T-money is a transportation card as well as a device used to pay for taxi fares and, in some cases, transactions at convenience stores. The T-money function is often added onto various payment (credit/debit) and discount travel cards.
T-money can be used on public buses and subways in several different metropolitan cities and locations including Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu and Busan.
When using T-money, the public transportation fare is 100 won cheaper than when paying with cash, and, unlike cash fares, T-money can be used when transferring from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa (within a transfer time limit) at no extra charge. Also, T-money does away with the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets. When you are finished using your T-money card, the remaining balance can be refunded after a 500 won service charge.
• Price: From 2,500 won and up
• Areas Accepting T-money:
• Sales Locations: Convenience stores (GS 25, CU, 7-Eleven, Mini Stop, With Me, Buy The Way, Story Way) bearing the T-money logo, and ticket vending and card reload devices inside subway stations.
•Recharge/Refund Locations: All sales locations (*Note: The card purchase amount is not refundable).
If you don’t tap your card on the sensors as you get off the bus or exit the subway, you will be charged double the base fare the next time you use public transportation. You cannot benefit from transfer discounts, either. So, make sure to tap your card at all times when getting off the bus or exiting the subway!
1. Upon boarding the bus, place your T-money card on the sensor bearing the T-money logo located at the front of the bus until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom.
2. Before getting off the bus, place the T-money card on the sensor located at the back of the bus until it beeps. It will display any additional charges, which are levied by distance traveled, and can now be used for free transfers within a specific time limit.
1. Place your T-money card on the sensor bearing the T-money logo located on top of each of the subway turnstiles until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom. If you are transferring, the amount charge may appear as “0” (zero).
2. Place the T-money card on the sensor until it beeps when exiting through the turnstiles. It will display any additional charges, which are levied by distance traveled, and can now be used for free transfers within a specific time limit.
These days, many taxis accept payment via T-money card. In general, the payment terminal is affixed between the driver’s seat and the passenger seat. Inform the taxi driver that you want to pay with a T-money card, tap your card on the terminal, and your taxi fare will be automatically paid from your T-money card’s balance. However, if the fare is more than your T-money balance, your full T-money balance will be deducted from the taxi fare and you will have to pay the remaining fare via different means.
Transfer discounts are applied on bus/subway fares only when using T-money. For instance, when transferring while traveling within a 10㎞ distance, if you use T-money, the transfer is free. This is a much better deal than using cash, as you would have to pay the basic fare each time you transfer.
You can transfer a maximum of four times and the valid amount of time for the transfer discount is limited to 30 minutes after tapping the T-money card. (*The transfer time limit is extended to 1 hour during the period between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. of the next day)
|Subway||Adults||1,250 won||1,350 won||Base fare (first 10㎞): 1,250 won
10-50㎞: 100 won per 5㎞
+50㎞: 100 won per 10㎞
|Youth||720 won||1,350 won|
|Children||450 won||450 won|
|Blue Bus / Green Bus
|Adults||1,200 won||1,300 won||Up to three children (age 6 and under) accompanied by an adult may ride the bus for free|
|Youth||720 won||1,300 won|
|Children||450 won||450 won|
|Green Village Bus
|Adults||900 won||1,000 won|
|Youth||480 won||1,000 won|
|Children||300 won||300 won|
|Yellow Bus (circular route bus)||Adults||1,100 won||1,200 won|
|Youth||560 won||1,200 won|
|Children||350 won||350 won|
|Red Bus (express bus)||Adults||2,300 won||2,400 won|
|Youth||1,360 won||2,400 won|
|Children||1,200 won||1,200 won|
|Night Bus||Adults||2,150 won||2,250 won|
|Youth||1,360 won||2,250 won|
|Children||1,200 won||1,200 won|
• Related Column: New Bus System of Seoul
The T-money card is rechargeable in amounts ranging from 1,000 won to 90,000 won (maximum value the card can hold is 500,000 won) at any of the T-money vendors or ticket vending and card reload devices inside subway stations.
For a remaining T-money balance of 20,000 won or less, you may receive a refund following a 500 won service fee at a partner convenience store (GS 25, CU, 7-Eleven, Mini Stop, With Me, Buy The Way) bearing the T-money logo. If the remaining balance exceeds 20,000 won, you may receive a refund at the T-money Headquarters (1F of Korea Smart Card Corporation Ltd.*), therefore it is recommended for you to recharge only as much as you will need. T-money cards are not returnable, however they make good souvenirs to remember a trip to Korea. For more information, please visit the official T-money website and click “Foreigner Registration.”
* How to get to T-money Headquarters: Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 10.
Metropolitan Pass or M-Pass is a transportation card that offers 20 rides a day for the duration of the pass in the Seoul Metropolitan City area and Jeju, including Seoul Subway Lines 1-9, Incheon Subway, AREX’s (Incheon Airport Railroad Express) standard train (i.e. not the express train), metropolitan trains (except the Sinbundang and Gyeongchun (ITX) Line), and Seoul buses (except red buses).
M-Passes come in five different types: 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day and 7-day passes. They are valid for the designated time period, and expire at midnight on the last day of validity. (e.g. 3-day M-Pass Activation: January 1, 2014 / Expiration: 11:59 p.m., January 3, 2014)
As M-Pass has the T-money function, it can be used on buses, taxis, and at select convenience stores as long as there is a usable T-money balance. Once you have used all of the M-pass’ allotted subway rides, it can still be used as a T-money card after adding to the balance.
|1-day pass||10,000 won|
|2-day pass||18,000 won|
|3-day pass||25,500 won|
|5-day pass||42,500 won|
|7-day pass||59,500 won|
M-Passes are available for purchase at Seoul Travel Information Centers (I-Tour Seoul Centers / +82-32-743-3270 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)) in the Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal (Gate 5 & 10 at 1F), Jeju International Airport and Jeju Tourism Information Center. When buying an M-Pass, you must pay a refundable deposit of 4,500 won, and a non-refundable service charge of 500 won. Also, you will receive discount admission coupons to popular tourist attractions and restaurants (10 to 20% off). The deposit as well as any remaining T-money balance on the M-Pass is refunded when you return it to any of the aforementioned locations.
<Last updated on July 1, 2015>