Travel in Korea
Getting to, from and around Korea is easier than you think. The country’s transportation infrastructure is comprehensive and efficient, so no matter where you land, you will find it easy to travel onward to your destination, whether it is the bustling Seoul or the exotic island of Jeju.
The Incheon International Airport, about one hour from downtown Seoul by subway or bus, is the main gateway to Korea, servicing flights to and from most parts of the world.
Other international airports throughout the regions like Gimpo (Seoul), Gimhae (Busan), Cheonju, Daegu, Muan, Yangyang and Jeju service flights mainly to Japan, China, Taiwan, Russia, Thailand, Philippines and other Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
From Malaysia to Korea, there are 6 flying routes operated by 7 airlines below. Discover the latest flight deals on their website now!
|Route||Airline||Frequency of Flights|
|Kuala Lumpur – Incheon||AirAsia X||Everyday|
|Kuala Lumpur – Busan||AirAsia X||Everyday|
|Kuala Lumpur – Jeju||AirAsia X||4 flights/week|
|Johor Bahru – Incheon||Jin Air||Everyday *launching soon|
|Kota Kinabalu – Incheon||Jeju Air||Everyday|
|Kota Kinabalu – Busan||Eastar Jet||Everyday|
Getting Into The City
Airport Railroad Express (AREX)
AREX operates two trains: the Express Train from Incheon International Airport directly to Seoul Station (43 – 51 minutes) and the All Stop Train that stops by 12 subway stations (59 – 66 minutes). Website: www.arex.or.kr
|Incheon International Airport (Terminal 1)||Basement 1, Express Train Information Center||Express: 9,000 won
All-stop: 4,750 won
|Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2)||Basement 1, Express Train Information Center||Express: 9,000 won
All-stop: 4,150 won
|Gimpo International Airport||1st Floor, Domestic Passenger Terminal||All-stop: 1,500 won|
Airport buses to Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Busan, and other major cities are available from the Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport. Travel times depend on your destination, but most parts of Seoul can be reached within 1.5 hours. Website: www.airportlimousine.co.kr
|Incheon International Airport (Terminal 1)||1st Floor, Arrival Hall, Gate A – F, Exit 2 -13|
|Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2)||1st Floor, Passenger Terminal, Exit 1 – 6|
|Gimpo International Airport||Domestic flights: 1st Floor, Passenger Terminal, Gate 6, Booth 3-5|
|International flights: 1st Floor, Passenger Terminal, Gate 1, Booth 6-7|
Taxis are available 24 hours a day, and in the metropolitan areas they can be divided into standard taxis, deluxe taxis, international taxis, and jumbo taxis (mini vans). Rates begin at 3,000 won for standard, 5,000 won for deluxe and 3,600 won for international taxis. The average rate for a standard taxi from the Incheon Airport to Myeongdong is about 60,000 won. Fares can be paid by cash, credit card or T-money card (transportation card).
There are several train lines in operation, including the high-speed KTX (Korea Train Express), the ITX (Intercity Train Express), the regular Saemaeul and Mugunghwa, and the commuter Nuriro trains. Tickets can be purchased on-site and through the KORAIL website. For weekends and holidays, it is best to book tickets in advance, as seats sell out quickly.
|Type of Rail Pass||Description||Where to Purchase||Price|
|KORAIL Pass (KR Pass)||A rail pass exclusive for foreigners that allows them to use all trains of KTX standard class or below (excludes subways and tourist trains) during a set duration of time.||On-site or KORAIL website (www.letskorail.com)||1-day pass: 81,000 won
2-day pass: 102,000 won
3-day pass: 113,000 won
4-day pass: 154,000 won
5-day pass: 168,000 won
7-day pass: 195,000 won
|Rail-ro Ticket||A rail pass for youths under age 25 that allows unlimited use of the Mugunghwa, Saemaeul, Nuriro, and ITX-Cheongchun, ITX-Saemaeul trains (excludes KTX) during a set duration of time.||On-site or Rail-ro website (www.rail-ro.com) Korean only||5-day pass: 56,500 won
7-day pass: 62,700 won
The cities of Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju have very convenient and extensive subway systems, with the Seoul Subway System extending to Incheon, Gyeonggi-do province, and as far as the outskirts of Gangwon-do and Chungcheongnam-do provinces.
|Type of Transportation Card||Description||Where to Purchase||Price|
||Single journey transportation card for use on subways only.||Subway station vending machines.||– 500 won deposit
– 1,350 won base fare
||Prepaid transportation card for all buses, subways, and taxis (excluding select areas).||Subway stations within the city & convenience stores with the T-money logo.||– Card is 2,500 won
– Minimum recharge 1,000 won
– Refunds available in 10,000 won units, minus a 500 won service fee
||Rental-type transportation card for foreigners. Can be used up to 20 times in one day for buses, subways and the AREX.||Seoul Tourist Information Center in Incheon Int’l Airport, 1st Floor, Gate 5 and 10 & Myeongdong Tourist Information Center.||1-day pass: 10,000 won
2-day pass: 18,000 won
3-day pass: 25,500 won
5-day pass: 42,500 won
7-day pass: 59,500 won* 5,000 won rental fee not included.
* 4,500 won refund upon return.
|Korea Tour Card
||This pre-paid travel card includes all functions of the T-money card, and it also offers discounts to select shopping facilities and performances.||Subway stations within the city & convenience stores with the T-money logo.||– Card is 4,000 won
– Refund limit no more than 50,000 won
Express & Intercity Bus
Both express and intercity buses have extensive networks throughout the country, providing transportation from one city to another at reasonable prices. Except for Seoul, bus terminals are generally located close to each other at the center of the city.
|Terminal||How to Get There|
|Seoul Express Terminal Express||Bus Terminal Station, Subway Line 3, 7 or 9|
|Dongseoul Bus Terminal (Express & Intercity)||Gangbyeon Station, Subway Line 2|
|Sangbong Bus Terminal (Express & Intercity)||Sangbong Station, Subway Line 7 or Gyeongui-Jungang Line|
|Seoul Nambu Terminal Intercity||Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Subway Line 3|
In Seoul, buses are generally categorized by color and number, and fares can be paid in cash or transportation card. You will get discounted fare and free transfer (to bus or subway) when using the transportation card.
|Blue or Green||Travel major roads in the downtown area||1,200 – 1,300 won|
|Red||Connect Seoul to nearby metropolitan areas||2,400 won|
|Green (commuter bus)||Operate within a town and stops at subway stations and red bus transfer points||1,000 won|
|Late Night||Operate in major sections of Seoul from midnight to 5am||2,250 won|
City Tour Bus
These hop-on-hop-off sightseeing buses are operated in most cities throughout Korea and they circulate around the major tourist attractions of the city like cultural heritage sites, night tours and sceneries.
This tourist bus is exclusively for foreign travelers. 3-day (USD 399) and 5-day (USD 599) packages are available with 5-star accommodations and foreign language speaking tour guides. For tour schedules, routes and reservations, visit the official K-shuttle website (www.k-shuttle.com).
A valid International Driving Permit or driver’s license issued by Korea government is required for renting and driving a car in Korea, and getting insurance is highly recommended. Major car rental companies are conveniently located near airports, train stations or bus terminals.
Ferry routes between the mainland and various islands like Jeju-do allow tourists to readily travel to the marine splendors of Korea while enjoying breathtaking views. At Incheon, Mokpo, Jeju, Busan, and Donghae are international passenger terminals operating domestic and international ferries. As ferry routes and schedules are subject to change due to weather, tides and boat conditions, check with the ferry company prior to scheduling any trip.