Subways

subway【 Photo: Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map courtesy of Seoul Metro】

Subways serve as a convenient mean of transportation, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and international visitors. Subways are currently available in five major cities including Seoul Metropolitan Area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul Metropolitan Area subway system rank the top in terms of size and number as it centers the city from Line 1 to 9 with additional lines, such as Sinbundang Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui Jungang Line, Ever Line, Uisinseol Line, etc., branching throughout the metropolitan area. In addition, the subway lines are color-coded for convenience, allowing passengers to use the subway with ease.

Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map (Courtesy of Seoul Metro)

Subway Fares by Region

Seoul Subway Fares (as of July 31, 2017)
Basic Fare Transportation payment equipped card (T-money) Single journey ticket
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
  • Basic fare applies to travel distance of 10 km or less.
  • Additional 100 won applies for every 5 km for travel distance of 10~50 km, and 100 won for every 8 km for travel distance over 50 km.
  • Children age 6 and under are free of charge.
  • Subway fare system differs by region (as of July 31, 2017).

Busan Subway Fares

  • When paid with transportation cards:
    Adults - 1,300 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2
    Teenagers - 1,050 won for Section 1 / 1,200 won for Section 2
    Children – 650 won for Section 1 / 750 won for Section 2
  • Single journey tickets:
    Adults - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,600 won for Section 2
    Teenagers - 1,150 won for Section 1 / 1,300 won for Section 2
    Children – 700 won for Section 1 / 800 won for Section 2

    * Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10.5 km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10.5 km)

Daejeon Subway Fares

  • When paid with transportation cards:
    Adults - 1,250 won for Section 1 / 1,350 won for Section 2
    Teenagers - 880 won for Section 1 / 960 won for Section 2
    Children – 550 won for Section 1 / 600 won for Section 2
  • Single journey tickets:
    Adults - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2
    Teenagers - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2
    Children – 600 won for Section 1 / 650 won for Section 2

    * Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10.5 km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10.5 km)

Daegu Subway Fares

  • When paid with transportation cards:
    Adults - 1,250 won
    Teenagers - 850 won
    Children – 400 won
  • Single journey tickets:
    Adults - 1,400 won
    Teenagers - 1,400 won
    Children – 500 won

Gwangju Subway Fares

  • When paid with transportation cards:
    Adults - 1,250 won
    Teenagers – 900 won
    Children – 500 won
  • Single journey tickets:
    Adults - 1,400 won
    Teenagers - 1,400 won
    Children – 500 won

Purchasing Transportation Cards

subway【 Photo: Ticket vending and reload device 】

In order to use subways, the first step is purchasing the right transportation card (or tickets) that meet your needs. Passengers can buy either a Single Journey Ticket or a rechargeable card like T-money, Cashbee or M-Pass for multiple uses. Single Journey Tickets cards can be purchased using a ticket vending machine and will require a security deposit.

☞ Related Pages
- T-Money & Cashbee
- MPASS Card

Deposit Refunds

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

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【 Photo: Use the deposit refund device to receive your refund 】

Subway Lockers

Subway Lockers【 Photo: Subway lockers 】

Many of the subway stations in Seoul are equipped with storage lockers. In addition, most lockers offer instructions in multiple languages. Locker fees and storage hours may vary depending on the terms and conditions of each facility.

- Basic storage time: 2-4 hours
- Fees (based on basic storage time): Small lockers 2,000 won / Medium lockers 3,000 won / Large lockers 4,000 won
* Fees may differ in each subway station. Additional fees may be charged when basic storage time has exceeded.
Payment: Though it varies by lockers, many lockers do not accept cash for payment. Accepted payment methods include transportation cards (T-Money or Cashbee) or credit cards.

Subway Information by Region

- Seoul Metro website: www.seoulmetro.co.kr (Korean only)
- Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation website: www.smrt.co.kr (English)
- Metro 9 (Seoul Subway Line 9) website: www.metro9.co.kr (Korean, English)
- Busan Transportation Corporation website: www.humetro.busan.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Daejeon Metropolitan Subway Corporation website: www.djet.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Daegu Metropolitan Subway Corporation: www.dtro.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation website: www.gwangjusubway.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

This page was last updated on July 31, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.