Suwon is well connected to Seoul and easily reachable with regional trains and Metro Line 1. This is in my opinion the most economical and also most convenient option as it runs frequently and has the lowest price from Seoul city centre at something around 1500 Won (sorry, but I can't remember the exact price...). It takes a little more than an hour from the city centre.
Other options are regional trains (ca. 2700 Won) or high-speed trains (ca. 8400 Won). Both save you a couple of minutes as the regional train needs around 40 minutes and the high-speed one around 25 minutes to Suwon. All prices mentioned are as of 2015 (as far as I can remember) and using T-Money card.
Hwaseong tour train consists of three passenger carriages and an engine. The front part is a head of dragon to symbolize King Jeongjo and the back part is a sedan chair to show king's authority and the convenience of tourists.
Closed on Mondays
Running time : 10:00am ~ 5:50pm everyday (not on rainy or snowy days)
Number of trains : two (for 54 people)
Operating section : Mt. Paldalsan (bronze statue of general Gam-chan Gang) - Hwaseomun - Jangan Park - Janganmun - Hwahongmun - Yeonmudae (3.2km)
Revolution : Two trains run 10 times a day making a round trip.
Fees : adults W1,500 / teenagers \1,100 / children \700
Time : 30 minutes one way (Mt. Paldalsan -> Yeonmudae)
Box office : Mt. Paldalsan (228-4683), Jangan Park 9228-4685), Hwahongmun (228-4684), Yeonmudae (228-4686)
On weekends and holidays box offices at Jangan Park and Hwahongmun are closed so you cannot take a train in these areas.
There is a tourist information booth just outside of the Suwon subway/train station. Exit the main doors, turn left, and walk about 150 meters. They are very friendly and helpful (and they speak English!). They gave us a good city map, guided us to a hotel, and pointed out the nightlife spots in the city. They also help with buses to Everland and the Korean Folk Village.
BTW there are express buses and regular city buses to both sites. The express buses are numbered in the 6000s; they cost more but make fewer stops. The other buses with 2 or 3 digit numbers are very cheap (600-700 Won), but make very frequent stops, doubling your journey time. Since the express buses are for tourists, their destinations are usually written in English and Hangul.
- Budget Travel
Seoul Subway line 1 extends to Suwon and is now being expanded beyond this great town. From Seoul to Suwon is about 1,300 Won (US$1.25). The trip takes about one hour and passes through some beautiful Korean countryside after leaving the Seoul city limits and going above ground.
The high-speed KTX train also stops in Suwon on its journey between Seoul and Busan. Regional trains also make this journey.
All three types of rail transportation use Suwon's main station, on the west side of downtown.
- Budget Travel
Suwon can be reached from Seoul by either train or metro (Line 1). The journey takes about 50 minutes. As you walk out of Suwon Station, just to your left, on the same side of the road is the main tourist information office, which is one of the best in Korea.
- Work Abroad
There is a free shuttle bus service from Suwon Station to the Korean Folk Village. the journey takes about 35 minutes. As you walk out of Suwon Station, turn left. after 50 metres you will see the tourist information office. Purchase your admission ticket for the Korean Folk village there, then board the shuttle bus in the adjacent car park.
The return bus stops in the main car park at the Korean Folk Village, in front of the main entrance.
- Work Abroad
- Road Trip
Suwon is a big city just to the south of Seoul, but Seoul Metro Line 1 goes all the way to Suwon. However it takes a long time to get there! On Line 1, note that some trains run on the main-line tracks much of the way and are a lot quicker. Generally these trains run to/from Cheongnyangi. It is not clear on the general subway maps which stations are used for this express service. This is useful for bypassing a whole lot of stations. Also many Korail main-line trains stop at Suwon after departing from Seoul, and this will further reduce the travel time if you are starting from north or central Seoul.
The main Metro access area is at the lower ground floor level of Suwon station, while the Korail services go from the upper level – it looks as if you are taking an escalator up into the department store, but you emerge into a vast station plaza. The ticket offices are on the left and there is a special window for tickets to Seoul at the left-hand end of the windows. Note that after you have purchased a mainline rail ticket you will need to queue by the relevant platform gate; passengers are allowed down to the platform minutes before the train arrives. Station announcements at Suwon are made, like at most stations in Seoul, in Korean and English.
If you are waiting a while and can read Chinese, it is fun to see how many Korean placenames have Chinese roots by comparing the English or Korean script with the Chinese; equally it is also interesting to see how many are quite different!
There is a red tram with an interesting design of a dragon head where you can ride around the famous Hwaseong Fortress and surrounding city areas. The ride starts at the East Gate area and takes about 20-30 minutes where it will end on top of a small hill just above the cultural village.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Black taxis are considered deluxe taxis throughout most of South Korea and will charge higher prices than silver or white taxis. The level of comfort, however, is not very different between the two kinds. Taxis will also increase their prices after midnight.
Suwon can be reached by subway through the number 1 or dark blue line. Though this means of travel from Seoul is slower than the bus, it can be less confusing (provided the platforms indicate which direction the lines are running in).
Suwon's subway station is right next to its train station which can cause some confusion. This shouldnt be the case when arriving in Suwon, but upon leaving, it is easy to enter the wrong area. This was more of a problem before the train station was drastically remodeled in 2003.
Once outside the subway station, there are a variety of transportation options including numerous buses and a steady stream of taxis. Usually a taxi line forms just outside the station, but it moves rapidly and usually faster than the bus you are waiting for.
Perhaps the most affordable means of transportation from Incheon Airport to Suwon is through the airport limousine bus service. These buses can be found just outside the airport terminals and will say airport limousine in English along with the cities name. Be careful, as they do travel to various destinations throughout South Korea!
Just wait near the sign of Suwon (or whatever city you choose) and the bus should arrive shortly, as they run throughout most of the airports flight hours and arrive at adequate intervals.
The cost should still be 12,000 won and the hours are listed on their website which I provided below. The destination is the palace hotel in Suwon not far from Ajou university. I believe you can still buy tickets aboard the bus, and many times they wont even charge you until half way through the journey when they stop at Anyang.
Whilst it's possible to take the subway to Suwon, there are also express trains that take 30 minutes or so from Seoul station, as opposed to an hour on the subway.
Very easy way to Suwon, only 50minute from Seoul. This station are train and subway on both station. All trains stop the Suwon and subway line 1. ( subway to Suwon or Cheonan )
- Castles and Palaces