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Beginners' Guide to: Incheon International Airport

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  • Date05/10/2019
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Incheon International Airport

Korea's top airport is none other than Incheon International Airport. The airport consists of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with a transportation center, public area, and duty free area each, and Terminal 1 being connected to an additional concourse. Terminal 1 has five floors, while Terminal 2 has six. With such a vast area, most people are unaware of the many outstanding facilities available. Whether you arrive hours before your flight or have an overnight layover, with our helpful guide, you can enjoy your time at Incheon International Airport to the fullest!

Useful Facilities – Seek Comfort and Convenience

A warm shower and a comfortable bed for exhausted passengers

Darakhyu guest room (top credit: Walker Hill), Spa On Air (left) & free shower room (right credit: Incheon International Airport)

Perhaps you just need a few hours of shut-eye but don't want to shell out a lot of cash for an expensive hotel room. Darakhyu, a capsule hotel, or Spa On Air, a sauna with a lounge area, are the perfect compromises, allowing one to get a good night's rest at an affordable price. If you don't need to rest but would like to freshen up between or after a flight, you can make use of the airport's shower room, open 24 hours and equipped with shampoo and body wash. They are available to all passengers for free. Shower kits can also be purchased for a small fee (free for transit passengers) at the shower room in Terminal 1. However, the kits are only available from 07:00 until 21:00. Darakhyu and airport shower rooms are available in both terminals, but Spa on Air is only available in Terminal 1.

Spa On Air
☞ Location: Terminal 1 Public Area B1 East Wing End
☞ Fees: 3hr Shower 7,000 won / 4hr Shower & Sauna 10,000 won / 12hr Shower & Sauna 22,000 won
* 3,000 won charged for each hour over
* 2,000 won charged for blanket rental
* 6,000 won charged for bag storage (per bag)
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Transportation Center 1F Center
- Terminal 2: Transportation Center B1F East Wing (Near bus ticketing)
* Single Room with shower not available in Terminal 2
☞ Fees: Day Use (06:00-20:00) 23,100~36,000 won / Overnight (20:00-06:00) 56,000~77,000 won
* Day Use available for 3-9 hours
* Overnight available for 12 hours based on check-in time (4,000 won charged for each hour over)
* Single rooms: one person limit / Double rooms: two person limit
☞ Website: (Korean, English)
Shower room
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Concourse 4F Center / Duty Free Area 4F (Boarding Gates 25 & 29)
- Terminal 2: Duty Free Area 4F (Boarding Gates 268 & 231)
☞ Fees: Free (Shower kit: 3,000 won for general passengers / free for transit passengers)
☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours, all year round
* Shower kit available 07:00-21:00 at Terminal 1

Nursery & kids zone for little travelers

Nursery & Kids Zone (right credit: Incheon International Airport)

Traveling with young children can be tiring. Thankfully, Incheon International Airport is fully equipped with facilities throughout the airport to offset the difficulties parents face. Parents can comfortably feed infants, change diapers or simply rest at the nursery rooms, open 24 hours a day, all year round. Young children will love letting out their energy in the Kids Zones. Use of the play equipment in the Kids Zones is restricted to children ages 3-8.

Nursery Rooms
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Public Area 1F (Arrivals Gates B & E), 3F (Counters D & J) / Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 25 & 29), 4F (Boarding Gates 25 & 29) / Concourse 3F (Boarding Gate 121)
- Terminal 2: Public Area 1F East & West Wings, 3F East & West Wings / Transportation Center B1 Bus Terminal East & West Wings / Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 231, 243, 257 & 268)
Kids Zones
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Duty Free 3F (Boarding Gates 9, 14, 41 & 45) / Duty Free 4F East Wing / Concourse 3F (Boarding Gate 110)
- Terminal 2: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 231, 242, 246, 254, 257, 268)

For all your health needs, Airport Medical Center Inha University & Airport Pharmacy

Airport Medical Center Inha University

All travelers should pay special attention to maintain their health when traveling abroad. However, there’s no need to worry if you suddenly feel ill or get hurt at the airport; simply visit the Airport Medical Center Inha University. As the only hospital within the airport, travelers can receive a range of treatments, from dental care to internal medicine. The medical center in Terminal 1 is open 24 hours all year round, while the center in Terminal 2 operates 08:30 to 18:00 on weekdays, and 08:30 to 15:00 on weekends and public holidays. All patients can receive a Meda form, an international treatment record, to submit to a hospital in their home country for follow-up treatment upon return. Pharmacies are also available within the airport in case you need any over-the-counter medicine.

