City Tours

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Seoul City Tour

Seoul, the capital of Korea, is arguably the most popular tourist destination in all of Korea. Packed with countless sights to see and places to visit, such as royal palaces, traditional markets, and high-end shopping districts, Seoul is a city with so much to offer that you might not know where to start. To get the most out of your stay, visit some of Seoul's top attractions by taking a trip aboard the Seoul City Tour Bus.

There are two major tour bus companies offering city tours with different course options: the Seoul City Tour Bus (operated by Seoul Tiger Bus) and the Seoul Tour Bus. Seoul City Tour Bus offers the Downtown•Palace•Namsan Course that takes visitors around major tourist attractions, along with the Panorama Course, the Around Gangnam Course, and the Night Course. As for the Seoul Tour Bus, visitors can enjoy both traditional and trending shopping districts with the Traditional Culture Course, the Hangang/Jamsil Course, and the Night View Course. All buses have audio guides installed in the bus seats to provide information on each destination in different languages.

Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus)

Downtown·Palace·Namsan Course (high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus, single-level bus)

Course itinerary

Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Deoksugung PalaceNamdaemun Market → Seoul Station → The War Memorial of Korea → Yongsan Station → The National Museum of KoreaItaewonMyeong-dongNamsangol Hanok Village → Ambassador Hotel → The Shilla Seoul, Jangchungdan ParkNamsan Seoul Tower →   Grand Hyatt Seoul → Dongdaemun Shopping Complex (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) → Daehangno Street (University Street)Changgyeonggung PalaceChangdeokgung PalaceInsa-dong → Front of Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulSejong Center (bypass) →   Gwanghwamun Gate (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Mondays 09:00-17:30, Saturdays & public holidays 09:00-17:45, Tuesdays-Friday, Sundays 09:00-17:30 (Gwanghwamun Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Mondays every 50 minutes, Saturdays every 25 minutes, Tuesday-Friday & Sundays every 30 minutes / Approx. 2 hours
    * Intervals may be adjusted to 30 minutes on Mondays & Saturdays depending on reservation status
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters near Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6

Panorama Course (double-decker bus, high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus)

Course itinerary

Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Myeong-dongNamsan Cable Car entrance → Millennium Seoul HiltonNamsan LibraryGrand Hyatt Seoul → Gangnam Station → Some Sevit63 Square, Hangang River Ferry Cruise → Yeouinaru Station → Hongdae (Hongik University Street) entrance → Hongik Univ. Station (AREX) → Ehwa Womans Univ. entrance → Agricultural MuseumSeoul Museum of HistoryGwanghwamun Gate (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:10 (Gwanghwamun Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 1 hour 10 minutes / Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters near Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6
    * The bus does not stop at Some Sevit on weekends or public holidays.
    * Bus does not stop at Gangnam Station after 17:30.

Around Gangnam Course (trolley bus)

Course itinerary

Gangnam Station (departure) → Le Méridien Seoul, Novotel Ambassador Gangnam → Hotel Samjeong → Seolleung & Jeongneung, Ramada Seoul → Bongeunsa Temple, Lotte Department Store → COEX Mall, SM Town → Lotte WorldLotte World Tower & MallOlympic ParkSeoul Sports Complex → Samseong Station → K-POP Entertainment Company → Hallyu K-Star Road → Apgujeong Rodeo Street → Gangnam Tourist Information Center, Hyundai Department StoreGarosu-gil southern end → Some Sevit → Seoul Express Bus Terminal, Shinsegae Department Store → Seorae Village → Seoul National Univ. of Education Station → Gangnam Station Samsung D’Light (Samsung Electronics Promotion Hall) → Gangnam Station (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:10-17:00 (Gangnam Station Bus Stop departure basis)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 60-70 minutes / Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Departure point: In front of MegaBox movie theater approx. 150 meters from Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 11

Night Course (double-decker bus, high-decker open-top bus, trolley bus)

Course itinerary

Gwanghwamun Gate (departure) → Mapodaegyo Bridge → Seogangdaegyo Bridge → Gangbyeonbuk-ro Road (bypass) → Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain → Some Sevit or Dongjakdaegyo Bridge (double-decker bus only) → Seongsudaegyo Bridge (bypass) → Hannam Bridge → Namsan Seoul TowerNamdaemun Market entrance → Cheonggye Plaza (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 19:30 departure (July-August 20:00 departure)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure point: Gwanghwamun Gate, next to Koreana Hotel/Chosun Ilbo Headquarters near Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6

* Night Course is a non-stop route (Excluding 20~30 minute photo time at Some Sevit (weekdays) and Dongjakdaegyo Bridge (weekends) on the double-decker bus and at Namsan Seoul Tower on high-decker open-top & trolley buses)
* Bus only operates with 10 or more passengers.
* The double-decker bus does not stop at Namsan Seoul Tower.
* Photo times are subject to change depending on weather and traffic conditions.

More info

  • Fares
    • - Downtown•Palace•Namsan Course: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
    • - Panorama Course: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
    • - Around Gangnam Course: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers & Children 10,000 won
    • - Night Course: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 9,000 won
    • * Adults (ages 19 & over) / Teenagers & children (ages 5-18)
  • Discounted Combination Tickets
    • - E Course (Panorama + Around Gangnam): Adults 22,000 won / Teenagers & Children 18,000 won
      * Use of two courses freely within same day
    • - F Course (Downtown•Palace•Namsan Course + Panorama): Adults 28,000 won / Teenagers & Children 20,000 won
      * Use of two courses freely within two days
    • - G Course (Downtown•Palace•Namsan Course + Panorama + Around Gangnam): Adults 35,000 won / Teenagers & Children 22,000 won
      * Use of three courses freely within two days
    • * Adults (ages 19 & over) / Teenagers & children (ages 5-18)
    • * Passengers can freely get off and on at each stop along the course within the purchase date (excluding Night Course).
    • * Transfers between courses not permitted.
    • * All courses may be substituted with single level bus.
  • Purchasing tickets:
    • Cash and credit card accepted at the ticket booth at course departure point.
    • Tickets can be purchased with cash or Tmoney card (credit cards not accepted) from the bus driver if open seats are available.
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, German, French, Spanish, Malay (Audio system installed within bus)
  • Closed: Mondays (If a public holiday falls on a Monday, courses will operate as normal)
  • Inquiries: Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus) +82-2-777-6090 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.seoulcitybus.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Seoul Tour Bus

Traditional Culture Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 3-ga → Euljiro 1-ga (Deoksugung Palace, Seoul City Hall) → Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)Tongin MarketSejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace) → Seoul Station (Bus Transfer Center Platform 6) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum, Sungnyemun Gate) → Myeong-dong (Myeong-dong Cathedral) → Jonggak (Jongno Avenue of Youth) → Insa-dong (Unhyeongung Royal Residence, Tapgol Park) → Jongmyo ShrineGwangjang Market → Dongmyo Station (Sungin-dong Dokkaebi Market) → Seoul Folk Flea Market → Sindang-dong Jungang Market (Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town) → Dongdaemun Design Plaza (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Daily 09:30-18:20 (Last departure from Dongdaemun Design Plaza Bus Stop at 17:10)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: 40 minutes / Approx. 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza near Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1

* Route passing Gwanghwamun Gate, City Hall, and Seoul Station subject to change depending on traffic conditions.

Hangang/Jamsil Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Seoul ForestTtukseom Hangang ParkLotte World Tower & Mall → Rose Plaza (K-POP performance hall) → Seoul Baekje MuseumOlympic Park (World Peace Gate) → Konkuk University → Seongsu Station (Handmade Shoes Street) → Hanyang University → Dongdaemun Design Plaza (last stop)

  • Operating hours: Saturdays 14:30-18:45 (Last departure from Dongdaemun Design Plaza Bus Stop at 17:00)
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Approx. 30 minutes / Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes
    * Bus schedule and intervals subject to change depending on traffic situation.
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza near Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1
    * Route passing Gangbyeon Expressway, Jamsildaegyo Bridge, and Lotte World Tower & Mall subject to change depending on traffic conditions.

Night View Course (double-decker bus – open top / half top)

Course itinerary

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Dongdaemun History & Culture Park) (departure) → Bangsan Wholesale Market, Jungbu Market (Ojang-dong Naengmyeon Alley) → Euljiro 1-ga → Euljigo 3-ga → Tongin MarketSejong Center (Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace) → Seoul Station (Bus Transfer Center Platform 6) → Namdaemun Market (Bank of Korea Money Museum, Sungnyemun Gate) → Myeong-dong → Jonggak Avenue of Youth → Insa-dong (Unhyeongung Royal Residence, Tapgol Park) → Jongmyo ShrineGwangjang MarketDongdaemun Design Plaza (last stop)

  • Operating hours: July-September 19:00 departure
  • Intervals / Duration of the tour: Once a day / Approx. 1 hour 10 minutes
    * Night View Course does not operate from October to June.
  • Departure point: In front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza near Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1

* Night View Course is a non-stop route; bus only operates with 8 or more passengers.

