There is finally an alternative to taking the bus or taxi from Incheon International Airport (IIA) into Seoul. The light rail service between Incheon and Gimpo Airports is operational. That means you can take a train from IIA to Gimpo and then passengers can transfer to Seoul subway line 5 (purple line) and travel anywhere into Seoul they desire just by using the subway. The fare for an adult passenger is 3,200 won. The price will be halved for a child. Express train charges will be about 7,950 won for an adult. There is an express every hour on the hour from 5am to 2300 so you need not worry about transportation options. So if you are traveling light (or not as the express has luggage racks), this may be a good alternative for transport into Seoul. The one drawback is that you won't get to see much of the city on your way in as you will be underground the majority of the time. They are currently working on the 2nd phase of the light rail that will take it all the way to Seoul Station in downtown Seoul. It is scheduled to be completed in 2010.
Korail operates the KTX (bullet train) and Korail (regular train). From our hotel, the Millenium Hilton, the closest train station was at the Seoul Station just east of the Metro in the Concos Galleria Shopping Center.
We took the KTX to travel down to Busan. To sit in first class costs about US$20 more per person. The seats are more comfortable and lots more leg room. IT IS WORTH IT! We traveled back to Seoul after a few days and I forgot to purchase the first class tickets. We ended up in tiny seats, legs jammed into the seat in front of us, more people filled in the seats. When traveling the KTX for a long distance like we did, make sure to select a direct route. The train will still stop at other stations but no detours that would cause your trip to take longer than necessary.
There is a KR Pass. Korean non-resident (foreign) pass for railroad travel by tourists. You wil need to show your passport. For 3 days, about US$76 and 5 days, about US$114 and additional costs of 50% for sleeping cabin and KTX First Class. So, do your math first to see if this is worthwhile for you. We did not purchase the KR Pass.
These days there is also the AREX express train which connects Incheon airport with Seoul station in quick time for 13,500 won with reserved seating.
Sometimes the hotel buses may be a better option, particularly if you have a lot of luggage, but the AREX is also a good option for getting into Seoul.
Those who want to save a bit of money, there is also the commuter service, which is cheaper, stopping at all stations and taking 53 minutes to get to Seoul station.
Fast and comportable Rail way.
easy approachable your South Korea journey
operating at speeds of 300km per hour.
This new building is main train station of Seoul.
operation to Gyeongbu-Line, South-east part of Korea.
Major City from Seoul station to Yongdeungpo - Suwon - Cheonan - Daejeon - Gimcheon - Gumi - Daegu - DongDaegu - Gyeongsan - Miryang - Gupo - Busan.
Subway Lines 1,4 Seoul Station Stn.
It's unbeleivable how cheap the train is in Korea. Even the bullet train! You can buy tickets for regular trains a few minutes before departure- but buy in advance for bullet train or ESPECIALLY for long weekends. If there are no seats- you can buy a "standing" ticket. Sometimes, yes, you'll have to stand or find a place to sit on the floor. But often there are extra seats... but for 3,500W for 3 hours- who's complaining!
TIP: there's a lever under the seat so you can turn the seats to face each other if travelling with friends! Plus there's a snack and beer cart that comes around.
The AREX train link connects the airport to Seoul Station for further connections to KTX high-speed services and Gimpo Airport (most domestic flights), operating from 05:20 until midnight. Two versions exist: "Express services" to the city (every half hour) takes 45 minutes and cost 8,000 won (with WiFi available on board). While commuter services (every 10 minutes) take 57 minutes and cost 4,550 won
Travel time to Gimpo Airport is 28/35 minutes, with both services charging 3,100won, making this the fastest and cheap option for intra-airport transfer as well. If you are heading to Incheon International from Seoul Station and using Korean, Asiana or Jeju Air, the express train may be your best option. You can check your bags and even pass through security and immigration, allowing you to skip the lines at the airport and to spend a little longer in the city, or helping you make a mad dash to the airport.
Korea's high speed rail service (KTX) now connects Incheon airport directly with Seoul station. There are many more frequent KTX connections from Seoul station itself, so it may be quicker to take an A'REX train there in case you miss a good connection from the airport. The express train is a non stop you reach Seoul in 45 min. But there is only one train in an hour, if you miss the train, you'll have to wait another 40 minutes to the next one. Or the commuter train will be the next option and it is half cheaper than express
After collecting the luggage passing through a costume outside you'll see the train counter, where you can purchase a tickets, people here were very helpful and good in English. Bare in mind all transportation to Seoul stops at 12 midnight. Taxi is your only options if arriving very late
Return to Incheon from Seoul self service ticket is available in vending machine at the station, we haven't seen any ticket counter at the station. The vending machine is easy to use where you can choose English language. Keep your train ticket because you will have 500 won refund, in Seoul all train/subway ticket is refundable and rechargeable. Be sure its activated otherwise you won't get your money back. My ticket card it didn't give a refund because it wasn't activated. I entered to a gate in the station, where for people only with big suitcase and I forgot to slide my card to the machine.
Yongsan station was new built largest train station of Seoul
mainly departure and arrival to Southwest part of Korea.
Part of Honam Line to Yongsan-Suwon-Cheonan-Daejeon-
Part of Jeolla Line to Yongsan-Suwon-Cheonan-Daejeon-
Part of Janghang Line to Yongsan-Suwon-Cheonan-Asan-Yeasan-Hongseong-Daecheon-Seocheon-Janghang
Subway Line1, Yongsan train station Stn.
