By Air, Seoul
Incheon Airport is the gateway to Korea. It is located an hour west of Seoul, on an island outside of Incheon. Incheon is a beautiful, modern airport that opened in 2002, just in time for the World Cup. Incheon's 35 million passengers per year makes it the eighth busiest airport in the world.
The airport has been named the world's best airport each year from 2005-2012. Its features include an ice rink, on-site spa, a small movie theater, free shower facilities, a library, and a multitude of restaurants and duty free shops. There is also a free shuttle to nearby golf courses and a casino.
To get from Incheon Airport to Seoul take a bus, taxi, or the new subway line called AREX. The distance from Seoul to the airport is just 30 miles, but plan on about an hour no matter which mode of transport you choose.
Kimpo was the former Premier Airport Hub of Seoul until 2001 when Incheon Airport took over and nowadays it is used mailny for domestic flights and few international flights to Japan. the airport is located at 274 Gwahae-dong, Ganseo-gu, Seoul and is also connected to incheon via a railway. I have found some of my old pictures of the airport to paste here.
Gimpo international airport was the First airports in Korea. now Incheon international airport was main gate international airport of Korea. Gimpo international airport operation to domestic lines and part of international lines
Gimpo airport of domestic city to;
Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Mokpo, Ulsan, Jeju, Incheon, Gunsan, Pohang, Jinju, Yeosu, Wonju, Cheongju, Yecheon, Yangyang.
Subway Line 5, Gimpo Int'l airport Stn.
From what I know, the only direct flights from Singapore to Seoul are available only by Korean Air, Asiana and Singapore Airline. Flight duration was about hrs with an hour of timing difference (when it's 6am in SG, it's 7 am in Seoul)
From the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Singapore's website: "Singapore nationals travelling to Korea for a period of up to 90 days do not need a visa under the Visa Exemption Agreement between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Singapore . "
Korean Airlines is largest airline based in South Korea, it operates a network that links Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America to its hub at Incheon International Airport and its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport.It flies to about 110 cities in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Asia/Pacific region and the US account for most of its traffic. The airline extends its network as part of the SkyTeam global marketing and code-sharing alliance, which is led by Delta Air Lines and Air France. (Code-sharing allows carriers to sell tickets on one another's flights.)
Incidentally, it provides the cheapest fare to South Korea
Inside Korea: 1588-2001
From US and Canada: +1-800-438-5000 (Toll Free)
From Overseas: +1-213-484-1900
The airport is located 52km (32 miles) from Seoul at 2850 Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon City 400-700. It is connected to seoul via the Seoul International Airport Expressway (you pay tolls for it) It is the Main Gateway to South Korea and the Main Hubs of Korean Air and Asiana Airlines and since 2001 has replaced the old gimpo airport (which is now a domestic airport) as the flagship airport of south korea. The terminal has 44 boarding ports (all of which can accommodate the new Airbus 380), 50 customs inspection ports, 2 biological quarantine counters, 6 stationary and 14 portable passenger quarantine counters, 120 arrival passport inspection counters, 8 arrival security ports, 28 departure security ports, 252 check in counters, and 120 departure passport inspection counters.
Regular, deluxe and jumbo taxis (for up to nine people) can be hired at the airport (journey time to central Seoul - 50 minutes). Taxi stands are situated at the Arrivals floor exit (airport taxis costs about 55,000 won one way to seoul including toll fee!)
Our family had a lay-over enroute to Manila, Philippines and I must say that this has been the cleanest airport I have ever been in, not to mention the BIGGEST.
Anyone who has been here I'm sure will attest that if you're a person that loves to shop, then this is the airport for you. Many, Many, MANY stores in this aiport make this almost like a gigantic shopping mall....However, keep in mind the exchange rate US vs. Korea....expensive!!!
I flew with Korean airways into Incheon and would like to say that they were attentive, pleasant and very efficient. I would not hesitate to use them again. I have now travelled on many airlines (all in economy unfortunately) and would place this airline at the top of the pile from my experience.
