Getting Around, Seoul Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Seoul, South Korea)
South Korea is effectively an island due to the closed north, and therefore the only convenient way to travel to Seoul is to fly. Incheon International Airport is the hub and main port of entry into South Korea and Seoul, and is a modern and extensive airport, receiving flights from all over the world. Facilities are extensive and transport options onto the city are good.
Trains, the subway, buses, and taxis all provide transfers, while inner-city transport is serviced by buses, trains and taxis. It is also possible to travel around by hire car, and many visitors to Seoul choose to drive themselves, taking full advantage of the freedom provided by renting their very own set of wheels.
Incheon International Airport (ICN) / Arriving by Air
Address: 2850 Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon City 400-700, South Korea, KR
Tel: +82 1577 2600
Seoul has two air facilities, with Incheon International Airport being the main one and Gimpo Airport serving domestic flights only. Both airports are linked to the city centre by highway. All visitors from outside Korea will land at Incheon Airport, which is just west of the city and has excellent facilities. The most convenient way to travel to your hotel or the city centre is by metered taxi (or shared), while buses tend to run every 10 or 20 minutes and transport passengers to most places of interest.
Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) Guide
Seoul Gimpo International Airport (GMP) Guide
All major car hire companies are represented at Incheon International Airport and you can pre-book hire cars online to save money. The road network in Seoul, and in South Korea in general, is excellent, with quality expressways and highways as well as English signposts. Expressways (Gosok Doro) are tolled.
Buses and Coaches
The main mode of transport in South Korea is bus and there are five major bus terminals in the city. Travelling about Seoul by bus is always popular and there are four different kinds to choose from. Buses are colour-coded for the routes they take, with red buses being for long distance routes, and green buses linking subway stations. Yellow and blue buses are also in evidence. Even when standing at a bus stop, always flag an approaching bus.
Being located on the bottom of the Korean Peninsular (under North Korea), there are no international trains travelling into Seoul from China
. The rail network around South Korea is extensive, however. KTX high-speed train transport arrives from Daejeon, Daegu and Busan, and there are two KTX stations in the city - Seoul Station and Yongsan Station farther south. The city also features an efficient subway, which is fast, modern, safe and clean and has regular services.
Seoul offers regular taxis, deluxe taxis and call taxis. Taxis run on meters and can be hailed at any time.
Regular taxis are silver, while the black deluxe ones are more expensive yet are more comfortable and provide a better service. To save money with airport transport, shared taxis are commonly used.