Seoul Station is not only the hub of Korean Rail activity, it is also a historic building constructed by the Russians in 1900. Seoul Station has easy access to the subway, trains, and the new Korea Train Express (KTX). The new Seoul Station just opened in 2004 and has a department store, Bennigan's, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, and a few other restaurants.
122, Bongnae-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
The train service in Korea is provided and operated by the Korean National Railroad (KORAIL). Tourists can use this fast, safe and reliable service with very reasonable prices. Trains are operated by strict schedules, and there is no delay or traffic jam like traveling by automobile, so that you can get your destination on time at any time of the year. KORAIL's routes literally cover all over the country, and there are three kinds of trains being operated: the Super-Express Saemaeul-ho, Express Mugunghwa-ho, and Limited Express Tongil-ho.
The Subway system of Seoul is link with Korail (for some out of town destination And Arex for express trains to Incheon and Gimpo Airports. Now Incheon International Airport only takes 43 mins from Seoul Station. I used the T-Money for all the lines and didn't have any problems at all. Reloading is easier with a certain machine.
Korail's Gyeongui Line was opened in 1906, linking Seoul with Pyeongyang, and it was funded by the occupying Japanese to help them fight their war against Russia. Japan built military posts along this railway line, including a large post at the railway's terminal, Yongsan. Following World War II and the division of Korea, the southern controlled line went from Seoul to Kaesong and the northern line from Pyeongyan to Kaesong. After the Korean War, the southern line was truncated even further, now ending at Munsan.
Finally, in the Twenty First Century, the line was again extended north. In the early 2000s, the southern rail line was extended back to the DMZ with a station at Dorasan. In 2004, the line was again extended to Kaesong, with the first passenger trains running in 2007.
In 2009, the Gyeongui Line was upgraded, electrified, and integrated into the Seoul subway system. Large parts of the line in Seoul were moved underground, creating a large linear park in the city.
During a visit to Seoul in 2014, I tried using the Gyeongui Line in the city from Hongdae to Gongdeok. The station at Hongdae was beautiful, with black tile floor and walls and a black ceiling, unfortunately, the air conditioning was not working, so all of the potential passenger were sweating and fanning themselves.. I waited about 20 minutes for a train, which is a painfully long wait for a subway in Seoul, but the signs on the platform had no train times listed. Finally I walked downstairs and saw that the next train was just a few minute away. I walked back up to the platform and past the signs on the doors that indicated where the rear of the train would stop. Finally, the train arrived, but it was a very short train, and it parked at the far end of the platform, too far away for me an most other passenger to run in the minute the train was stopped. I missed this train, after waiting nearly 30 minutes, so I walked back to the regular subway line and quickly caught a train to my destination. What a waste of my time!
If you go to Seoul station, you'd better take express train to Seoul station. I think it is the fastest way to access to Seoul city. It takes just about 40 mins from airport to Seoul station and the express train is quiet and clean(you get a reserved seat). Also there seems to be free wifi.
Seoul Station is one of the Seoul's major railway station, it is a central hub for transportation throughout Korea, as well as Seoul the capital city of Republic of Korea. All of the Gyeongbu line (Seoul-Busan) KTX (Korea Train Express) trains as well as Saemaul, Mugunghwa and Nooriro (eco-friendly electric train) trains intersect at Seoul Station. Situated in front of the large plaza and with it's central location, it has the highest number of passengers in Korea.
The station is pretty modern building and has all facilities that passengers need. In the stations a big screen availble for departure time, self service vending machine. Plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes inside. The information service inside were very helpful and very well in English speaking just looked for signs
The A'REX train link connects the airport to Seoul Station (for further connections to KTX high-speed services) and Gimpo Airport (most domestic flights), operating from 5:20 AM until midnight. Two versions exist: express services to the city (every half hour) take 43 minutes and cost 8,000 Won (with WiFi available on board); while commuter services (every 6 minutes) take 53 minutes and cost 3,700 Won
If, however, you have a lot of luggage or are heading to southern parts of Seoul like Gangnam the airport buses remain your best option. A taxi direct to Seoul will cost around Won 50,000/70,000 regular/deluxe.
Gimpo Airport is easily reached on the A'REX link from Seoul Station or Incheon Airport, as well as subway lines 5 and 9. All lines intersect Line 2 which runs in a large circle through Seoul. Line 9(Gold Line), the first privately run subway line in Seoul, has three express trains per hour.
Travelers coming into Seoul should first have detailed directions to their destination from the nearest station then consult the subway map before deciding on which line and route to take. All three lines cost Won 1,000-2,100 (depending on distance), while a taxi to central Seoul will run around Won 30,000. Discounts for subway fare are available with T-Money cards.
Reservation for KTX passenger tickets can be made conveniently at ticket counters in the station, travel agents, automatic ticketing machines. Inside the station everything is clear if you follow signs you'll find eveything, very easy to managed. All are very well designated. You will see the check-in windows where you should take your reservation printout (which you did online and either at your hotel’s business center or at home before your trip) and your passport.
Platforms are clearly numbered 1 to 14, escalators descend to each. Both escalators were coming up. There is an elevator behind you if you don’t want to take the steps.
Another train station of Seoul.
operation to part of east and eastsouth Korea.
from Cheongnyangni station
To Gyeongchun Line
To Yeongdong / Taebaek Line
To Jungang Line
Subway Line 1, Cheongnyangni station Stn,