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From Incheon Airport to downtown Seoul

There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) railway line, Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis.

The fastest way to get downtown is by the AREX line. The nonstop ride from Incheon International Airport Station to Seoul Station is just 43 minutes, and there is no need to worry about traffic jams. Seoul Station is a huge transportation hub providing convenient access to different areas of Seoul and beyond. A similar way to access Seoul from Incheon International Airport, though not as fast and direct as AREX, is the Seoul Metropolitan Subway, which services Seoul and the surrounding areas.

The Airport Limousine Buses are a cost-effective way to go from Incheon International Airport to almost all parts of Seoul including Gangnam, Myeong-dong and Yeouido. Equipped with comfortable reclining seats and spacious leg room, these buses are especially popular among passengers getting off of a long flight. It takes a bit more than an hour from the airport to downtown Seoul, traffic permitting.

Finally, taxis are convenient as they provide door-to-door service, which is useful for visitors who are not comfortable with riding the subways or the buses. A downside is the cost. Taxis are as expensive as they are convenient, and passengers must pay the Incheon Bridge tollgate fee (8,000 won, small-sized car). Still, as most taxis are now equipped with a portable GPS navigation device, passengers can reach their destination easily and safely.

For more transportation information, please visit the Incheon International Airport's official website!

1. Airport Railroad Express


Image courtesy of the Korail Airport Railroad website: http://www.arex.or.kr

The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) has two lines: the nonstop express line from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station and the commuter line that services 10 subway stations.

To take the AREX from the Incheon International Airport, follow the signs down to the Airport Transportation Center on B1 level. Free electric cart services for passengers with heavy bags, senior citizens, and passengers with disabilities are stationed between the Airport Transportation Center and the passenger terminal as well as between the airport parking lot and the passenger terminal. Service hours for the electric carts run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

AREX Map


[Image courtesy of KORAIL AIRPORT RAILROAD website(http://www.arex.or.kr)]

Service Hours

  All stop Line Express Line
Incheon Airport→Seoul Station Seoul Station→Incheon Airport Incheon Airport→Seoul Station Seoul Station→Incheon Airport
First Train 5:24 5:20 5:20 6:00
Last Train 23:45 23:38 21:30 22:00
* Runs in approximately 10 – 20 min intervals * Comes in approximately 30 min intervals except departures from Seoul Station at 08:05 and 09:05 and Incheon Airport at 05:20.

Travel Time

Commuter Line: Incheon International AirportSeoul Station (53 minutes)
Express Line: Incheon International Airport -> Seoul Station (43 minutes)

Fare

Incheon International Airport -> Seoul Station

- Express Line: Adults 14,500 won / Children 6,900 won ※ VAT included (Special fare: Adults 8,000 won, until December 31, 2014)

- Commuter Line: Adults 4,050 won / Youths get 20% off with a youth traffic card Children 50% off ※ VAT included
* Fares are based on single-use transportation cards. An additional 500 won deposit is charged for the card that can be reimbursed upon returning the card via a card return machine located inside subway stations.

AREX Lines: All stop vs. Express

All stop Train


Image courtesy of the Korail Airport Railroad website: http://www.arex.or.kr

The All stop Train makes stops at all 10 subway stations from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. Six of the subway stations allow transfers to other metropolitan area subway lines.

To take this train, passengers must use a single-use transportation card or a T-Money card. Foreign nationals may also use an M-Pass, a prepaid transportation card offering 20 rides per day. Also, passengers transferring from a commuter line train to a metropolitan area subway or bus may receive a transfer discount.

* Where to purchase All stop Train Passes:
- Single-use transportation cards: Airport Transportation Center on the B1 level of the Incheon International Airport
- T-money cards: Convenience stores inside the Incheon International Airport
- M-Pass: Seoul Tourist Information Centers in front of Gates 5 and 10 on Level 1 of the Incheon International Airport
* Cash and credit is accepted

☞ T-money & M pass Information
☞ Subway Information

Facility Information

- Reserved seating available
- Luggage storage space available
- No restrooms currently
- Free tablet PC rental
- Wi-Fi provided by Korean Tele-communication companies
- Station arrivals are announced in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese
- Lotte Duty Free Store discount coupons

Express Train


Image courtesy of the Korail Airport Railroad website: http://www.arex.or.kr

The express line train travels non-stop from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station.

To take this train, passengers must use an Express Train Pass. No additional deposit is charged for the pass. A discounted price of 6,900 won is available for customers who present flight tickets from Jeju Air, Korean Air, and Asiana Airlines or purchase both the Express Train Pass and a KTX ticket together at the Train Information Center on Level 1 of the Incheon International Airport.

Since the Express Train Pass does not offer any transfer discounts, passengers who wish to transfer to a metropolitan area subway or bus must purchase an appropriate transportation card.

* Where to purchase an Express Train Pass: Incheon International Airport, Express Train Passenger Information Center located inside the Transportation Information Center on the B1 level of the Incheon International Airport.
* Cash and credit is accepted

Facility Information

- Reserved seating available
- Luggage storage space available
- Restroom available
- Free tablet PC rental
- Free Wi-Fi onboard
- Station arrivals are announced in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese
- Lotte Duty Free Store discount coupons

AREX Timetable

Incheon International Airport → Seoul Station
Seoul Station → Incheon International Airport

How to use the ticket vending machine and AREX


AREX Signs


Ticket Vending Machine


Language Selection
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Destination Selection


Number of Adults and/or kids


Insert Cash


Left: ticket, Right: change


Scan Ticket at the Ticket Gate

Photo Descriptions:

1. You will see the Airport Railway sign after you pass the Immigration Gate. Follow the sign toward the Transportation Center.
2. You can buy a pass at the ticket machine located in the transportation center or at the information desk. However, if you want to take the direct line, use the orange direct line ticketing machine beside the entrance gate.
3. Select the language on the home screen. The machine offers support in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.
4. Click the destination of your choosing among the list of airport railway stations.
5. Select adult or child and number of passengers.
6. Only cash can be used to purchase regular tickets for refund purposes. For direct line tickets, both cash and credit card can be used.
7. After you have paid for the tickets, the ticket can be retrieved from the bottom left under the monitor. If you have paid in cash, your change will come out from the right.
8. Place the ticket on the round card reader atop the entrance gate. If done correctly, you will hear a sound that acknowledges the payment and can pass through.

How to Pass the Entrance Gate


Upon entry, place your card on the card reader.


Upon exiting, place the card on the card reader if you are using either a single-use transportation card or a T-Money card. If you have an Express Train Pass, place it into the slot in the gate (see photo above).

2. Airport Bus


Image courtesy of the Incheon International Airport website: http://www.airport.kr

Airport buses run from Incheon International Airport to most parts of Seoul. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booths just outside the passenger terminal (arrival area) on the 1st floor. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made at the Airport Information Desk, conveniently located on the 1st floor. Night buses (24:00–03:50) are also available.

How to use the Airport Bus

Check your bus route at either of the Airport Information Desks between Gates 3 & 4 or Gates 11 & 12 on the arrival floor (1F), or the Airport Bus Ticket booth. Buy your ticket at one of the ticket booths. Look on your ticket to find the bus stop location. Go to the bus stop and check the bus route and departure time. When on the bus, make sure to listen to the English recording so you don't miss your bus stop.

Airport Bus Ticket Booth

The ticket booth for the Airport Bus is located inside of Gate 1 (next to Exit 4 & 9) of the arrival floor (1F) and outside next to Gate 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 and 9C.

Bus Types


There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses are KAL limousines and other bus companies that over non-stop or shortened routes to major hotels and destinations. These buses make fewer stops (shorter travel time) and have comfortable seats with more space. Standard buses tend be more crowded with smaller space and make more stops.

Bus Fare (from Incheon)

- Deluxe Limousine Bus To Gimpo Airport: Around 7,000 won
To downtown Seoul: 14,000-15,000 won

- Standard Limousine Bus: To Gimpo Airport & Songjeong Station: Around 5,000 won
To downtown Seoul: 9,000-10,000 won

Bus Numbers & Schedules

Click on the link below, enter your destination, and press "Search." Under the search bar you will see a short list of bus numbers, bus stops, and more. Click on the gray "Detail" button of your preferred route for information on the first bus, last bus, fares, and other important information.

Airport Bus Numbers and Detailed Information

How to read an Airport Limousine Bus ticket

1. Destination: Printed in Korean and located on top (e.g. If the destination is Lotte Hotel Seoul near Myeong-dong, the name of destination on the ticket will be written in Korean.)
2. Bus Fare: Korean won
3. Bus Platform(s): The number indicates the gate number, and the letter indicates left (A) or right (B) side. (e.g. "04B" = Bus platform is located to the right of Gate 4)
4. Bus platform numbers are clearly marked.

How to read an Airport Limousine Bus platform sign

1. Departure schedule: 24-hour system (e.g. "15: 00, 20, 40" = Bus departs at 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 3:40 p.m.)
2. Bus platform
3. Bus line (e.g. the bus will be headed for City Hall.)
4. Bus route: The stops the bus will make

3. Taxi

If you find it difficult to take the AREX or the Airport Limousine Bus, or simply do not know the exact location of or directions to your destination, you might want to take a taxi. Exit the airport through any gate between Gates 4 and 8 of the passenger terminal (arrival area), cross the street, and go to the taxi stands (4D-8C). It is not unusual to be approached by a taxi driver inside the passenger terminal, but we suggest ignoring them and follow the standard protocol.