Nearly all international flights to Seoul land at the Incheon International Airport which is located west of Seoul. Korea has two major airlines which use this airport as a hub. These are Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. Both airlines provide decent service at the best prices to travel to Asia from North America. I give the nod to Asiana as the slightly better airline due to its quality of service.
To get to Seoul you can take a taxi (around W40000/60000 regular/deluxe), or one of the various shuttle buses (60 minutes plus, W8000-12000). There are two main varieties of shuttle bus: one operated by Korean Airlines which services major hotels directly, the other being part of Seoul's public transport system and going to various points in the city. Consult the big maps to figure out which route best suits your needs; you can then find the shuttles outside 1st floor arrivals. It is about one hour to Seoul.
A train link to the airport is under construction. Continual delays have pushed back the scheduled opening of the section between the airport and Gimpo to March 2007, the final stretch to Seoul Station projected to open by 2010.
Which airline to take to Seoul, South Korea?
South Korea has two major airlines ~ Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.
Korean Air is with the SkyTeam partnership with Aeromexico, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Northwest .
Aseanna is with the Star Alliance partnership with L ufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP and lots more (check StarAlliance
We took Korean Air was because it had a code share with Malaysia Airlines.
I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before, but there is no real tip on here about getting to Korea. Most travelers to Korea get there by air and the airport makes your first initial impression of how your trip will be in my opinion. Korea's main international airport is located at Incheon; about an hour west of Seoul. It is quite frankly one of the best airports i have ever had the pleasure of transisting through. It has all the conviences that any major world airport has but they seem to be more logically placed and easier to use than I have found anywhere else. For instance, there are lockers (free for one day use) for transit passengers located right in the transit area. You only have to ask the information desk for a key (which by the way is very multi-lingual). There is a reasonably priced shower and sauna service. There is even a transit hotel right on the 4th floor if you have a long lay over that doesn't give you time visit the city, but still too long to just sit in a terminal seat waiting for your flight.
After spending three quarters on the passport control, our bags were already out..
So we jumped out to the arriving hall, where people were waiting for their quests..
The first thing we have done inside the custom, is to move to the leftside to the exchange offices.. We have changed as small as possible due the rate was far below the officialcurrency.. During our visit time the currency was 1 USD=1024 KWR, Approx 1 USD=1000 Korean money, so it was easy to make calculations..
After a nine hours flight, we were there at the Incheon airport.. The second but the biggest airport of Seoul. All Major flights are arriving to this airport..
We left the plane and queued in front of the passport control..The first surprise to host us.. Waiting 50 minutes just for the pass control..Yep we were unlucky may be selecting the slowest one, but still this shall not be a nice way to start a journey...
Seoul's Incheon Airport is one of the few places in the Seoul area which has no metro or rail link, and it is a long way from the city.
Taxis are expensive, but there is a good network of express and bus services outside the arrivals terminal. Tickets are available from booths and also from helpers in uniform by most stops.
The buses all have clear markings in English. Korean Airlines operate four services and other companies operate a variety of routes.
Noticeboards and maps show information clearly in English, Japanese and Chinese and I noticed a leaflet in French. The Koreans know how to satisfy a lot of nations!
The buses are clean and the KAL buses have reclining business-class leather seats. The journey into Seoul varies enormously but count on an hour minimum at the weekend to the Dong-hwa area and 90 minutes during the week outside rush hours, perhaps double in the rush hour. Apparently locals use the express bus to the old airport at Gimpo, then the metro.
Tickets cost around Won 12,000 single.
Incheon Airport is very easy on arrivals, with very clear, very obvious signs in Korean and English.
The arrivals hall is on the ground floor, and just outside are the bus services to the downtown area. There is no metro to the airport yet.
The airport "limousine" (bus) services are frequent and get you downtown quicker than you might expect, especially if you are arriving at the weekend.
This is a well-planned, attractive airport!