Transportation Cards

Tmoney & Cashbee

  • T-money Card 01
  • T-money Card 02
  • Cashbee Card 01
  • Cashbee Card 02
【 Photo: Tmoney cards (top; credit: Korea Smart Card Co., Ltd) / Cashbee cards (bottom; credit: EB Card Co.) 】

Tmoney and Cashbee are transportation cards that can be used on public buses and subways in several different metropolitan cities and locations throughout the nation. With this transportation card, travelers can save the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and enjoy discounts on rides during transfers from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa (within a transfer time limit).

Price

From 2,500 won

Areas of use

Areas of use
Region
Subway
  • Seoul & Gyeonggi (Lines 1-9, Airport Railroad, Shinbundang Line, U Line, Suin Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Jungang Line, Bundang Line, Yongin EverLine, Ui Sinseol Line)
  • Incheon (Lines 1-2)
  • Daejeon (Line 1)
  • Daegu (Lines 1-3)
  • Busan (Lines 1-4, Busan-Gimhae Light Rail, Donghae Line)
  • Gwangju (Line 1)
Bus
  • Seoul & Gyeonggi (All areas)
  • Incheon, Daejeon, Daegu, Ulsan, Gwangju, Busan, Sejong (All areas)
  • Gangwon (Chuncheon, Wonju, Gangnueng, Hoengseong)
  • Chungcheongbuk (Chungju, Yeongdong, Cheongju, Okcheon, Danyang, Jecheon, Jincheon, Cheongwon, Goesan, Boeun, Eumseong, Jeungpyeong)
  • Chungcheongnam (Cheonan, Asan, Hongseong, Gongju, Nonsan, Cheongyang, Boryeong, Yeongi, Yesan, Geumsan, Buyeo, Taean, Seosan, Seocheon, Dangjin, Gyeryong)
  • Gyeongsangbuk (Pohang, Yeongju, Mungyeong, Sangju, Andong, Gumi, Gyeongju, Gimcheon, Uljin, Uiseong, Gyeongsan, Yecheon, Ulleung, Chilgok, Yeongcheon, Cheongdo)
  • Gyeongsangnam (Tongyeong, Geoje, Changwon, Yangsan, Haman, Miryang, Sacheon, Sancheong, Hadong, Changnyeon, Hamyang, Jinju, Goseong, Geochang, Namhae, Hapcheon, Gimhae)
  • Jeollabuk (Gunsan, Wanju, Sunchang, Jeonju, Gimje, Ilsan, Iksan, Jinan, Gochang, Jeongeup, Buan, Namwon, Muju, Jangsu)
  • Jeollanam (Yeosu, Mokpo, Gwangyang, Naju, Hwasun, Haenam, Jangseong, Muan, Hampyeong, Damyang, Gurye, Gangjin, Goheung, Boseong, Yeongam, Suncheon, Gokseong, Jangheung, Yeonggwang)
  • Jeju (All areas)
  • * Cashbee card is not accepted in Gyeongsangbuk (Andong), Gyeongsangnam (Geoje, Tongyeong, Hadong, Hapcheon, Hamyang, Geochang, Changnyeong, Goseong, Sancheong, Namhae).

Retail locations

Convenience stores (GS25, CU, 7-Eleven, Ministop, Buy The Way, etc.) bearing the Tmoney or Cashbee logo in areas of use listed above. (*Note: Tmoney card can also be purchased from ticket vending and card reload devices inside subway stations within the Seoul metropolitan area)

Reload & refund locations

All retail locations
※ Card price and service fee of 500 won are not refundable. Travelers are advised to load their card in small amounts as the refund process for over 50,000 won can be complicated and time-consuming.

How to use

When used with public transportation in Seoul, you must tap your card when boarding and getting off buses or entering and exiting subway stations. Transfer discounts are also available, limited to four times a day, within a transfer time limit of 30 minutes (up to 1 hour from 21:00 to 07:00 next day). However, the transfer discount will not apply if transferring to the same numbered bus or re-entering the same subway station within 30 minutes.

Bus

Upon boarding the bus, place your card on the sensor located at the front of the bus until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom. Before getting off the bus, place the transportation card on the sensor located at the rear doors of the bus until it beeps. If you do not tap your card before getting off the bus, you will not be able to benefit from the transfer discount.

Subway

Place your card on the sensor located on top of the subway turnstile until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom. If you are transferring, the amount charge may appear as “0” (zero). Upon arriving at your destination, tap your card at the sensor on the turnstile again in order to exit.

Taxi

In a taxi with the Tmoney or Cashbee logo affixed, inform the taxi driver that you want to pay with a transportation card, tap your card on the terminal, and your taxi fare will be automatically paid from your transportation card’s balance. However, please note that this payment method will only work if there is enough balance on your card to pay the full fare.

Seoul Transportation Fare Information (Transportation Card vs. Cash)

Seoul Transportation Fare Information (Transportation Card vs. Cash)
Mode of Transportation Age group Transportation Card Cash
Subway Adults 1,250 won 1,350 won
Teenagers 720 won 1,350 won
Children 450 won 450 won
Blue Bus (mainline bus)
Green Bus (branch bus)
Adults 1,200 won 1,300 won
Teenagers 720 won 1,000 won
Children 450 won 450 won
Green Bus (village bus) Adults 900 won 1,000 won
Teenagers 480 won 550 won
Children 300 won 300 won
Yellow Bus (circulation bus) Adults 1,100 won 1,200 won
Teenagers 560 won 800 won
Children 350 won 350 won
Red Bus (rapid bus) Adults 2,300 won 2,400 won
Teenagers 1,360 won 1,800 won
Children 1,200 won 1,200 won
Night Bus Adults 2,150 won 2,250 won
Teenagers 1,360 won 1,800 won
Children 1,200 won 1,200 won

<Mode of Transportation>

Subway

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,250 won / Cash : 1,350 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 720 won /Cash : 1,350 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 450 won /Cash : 450 won

Blue Bus (mainline bus) / Green Bus (branch bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,250 won / Cash : 1,300 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 720 won /Cash : 1,000 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 450 won /Cash : 450 won

Green Bus (village bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 900 won / Cash : 1,000 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 480 won / Cash : 550 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 300 won / Cash : 300 won

Yellow Bus (circulation bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,100 won / Cash : 1,200 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 560 won / Cash : 800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 350 won / Cash : 350 won

Red Bus (rapid bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 2,300 won / Cash : 2,400 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 1,360 won / Cash : 1,800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 1,200 won / Cash : 1,200 won

Night Bus

  • Adults : Tmoney : 2,150 won / Cash : 2,250 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 1,360 won / Cash : 1,800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 1,200 won / Cash : 1,200 won

※ Children and teenagers are eligible for discounts only upon registration of their date of birth at the retail location after card purchase. (ID required. Adults who take advantage of youth discount privilege are subject to a fine of 30 times or more of the card price.)

※ To use the subway with cash, purchase a single journey ticket from the ticket vending machines. The fare will depend on the final destination, in addition to a 500 won deposit. The deposit can be obtained by returning the card to a Card Refund Deposit machine after exiting at the final station.

※ Distances under 10km by subway are base fare, with an additional 100 won charged for each 5km increment from 10-50km, and 100 won additional for each 8km increment over 50km.

☞ How to Use Tmoney Card Reloading Device

Related columns

- City Buses
- Subways
- Taxi

This page was last updated on August 2, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.