Transportation Cards

KOREA TOUR CARD, 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).
 
Tmoney card can be divided into a basic Tmoney card, integrated cards, foreigner exclusive cards, customized card, and mobile Tmoney. Tmoney cards can be used as a transportation card as well as a method of payment at affiliated stores. KOREA TOUR CARD is equipped with Tmoney functions and offers discount benefits on shopping, attractions, performances, and hallyu related contents. Cashbee card also functions as a transportation card and a method of payment at affiliated shopping centers and convenience stores. Among the many different types of Cashbee cards, Cashbee Jeju Pass Card is recommended to visitors traveling to Jeju Island as it offers discount benefits at tour attractions and duty free shops in Jeju Island.

KOREA TOUR CARD

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【 Photo: KOREA TOUR CARD (Credit: Korea Smart Card Co., Ltd.) 】

KOREA TOUR CARD is a useful transportation and travel card for international tourists. The card functions as a Tmoney card, providing convenient access to public transportation as well as transfer benefits anywhere in Korea. KOREA TOUR CARD also provides discount benefits at select shops, restaurants, and performances, and offers free admission to popular attractions such as The National Museum of Korea, Everland, and Lotte World. The card can also be used through the KOREA TOUR CARD mobile app. Using the phone’s NFC function, the card can be used for public transportation, as well as making purchases at convenience stores and shops such as Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Price

4,000 won (card is not loaded upon purchase) * Cash only

Retail locations:

• Card vending machines at Seoul subway stations from Line 1 to 4
• Convenience stores: 7-eleven, CU, GS25, emart24 (card may not be available in all stores)
• Airport Railroad Travel Centers: Seoul Station Travel Center (08:00-21:00) / Hongik Univ. Station Travel Center (08:00-21:30) / Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 1 Travel Center (07:00-21:30) / Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 1 Arrival Hall Booth 45 (07:00-21:30)
• In-flight purchase: Jeju Airlines (40 international flights stopping at Incheon or Busan) / Air Seoul (12 flights bound or Incheon) / Hong Kong Express (all roundtrip flights to and from Korea)
• Affiliated banks within the airport: Shinhan Bank (Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 1 bank and exchange booths (Terminal 1 Gate 4 / Terminal 2 Gate 1), Gimpo International Airport, Jeju International Airport, Gimhae Airport) / Woori Bank exchange booths (Incheon International Airport (Terminal 1 Gates 4 & 9 / Terminal 2 Gate 5), Gimpo International Airport)
• Additional locations: Duty-free stores, Doota Mall, OLIVEYOUNG flagship store In Myeong-dong, Shinhan Bank (Myeong-dong Station Branch, Myeong-dong Branch, Hongik Univ. Branch), Woori Bank Myeongdong Banking Center

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【 Photo: KOREA TOUR CARD mobile app & QR codes (Top: global use / Bottom: Chinese use ) 】
(Credit: Visit Korea Committee)

• KOREA TOUR CARD mobile app: Download from GooglePlay. Downloading, registering, and card issuance is free within the promotional period (ends December 31, 2018). Only VISA, Mastercard, JCB, American Express, and Union Pay cards are accepted. ※ Only available on smart phones running Android OS 5.0.1 and higher with NFC function

Reload & refund locations:

Convenience stores and Tmoney service desks at subway stations (Seoul Subway Lines 1-8, Incheon Subway Lines 1-2)

* Cards can also be reloaded using the card reloading devices within subway stations.

* Travelers can receive a refund for the card and any remaining balance loaded in the card with a service charge of 500 won. Travelers are advised to load their card in small amounts as refund process for over 50,000 won can be complicated and time-consuming.

KOREA TOUR CARD website:

www.koreatourcard.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Tmoney & Cashbee Cards

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

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Related columns

- City Buses
- Subways
- Taxi

This page was last updated on November 30 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.