Airport Medical Center Inha University
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Public Area B1 East Wing
- Terminal 2: Public Area B1 West Wing
☞ Operating hours
- Terminal 1: Open 24 hours (emergency services)
* Check-up service: Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30 / Saturday 09:00-15:00
- Terminal 2: Weekdays 08:30-18:00 / Weekends & Public holidays 08:30-15:00
Pharmacies within the airport
☞ Terminal 1
- World Top Pharmacy: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gate 28) / 06:30-21:30
- Optima Plaza Pharmacy: Public Area 3F (Counter H)/ 06:30-22:00
- W-store Star Pharmacy: Public Area 3F (Counter G) / 06:00-22:00
- Lead Pharm Pharmacy: Concourse 3F Central Area / 06:30-23:00
- Medipharm Pharmacy: Public Area B1 East Wing / 07:00-21:30
☞ Terminal 2
- Balance Pharmacy: Public Area B1 West Wing / 07:00-21:00
- Skypharm Pharmacy: Public Area 3F Central Area / 06:00-21:00
- Prime Pharmacy: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 253 & 254) / 07:00-22:00
* Operating hours subject to change

Unique Experiences – Enjoy Dynamic Attractions!

Get to know Korea’s traditional culture!

Korean Cultural Street (top & left) & Korean Traditional Culture Experience Center in Terminal 2 (right credit: Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)

There are cultural spaces spread throughout the airport where international travelers can not only see but also experience first-hand Korea’s outstanding traditional culture. Korean Cultural Street is one such place, a hidden rest area within Terminal 1 open to all visitors. Korea’s nature and cultural heritages are on display here through exhibitions and videos. Korean Cultural Street also features great rest areas designed in the traditional Korean style through Mangyeongjeong and Biseonru Pavilions. Biseonru Pavilion in particular offers outstanding views of the airport interior as well as the airplanes coming and going on the tarmac outside.

Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have Korean Traditional Culture Experience Centers, perfect for making a last-minute souvenir or watching performances to pass the time. The crafts available use a variety of traditional materials from hanji (traditional Korean paper) to najeon (mother-of-pearl), and minhwa (folk painting). All of the programs are free for international visitors. Performances include traditional instruments such as haegeum (two-stringed vertical fiddle), janggu (double-headed hourglass-shaped drum), and piri (bamboo oboe).

Terminal 2 also features an advanced PR hall and observatory on the fifth floor. The observatory allows people to watch the planes as they taxi on the tarmac. The PR hall uses VR technology for a tour of the airport as well as exploring the changes the airport has gone through from its grand opening until now. Additional attractions include a photo exhibition with the theme “Palace Tour with a Character,” a display of Korean relics, and Oseongsan Observatory.

Korean Cultural Street
☞ Location: Terminal 1 Public Area 4F Central Area
☞ Attractions: Korean roof-tile house, pavilion, digital experience facility
☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours, all year round
Korean Traditional Culture Center
☞ Locations
- Terminal 1: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 25 & 29) / Concourse 3F (Boarding Gate 121)
- Terminal 2: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gates 247, 248, 253 & 254)
☞ Attractions: Handicraft experience, hanbok experience, gugak performance
* Hanbok experience is only available at the Concourse
* Gugak performance schedule is not fixed
☞ Operating hours: 07:00-22:00, open all year round
Palace Trip with a Character
☞ Location: Terminal 1 Duty Free Area 4F East Wing
☞ Attraction: Experiencing a tour of Korean palaces with Korean cartoon characters
☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours, all year round
Display of Relics
☞ Location: Terminal 1 Duty Free Area 3F East & West Antlers
☞ Attraction: Exhibition of Korea’s cultural heritages and relics
☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours, all year round
Incheon Airport Oseongsan Observatory
☞ Location: Take bus No. 306 from bus platform 2 or 13 (Terminal 1 3F) and get off at Incheon Airport Observatory Bus Stop (approx. 10 min)
☞ Operating hours: 10:30-16:00, open all year round
* Subject to closure during adverse weather
Terminal 2 PR Observatory
☞ Location: Terminal 2 Public Area 5F Central Area
☞ Operating hours (PR Hall): 07:00-20:00, open all year round
* Observatory closed during extreme rain or snow

Advanced Technology – Save Time and Money!

