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Subway print

Carte routière du métro dans la région métropolitaine

Map courtesy of 5678 Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation

Subways serve as a convenient means, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and visitors from aboard. It connects you from one point to another with less hassle than often seen on the open roads and thus, making it easy for tourists to get around as well!

Subways are currently being operated around five major cities including, Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul's ranks the top in terms of its size and number where it centers the city from Line 1 to 9 and additional lines branching out into the metropolitan area. Also, each subway station has a name, number, and a color representing the subway line, and with just a little guidance, anyone can use the metropolitan subway systems with ease.

Please check out for more information from the cyber map (Korean, English) provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation.

• Seoul Subway Fares (as of July 22, 2015)

Seoul Subway Fares (as of July 22, 2015)
Basic Fare for 10 km Transportation
payment equipped
card (T-money)
Adults (age 19 and older) 1,250 won 1,350 won
Teens (age 13-18) 720 won 1,350 won
Children (age 7-12) 450 won 450 won
  • - Total distances exceeding 10 km: 100 won for every 5km between 10 to 50km / 100 won for every 8km when exceeding a total of 50km.
  • - Children age of 6 and younger: Free of charge.
  • - Fare systems differ for every region, please refer to information below.

• Busan Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):
Adults - 1,200 won for Section 1 / 1,400 won for Section 2
Teens - 950 won for Section 1 / 1,100 won for Section 2
Children - 600 won for Section 1 / 700 won for Section 2
- Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10km)
- Website: Busan Transportation Corporation (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

• Daejeon Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):
Adults - 1,250 won for Section 1 / 1,350 won for Section 2
Teens - 880 won for Section 1 / 960 won for Section 2
Children - 550 won for Section 1 / 600 won for Section 2
- Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10km)
- Website: Daejeon Metropolitan Express Transit Corporation (Korean, English, Chinese)

• Daegu Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):
Adults - 1,100 won
Teens - 770 won
Children - 400 won
- Website: Daegu Metropolitan Subway Corporation (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

• Gwangju Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):
Adults - 1,100 won
College Students – 1,000 won
Teens - 800 won
Children - 400 won
- Website: Daejeon Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation: (Korean, English)

Purchasing transportation cards

In order to use subways, the first step to take is purchasing a right card depending on your needs. Passengers can either buy a Single Journey Ticket or get rechargeable cards like T-money or M-Pass for multiple uses.

Want to know more about T-money and M-Pass cards?

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• Transportation Cards: Single Journeys

Photo: Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device

  • 1. Select your preferred language (Korean, English, Japanese, or Chinese). Touch orange button written '1회용 교통카드 (Single Journey Ticket)' on the left side of the screen.
  • 2. Search and select your destination. Subway stations are listed in an alphabetical order.
  • 3. Select the quantity for each type of single journey tickets desired.
  • 4. Once you select the quantity, total price of the ticket price will show up on the left side of the screen. For each ticket, the deposit of 500 won (as of July 22, 2015) is applied. You may receive the deposit refund at your final destination.
  • 5. Briefly wait for your single journey ticket to print after you had paid the total ticket price. The device takes 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000-won bills and 50 / 100 / 500-won coins.
  • 6. Head to the turnstile security gates and place your ticket on the security gate card reader where 'T-money' sign is attached. After the beep, pass through the gate and proceed to the subway platform.


Deposit Refunds

You may receive a 500-won refund for the Single Journey Ticket deposit by returning the ticket to a deposit refund device at your final destination. Simply insert the ticket into the device, and collect your refund.

Photo: Inserting a single journey ticket to Deposit Refund Device

Photo: Soon after the card goes into a feeding slot, 500-won refund will be available for you to collect.


Subway Lockers

Photo: Lockers located inside of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

Many of the subway stations in Seoul are equipped with paid lockers. In addition, the user's guide of these lockers are offered in multiple languages. The fees for using the locker may vary depending on the term of use and operator of each conveninet facility.

  • Term of use: 2 to 4 hours at max. per use
  • Fees: Small lockers 1,000-2,000 won / Medium lockers 1,500-3,000 won / Large lockers 2,000-4,000 won
  • Note:
  • - Extra fee for additional hours will be charged when exceeding the maximum use. The payment should be made when retrieving your belongings and/or in case of re-storing.
  • - Please be reminded that the same T-money card used when locking the storage is required for unlocking door, therefore refrain from losing and refunding it before redemption.
☞ Related pages
Seoul Metro
5678 Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation
Seoul Metro Line 9
Busan Transportation Corporation
Daegu Metropolitan Subway Corporation
Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation
Incheon Airport Railroad Express (AREX)

<Last updated on July 24, 2015>

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