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How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

The main airport servicing Seoul is the Incheon International Airport, located on Yeongjongdo Island which is the neighboring city of Incheon. Gimpo Airport is also located in Seoul but only services domestic flights and short-haul International shuttle flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Shanghai, and Beijing. The two airports are connected to each other by AREX express trains and both connect to the Seoul Station.

If you have not booked a private transfer through us then you have plenty of options for transportation to get you from the airport to your hotel including express trains, buses, taxis and rental cars.

What types of transportation can I find at the airport?

The AREX express trains offer service from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station with no stops along the way. The journey takes about 45 minutes with trains departing every 30 minutes from 5:20 am until 11:40 pm. The train station is located in the Transport Center which is situated across from the main terminal. Ticket prices cost approximately 8,000 won for adults and 6,900 won for children.

Another train operated by AREX is the All Stop Train offering service from the airport with stops at 12 subway stations including Cargo Terminal, Unseo, Cheogna International City, Geornam, Gyeyang, Gimpo International Airport, Digital Media City, Hongik University, Gongdeok and Seoul Station. Ticket prices are approximately 4,250 per adult, the journey takes approximately an hour and trains depart every 10 minutes from the main terminal.

Buses are available at the airport and start at 5:30 am and run until 10:00 pm. Buses depart every 10 - 30 minutes and the journey from the airport to downtown Seoul takes at least 90 minutes. Tickets cost approximately 8,000 won and can be purchased at the ticket booths outside 1F arrivals gate, bus routes and timetables can also be found here. The bus stops can be found outside the arrivals hall on the first floor.

Taxis are available at the airport, taxi ranks are found on the first floor outside the arrivals hall on 1F. There are two types of taxis available regular (grey) and deluxe (black), regular taxi prices cost approximately 40,000 won and deluxe cost around 65,000 won from the airport to downtown Seoul. Prices after midnight to 4:00 am increase by 20%

Rental cars are available at the airport offering reputable companies, the car rental building can be found near the long-term parking lot.

How do I get from the train station to my hotel?

The main train station in the city is Seoul Station, address: 405 Hangang-daero, Bongnaedong2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu in Seoul. The station is the gateway to the capital city and a terminus for the Gyeongbu line, KTX trains and the Incheon International Airport Express (AREX) trains as well as Lines 1 and 4 on the Seoul Subway. A large bus station can be found in front of the station`s main entrance along with taxis to transport you to your hotel.

How do I get around the city using public transportation?

Seoul features the largest subway system in the world that is easy and efficient to use. It connects passengers to different areas within the city and surrounding areas. There are 9 different lines that run on the subway which is color-coded along with signage and announcements made in Korean and English, subway maps are available in the stations and are a good idea to keep on hand and you can also download the KakaeMetro app on your smartphone. The subway trains run every 5 minutes with a 2-3 travel time between each station, tickets cost approximately ₩1,150 for adults and ₩500 for children (for the first 6.5 miles). Total fares are based upon the total distance traveled, tickets can be purchased at the stations from Automatic Vending Machines and T-money cards are available (pre-paid transportation card) which offers a 10% discount off regular fares. Hours of operation are from 5:30 am until midnight, the subway is incredibly crowded during rush hour between 7 - 8 am and from 6 - 7 pm. For more information visit:

The city offers an extensive bus system that connects passengers to destinations all over the city. Buses are color-coded: Blue, Green, Red and Yellow and cover different routes throughout the city, buses run every 5 - 15 minutes and start at 4:30 am until 1:00 am. Ticket prices run between ₩850 - ₩2,000 for adults and ₩300 - ₩1,200 for children (5 and under travel for free), depending on the type of bus and route traveled. For more information visit:

Yellow: This bus route circles around downtown stopping at many tourist attractions and shopping areas.

Green: This bus connects to major subway stations and bus terminals in downtown.

Blue: This bus travels to the outer suburbs of the city

Red: This bus is a commuter bus that runs long distances to the outer suburbs.

Taxis are available in the city with three different categories offered, regular, deluxe and limousine. A regular taxi is normally orange or silver and provides a regular type of taxi service with basic fares costing approximately ₩3,000 for the first 1.24 miles during the day and ₩3,680 at night and goes up ₩100 for every 472ft after that or every 35 seconds. Deluxe taxis and limousines are more expensive, vehicles are black with yellow signs and prices start around ₩4,500 for a basic fare. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have your destination written down in Korean.

Seoul offers a city bus tour transporting passengers to the major tourist attractions and shopping destinations around the city.

What is the T-money travel card and where can I purchase one?

The T-Money transportation card is a rechargeable travel card that can be used for subway, buses and most taxi services in the city of Seoul. You can purchase the card at all subway stations and convenience stores in the city, and reload the card at the Ticket Vending and Card Reloading machines. The card costs ₩2,500 with a ₩500 refundable deposit, the card saves you around ₩100 off regular fares and you can transfer for up to 30 minutes between the subway and bus and bus to subway up to five times for no additional charge from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.

How do I call/hail a taxi in Seoul?

Taxis are plentiful in the city and can be hailed from the street, found at taxi ranks all over the city and ordered over the phone. Taxis display bright LED lights in the front windshield that display if the car is available for hire, (ºóÂ÷) indicates the taxi is available and "ºóÂ÷" means it is already occupied.

