In any city, the subway is a useful means of transportation for travelers. There is no need to experience traffic jams and subway lines are differentiated by colors making it easy to navigate. In Korea today, the Metropolitan Area including Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, and Incheon as well as Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon operate subways. Seoul Subway not only operates throughout the city but is also connected to other regions such as Incheon, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, and Chungcheongnam-do. When using a transportation card (NAMANE Card, T-Money, etc.), you can transfer to city buses for free so we recommend to take advantage of it.
Basic instructions for using the subway
Seoul, Busan, and Daegu operate multiple lines while Daejeon and Gwangju have one line each. For the former, each line has its own unique color so you can differentiate lines with their names and colors. After you board a subway train, all transfers from one line to another are free before you walk out through a turnstile (however, an additional fee is incurred depending on the section when transferring to or from the Sinbundang Line). In all transfer stations, different lines are connected with one another through internal transfer paths. If you have a transportation card (NAMANE Card, T-Money, etc.), you can get on a subway simply by tapping your card at a turnstile. Even if you do not own a transportation card, you can purchase a single-use boarding ticket at a ticket machine installed at every station but it is typically more expensive than a transportation card.
Make sure to check out the Seoul Metro website (www.seoulmetro.co.kr)
The site helpfully introduces everything from themed tour attractions to detailed subway usage guides in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Also, the FAQ section is great to prepare for any unexpected emergency situations.
* In case of an emergency, contact the station authorities by using an emergency phone installed on all subway station platforms or call the Seoul Metro customer center at +82-15
Busan subway stations offer one- or seven-day tickets that allow unlimited rides so take advantage of it!
For more detailed information, visit the following website.
Single-use subway cards can be purchased at a ticket vending machine for an additional 500 won as a deposit. Afterwards, return the card at a deposit refund machine to get the deposit back. Simply insert the card in a deposit refund machine at the destination to get the refund.
This page was last updated in March 2023, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.
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