More info
  • Fares
    Traditional Culture Course / Hangang Jamsil Course / Night View Course: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 10,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 & over) / Children & Teenagers (ages 6-18)
    * Children under age of 6 are eligible to board free of charge for all courses.
    * Passengers can freely get off and on at each stop along the course within the purchase date (excluding Night View Tour Course).
    * Passengers can transfer between buses on Saturdays with a purchase of a Traditional Culture Course ticket or a Hangang/Jamsil Course ticket.
  • Purchasing tickets: Cash, credit card, or Tmoney card accepted at the ticket booth in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza or when boarding
  • Language assistance: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese
  • Closed: N/A (Operates all year round)
  • Inquiries: Seoul Tour Bus +82-1544-4239 (Korean, English, Chinese)
    * Assistance in Chinese may not be available depending on staff schedule.
  • Website: www.seoultrolley.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Schedules and courses are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

Major Tourist Attractions

Insa-dong LINK

  • Ssamzigil【 Photo: Ssamzigil 】
  • Insa-dong Street souvenir shop【 Photo: Insa-dong Street souvenir shop 】

Insa-dong, located in the heart of the capital city Seoul, is where old and new co-exist. The main street of Insa-dong is lined with alleys both big and small, full of interesting shops, galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. Visitors to Insa-dong are recommended to stop by Ssamziegil, a unique structure resembling the Korean alphabet ‘ㅁ’ shape. This shopping complex is dubbed a hidden gem as it offers interesting antiques at affordable prices within the modern exterior of a shopping mall.

Gyeongbokgung Palace LINK

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace entrance【 Photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace entrance 】
  • Gyeonghoeru Pavilion【 Photo: Gyeonghoeru Pavilion 】

Gyeongbokgung Palace is Korea’s most representative royal palace, showcasing the beautiful traditional architecture of Korea. The palace served as housing for the king as well as a venue for dealing with public affairs. It also presents a beautiful harmony with nature, including gardens and ponds which make a great backdrop for photos.

N Seoul TowerLINK

  • N Seoul Tower nightscape【 Photo: N Seoul Tower nightscape 】
  • Love locks【 Photo: Love locks 】

N Seoul Tower is an all-time favorite tourist attraction and has become a symbol of Seoul. Its view becomes even more spectacular when seen after sunset, as it sits atop Namsan Mountain, offering a panoramic view of the city. The tower not only has the best view in town, but it is also equipped with various subsidiary facilities where visitors can shop and dine, suited for a unique trip both day and night. It is particularly popular among couples, who come on dates and hang locks on the deck railing as a sign of their promise to love each other.

Gangnam Station

  • Gangnam Station street【 Photo: Gangnam Station street 】
  • Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall【 Photo: Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall 】

The area around Gangnam Station is popular among Korean youths, filled with a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The station’s underground shopping mall sells everything from brand name clothing to jewelry, accessories, and makeup for all your fashion needs.

Lotte World Tower & Mall LINK

  • Lotte World Tower【 Photo: Lotte World Tower 】
  • Seoul Sky Observatory【 Photo: Seoul Sky Observatory 】

Standing at 555 meters tall with 123 floors, Lotte World Tower is home to a hotel, theater, offices, a shopping mall, and more. The highlight is the observatory, Seoul Sky, offering beautiful 360-views of the surrounding cityscape. In addition, the mall is connected with Lotte World, making this an all-in-one attraction.

Ttukseom Hangang Park LINK

  • Ttukseom Hangang Park【 Photo: Ttukseom Hangang Park 】
  • Observation Culture Complex【 Photo: Observation Culture Complex 】

Ttukseom Hangang Park is just one of many citizens’ parks lining the Hangang River as it winds its way through the city. Ttukseom in particular has a large grassy field perfect for picnics as well as an eco-center, children’s playground, rock-climbing wall and more leisure facilities. The observation and culture complex also offers a chance to see many different exhibitions. Being located near Konkuk University, there are also plenty of shops and restaurants to check out.

Bongeunsa Temple LINK

  • Bongunsa Temple landscape
  • Bongunsa Temple landscape
【 Photo: Bongunsa Temple landscape 】

Located in the center of the Gangnam area, Bongeunsa Temple has more than 1,200 years of history. This historic temple houses extensive records of Korea’s Buddhist culture, but visitors of all backgrounds and religions come to enjoy the view and serenity within the bustling city.

Tongin Market LINK

  • Food stall at Tongin Market 【 Photo: Food stall at Tongin Market 】
  • Yeopjeon【 Photo: Yeopjeon 】

Tongin Market is famous for street foods and dosirak café, a unique buffet-style lunch program offering visitors the opportunity to experience a wide variety of banchan (Korean side dishes) at affordable prices. The menu options are extensive, including rice cakes, healthy vegetables, fruits, street snacks, and much more! What makes this experience even more special is that you can purchase food items with yeopjeon (old brass coins) that is only used in Tongin Market.

Namsangol Hanok Village LINK

  • Namsangol Hanok Village【 Photo: Namsangol Hanok Village 】
  • Traditional culture experience【 Photo: Traditional culture experience
    (Credit: Namsangol Hanok Village) 】

Namsangol Hanok Village is a specially organized tourist destination that recreates the traditional appearance of a Korean village from the past. The village has residential houses, pavilions, a common area, promenade and more architectural structures all in one location for visitors to enjoy a quick travel back in time. Visitors can also take a leisurely walk through this calm and relaxing village. In addition, the village offers many programs featuring traditional games and performances as well as hands-on experiences where visitors can learn about Korea’s folk culture.

This page was last updated on May 8, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.