Taxis

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Taxis in Korea, the fastest and most convenient

In Korea, there are plentiful of taxis and they are clean, safe, and above all, inexpensive. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. There are also call taxis that can be requested by phone. However, call taxis are slightly more expensive than the taxis you flag down on the street. An increasing number of taxi drivers speak English, which may be helpful for first-time international visitors.

While virtually all taxis operating in the Seoul area accept credit cards or transportation cards, it is possible that some taxis in the outlying or isolated regions may request cash only. Keep this in mind and make sure to have some cash (in KRW) with you if you plan to use a cab in remote areas. The taxi fare is calculated by distance and time. Basic fares can slightly vary from region to region.

Standard Taxis (mid-size, sedan)

Standard Taxis (mid-size, sedan)

Standard taxis are generally silver, white, or orange. Outside the downtown area, most taxis are of the standard variety and the fare may vary by region.

Deluxe Taxis

Deluxe Taxis

Called mobeom taeksi (literally “model taxi”) in Korean, deluxe taxis are black with a yellow sign on the top. Both sides of the taxi have the Deluxe Taxi sign. They offer slightly more passenger space and a higher standard of service than regular taxis. This means that the basic fare and the fare for additional distance are higher than regular taxis, but there is no late-night surcharge. Deluxe taxis can be found at stands located at hotels, stations, bus terminals, and major city streets.

Jumbo Taxis

Jumbo Taxis

A van taxi that can accommodate six to ten passengers is also available for larger groups. They provide simultaneous foreign language interpretation by phone, and are equipped with a receipt-issuing device and a credit card reader. Fares are the same as deluxe taxi.

Note

Because they are quite similar in appearance, a jumbo taxi can often be confused for a call van. A call van charges by size and volume of luggage, and negotiates taxi fare with passengers instead of charging by the meter. If you need a jumbo taxi, do check carefully for the jumbo taxi label on the side of the van.

Differences between call vans and jumbo taxis

Differences between call vans and jumbo taxis
Call Van Jumbo Taxis
Fares Negotiable.
(Fares may vary depending on the luggage size/quantity/weight (Minimum weight: 20 kg / Minimum size: 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm) and travel distance. Negotiating before getting in the van is highly recommended.)
Fare is the same as deluxe taxis. (Additional charges apply when using a call taxi or taking toll roads.)
Exterior Signage Watch for "VAN," "CALL VAN," "용달화물," or "콜밴" on the body or top of the car. The sign "JUMBO TAXI" or "대형" are indicated on the vehicle.

International Taxis

Korea offers special international taxis, which are driven by taxi drivers who can speak one or more foreign languages: English, Japanese or Chinese.

Photo : Exterior of International Taxi (Courtesy of Daehan Taxi Co., Ltd.) 【 Photo : Exterior of International Taxi (Courtesy of Daehan Taxi Co., Ltd.) 】
  • Reservations : Online reservations available via website or make inquiry to the Reservation Center at +82-2-1644-2255 (English, Japanese) or email to reserve@intltaxi.co.kr
  • Operating hours : 24/7 (Reservation center: Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00 / Sat 09:00-13:00). For foreign visitors who have not made the reservation before arrival, visit the service window at Incheon and Gimpo airports to get more information on international taxi and/or to reservations.
  • Fares : The taxis operate on a reservation basis, and taxi fees can be calculated according to destination choice, which, in case of Seoul, consists of 3 major areas. (by meters – when departing from Gimpo International Airport / by category of three major areas – when departing from Incheon International Airport)
  • Methods of payment : Cash (Korean won), international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, JCB) or T-Money.
  • Website : www.intltaxi.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Location of international taxi information desks at Incheon International Airport & Gimpo Airport

Incheon International Airport

  • Between Gates 4 and 5 at Arrival Hall (1F)
  • Between Gates 8 and 9 at Arrival Hall (1F)

Gimpo International Airport

  • Between Gates 1 and 2 at Departure Hall of International Passenger Terminal (1F)
Note

It is hard to distinguish international taxis by the color of the car only. Watch for the sign on top or the words "International Taxi" on the door.

Call Taxis

A passenger may call for a cab whenever needed, hence the term call taxi. The fare is the same as regular taxis or taxis hailed on the street. However, there is an additional charge of 1,000 won (2,000 won in late-night hours) for the call service. Most call centers only offer services in Korean only, so call the Korea Travel Hotline (+82-2-1330) or Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120) for assistance in English.

Taxi Fares (as of December 9, 2013)

Regular Taxis [mid-size]

Basic fare
2,800 - 3,000won
Region
Varies by region
Additional Fare by Meter
Fare calculated by distance travelled
Details
In Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon and Busan, a surcharge of 20% applies during late-night hours (midnight-4am) and in suburbs (N/A for other cities).

Deluxe and Jumbo Taxis

Basic fare
3,200 - 5,000 won
Region
Varies by region
Additional Fare by Meter
Fare calculated by distance travelled
Details
There are no surcharges for deluxe and jumbo taxis.
  • Information courtesy of Korea National Joint Conference Taxi Association www.taxi.or.kr (Korean only)
Photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government
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 17, 2016>