The Han River’s Water Taxi service recently opened its doors to the public on October 11. A total of 10 water call-taxies will be made available, running customers to and from 11 ferry points along the river. The new up-to-date method of transportation will allow people to escape the gray asphalt roads that are prone heavy, smoggy traffic jams, and provide them with a more scenic and efficient way of traveling throughout Seoul’s greater metropolitan area.
Each taxi is equipped to carry a total of 8 passengers. With two solidly bridged hulls, the yacht was constructed to withstand the waves of the fast-flowing river, ensuring a smoother, more stable ride.
During both the morning (7am~8:30am) and evening (6 :30pm~8:00pm) rush hours, only the Ddukseom and Yeouinaru ‘commuter’s course’ will be made available. The fare for this route is 5,000 won per person. Regular ‘tour courses’, meanwhile, will range from 2,300 won up to 60,000 won and will run to and from 11 different platforms including Seoul Forest, Jamwon, Seonyou-do, Nanji. These tours are open between 10:00am and 8:00pm.
Reservations are necessary, and should be made well in advance. To make a reservation, telephone the call center (1588-3960). Payments can be made through credit card, T-money card or cash.
1. Days of Operation
: 365 days (Open throughout the year)
2. Hours of Operation
: Commuting Course: Morning (7:00~8:30) and Evening Rush Hours (18:30~20:00)
Tour Course: 10 :00~20:00
: Commuting Course: 5,000 won per person
4. Tour Course
: Meter rate (Refer to the fare table below). Note that the fares are charged on a per yacht basis, not individual, so that the more passengers are entitled to ride at a more affordable rate. For instance, anyone traveling from Yeouinaru Station to Seoul Forest would be subjected to a fare of 30,100 won. However, if that person were to share the ride with 7 others, the price would be considerably lower, 3,760 won, as all passenger are sharing the total cost.
[How to Book]
Contact the Call Center (1588-3960/Korean only). For English inquiries call Travel Phone (1330) and then make a reservation. Travel Phone provides service in English, Japanese and Chinese.
Select a departure port, arrival port, time, and then check the rate.
When making a reservation the day of your departure, the fare must be paid upon boarding. Credit card, travel card, cash are all accepted. When making a reservation in advance, the full fare needs to be paid before 6 p.m. the day prior to departure.
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