From Incheon Airport to Seoul
There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis. Among these, the Airport Railroad has the benefit of avoiding traffic on the roads, allowing tourists to arrive at their destination at a specific time. The Airport Railroad Express runs directly from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station, with no stops along the way. On the other hand, the airport buses make it easy to reach a variety of tourist attractions and hotels throughout Seoul. For tourists who spent a long time on the airplane, the spacious seats of the airport limousines are well sought after. If the train and bus are too confusing, visitors can also pay more and take a taxi from the airport directly to their destination.
Airport Railroad Express (AREX)
The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) operates two trains: the Express Train from Incheon International Airport directly to Seoul Station and the All Stop Train that services 12 subway stations.
Operating hours / Intervals
- Express Train: Incheon Int.l Airport Station → Seoul Station 05:20 (first train) - 21:45 (last train) / interval of approx. 35 minutes
- All Stop Train: Incheon Int’l Airport Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 23:42 (last train) / interval of approx. 10 minutes
Fare (Incheon Int’l Airport Station → Seoul Station)
- Express Train: Adults 14,800 won (Standard fare)
* Note, special discount until December 31, 2016 as follows: Adults 8,000 won / Children 6,900 won
- All Stop Train: Adults 4,250 won/
* Above fare is based on a standard one-time use transportation card (Including 500 won refundable deposit). Deposit can be refunded at the arrival station.
AREX: Express Train vs. All Stop Train
The Express Train travels non-stop from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. To take this train, passengers must use an Express Train Pass. No additional deposit is charged for the pass. A discount is available for customers who present flight tickets from Jeju Air, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and China Southern Airlines for departure within seven days. More detailed information can be found on the official website.
☞ Website: www.arex.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Ticketing location: Airport Railroad Information Center (Booth 45) on 1F of Incheon Int’l Airport & AREX Travel Center on B1F of Incheon Int’l Airport
☞ Payment method: Credit card and cash both accepted
☞ How to use ticket vending machine for Express Train
All stop Train
The All Stop Train makes stops at all 12 subway stations from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. Six of the subway stations allow transfers to other metropolitan area subway lines. To take this train, passengers must use a transportation card. Foreign nationals may also use M-Pass, a prepaid transportation card offering 20 rides per day.
☞ Transportation card purchase locations: Airport Transportation Center on B1F of Incheon International Airport (single-use transit card), convenience stores inside Incheon International Airport (T-money card) & B1F of Incheon International Airport Railroad Information Desk (M-Pass)
☞ Payment method: Cash only
How to use the Express Train & All Stop Train at Incheon International Airport
- 1. Follow the signs for the
Airport Railroad from the arrivals hall
- 2. Walk to Incheon Int’l Airport Station
- 3. Express Train boarding area
- 4. All Stop Train boarding area
- 5. Scan your ticket
- 6. Interior of Express Train
- 7. Interior of All Stop Train
How to get through Ticketing Entrance for Express Train
(Credit: Airport Railroad Co., Ltd.)
Tap your ticket at the yellow spot (see picture above) on the ticketing gate when entering.
(Credit: Airport Railroad Co., Ltd.)
Insert the ticket into the ticketing gate (see picture above) when exiting.
Airport Bus Information
Airport buses run from Incheon International Airport to most parts of Seoul. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booths just outside the passenger terminal (arrival area) on the first floor. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made at the Airport Information Desk, conveniently located on the 1st floor.
☞ Airport Bus Route Information (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
How to use the Airport Bus
Check your bus route and purchase tickets at the Airport Bus Ticket Booth inside the arrivals hall (1F) by gates 4 and 9 or outside by gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C. Find the bus stop location written on your ticket. Go to the bus stop and check the bus route and departure time. When on the bus, make sure to listen to the English recording so you don't miss your stop.
Airport Bus Types
There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses operate on non-stop or shortened routes to major hotels and destinations. These buses make fewer stops (shorter travel time) and have comfortable seats with more space. Standard buses tend be more crowded with smaller space and make more stops. Please note that the fare for the two bus types is different, even if they are going to the same destination.
In Korea, there are a variety of taxi types: regular, deluxe, jumbo, and international. The base fare for a regular taxi is 3,000 won (for the first 2km) while the base fare for deluxe and jumbo taxis are 5,000 won (based on taxi fare in Seoul). Please also note that regular taxis charge an extra 20% of the base fare after midnight (24:00-4:00), while no such additional fare is applied for deluxe and jumbo taxis.
If by chance a driver tries to take advantage of you by demanding an inflated fare, report the incident to the Seoul Global Center (+82-2-2075-4180), which offers services in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Pilipino, Uzbekistani, Russian and Thai. You can also report your complaint to the Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120), which offers services in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Mongolian.
* When calling within Korea, the +82 international calling code does not need to be dialed. In addition, the regional dialing code is excluded upon calling from the same province.
For more information on airport taxis, click here.
※ Differences between Call Vans and Jumbo Taxis
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