T-Money [티머니]: the answer to (almost) all of your transportation problems.
Once your plane lands and your baggage is claimed, your next move would be to head straight to your booked accommodation.
As a reminder, make sure to purchase a T-money card and charge it before leaving the airport, because you’re going to pay all of the local transportation fees with it. Keep in mind that, in comparison with cash payment, it will help you save money.
Today, I’m going to share with you the means of transportation you’ll be needing to get from Incheon airport to Seoul, and to easily explore Korea in general.
Although it looks confusing at first, the metropolitan subway is the best way to move in Korea. The subway service exists in six cities (Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Gwangju), and the subway fare can go from 1250 to 1500 KRW, depending on the distance and the payment method.
Also, you can take the AREX line to get from Incheon airport to Seoul and vice versa.
There are different types of buses in Korea:
- Airport Limousine Bus: is your best option to travel from Incheon Airport to Seoul.
- City Bus: serves as a substitute to the subway inside the city, and easily reaches destinations that are usually within a walking distance from certain subway stations.
- Intercity & Express Buses: reach regions outside the city. Aside from the price and comfort, the main difference between the two services is that Intercity buses often make stopovers whereas Express buses usually drive non-stop.
Unlike Limousine and City buses for which you can use your T-money card, Intercity and Express buses require booking tickets in advance, and their cost can vary between 17,000 and 25,000 KRW, give or take.
If you want to go to a faraway city and you’re running out of time, taking the train is your go-to mode of transport.
While a train ticket is way more expensive than a bus ticket (around 60,000 KRW), if you were to take the train frequently during a specific period, there are offers and passes that will make the trip worth your while.
Did Someone call a cab? No? Well, you don’t need one anyways, trust me.
Taxis are insanely expensive in Korea, and depending on which Taxi service you’d use, the fees can go from 2800 to 5500 KRW for minimum distance. Moreover, taking a cab from the airport to your destination should be your last resort.
However, if the subway/bus services are over and/or you’re stuck outside late at night (especially during rainy days) then you don’t really have a choice, do you?
Keep tabs on the apps
Like I mentioned on a previous article, having transportation apps on your phone will make your movements around Korea much easier. You just need to be patient, persistant, and if you happen to take a wrong route … just be personable!
That’s all for today! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and stay tuned for more Hallyu gems. Until I see you next time, thank you for reading me.