|Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Korea.
They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas
or hailed on the streets. There are also certain taxis that
can be requested by phone, however, the fare is slightly
higher than regular taxis. An increasing number of taxi
drivers nowadays speak some English which may prove extremely
useful for first-time visitors.
While most of the taxis operating in Seoul area accept credit cards or even pre-paid public transportation cards, ones in small province cities and other regions may take cash only. Note this in mind and make sure to have some cash (in KWR) with you if you plan to use a cab in provincial cities. Basic fare can slightly vary from region to region.
|The fare system is based on both distance and time. Fares begin at ￦2,400 for the first 2 kilometers and go up incrementally ￦100 every 144 meters beyond that. If the taxi is going less than 15 kilometers per hour, an additional charge of ￦100 per 35 seconds is added to the fare. The fare between Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul is usually around ￦50,000 (including toll), although it can be a little higher if traffic is congested. Fares increase 20 percent between midnight and 4 a.m.|
|Deluxe taxis called “mobeom” taxi in Korean, are black with a yellow sign on the top and the words “Deluxe Taxi” written on the sides. They offer more passenger space and a much higher standard of service. Fares are ￦4,500 for the first 3 kilometers and ￦200 for each additional 164 meters or each 39 seconds if the speed drops below 15 kilometers per hour. The usual fare between Incheon Int’l Airport and downtown is about ￦80,000 won (including toll). Receipts are given. There is no late-night surcharge. Deluxe taxis can be taken at stands located at hotels, stations, bus terminals, and major city streets. They can also be called at ☎ 02-558-8000 (English and Japanese).|
Eight-passenger van taxis are also available for larger
groups. They are equipped with simultaneous foreign language
interpretation by phone, receipt-issuing equipment, and
a credit card processing terminal. Fares are the same as deluxe
taxis. Passengers also carrying large amounts of baggage
may find them convenient. They can be called at ☎ 02-888-2000.
*** ATTENTION: When calling for a 'JUMBO TAXI' make sure not to mistake them for 'call vans'. Although very similar in appearance, 'call vans' charges by size and number of luggage and negotiate taxi fare with passangers 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|
From May 1, 2009, Korea launched a special “international taxi” service, where the taxi drivers are able to speak English or Japanese. These taxis operate on a 100% reservations basis, and taxi fees can be calculated by meter, by destination, or by time. For example, if you chose to hire a regular taxi for three hours it will cost 50,000 won, and you can even hire it for a day for 120,000won. The fees for these new international taxis can be paid in cash or with international credit cards (VISA, MASTER, AMEX, JCB).
|Brand Taxi (a.k.a Call Taxi)|
Via a wireless GTS terminal equipped in a car, a call center checks real-time the availability of a cab and dispatches the closest one. In this way, a passenger may use a cab whenever he/she wishes to. The fare is the same with regular taxis, especially when you catch one from the street, but if you use a call center for a cab, an additional call fee of KRW1,000 will be charged. This additional call fee is charged only when your total fare is KRW10,000 or less. If the fare is more than KRW10,000, the call fee will be waived. As a call center provides the service in Korean only, if you are planning to use brand taxi service, call 1330 TT call center (a multilingual Tourist Information Center) or ask your hotel or guesthouse staff for the service arrangement.
Last updated in February, 2012