Survival Tips for Travelers to Seoul- The Illustrious T-money Card

Why Must Travelers Have This Magical T-money Card in Korea?

3686207257_703278dc32_b.jpgIn South Korea, travelers can buy a Single Journey Ticket or a rechargeable card called T-money Card. We advise you to get a T-money Card as it is a magic wand that will make your journey super convenient!

These cards can be used for all the buses, subway and taxis. If you’ve forgotten to bring your wallet, you can even make payments with these cards in convenience stores. 😉 3707332912_0192c18755_bOther T-Money items: There is a variety of accessories such as key chains, mini mirrors, straps, all of which can be used just like the T-money Card.

1. Where to buy your T-money Card

You can easily purchase the basic T-money Card at retail convenience stores such as CU, GS25 and 7-Eleven. The card itself costs 2,500 KRW.1 (1).jpgNowadays, Kakao Friends is gaining a huge popularity and it has released T-money Cards with totally cute Kakao characters. These cards cost 4,000 KRW.

2. How to recharge your T-Money Card

There are 3 ways to recharge your T-money Card.

1. Locate a ticket vending machine. They are located inside all the subway stations and train station.3686203061_017ce8945b_b

Click the third button with the T-money logo on the far right. Place your card and then select the amount of money. Insert coin or bill and wait until the charge is over.

2. Newstands near bus stops with a display of the T-money sign. You can find them usually next to the subway station exits and entrances.

3. Head over to retail convenience stores. This is the easiest way to recharge your card!

Tip: Some Student IDs offer the T-money card service, but may not be recharged at convenience stores. Therefore, find the closest subway station to reload your card.

Refunds: If you have a T-money balance of 20,000 won or less, visit a T-money affiliated convenience store and receive your money. If your remaining balance is more than 20,000 won, please visit the T-money headquarters at:

Address: 1st FL. T-money Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5Ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Phone: Customer Service, 02-1644-0088/080-389-0088

Directions: Located just outside Seoul Station Exit #8, Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 4

3. How to use T-Money Card

Bus: When you get on the bus, place the card on the sensor. It will tell you how much money has been charged and your remaining balance. If an error occurs, give it a second or two, and try again. If this continues, the bus driver will let you know what the issue is. When you exit the bus, tap the sensor one more time to get a discount for the transfer. You can enjoy 4 discount transfers in a day._MG_5284Tip: Make sure you tap your card again and you hear a beep. If you don’t, you will be charged extra for distance traveled.

Metro: When you enter the subway station, place the card on the sensor. If an error occurs, press the red “help” button and the staff will come and help you.

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Taxi: Not all but some taxis do accept T-money as a form of payment. Look out for the signs on the taxi and see if the driver accepts to money.

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When you arrive at your destination, simply tap your card on the sensor and the screen above the gray box (see picture below) will let you know your remaining balance.

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Photo credits to VisitSeoul

*If you’re looking for a train pass that travels throughout all regions of Korea, we recommend you a KR Pass! Find more details here or read A Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in South Korea from our previous post.

Don’t forget to visit Trazy.com for more tips and advice about new locations and things to do reviewed by users like you 🙂button_main

23 comments

  1. Hi, thank you for your informative post! I have a question though, it is possible to recharge the T-money in Busan? I have read somewhere that you can use the T-money in Busan but not able to recharge it there.

  2. Hi, I was wondering because we are travelling to Busan first before heading to Seoul. Would we still be able to get a T-money card or do we need to purchase another card instead in Busan?

    1. Hello jbeano! If you are going to travel both Seoul and Busan, we recommend you to purchase T-money card as you can use the card in both cities. Hope this answers your question! 🙂

    1. Hi memee manaol! You can recharge T-money card with a credit card at convenience stores but you have to use cash for the ticket vending machines inside the subway stations.

  3. HI AGAIN TRAZY IM PANNING TO GET AN EG SIM CARD BUT NOT SURE WHICH ONE TO GET. MAY I ASK THAT IF I GET THE UNLIMITED ALL DATA WILL I BE ABLE TO USE VIBER ON THAT SIM. BECAUSE ALL DATA SIM CARD DOESNT ALLOW CALLS INCOMING OR OUTGOING. I WANT TO KNOW HOW IT IS WITH VIBER? THANKS AGAIN

  4. Hi, I am traveling to Busan first, before going to Jeju & Seoul.
    Is it possible to buy T-money card in Busan? Where can I buy it in Busan?
    According to some references I found, there are Hanaro Card & MyBi Card available in Busan.

    1. Hello Lilik! Sorry for the belated reply. Yes, it’s possible to buy T-money card in Busan at convenience store chains like GS25, CU and Seven Eleven, or from ticket vending and card recharging devices inside subway stations as well. We highly recommend T-money Card because you can use it in both cities, Busan and Seoul, where as the usage of Hanaro Card and MyBi Card is limited to Busan and its neighboring cities. Hope this info helps! 🙂

  5. Hello! May i check if the T-money card price is still 2500won and is it possible to top-up ~10,000won for the first time or is there an fixed amount? Thanks!!

    1. Hello JyKel! Yes, the basic T-money Card costs 2,500 KRW and there is no fixed amount when you charge for the first time. You can top up any amount from 1,000 KRW to 90,000 KRW at a time and up to 500,000KRW in one day. Hope this answers your question! 🙂

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