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Travel to Korea: Seoul’s public transportation

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Almost all foreigners living in Seoul agree that Seoul’s public transportation system is inexpensive. For Koreans who living in the West part of Seoul, say near Gimpo airport, and want to go to North Seoul’s Mt. Bukhan, it will only cost about 1000 won ( about 1 dollar ). You may want to know what is there to see in Seoul?

Seoul’s public transportation

Seoul's Public Transportation

Seoul's Public Transportation

It is because the area of Seoul is small? On the contrary, the reason Seoul’s transportation system is so cheap and well-developed is because of its population – Seoul is home to at least 20% of South Korea’s population, about 12 million people (2005 statistic). Need to hop on a bus or subway? Read on!

First, if you’re thinking about staying in Seoul for more than a week, it’s good idea to buy a transportation card. Each time you ride a bus or subway, you simply put the transportation card against the card reader when getting on and off. Of course you can also use cash, but there’s no benefit over using a transportation card for transit passengers.

When using a transportation card, if you get off one bus or subway and get on another within 30 minutes, you don’t have to pay extra. If your journey is longer than 10 km, you’ll have to pay a mere 100 won more ( about 10 cents ). In addition, if you use a transportation card instead of cash, you get a 100 won discount for each trip.

In addition to being affordable, travelling by bus or subway is often faster than by car. While the roadways are jammed with traffic, subways run frequently and on time. Even the buses are often much faster than cars because during peak traffic times, many roads have a special lane for buses only.

For more information on Seoul’s public transportation system, see the Seoul City site:


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