Namsan Cable Car is one of the most convenient ways to get to Namsan, though probably not as rewarding as just walking up the small mountain. The short cable car ride take you to the top the Namsan, the highest point in Seoul, with views over the city in most directions.
The cable car runs from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm and costs 6,000 Won one way or 8,000 Won round trip.
From Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4) take Exit 3 up the big hill! Approximately 10 minutes walking distance from subway if you are a healthy Korean adult; plan for 20 minutes if you are an average American!
The newest line in Incheon is the Arex (Airport Express) line which runs from Seoul Station to the Incheon Airport, making transportation to and from the new airport cheap and easy! The future of this high-speed route will be a train directly to Seoul Station from the Airport, taking about 45 minutes and costing 8,000 Won. Local service will also be available, making more stops, but costing jest a few thousand Won. The Arex also has a stop at the Incheon Line making local transportation to and from Incheon simple, too.
During the bus journey around South Korea, there are various rest stops along the expressways. These stops are generally very clean and consist of food outlets where you can have your meals or buy some local snacks to eat along the journey.
AREX train will get you from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport where you can connect to metro and reach city. Compared to other transport options such as taxi or shuttle bus, this is the cheapest way and the total time will be around 70 to 80 minutes depending on your last metro stop. AREX train costs 3400 W per person. While you get your ticket, you can also indicate your destination and that can be included in the ticket you purchase. This will be an additional 900-1100 W to the cost. In total cost per person will be about 4300-4500 W while a taxi would cost around 45000 W and shuttle buses would cost from 9000 W to 14000 W. For budget travellers, this is the best option.
If you plan to stay at least a few days in Seoul and travel by metro and bus, Seoul Citypass+ will be needed. With this card, you can travel and shop in Seoul easily. It's a touch and go system so it helps to avoid the hassle of getting tickets each time you travel. Also you can do shopping and pay with your card. Seoul Citypass+ can be purchased at any metro station from automated machines. You can also put credit to your card from these machines. The card comes with some discount coupons and these could be useful while you visit some museums or restaurants. If you want unlimited rides for 1, 2 or 3 days, try Seoul Citypass. But of course this type of card is more costly. As you can easily walk around Seoul, I don't suggest paying a lot for unlimited rides.
Virtually cut off from the Asian mainland, South Korea is a seafaring nation, with one of the world's largest shipbuilding industries and an extensive system of ferry services. As the world's most advanced IT technology exporter, South Korea operates one of the largest merchant fleets that sail regularly to China, Japan, and the Middle East. Most fleet operators are large conglomerates, while most ferry operators are small, private operators. The south and west coasts of the country are dotted with small islands which are served by ferries. In addition, the larger
Virtually all towns in South Korea of any size whatsoever are served by regional bus service. Regional routes are classified as Gosok ("high speed") or Shioe (pronounced "shee-way" -- literally, "suburban") with Gosok buses operating over the longest distances and making the fewest (if any) stops en route. Shioe buses typically operate over shorter distances, are somewhat slower, and make more stops.
Within cities and towns, two types of city bus operate: Jwaseok ("seat") and Ilban ("regular"). Both types of bus often serve the same routes, make the same stops, and operate on similar frequencies, but Jwaseok buses are more expensive, offer comfortable seating, and do not take standees; while Ilban buses are cheaper, have fewer and less comfortable seats, and take standees
Seoul Station is the most important train station in Korea. The Gyeongbuseon Line, which connects Seoul to Busan and Gyeongju, begins from Seoul Station. Most railroad routes start from Seoul Station except for the Jungangseon Line and the Gyeongchunseon Line.
Seoul Station (Seoul Station Square): Seoul Subway Line No.4, exit 13 / Seoul Subway Line No.1, exit 2.
Wow - the subway system in Seoul is awesome. For one thing it is so immense, it is mind boggling - I got so confused and so turned around. But once my son explained it all to me - all the color coding and how the stops were counted AND after I rode them a few times, I started to get the hang of it. I even started to enjoy it. It's a wonderful place to people watch; and the Korean people are very polite - some even tried out their English on me. It was fun. There are seats set aside for the elderly in each car - I don't consider myself elderly, but those seats were offered to me more than once! You can purchase tickets from a ticket booth or from one of the machines. And you have to remember to hold onto your ticket after you go through the turnstile to get on the subway because you need it again to exit! You also need to know that there are a LOT of stairs to climb going from one subway line to another if you have to transfer - sometimes there are escalators and sometimes not or they are there, but not working. My poor old legs got a workout going up and down all those stairs - the Korean people just zip up and down like it is nothing, but my oh my, not me.