In Korea, there are three types of taxis: regular, deluxe, and jumbo. Regular and deluxe taxis can take as many as four passengers at a time, while jumbo taxis have a capacity of up to nine passengers. The base fare for a regular taxi is 3,000 won (for the first 2km) while the base fare for deluxe and jumbo taxis are 5,000 won (for the first 3km). Please also note a regular taxi charges an extra 20% of the base fare after midnight (24:00-4:00), while no such additional fare is applied for deluxe and jumbo taxis.

Though it costs more to use a deluxe taxi, they are more spacious and comfortable and provide higher quality service to the passenger. To become a deluxe taxi driver, you are required to have had no accidents driving a regular taxi for a decade. Also, you must take a specific service training course to be fully qualified as a deluxe taxi chauffeur. While riding in a deluxe taxi, you may even get great tourism tips from the driver.

Depending on your destination, the fare for a standard taxi from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul can be anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 won. Also, the 8,000 won (small-sized car) toll for the Incheon International Airport Expressway is the responsibility of the passenger, not the driver. If by chance a driver tries to take advantage of you by demanding an inflated fare, take a picture of the license plate or driver's ID (usually displayed on the dashboard) and report the incident to the Seoul Global Center (+82-2-731-6800~1), which offers services in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese. You can also report your complaint to the Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120).
* When calling within Korea, the +82 international calling code does not need to be added. In addition, the regional dialing code is excluded upon calling from same province.

For more information on airport taxis, click here!

※ Differences between Call Vans and Jumbo Taxis

Incheon International Airport to Myeong-dong by AREX, Airport Bus, & Taxi

1. Myeong-dong by AREX


To get to Myeong-dong from the Incheon International Airport, take the AREX to Seoul Station. After arriving at Seoul Station, follow the signs to transfer to Subway Line 4. Get off the subway at Myeong-dong Station. The total trip, including transfers, should take about 62-72 minutes.

Route: Incheon International AirportSeoul StationMyeong-dong
Total travel time: approx. 62-72 minutes
Fare (if paying in cash/ for adults): AREX (Commuter): 4,050 won (a single-use transportation card / 500 won deposit is not included)
/ AREX (Express): 14,500 (8,000 won until on December 31, 2014) + 1,150 won (Seoul Station-> Myeong-dong Station, a single-use transportation card / 500 won deposit is not included.)
Point of departure: Incheon International Airport Transportation Center

2. Myeong-dong by Airport Bus

The airport bus is a very convenient option since you do not need to transfer and is still one of the most preferred and recommended methods to get from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. However, if you are traveling during rush hour, be prepared for the possibility of heavy traffic.

Route: Incheon International AirportMyeong-dong
Total travel time: approx. 70 minutes
Fare: Standard limousine bus: 10,000 won / Deluxe bus: 14,000 – 15,000 won
Point of departure: Bus stops 5B, 12A, 6A, and 12B outside the passenger terminal (arrival area) of the Incheon International Airport

3. Myeong-dong by Taxi

If you arrive late at night, have heavy bags, or have several people in your travel party, you might want to take a taxi. If you go to Myeong-dong by deluxe taxi late at night, you can expect to pay around 100,000 won. Deluxe taxi drivers are very kind and charge by the meter. However, you should double-check to make sure that the meter is running as you start towards Myeong-dong.

Route: Incheon International AirportMyeong-dong

Total travel time: approx. 60 minutes
Fare: About 90,000 won + expressway toll of 8,000 won
Point of departure: Taxi stand 8C (taxi stand for deluxe taxies) across from Gate 7 of the passengers terminal (arrival area)

Tip!
AREX express line passengers from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport can check-in, go through the immigration procedure and sending luggage in advance. This allows passengers to quickly arrive at their departure terminal of the Incheon Airport Passengers Terminal.

Seoul Station Airport Terminal Immigration Service
Eligibility: Incheon Airport International flight passengers (limited to AREX express line passengers)
Service Details:
1) Check-in
* Check-in service is closed three hours before departure time
** Only applies to Korean Air, Jeju Air, and Asiana Air flights. (does not apply to joint flights or chartered planes.)
2) Immigration: Requires passport and flight tickets (can be enrolled in auto-immigration system)
Service hours: 08:00 – 19:00
3) Sending Luggage: Service hours: 05:20 – 19:00
Notice: This service is only available for AREX express line passengers

Last updated, March 18, 2014




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