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.
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.
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,
The Seoul Railway Station building is a colonial relic from the Japanese occupation of Korea (c1910 - 1945). It is loved and hated by many, however it is a fine architectural work none the less. There is now very little remaining significant buildings seen in Korea from that era.
Seoul Railway Station had been threatened to be torn down over the past decades, but fortunately it has been harmoniously intergrated into the recent station redevelopment.
From here one can take the new French TGV technology high speed trains to Busan in 2 1/2 hours for 45,000 won one way. These trains, which began in April 2004, now replace the saemaeul service that once took 4hours+. The high speed trains actually have to slow down between Daegu and Busan, since the tracks from there to Busan have not been upgraded yet.
One of Seoul's major landmarks, Seoul Station is a central hub for transportation throughout Korea, as well as Seoul. Trains run from here to most destinations south (along the Kyeongbu line), as well as a few to the north (along the Kyeongui line). Additionally, two of Seoul's subways intersect here (lines 1 and 4). Most buses running through downtown also swing by here, making it a good place to start exploring.
Metro is great way to travel though you can't feel the atmosphere of streets as you walk. Fare is cheap. Seoul metro system is easy-to-find. And most of tourist place near by subway stations.