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    Getting Around Part 2

    by olddude Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Seoul city bus

    Seoul recently revamped it's city bus system and integrated it with the subway system. This means that if you use a smartcard such as T-money (soon this is all that will be accepted on the buses) you don't have to pay to transfer from one mode of transport to the other if done within the time limit (currently 30 minutes if I am not mistaken). The buses are also now color coded for different zones in the city. This makes it real easy to figure out how to get somewhere just by changing to the correct color bus (especially for non-Korean speakers) instead of the old system of route numbers. There are still bus numbers though, but they denote departure points and destination area. For a really good explaination of the new system, go to this URL:

    http://english.tour2korea.com/03Sightseeing/TravelSpot/travelspot_read.asp?oid=1846&konum=subm1_1&kosm=m3_6

    The yellow buses are especially good to get to know as they go to all the major tourist areas in the city. So just hop on one and get off and on as you see fit when you get to something you want to see.

    Also, for you green-minded out there, Seoul is introducing articulated bused powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and will in the future make all it's city buses (CNG).

    The website below is a link for the Seoul Public Transportation System guide which is in English. It has an awesome interactive menu to help you get around Seoul using the bus as well as any other public transportation.

    http://english.seoul.go.kr/residents/transport/trans_05bus_01.html

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    New Bus System July 1, 2004

    by jburron Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A thing of the past...the Yellow Bus.

    Starting July 1, 2004 the buses are color-coded based on their routes. The yellow bus tours downtown; it operates from 6:30 a.m. until midnight and costs 200 won (USD 0.17). The blue busses are cross-towners with routes that go from one part of Seoul to another (some of these routes are really long, as you may know/find out). Green buses are for the short-haul routes such as within a Gu (or district) and the like. Red buses will be bound for North Korea...just joking, they are for the express routes (places outside of Seoul city/in Gyunggi-Do).

    Believe it or not, the new buses operate using a global positioning system (GPS) so that commuters can use their cell phones to check the arrival time of each bus.!

    One thing here, though is the buses give change! All you need to do is put a bill in (maybe 5,000 won is the max) and a machine spits out the change. Good deal!

    Not that all of this matters to us foreigners...you still have to know the city well and it helps to be able to read Hangul as the busses roar by. Or we can call 1330 for 24-hour help or the website (in English!).

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    Seoul's new bus sytem

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Seoul Bus - blue main line

    On July 1, 2004, the Seoul Metropolitan Government introduced a newly adjusted public transportation system.

    The main purpose was to simplify the existing system and make it more customer friendly and comprehensive.

    For that reason, Seoul was divided into 8 districts, numbered from 0 to 7 and the buses received colour-codes to clearly identify its routing. Customers can now see what kind of bus is approaching (colour) as well as its departure point and destination (number).
    The new fares vary by distance and allow transfer to subways.
    In addition, they introduced a satellite communications sytem to enable passengers to check the current location as well as arrival time of their respective bus via mobile phone or PDA.

    Though it might be an improvement for most locales, the convenience for foreigners is rather limited due to the lack of English timetables and announcements.

    Unless you know the exact routing, destination or have a local guide, I do NOT recommend to take a bus for transportation.

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    The Bus

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Thank goodness for the new bus system. It is actually easier to figure out now. As of July 2004, most of the bus routes have been changed. The busses are color coded to let you know which ones go to different regions, which ones take you to transport hubs, and which ones go all over the place. This is good to know, because you can never take one bus to get where you are going.

    Also new is the transfer feature. If you have an old bus/subway card, or one of the new T-cards, you can scan it when you get off the bus and it will give you 30 minutes to transfer to a new bus/subway at a lower rate.

    Check out the web page for bus routes, and rate info.

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    The Bus

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The red bus, someone's changing regions.

    Thank goodness for the new bus system. It is actually easier to figure out now. As of July 2004, most of the bus routes have been changed. The busses are color coded to let you know which ones go to different regions, which ones take you to transport hubs, and which ones go all over the place. This is good to know, because you can never take one bus to get where you are going.

    Also new is the transfer feature. If you have an old bus/subway card, or one of the new T-cards, you can scan it when you get off the bus and it will give you 30 minutes to transfer to a new bus/subway at a lower rate.

    Check out the web page for bus routes, and rate info.

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    Airport Limousine

    by ahoerner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside the Airpot Limousine.

    The best option to go to Seoul downtown from Incheon Intl Airport is the Airport Limousine, bus lines linking Incheon to various locations in Seoul downtown.

    Aircon buses depart Incheon Intl regularly to many final stops around the city. Tickets can be purchased by W7,000 (US$7,00) / person on the appropriate booths. Bus stops are just outside the arrival hall: just head to gate printed on your ticket and you will find the bus.

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    Airport Limousine

    by Vita500 Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    KAL Limousine airport bus

    One of the most thought-after questions after arriving in a new country is "How to get to my hotel?". The answer for Korea: By Airport Limousine, i.e. bus.

    After your baggage claim, you will be directed to the Meeter / Greeter Hall. It's a half-moon shaped hall with 16 exit doors that will bring you to the numerous bus stops right in front of the terminal.

    Due to the huge number of bus lines serving all kinds of destinations in Seoul and surroundings, I recommend to check the below mentioned website for detailed information.
    Buses run from around 5.00am to approx. 10:30pm. Again, check the website for details.

