Getting Around

The easiest and quickest way to traverse the crowded city is on the subway, which serves all the main areas of interest. Station signs are written in English as well as Korean, and most lines have English announcements too. Subways are extremely crowded during the morning and evening rush hours, but are generally safe, though plagued with hawkers and beggars. Tickets are bought from vending machines or at ticket windows. Buses are frequent and cover the whole city, but tend to be very crowded. Tickets can be bought on board, or debit tickets can be purchased. Taxis are readily available. Regular taxis (orange, white or silver) charge an initial fee and have a complex system of metering thereafter. Black luxury taxis, called Mobeom taxis, are superior both in condition and service. Uber and the Kakao Taxi app are also available.


Seoul International Airport

The airport is located 30 miles (50km) from central Seoul at Incheon.

Seoul International Airport (ICN)


The airport is located 30 miles (50km) from central Seoul at Incheon.

Getting to the city

An express railway connection operates between Seoul station, Gimpo Airport, and Incheon International. There are bus routes travelling from Seoul to Gyeongsang, with a late-night bus service as well as free shuttles between terminals and the garage.

Tickets and information can be obtained from the Bus Ticketing Office at Exits 4 and 9 indoors and Exits 3B to 6B and 10A to 13A outdoors. There is also a ferry service from Incheon Port, while taxi companies are present at the terminals.


GMT +9.

Car rental

Europcar, Avis, and Sixt operate from kiosks at airport arrivals.

Airport Taxis

To catch a taxi into Seoul, travellers should exit Arrivals via Gates 4 through 8, cross the street, and make their way to the taxi stands located at platforms 4C to 7C. Drivers seldom speak English so passengers should write down their destination in Korean on a piece of paper.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are connected by inter-terminal shuttles.


This well-equipped airport has bureaux de change and banks, a large variety of restaurants and other eateries, numerous duty-free shops and a basement supermarket. Travellers will also find pharmacies, saunas, hair salons, a post office and luggage storage facilities.


There is short and long-term parking located within walking distance of the main terminal.