Some of the subway stations have shops and restuarants or coffee bars. You can find almost anything you want. It's quite interesting.
Namsan Cable Car was opened in 1962 and provides visitors with an easy as well as exciting way to reach Seoul's landmark: Seoul Tower. The ride starts at the cable car station close to Myeong-dong and brings you to Namsan in about 3 minutes.
A round trip ticket currently costs 7,000 KRW per person; a one way trip is at 5,500 KRW only slightly cheaper.
Operating hours are from 10.00am to 10.30pm, every 5 to 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take also taxi, bus or walk up the mountain.
How to get there?
Take subway line 4 to Myeong-dong station and take exit no. 4. Walk towards Namsan, past the Pacific Hotel (keep right). It's around 10 minutes on foot!
Seoul has a large network of roads and bridges and it can get complicated to drive around. A river intersects the city at around it's center and parallel along it's banks are two expressways with at least four or five lanes on both directions. Connecting these two highways are at least sixteen bridges. Despite this, the traffic is very heavy especially during the rush hour period (7am-9am and 5pm-8pm) and during weekends. There are just so many cars.
As a rule, you should drive along the middle of the lane because the side lanes are either for turning left or right. In fact, for wider lanes, the leftmost lane is strictly for making a U turn if the intersection permits it. Hence, you have to be conscious of the signs on the road pavement.
On the other hand, if you wish to go to a place across the river, you have to be aware of what bridge to take. However, these bridges look very similar but the entrances from the expressways are not. Some bridges may not even have a direct exit into the highway or the highway may not have any exit to a particular bridge. It's best you bring a map that distinctly shows the bridges and it's names.
While traveling in Seoul, you may have been intrigued by the beeping sounds as people touched a sensor with their wallets, bags or even mobile phone rings when getting on or off the bus or subway. A card called T-money can be used to get fare discounts when transferring from a subway to a bus, or vice versa. T-money users can also save more money by benefiting from a fare discount for transfers. You can have your T-money card recharged at almost any vendor location. So, if you are in Seoul and rely heavily on mass transportation, or if you’ll spend a lot of time in the city, consider purchasing a T-money card for convenient and economical travel.
Passenger trains operated by the Korean National Railroad are fast, reliable and very inexpensive by international standars.
Korea’s new high-speed train (called the KTX) is new high-speed train has been designed to reach speeds of 350 km per hour. It currently operates around 300 Km per hour, cutting travel time almost in half. In the past, traveling by train to Busan took approximately four hours and ten minutes. Thanks to KTX, the travel time for this trip is reduced to two hours and forty minutes.
it is certainly possible to ride a bike in Seoul, but don't expect nice bike lanes or paths! The best place to ride is along the Han River in downtown where you will find twin trails that extend about 10 miles across the city, on each side of the river. Many of the bridges have pedestrian walkways so you can easily cross from one side of the river to the other. A few of the other parks also have bicycle paths, but not to this extent.
Within the city, I would think riding a bike would be similar to any major city in America (such as LA oy NYC). I have never seen anyone take a bike on the subway in Seoul, but maybe on the train if you want to ride in the country.
If you intend to ride your bike for sightseeing, you might be better off using the public transportation... The subways are very cheap & easy, taxis are dirt cheap as well. You won't find a lot of bike racks to park your bike, because Koreans just don't ride all that much.
Ok, if you take the public transportation around Seoul, which is often the best way to go. There is a combination card that is wonderful to have. It is called a T card, and you can get them at almost any bank. It is exactly like the Hong Kong cards, for those who have been there. For those who haven't here is how it works.
First, pick up the card at a bank. The card costs about 5000 Won and you will want to put at least 10,000 Won on it. After that it works like a debit card for public transportation, and at some convenience stores. I use it to buy Coffee at the 7-11 near work. You can scan in for the bus or the subway just like the locals do. And a lot of times for a much cheaper rate. The bus costs 500 won with the card, and 700 won if paying in cash. Over time it adds up, and the time saved is absolutely worth it.
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