No need to wait in line with Self Check-in & Self Bag Drop Services

Self Check-in kiosks & Self Bag Drop service

To go through the check-in and baggage drop process as quickly as possible, use the self check-in kiosks (English, Japanese & Chinese language supported) and self bag drop services. The location of self check-in kiosks depend on the respective airlines and use may be limited for travelers with certain visas or required check-in procedures. Your ticket can be printed from the kiosks by scanning your passport or typing in your reservation number. For self bag drop, print your luggage tag and attach it to your bag before taking it to the bag drop.

Self Bag Drop Service
☞ Terminal 1
- Location: Public Area 3F (Counters C, G & N)
Counter C: Asiana Airlines
Counter G: Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Seoul
Counter N: Jeju Air
☞ Terminal 2
- Location: Public Area 3F (Counters D & E)
Counter D: Korean Air
Counter E: Korean Air, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
* Baggage policy varies by airline; please check with the airlines in advance.
Self Check-in Kiosk
☞ Terminal 1
- Location: Public Area 3F (Counters A, B, C, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M & N)
- Supported airlines: Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Seoul, Cathay Pacific, Air China, China Southern Airlines, Eastar Jet, Turkish Airlines, T’way, Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines, Jin Air, Vietnam Airlines (Self check-in may not be supported due to visa requirements)
☞ Terminal 2
- Location: Public Area 3F (Counters B~G)
- Supported airlines: Korean Air, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico
* Check with the airlines in advance for details on the self check-in policy and procedures.

Smart shoppers make use of the Tax Refund Zone

Tax Refund Zone (right credit: Cube Refund)

When your trip is over and you’re getting ready to return to your home country, don’t forget to get your tax refund in the Tax Refund Zone. The process has been made as easy as possible; simply scan your passport and then the receipts one by one into the kiosk (English, Japanese, and Chinese language support). However, refunds of over 75,000 won must also be checked and approved at a Tax Refund Counter. After completion, your tax refund can be returned either through your card or in cash.

Tax Refund Zone
☞ Terminal 1
- Kiosk: Public Area 3F (Counters D & J) / Duty Free Area 4F (Boarding Gates 26 & 27) / Concourse 3F (Central Area)
- Booth: Duty Free Area 4F (Boarding Gate 26 & 27)
☞ Terminal 2
- Kiosk: Public Area 3F (Counters D & E) / Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gate 249)
- Booth: Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gate 253)
More Info
☞ Addresses
- Terminal 1: 271, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 공항로 271)
- Terminal 2: 446, Je2terminal-daero, Jung-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 중구 제2터미널대로 446)
☞ Misc. Useful Airport Facilities
- Coatroom and laundry service: Cleanup Air (Terminal 1 Public Area B1, West End / Terminal 2 Transportation Center B1 East End Bus Ticketing)
- Packaging & delivery: Hanjin Parcel Service (Terminal 1 Public Area 3F (Counter N), Public Area 1F (Entrance 13) / Terminal 2 Public Area 1F Central Area, 3F (Counter H)) / CJ Daehan Parcel Service (Terminal 1 Public Area 3F (Counter B), 1F (Entrance 1))
- Post office: Terminal 1 Public Area 2F Central Area
- Prayer room: Terminal 1 Transportation Center B1 (All-stop Train Gates), Duty Free Area 3F (Boarding Gate 24), Concourse 4F East Wing / Terminal 2 Public Area 1F East Wing, Duty Free Area 4F Central Area / Joint Government Building 2 in front of Terminal 2, B1 (by CS Academy)
- Luggage repair: Assem Doctor Company (Terminal 1 Public Area B1 (inside Spa On Air) / Terminal 2 Transportation Center B1 (inside Cleanup Air))
- Lost & Found: Terminal 1 Public Area B1 West Wing / Terminal 2 Public Area 2F Central Area Information Center
☞ Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in May 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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