju, Daegu, Gwangju, Ulsan, Yeosu, Pohang, Sacheon(Jinju)
  • The international lines of Seoul↔Tokyo, Seoul↔ Shanghai are under operation.

To get to the outskirts of Seoul, the following four stations can be used: Seoul Station, Cheongnyangni Station, Yeongdeungpo Station, and Yongsan Staion.

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Seoul Station

Seoul Station is the starting point for the Gyeongbu Line, the Gyeongui Line, and Incheon International Airport, and it connects to Subway Lines  1 and 4.

  • It is considered to be the gate of Seoul, and some 90,000 people use the station daily.
  • The Saemaul train, Mugunghwa train, and KTX are operating on the Gyeongbu Line. The Tongilho, Saemaul, and Mugunghwa trains go toward Daejeon, Gimcheon, Dongdaegu, and Busan; whereas KTX goes toward Gwangmyeong, Daejeon, Dongdaegu, and Busan.
  • The Gyeongui Line in the metropolitan area goes toward Ilsan, Geumchon, and Munsan.


Yongsan Station

Yongsan Station is the last station on the Honam Line, Jeolla Line, Janghang Line, and Gyeongwon Line. It is also a subway station of Line 1, and is located between Namyeong Station and Noryangjin Station. It is the first and last station of the metropolitan Jungang Line.

  • It is used as the first and last station for the ITX Cheongchun Railway, which passes through the Jungang Line and the Gyeongchun Line.
  • Operates the KTX, Saemaul train, and Mugunghwa train, which go to the Honam Line. It processes passengers and cargo, and does ticket sales.


Cheongnyangni Station

Cheongnyangni Station is on the Gyeongwon Line, and is located between Wangsimni Station and Hoegi Station. It is also the first and last station of the Jungang Line.

  • A transfer passage between Cheongnyangni Station of Subway Line 1 and the above-ground station of the Jungang Line has been opened.
  • It operates the Saemaul train between Cheongnyangni to Andong 
  • It is the last station for the sub-express railway Gyeongchun Line, “ITX-Cheongchu,”’ which was opened in Feb. 2012.

Yeongdeungpo Station

This is a train station on the Gyeongbu Line. It is located between Singil Station and Sindorim Station of Seoul Subway Line  1.

  • An express train stopped at this station for the first time in 1971. 
  • It
    operates the Saemaul train,
    the Mugunghwa train,
    and the metropolitan subway. It deals with passengers, cargo, and does ticket
    sales. As of Nov. 2010, KTX also stops at this station.
  • It is a privately funded station, and a Lotte Department Store is located near this station. 


Using the express buses is one way of getting to the outskirts of Seoul. The express bus terminals in Seoul are as follows: the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, the Central City Terminal, Nambu Terminal, the Dongseoul Terminal, and the Sangbong Intercity Bus Terminal.

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express bus

Seoul Express Bus Terminal

The terminal is also called Gangnam Express Bus Terminal. It is Seoul’s main bus terminal, along with the Subway Line 3 Express Bus Terminal.

  • Operation Lines:  Gyeongbu Line, Guma Line, and Yeongdong Line. From Banpo-dong in Seoul, it goes to Gangneung, Gyeongju, Gongju, Gumi, Geumsan, Gimcheon, Gimhae, Daegu, Daejeon, Government Complex-Daejeon, Donghae, Masan, Busan, Busan Sasang, Samcheok, Sangju, Seonsan, Sokcho, Anseong, Anseong Gongdo-eup, Anseong Jungdae, Anseong Pungrim, Anseong Hangyeong, Yangyang, Yeoju, Yeongcheon, Onyang(Asan), Yongin, Ulsan, Wonju, Icheon, Jeomchon, Jecheon, Jochiwon, Jinju, Changwon, Cheonan, Cheongju, Tongyeong, Pyeongtaek, Pohang, Hwanggan,  and Hoengseong
  • It has an underground shopping mall that sell clothing at reasonable prices, so many people visit the mall.

Central City Terminal

This terminal is operating Honam Line after being moved from Seoul Express Bus Terminal.

  • The Central City Terminal has department stores, theaters, synthesized terminals, and hotels within the building. It is located next to the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and is connected to the Express Bus Terminal Station of Subway Line 3.
  • It is like a complex leisure town where visitors can enjoy shopping and watching movies at the department stores and theaters that are located within the terminal.


Nambu Terminal

This terminal was constructed to operate the intercity bus lines that used to be operated by the Seoul Express Bus Terminal. It is located at the Nambu Terminal Station of Subway Line 3.

  • It operates lines going to the metropolitan area, Chungcheong-do, Jeolla-do, and Gyeongsang-do areas. The Gangwondo Line, which goes to Jumunjin, was opened here on May 27, 2013.
  • It is located near the Seoul Arts Center and the International Electronics Shopping Mall, so visitors can enjoy both shopping and entertainment.


Dongseoul Terminal

This terminal is located in Seoul Gwangjin-gu. It provides transportation convenience to residents in the eastern and northern areas of Seoul, and has helped to revitalize the Jungbu Expressway.

  • It is equipped with 15 express bus lines (Daegu, Daejeon, Masan, Busan, Jinju, Changwon, Cheongju, Gangneung, Gwangyang, Sokcho, Donghae, Samcheok, Yangyang, Jeonju, and Jeongeup), as well as with 110 intercity bus lines. A total of 35 bus companies are in business here.
  • It has major intercity bus lines that go to Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. The terminal also operates lines that go across the nation such as Gyeongsang-do, Jeolla-do, and Chungcheong-do. It operates 1,200 buses daily, and can transport a daily average of 30,000 passengers. Its maximum daily transport capacity is 70,000 passengers.


Sangbong Intercity Bus Terminal

This terminal was opened on Sep. 2, 1985.

  • It operates intercity buses that go to Gaegun, Gwangtan, Gyomun-ri, Guri, Guksu-ri, Daesin, Sinwon-ri,  the Asia Center for Theological Studies and Mission, Yangpyeong, Yeoju, Yongdu,Yongmun, and Cheonseo-ri in the metropolitan area; as well as going to Gangneung, Naksan, Danwol, Dunnae, Munmak, Mulchi, Bokjigol, Saemal,Sokcho, Sinnam, Yangdeokwon,Yangyang, Osaek,Wonju, Wontong, Yuhyeon, Inje, Jangsudae, Jangpyeong, Jinbu, Pungsuwon,  Hangyeryeong,  Hongcheon, Hoenggye,  and Hoengseong  in the Gangwondo area.