Public Transportation

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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

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

  • 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).
  • 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.
 

Bus Type Card with  Pay-As-You-Go Credt (KRW) Cash (KRW)
Blue Bus/Green Bus Adult: 1,200 Adult: 1,300
Adolescent: 720 Adolescent: 1,000
Child: 450 Child: 450
Red Bus Adult: 2,300 Adult: 2,400
Adolescent: 1,360 Adolescent: 2,400
Child: 1,200 Child: 1,200
Yellow Bus Adult: 1,100 Adult: 1,200
Adolescent: 560 Adolescent: 1,200
Child: 350 Child: 350
Late-Night Bus Adult: 2,150 Adult: 2,250
Adolescent: 1,360 Adolescent: 2,250
Child: 1,200 Child: 1,200
Shuttle (Town) Bus Adult: 900 Adult: 1,000
Adolescent: 480 Adolescent: 1,000
Child: 300 Child: 300

 

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.