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New Bus System of Seoul
Bus System of Seoul
In 2004, the Seoul Metropolitan Government introduced an adjusted public transportation system. Five key points characterized the system overhaul:

1) Bus routes were simplified.
2) Four different categories of buses were established.
3) A fixed-rate bus fare system was replaced by a differentiated fare scheme based on distance traveled. The subway fare system was integrated with the bus fare system.
4) New bus numbers indicated districts in Seoul to enable passengers to identify the bus departure point and destination.
5) A satellite communications system was introduced to enable passengers to check bus arrival times using cell phones or PDAs. 
Division of Seoul into District Areas
* Seoul District Area Numbers
Area No. District
0 Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Yongsan-gu
1 Dobong-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Nowon-gu
2 Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu, Seongdong-gu, Gwangjin-gu
3 Gangdong-gu, Songpa-gu
4 Seocho-gu, Gangnam-gu
5 Dongjak-gu, Gwanak-gu, Geumcheon-gu
6 Gangseo-gu, Yangcheon-gu, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Guro-gu
7 Eunpyeong-gu, Mapo-gu, Seodaemun-gu
* Suburban Area Numbers
Area No. City
1 Uijeongbu-si, Yangju-si, Pocheon-si
2 Guri-si Namyangju-si
3 Hanam-si, Gwangju-si
4 Seongnam-si, Yongin-si
5 Anyang-si, Gwacheon-si, Uiwang-si, Ansan-si, Gunpo-si, Suwon-si
6 Incheon-si, Bucheon-si, Gimpo-si, Gwangmyeong-si, Siheung-si
7 Paju-si, Goyang-si
Seoul City Bus Numbering System
Type of Bus Numbering System
Blue Bus
3-digit number : Departure + Destination + Bus ID (0-9)

Example) 101
1: Departure (Dobong, Gangbuk, Seongbuk, Nowon)
0: Destination (Jongno, Jung-gu, Yongsan)

1: Bus ID number
Green Bus
4-digit number: Departure + Destination + Bus ID (11-99)

Example) 1212
1: Departure (Dobong, Gangbuk, Seongbuk, Nowon)
2: Destination (Dongdaemun, Jungnang, Seongdong, Gwangjin)
12: Bus ID number
Red Bus
4-digit number: 9 (Suburban Area) + Departure from suburban area + Bus ID (00~99)

Example) 9212
9: Red Bus (all express buses traveling to suburban areas start with 9)
2: This bus starts from Suburban Area 2 (Guri-si, Namyangju-si)
12: Bus ID number
Yellow Bus
2-digit number: District + Bus ID (1~9) (1~9)

Example) 41
4: This bus circles District 4 (Seocho-gu, Gangnam-gu)
1: Bus ID number
Type of Bus & Bus Fares (When there is no transfer, the base fare stated below is applied regardless of distance)
Blue Bus
Service Blue buses travel long distances on major arterial roads within Seoul and serve more than two districts.
Fare 19+ 13~18 7~12 6-
Card 1,050 720 450 Free
Cash 1,150 1,000 450 Free
Green Bus
Service Green buses operate on branch lines within one district of Seoul, carrying passengers to transfer points.
Fare 19+ 13~18 7~12 6-
Card 1,050 720 450 Free
Cash 1,150 1,000 450 Free
Red Bus
Service Red buses are express buses connecting Seoul with suburban areas. The service is rapid and comfortable.
Fare 19+ 13~18 7~12 6-
Card 1,850 1,360 1,200 Free
Cash 1,950 1,800 1,200 Free
Yellow Bus
Service Yellow buses travel in a closed circle only within major district areas of Seoul.
Fare 19+ 13~18 7~12 6-
Card 850 560 350 Free
Cash 950 800 350 Free
Discount Benefits for Transfers
- The base fare covers the first 10 kilometers. Each additional 5 kilometers costs 100 won.

- Passengers benefit from the integrated fare system when transferring between buses or between buses and subway. For example, if Mr. A uses his transportation card to travel 14 kilometers by subway, then transfers to a bus for a five-kilometer ride within 30 meters of the subway exit, he will be charged a base fare of 1,050 won for the first 10 kilometers, plus 100 won for every additional 5 kilometers traveled. In total, Mr. A will pay 1,250 won with his card.

- Transfer discounts only apply when passengers transfer within 30 minutes (or within 60 minutes if traveling from 21:00 to 07:00 the next day) after scanning their card over the card terminal at the exit. Discounts are not given for transfers unless the transportation card is scanned over the card terminal.

- Discounts are not given when you pay in cash.

- Discounts are not available when transferring to the same bus line.
Seoul City Traffic Card - T-money

T-money is a Seoul City transportation card that can be used for buses, subways and card taxies. The T-money card can be either prepaid or postpaid (through a credit card). The prepaid card, which can be used only for transportation, costs 2,500 won.

The T-money card is sold at subway ticket counters and GS25 convenience stores. Value can be added to T-money cards at any T-money card vendor or kiosk for amounts from 1,000 won to 90,000 won. Users departing Seoul can get a refund for any remaining amount on the card (minus a 500 won service fee) at any T-money card vendor. Please note that if a card appears undamaged but is not working properly on a card reader or charger, it is also eligible for a full refund of balance. However, a card damaged by the holder’s own fault may not be eligible for a refund.

By using a T-money card, passengers will enjoy greater discount benefits than if using cash. For example, if Mr. A takes five consecutive bus or subway rides, for a distance totaling less than 10 kilometers, he will only pay a base rate of 1,050 won. If he pays cash, however, that sum would total up to 5,250 won.
Last updated in February 2012
Date 07/27/2015

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