The Buses are a great way to get to and around Seoul. The airport line which runs from the Incheon airport is cheap, and a very comfortable ride with incredible scenery on the way into Seoul. They usually run every 15 mins to and from the city, and around the city. Once you are in Seoul, you can catch other lines to see other parts of the city. The airport line takes you past some beautiful palaces in Seoul, well worth taking a look at.
In oder to get to the city of seoul you will have to jump on too a airport limo. It's the only way to get to seoul ( besides a taxi, that would end up costing alot more ). You can find the ticket booth at the airport for the bus. You will find them realy helpful. It's about 7000 Won one way.
We took this bus, it was our cheapest option. The last bus depart when the last flight landed. We landed in Incheon almost midnight due to delayed and so concerned about the train and bus to Seoul that stops running at 12 midnight. Arriving in Seoul, the ticket desk were closed already, we asked the people around what's the best way to reach Seoul without digging gold. They say the only way is taxi, but way too expensive.
So I thought we're going out the terminal and search a taxi. We saw the bus still standing there loading passengers, we ran to it, we ask the driver if he's going to Seoul and he said yes. Luckily he understand English. It is apparently a lot cheaper than taxi. But if you miss the last bus, no other option except taxi only. The stops announce in Korean and English. Inside the bus there were free information booklets
Because all ticket booth inside terminals are closed, we bought our ticket to the driver. We pay each 9.000 won, the bus stops several times, and took 1.45 minutes to Seoul. He terminates to Seoul Station KTX. From here, normally you can connect the subway to your final destination. If reaching Seoul on midnight, the only option you have to your final destination is taxi.
If you have a late flight and plan on getting into Seoul via bus, make sure you get out to the curb as soon as you can. The last buses run shortly after the last flights land. If you miss your bus, you'll be stuck paying for a taxi, as the trains will stop running too.
From the Incheon International Airport it's easy and convenient to catch a bus to downtown Seoul. It seems that this may be a better option than going by taxi. The buses are somewhat inexpensive and also extremely comfortable with wide spaceous seating and easy to fall asleep in.
They also have curtains that can be pulled over the windows so as to minimize the incoming sunlight (making a nap all the more easier). No smoking is permitted on the buses (Good!).
Buses are aplenty in Seoul. This can be intimidating if you can't speak their language. Not all drivers can speak English. Better tell the driver of where you're getting off. We took a bus going to Everland. Destinations will be announced in English. Bus stops directly in Everland & Sadang Subway Station wherein you can take the bus to the park.
Use the Airport Limousine bus, the ride into Seoul was about 45 minutes and only cost 5,500 won (can pay using your passcard). The bus stops at major intersections all over Seoul. Your best bet is to stop at the info desk where you can get the passcard. Tell them where you want to stay and they'll give you the bus stop close to your accommodations. KAL Limousine is more expensive stops at major hotels.
After over an hours drive from the airport, we have reached to the City Air terminal. City air terminal is located behind the Hyundai department store and coex shopping center, just in the middle of "Yeongdong- Jasmil" area, which is the new city center of Seoul.. In this area many big buildings, big companies and major hotels are located.
When you reached to the City air terminal, just in front you can see the information desk. Many hotels do have a pcik up service from the terminal, so just contact with the information desk. They phone to your hotel and arrange the pick up service for you. In our case, our hotel has offered a free taxi and we get a coupon from the information desk and pass it to the taxi driver.. Just in 10 minutes we were at the hotel free of charge..
There are plenty of buses going into town, ranging from 7000 to 10000 won. Just tell the people at the information desk where you're looking to go to, and they'll give you the number of the bus you need to get on. Easy.
Seoul express bus terminal is convenience
and fast way to intercity in Korea.
Gyeong-Bu Lines( South-East region )
Asan. Cheongju. Jochiwon
Gu-Ma Lines( South-West region )
Masan. Changwon. Jinju.
Young-Dong Lines ( East region )
yongin, Samcheok, Yangyang. Echeon. Sokcho. Donghae. Yeoju. Jecheon.
Express Bus every 30min departure
Luxury Express Bus every 1hr departure
Subway 3 line ( exit gate 2 ) 7 line
The limousine bus is an excellent way to get to and from the airport. For less then $10 USD you get a ride into the city, where they can drop you off on several stops, most of which are near a subway stop.
It is highly advisable to take bus instead of taxi (subway is still under construction) from Incheon Airport to Seoul. Taking taxi will cost you around 120,000WON (120USD) while bus fare is only 12,000 WON - yes, ten times cheaper! Unless of course you're on a business trip and travel budget is out of the question.
From Inchon you can take a bus to Seoul for 12,000 won, 12$. They drop you off at well known hotels. Go outside the airport and find a booth and tell them what hotel you need to go to. You can at least get into the city and then get a cab to where you need to go. A taxi costs 45-50$ to get to Seoul.
Fares can be paid with either cash, or a bus card as you board. To stop the bus at your destination, push one of the stop buttons located along the length of the bus.
There are three kinds of urban buses running in Seoul City: City, City Express and Deluxe Express. The City Express Buses are referred to as 'chwasok' and are more comfortable than City Buses. City Buses are referred to as 'ilban' bus. These are numbered according to their specific routing. Since destinations are written only in Korean (Hangul), it is best to know your bus routing and number in advance. You may get assistance from your hotel front desk to find out where the bus stops are and which number you need to take.
And there is one more kind of bus called 'Maeul Bus' that is a kind of a shuttle bus. It is run with a short-distance service course in the residential area that doesn't have a convenient transportation including a subway or a bus. Usually these buses are smaller and cheaper than the normal buses. Since the transportation card is not available for these Maeul buses yet, bus fares have to be paid in cash.
Limousine buses, however, if you have a lot of luggage or are heading to southern parts of Seoul to Gangnam, the airport buses remain your best option. Limousine buses 15,000 won to/from city for one way, 6,500 won to/from Gimpo Airport (domestic flight)
it's worth paying a bit extra for the limousine bus, if you're visiting for the first time. The limousine bus drivers are extremely friendly but don't count on them knowing too much English. There are maps inside the buses letting passengers know which stops are upcoming and these are also announced in Korean and English. Pressing any of the red buttons inside signals to the driver you want off at the next stop.
For ticket simply go to information desk and ask which bus you'll have to take that goes close to your hotel. Or simply, walk out and ask the many ticket sellers (they are wearing vests) which bus goes to your hotel because if it's a popular one or in a popular area, they'll surely know which you'll need.
For either bus type, consult the big maps or staff to figure out which route best suits your needs; you can then find the shuttles outside 1st floor arrivals (if possible get this information from your hotel before arriving).
Besides the Seoul Express Bus Terminal located at the south of the Hangang river, the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is another very big bus terminal in Seoul where you can find buses travelling to other parts of South Korea (especially the central regions of the country).
The Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is located in the north-eastern part of the city near to the Hangang River. It is very crowded with lots of shops, eateries etc. In Nov 2008, I took a bus from here to Danyang town (see my VT Tanyang page) to visit Sobaeksan National Park (see my VT Sobaek-sanmaek page). There are also frequent buses from here to the Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport.