As a traveler, you get exhausted from your long flight and you just want a simple method of getting from the airport to your hotel or destination in Seoul.
There are several transport and transfer options to get from Incheon Aiport or Gimpo Airport to the city of Seoul.
Read on to find out option once you land at Incheon International Airport!
1. Subway (Shuttle train)
Travelers can easily access from Incheon International Airport to Seoul via subway and train operated by Airport Railroad Express (AREX): Express and All Stop Train (subway).
The Express Train runs non-stop from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station and the All Stop Train passes through 11 subway stations to Seoul Station.
Here is the Airport Railroad Line with 11 subway stations.
The fare for Express train costs 8,000 won and takes only 43 minutes from Incheon Int’l Airport to Seoul Station.
You can purchase an Express Train Pass at 45 Booth on Level 1 of Incheon International Airport, AREX Travel Center, Express Train Passenger Information Center located inside the Transportation Information Center on the B1 level of Incheon International Airport.
Or you can purchase the AREX ticket online in advance at a 10% discount here.
For All Stop Train, the fares and travel times will vary by your destination.
See the map below that shows how to get to these shuttle trains from the Airport Passenger Terminal.
The next option is taking the buses leaving from the airport to their respective cities. The ticket booths are located as soon as you go outside.
You can find information about the buses and tickets at Exits 4 and 9 before exiting the terminal or right outside (don’t cross the street) at exits 4,6,7,8,9C, 11 and 13. Take a look at the map below.
Here’s an explanation of what information your bus ticket gives you:
- Refer to name of the location you’re traveling to.
- Price of the ticket.
- Bus platform number. From the picture above, 04B (circled in blue on the far left) refers to Gate No. 4 and the side of the gate to take the bus (A for the left, B for the right).
Now that you purchased your ticket, it’s time to go to the platform and ride the bus. Look for the platform sign that corresponds to your ticket. You’ll find an explanation of the platform sign below:
- Departure times.
- Identification of the bus platform.
- The direction of the bus route. Here, it indicates that the bus will head to City Hall Area.
- Indicates which stops the bus makes.
As soon as you pass the doors from immigration, you will be swarmed by men promising to drive you to Seoul for 50,000+ won for a taxi to the city or any destination. AVOID them at all costs as it is just another taxi scam just like in every other country.
For future reference, if any taxi does not use a meter and you feel you have been ripped off or overcharged, write or take a picture of their plate number and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Korea Tourism Organization Tourist Complaint Center (☎ 02-735-0101, 02-1330). It is against the law for them to do so.
Instead, take one of the official taxis operated by the government. This is an example of the international taxis with fully licensed English-speaking drivers.
These taxis are located on the first floor of the passenger terminal between platforms 4D and 7C. See the map below.
There are no long-distance charge premiums. The only time that any extra charges may incur is when you take a Seoul-based taxi to another city that is not Seoul such as Incheon or Ansan.
Basic taxi fare:
Estimated taxi time & fares (basic fee excludes toll fees and an extra 10,000 will be added to the total amount):
4. Private Van
A door-to-door private transport is definitely an option to consider if you want to ensure everything goes smoothly on your first day of arrival.
By booking a private van, you won’t have to carry your luggage bags on the public transportation. It is more comfortable and convenient than a taxi or airport bus limousine. If you want to book a private transfer service from Incheon Airport (ICN) or Gimpo Airport (GMP) to Seoul, click here.
Need a luggage delivery service? Click here.
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