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In Korea, taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and above all, inexpensive. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. There are also call taxis that can be requested by phone. However, call taxis are slightly more expensive than the taxis you flag down on the street. An increasing number of taxi drivers nowadays speak some English, which may prove helpful for first-time visitors.

While virtually all taxis operating in the Seoul area accept credit cards or pre-paid public transportation cards (T-money card), it is possible that some taxis in outlying or isolated regions may request cash only. Keep this in mind and make sure to have some cash (in KRW) with you if you plan to use a cab in remote areas. Basic fares can slightly vary from region to region. The taxi fare is calculated by distance and time.

Standard Taxis (mid-size, sedan)

Standard taxis are generally silver, white, or orange. Outside the downtown area, most taxis are of the standard variety, and there are rarely any deluxe or jumbo taxis. The fare may vary by region.

Deluxe Taxis

Called mobeom taeksi (literally “model taxi”) in Korean, deluxe taxis are black with a yellow sign on the top. Both sides of the taxi have the Deluxe Taxi sign. They offer slightly more passenger space and a higher standard of service than regular taxis. This means that the basic fare and the fare for additional distance are higher than regular taxis, but there is no late-night surcharge. Deluxe taxis can be found at stands located at hotels, stations, bus terminals, and major city streets. In smaller cities or towns, there are no deluxe taxis, where regular taxis can be black as well, so make sure to check the sign on top before boarding.

Jumbo Taxis

Six to ten-passenger fittable van taxis are also available for larger groups. They provide simultaneous foreign language interpretation by phone, and are equipped with a receipt-issuing device and a credit card reader. Fares are the same as deluxe taxis.

** Note: Because they are quite similar in appearance, a jumbo taxi can often be confused for a call van. A call van charges by size and volume of luggage, and negotiates taxi fare with passengers instead of charging by the meter. If you need a jumbo taxi, check for the jumbo taxi label on the side of the van.

Differences between call vans and jumbo taxis

Differences between call vans and jumbo taxis
  Call Van Jumbo Taxi
Definition Vans used to transport only passengers with freight/large volume of luggage (Minimum weight: 20 kg / Minimum size: 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm). Large taxis used to transport passengers with or without luggage.
Fares Negotiable.
(Fares may vary depending on the luggage size/quantity/weight and travel distance. Negotiating before getting in the van is highly recommended.)
Fare is the same as deluxe taxis. (Additional charges apply when using a call taxi or taking toll roads.)
Exterior Signage Watch for "VAN," "CALL VAN," "용달화물," or "콜밴" on the body or top of the car. The sign “JUMBO TAXI” or “대형” is indicated on the vehicle.
License Plate Starts with the number 8
e.g.) Seoul 84 자 ####

Starts with the number 3
e.g.) Seoul 35 아 ####

Unlawful Practices - Transporting passengers without freight
- Using taxi meters
- Installing lights or signage similar to jumbo taxi lights

International Taxis

Photo credit: International Taxi (Premium Pass International Co., Ltd.)

Korea offers special international taxis, which are driven by taxi drivers who can speak one or more foreign languages: English, Japanese or Chinese.

These taxis operate on a reservation basis, and taxi fees can be calculated according to destination choice, which, in Seoul, consists of 3 major areas. The fees for these international taxis can be paid in cash or with international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, JCB). There is also a designated waiting area for international taxis.

Non-Korean speakers can make enquiries and reservations by calling the International Taxi Call Center (+82-2-1644-2255) or by email at The service is available in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The call center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays and national holidays. Furthermore, Incheon and Gimpo airports provide international taxi information desks where foreign visitors can make taxi reservations.

☞ Location of international taxi information desks at Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport

Incheon International Airport:
- Between arrival gate 4 and gate 5 (1st floor)
- Between arrival gate 8 and gate 9 (1st floor)

Gimpo International Airport:
- Between gates 1 and 2 of the International Passenger Terminal (1st floor)
** Note: It is hard to distinguish international taxis by the color of the car only. Watch for the sign on top or the words "International Taxi" on the door.

Call Taxis

A passenger may call for a cab whenever needed, hence the term call taxi. The fare is the same as regular taxis or taxis hailed on the street. However, there is an additional charge of 1,000 won (2,000 won in late-night hours) for the call service. Most call centers only offer services in Korean only, so call the Korea Travel Hotline (+82-2-1330) or Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120) for assistance in English.

Taxi Fares (as of December 9, 2013)

Regular Taxis [mid-size]

Regular Taxis [mid-size]
Basic fare Region Additional Fare
by Meter
2,800-3,000won Varies by region Fare calculated by
distance travelled
In Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon and Busan, a surcharge of 20% applies during late-night hours (midnight-4am) and in suburbs (N/A for other cities).

Deluxe and Jumbo Taxis

Deluxe and Jumbo Taxis
Basic fare Region Additional Fare
by Meter
3,200-5,000 won Varies by region Fare calculated by
distance travelled
There are no surcharges for
deluxe and jumbo taxis.

Information provided by: Korea National Joint Conference Taxi Association (Korean only)
Photo courtesy: Kim Yong-am at Seoul-si Office

<Last updated on May 18, 2015>

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