Subways

subway【 Photo: Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map (Courtesy of SeoulMetro) 】

Subways serve as a convenient means, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and visitors from aboard. It connects you from one point to another with less hassle than often seen on the open roads and thus, making it easy for tourists to get around as well!

Subways are currently being operated around five major cities including, Seoul Metropolitan Areas, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul Metropolitan Areas rank the top in terms of its size and number where it centers the city from Line 1 to 9 and additional lines branching out into the metropolitan area. Also, each subway station has a name, number, and a color representing the subway line, and with just a little guidance, anyone can use the metropolitan subway systems with ease

Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map (Courtesy of SeoulMetro)

Seoul Subway Fares (as of August 10, 2016)

Seoul Subway Fares (as of August 10, 2016)
Basic Fare for 10 km Transportation payment equipped card (T-money) Cash
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
  • Total distances exceeding 10 km: 100 won for every 5km between 10 to 50km / 100 won for every 8km when exceeding a total of 50km.
  • Children age of 6 and younger: Free of charge.
    * Fare systems differ for every region; please refer to information below (as of August 10, 2016).

Busan Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):

  • Adults: 1,200 won for Section 1 / 1,400 won for Section 2
  • Teens: 950 won for Section 1 / 1,100 won for Section 2
  • Children: 600 won for Section 1 / 700 won for Section 2
  • Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10km)
  • Website: Busan Transportation Corporation www.humetro.busan.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Daejeon Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):

  • Adults: 1,250 won for Section 1 / 1,350 won for Section 2
  • Teens: 880 won for Section 1 / 960 won for Section 2
  • Children: 550 won for Section 1 / 600 won for Section 2
  • Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10km)
  • Website: Daejeon Metropolitan Express Transit Corporation www.djet.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Daegu Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):

  • Adults: 1,100 won
  • Teens: 770 won
  • Children: 400 won
  • Website: Daegu Metropolitan Subway Corporation www.dtro.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Gwangju Subway Fares (when paid with transportation cards):

  • Adults: 1,250 won
  • Teens: 900 won
  • Children: 500 won
  • Website: Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation: www.gwangjusubway.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Purchasing Transportation Cards

subway【 Photo: Ticket vending, refund and card recharge machine 】

In order to use subways, the first step to take is purchasing a right card depending on your needs. Passengers can either buy a Single Journey Ticket or get rechargeable cards like T-money, Cashbee or M-Pass for multiple uses.

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

Deposit Refunds

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

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【 Photo: Soon after the card goes into a feeding slot, 500-won refund will be available for you to collect 】

Subway Lockers

Subway Lockers【 Photo: Inserting a single journey ticket to Deposit Refund Device 】

Many of the subway stations in Seoul are equipped with paid lockers. In addition, the user’s guide of these lockers are offered in multiple languages. The fees for using the locker may vary depending on the term of use and operator of each conveninet facility.

Term of use: Basic storage time 2-4 hours
Fees: Based on basic storage time, Small lockers 1,000-2,000 won / Medium lockers 1,500-3,000 won / Large lockers 2,000-4,000 won (additional fees applicable when basic storage time is exceeded)
Payment: Though it vary by lockers, there are many lockers that do not accept cash for payment. Therefore, payment can be made via transportation card (T-Money or Cashbee) or a credit card.

Related Links

This page was last updated in August 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

<Last updated on August 12, 2016>