There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most popular ways include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis. Among these, the Airport Railroad has the benefit of avoiding traffic on the roads, allowing tourists to arrive at their destination at a specific time. The Airport Railroad Express runs directly from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station, with no stops along the way. On the other hand, the airport buses make it easy to reach a variety of tourist attractions and hotels throughout Seoul. For tourists who spent a long time on the airplane, the spacious seats of the airport buses are well sought after. If the train and bus are too confusing, visitors can also pay more and take a taxi from the airport directly to their destination.
Airport Railroad Express (AREX)
The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) operates two trains: the Express Train from Incheon International Airport directly to Seoul Station and the All Stop Train that stops by 12 subway stations.
Operating hours / Intervals
- Express Train: Incheon International Airport Station → Seoul Station 05:20 (first train) - 21:50 (last train) / interval of approx. 35 minutes
- All Stop Train: Incheon International Airport Station → Seoul Station 05:23 (first train) - 23:40 (last train) / interval of approx. 10 minutes
Fare (Incheon International Airport Station → Seoul Station)
- Express Train: Adults 14,800 won (Standard fare) / Children 6,900 won
* Special discount is currently available as follows until further notice: Adults 8,000 won
- All Stop Train: Adults 4,250 won
* Above fare is based on a standard one-time use transportation card (excluding 500 won refundable deposit). Deposit can be refunded at the arrival station.
AREX: Express Train vs. All Stop Train
The Express Train travels non-stop from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. To take this train, passengers must use an Express Train Pass. No additional deposit is charged for the pass. A discount is available for customers who present flight tickets from Jeju Air, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines, or T’way Air for departure within seven days. More information can be found on the official website.
☞ Website: www.arex.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Ticketing location: Airport Railroad Information Center (Booth 45) on 1F & AREX Travel Center on B1F of Incheon International Airport
☞ Payment method: Credit card and cash both accepted
☞ How to use ticket vending machine for Express Train
All Stop Train
The All Stop Train makes stops at all 12 subway stations on its way from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station. Six of the subway stations allow transfers to other metropolitan area subway lines. To take this train, passengers must use a transportation card. International visitors may also use a prepaid transportation card called M-Pass.
☞ Transportation card purchase locations: Airport Transportation Center on B1F of Incheon International Airport (single-use transit card), convenience stores inside Incheon International Airport (T-money card), Tourism Information Center near Gates 5 & 10 (M-Pass) on 1F of Incheon International Airport
☞ Payment method: Cash only
How to use the Express Train & All Stop Train at Incheon International Airport
- 1. Follow the sign leading
to Airport Railroad at the Arrivals Gate
- 2. Walk to Incheon International
- 3-1. Express Train boarding area
- 3-2. All Stop Train boarding area
- 5. Scan your ticket
- 6-1. Interior of Express Train
- 6-2. Interior of All Stop Train
Airport Bus Information
Airport buses run from Incheon International Airport to most parts of Seoul. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths just outside the 1F Arrivals Gate. Detailed inquiries on bus routes and bus stops can be made at the Airport Information Desk, also conveniently located on the 1F.
☞ Airport Bus Route Information (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Airport Bus Types
There are two types of airport buses: deluxe and standard. Deluxe buses operate on non-stop or shortened routes to major hotels and destinations. As these buses make fewer stops, they take shorter travel time and have comfortable seats with more space. Standard buses tend be more crowded with smaller seats and make more stops. Please note that the fare for the two bus types may differ depending on their routes and destinations.
How to take an Airport Bus
- ① Check bus routes and purchase tickets at the ticket booths located at the Arrivals Gate on 1F near Gates 4 & 9 or outside by Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 or 9C.
- ② Check bus boarding number indicated on the ticket.
- ③ Go to the bus boarding location and double check bus route and departure time.
- ④ Once inside the bus, listen carefully to the English announcement until you reach your stop.
How to take a Taxi
You can easily take a taxi from the airport at the Taxi Stop located just outside the Arrivals Gate on the 1F. You can choose to take a regular taxi, a deluxe taxi or a jumbo taxi depending on your situation. If you wish to take a taxi with a driver who can communicate in English, Japanese, or Chinese, you can request for an international taxi at desk no. 23 and 46 at the Arrivals Gate.
Taxi Types and Fares
Taxis can be categorized into a regular taxi, deluxe taxi, jumbo taxi, and international taxi.
Basic fare begins at 3,000 won (based on Seoul fare) with an additional charge of 20% from the basic fare at nighttime (24:00-04:00).
Deluxe and Jumbo Taxi
Basic fare for deluxe and jumbo taxis begins at 5,000 won. There is no additional nighttime charge.
International Taxi* International taxi fares are fixed according to region.
- Regular International Taxi: 55,000 won ~ 75,000 won
- Deluxe/Jumbo International Taxi: 80,000 won ~110,000 won
If by any chance a driver tries to take advantage of you by demanding an inflated fare, report the incident to the Seoul Global Center (+82-2-2075-4180), which offers services in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Filipino, Uzbek, Russian and Thai. You can also report your complaint to the Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120), which offers services in English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Mongolian.When making a domestic call in Korea, you are not required to dial the international code (+82). In addition, region code can also be omitted when making a call within the same province.
This page was last updated on August 24, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.