If you have a few hours of waiting time during your stop over at Incheon International Airport, don’t just sit around and miss out on a taste of local culture. Getting on one of the exciting transit activities and tours is a splendid way to experience some of the popular sights and sounds of Korea. Whether you have an hour, a couple of hours or longer until your next flight, there are plenty of options to suit your travel schedule and interests.
Visitors who were not able arrange their transit tours before their flight may still stop by the airport Transit Tour Desk and consult the staff upon arrival. Choose from a wide variety of activities that range from visiting Korea’s historical treasures to shopping in the trendiest districts.
Instead of sitting at the gate and waiting for the next flight, travelers can turn their short stay into a great experience!
[Incheon International Airport Transit Tour Desk Map]
Photo Credit: Incheon International Airport
- 2F: in front of gates 25 and 29
- 1F: desks 41 and 42 ‘Hana Tour’ in front of gate 8
Incheon International Airport provides a wide range of free transit tours. Choices include the Incheon City Tour, Seoul City Tour, Temple Tour, and many more. Travelers can choose among the different tours available: 1-hour, 1.5-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, and 5-hour tour courses. Each transit tour is accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide, so even those who do not speak Korean can enjoy the tours without any difficulties. Moreover, all tours are provided for free. However, tourist site admission fees and meals are excluded and must be paid individually.
* A wide variety of services are available for transit passengers at Incheon International Airport. For details, please visit the Incheon International Airport website.
For those who do not want to avail of the travel packages provided by travel agencies, we recommend taking the Airport Express (AREX). AREX is the fastest and most convenient option for transit passengers to explore Seoul at
their own time and pace.
The AREX railway connects Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. There are two types of trains: non-stop express trains and commuter trains. The airport line shortens the travel time between Incheon Airport and Seoul Station to just 43 minutes for the non-stop express trains and 53 minutes for commuter trains. The express train departs Seoul Station every 30 minutes. The commuter train departs Geomam Station every 6 minutes and Incheon International Airport every 10 to 12 minutes.
- Express Train Fare: 14,500 won for adults (special discounted rate of 8,000 won until December 31, 2014) / 6,900 won for children
- Commuter Train Fare: 4,050 won for adults / 1,950 won for children (when using Single Journey Tickets, card deposit fee excluded)
** The above fares are as of April 2014 and are subject to change.
The commuter train has two services; one from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport and the other from Seoul Station to Geomam Station. Travelers should check the train's destination first before boarding. (Commuter trains alternate between Incheon International Airport and Geomam Station.)
[Airport Railway Line Information]
[Image courtesy of Korail (http://www.arex.or.kr)]
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<Last updated on April 8, 2014>