Is Seoul a walking city?

Seoul is a very large city, walking around certain areas on foot is possible but exploring the whole city will require traveling onboard some type of public transportation. Most subway stations are located within a 10-minute walk from anywhere in the city. Exploring the different neighborhoods and districts in the city is a great way to explore and uncover the unique characteristics of Seoul. Walks along the Han River are made easy with walking paths, parks and attractions that line the river`s edge. The surrounding mountain areas of the city are the perfect location for hiking.

Can I rent a bike in Seoul?

Renting a bicycle in Seoul is a great way to get around and explore certain parts of the city. There are numbers bicycle paths situated around the city that run throughout the parks, the Seoul Forest and along the Han River. Bicycle rentals are available and can be found in several parks including Yeouido, Seoul Forest and Olympic Park. The cost is approximately ₩3000 for an hour.

Should I rent a car in Seoul?

Renting a car in Seoul is not recommended, traffic is heavily congested in the city especially during rush hour when it comes to a total standstill. Parking spaces are limited and sometimes impossible to find and drivers can be reckless and impatient. Streets are hard to navigate and an international driving permit is required and drivers must be 21 or older. Renting a car is really not necessary due to the city`s excellent options for public transportation.

Is Seoul a dangerous city, is there anything I should be aware of?

Seoul is an exceptionally safe country and violent crime is almost unheard of. Be sure to use safe street smarts and keep your wits about you when visiting crowded tourist attractions, pickpockets are uncommon but it is advisable to keep your belongings close to you. Don`t wander into unpopulated area`s late at night, use caution when crossing the roads in Seoul as vehicles rarely stop for pedestrians.

What are some popular areas for shopping?

The capital city of Seoul is paradise for shopaholics! Some of the best shopping can be found in high-end department stores, mega shopping malls, boutiques and some of the largest traditional markets in South Korea. If you are looking for traditional Korean handicrafts then visit Insadong which has been a shopping and artist market for many years selling carved wood, paintings, paper goods and ceramics. Itaewon is a popular district for international shoppers with shops offering clothing and shoes with designer names at rock bottom prices. If you are looking to add to your art collection visit Samcheongdong which is famous for its galleries, artwork, antiques, and gemstones. Some of Seoul`s best shopping deals are cosmetics, accessories, electronics, shoes, and sunglasses. Be sure to visit the markets which are a fun, vibrant place to shop for a bargain and experience the art of haggling and mingling with the locals.

What is the currency? Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The official currency in Seoul is the Won (₩ or KRW) or Korean Republic Won. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand and be prepared to exchange your dollars to Won upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and bank locations through the city, ATM`s are widespread. ATM`s and CD`s (cash dispensers) can be found in major train and bus stations, department stores and banks throughout the city.

For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in South Korea by clicking here South Korea

What is the food like?

Largely the cuisine offered in Seoul is mostly traditional Korean style food including rice, noodles, veggies and Korean barbecue. The city offers more places to eat per square mile than most other large cities in the world, Korean life revolves around food, it is not hard to find somewhere to eat here. There are many Asian fusion bistros, Japanese restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Italian food, 24-hour eateries and Western-style cuisine along with tea rooms and the ever-present street food stalls found all over the capital city.

Bakeries are situated on nearly every street corner in the city, but just keep in mind the delicacies served in a Korean bakery may not be what you are used to, flavors and consistency tend to be different to a traditional American style bakery. Places such as Paris Baguette which is also featured in NYC, California, and Massachusetts are popular and serve cakes, bread, pastries and more. Café Bene is another big name in Seoul, serving coffee, tea, pastries and shaved ice.

What is the nightlife like?

Seoul nightlife is considered to be some of the most amazing and vibrant in the world. After the sunsets in Seoul, there is so much to see and do! Seoul is a city that never sleeps! Here in the capital city, there are several districts with a wide array of options spread out featuring restaurants, bars, night clubs, wine bars, cafes, shops and fast food establishments are open in the city until the early morning hours. Areas like Dongdaemun, Gangnam, Itaewon, Myeongong, and Hongdae are filled with entertainment, food and nightlife options with an eclectic atmosphere.

Traditional Night Markets are also a big attraction in the capital city with neighborhoods such as Dongdaemun and Namdaemun featuring markets that come alive after the clock strikes 12. These areas offer hundreds of shopping stalls, street food stalls, shopping complexes as well as 24-hour movie theatres and 24-hour Korean Spa`s.

I don`t speak Korean will there be many people who speak English?

The official language spoken in Korea is Korean. Many Koreans speak English especially the younger generation due to English being taught in schools; however, the older generation tends to struggle with the English language. You will find that staff at most tourism-related venues (hotels, restaurants) speak English, we suggest you get a good English-Korean guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, thank you, excuse me and the numbers 1 - 10.

What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?

In case of emergencies dial 112 for the police, 119 for the fire department and 1339 for medical emergencies.


Samsung Medical Center tel. 02-3410-0200 or visit

Sinchon Severance tel. 02-361-6540

Asan Medical Center tel. 02-2224-3114

CHA General Hospital tel. 02-558-1112

Soonchunhyang Hospital tel. 02-709-9881

Seoul National University Hospital tel. 02-760-2890