    Here is a list of some of the major bus routes:

    No. 601
    - serving Seoul Station and City Hall (via Gimpo Airport)
    - 7,500 KRW
    - take exit door no. 6 or 12 (bus stops at both exits)

    No. 602
    - serving Hapjeong station, Ehwa University and Dongdaemun (via Gimpo Airport)
    - 8,000 KRW
    - take exit no. 5 or 12

    No. 603
    - serving Daerim station, Sillim station, ends at Seoul Nat'l University (via Gimpo Airport)
    - 7,500 KRW
    - take exit no. 6 or 13

    No. 609
    - the fastest way to reach Seoul (no stopover at Gimpo Airport)
    - serving Express Bus Terminal, Kangnam and Yangjae station
    - 8,000 KRW
    - take exit no. 5 or 11

    KAL Limousine
    The KAL Limousine is a very luxurious bus that serves all major hotels in Seoul. Check out the destination boards at the bus stop for details.
    - Cost: 13,000 KRW
    - take exit no. 4 or 11

    Alternatively:
    On March 23, 2007 the first 40km-segment of the new Airport Express (AREX) railway line, linking Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport in Seoul, started its operation. This is the first real alternative to the airport buses but will probably only be able to seriously compete with them once the second phase (linking Gimpo Airport to Seoul main station) opens in the year 2010.

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    Bus from Incheon Airport to Seoul

    by peperoni Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Staff that treat your lugagge
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    Incheon Airport to Hotel Riviera, very easy, just pay to counter 9000 Won and wait on your line stop
    5 A bus 6006
    the journey takes about 1 hour and half, Incheon stays about 70 Km from Seoul a long journey after a long haul flight

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    Seoul Express Bus Terminal

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 15, 2007

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    Buses at Seoul, South Korea
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    If you want to take buses to various parts of South Korea from Seoul, the place to do it is at the Seoul Express Bus Terminal located south of the Han River next to the Central City with department stalls such as the Shinsegae Department Store and New Core Department Stall. For the bus timetables, costs etc to all the various locations in South Korea, just go to the following website below.

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    Airport Buses

    by victorwkf Written Dec 19, 2007

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    Airport bus arriving at Seoul, South Korea
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    When you arrive at the Incheon Airport, you can take the air-con buses from the airport to various locations in Seoul (see website below for destinations, schedules, prices etc). The ticket counter is located at the arrival hall and the staff there can communicate in English. After buying the ticket, simply queue at the correct bus stop (indicated by numbers) just outside the arrival hall. Personally I find the airport buses to be a comfortable and relatively cheap way to get to Seoul (Taking a taxi/cab from the airport to Seoul will cost a lot of money, about US$70 one way!).

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    From Incheon Airport to city area by Airport bus

    by jackiesg Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    Boarding for bus 6015: Gate 5B or 12A  at Airport

    From Seoul's Incheon Airport, you can take the Airport Railway Express, airport bus or taxi to your place of destination. Depending where your destination is, the most cost effective and time efficient mode of transport differs.

    As tourists, many of us stay near the city shopping districts. Often, the limousine or the standard bus is the best way to go.

    The Korea Tourism Organization website provides informative details on this topic.
    For your reference: Limousine Bus 6001 and Standard bus 6015 goes to Namdaemum and Myeongdong area. Standard Bus 6005 goes to Seoul City Hall area.

    Generally, you do not need to purchase a bus ticket in advance. The bus driver will load your luggage and you pay the bus fare when you board the bus. It's a flat rate no matter which stop you'll be alighting.

    Above information is valid as at November 2010.

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    6011 Airport Limousine

    by limledi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    6011 Airport Limousine

    Taking the Airport Limousine Bus to Incheon International Airport is the most convenient way to go there. It is more expensive than the subway. The long flight of stairs in the subway will prove to be difficult for those carrying heavy luggage. Subway also requires a transfer at Gimpo Int'l Airport before proceeding to Incheon. Fare is W10T. You can take subway if you travel light to save on the fare.

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    Airport Limousine Bus to City Center

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From Airport to Seoul city center trasportation.
    run time.
    to city center 05:35~22:20
    to airport 05:00~20:00
    run interval 10~15min
    ticket price
    limousine bus 7000 won ( app 6$ )
    luxury limousine bus 12000 won ( app 11$ )
    and more cheap many local bus to Seoul.

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    local bus tips

    by seoulgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The local buses are very convenient. They cost 800 won or 80 cents. You can buy a T Money card at an LG convenience store for 1400 won (may be a little more or less). You then give them some money that they will electronically put the money on your card. You can then use the card on the bus or the subway. You just hold it up to the TMoney sign that looks just like your card. It's so great! They have routes up at every bus stop with all the main routes written in translated hangul. You can always call 1330 for information on what bus to take from anywhere. Just know where you will be able to catch it from (example, in front of a university or a subway station). And always ask on what side of the street to get it on. If you don't know WHEN to get off ask a young person. They usually speak a little English. They are shy but they do know some.

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    SEOUL CITYBUS TOUR

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Seoul citybus

    Nestled around the Hangang River is the Korean capital Seoul, a city of old and new. With thousands years of history, it has well preserved royal palaces, historical relics, and cultural treasures, yet state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructures as well.

    Seoul is a paradise for walking tourist with a highly developed public transportation system. The Seoul City Tour Bus and special buses such as museum/ gallery link buses, you can see the city conveniently and at a low cost. The Downtown tour runs from 9am to 9pm and the Palace tour from 9am to 5pm, every 30minutes (except Monday)

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