Korea is feasibly connected with other parts of the world by air route. Located approximately an hour of distance from Seoul, The Incheon International Airport is the primary gateway to Korea. All leading global airlines provide flight services to and from this airport. Other international airports throughout the country (Gimpo (Seoul), Gimhae (Busan), Cheongju, Daegu, Muan, Yangyang, and Jeju) service flights primarily to Japan, China, Taiwan, Russia, Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
Incheon International Airport: https://www.airport.kr/ap/en/index.do
Korea Airports Corporation: http://www.airport.co.kr/wwweng/main.do
Travellers departing from Korea can opt for airport buses at Incheon International Airport to reach Seoul and other regions of Korea. Visitors can buy tickets at the counters stationed at Exits 4 and 9 (inside Airport) and Exits 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 13 (outside Airport). At the Gimpo airport, buses to downtown Seoul are located by Exits 2 to 6 on the east wing of the first floor (domestic flights), and buses to Ilsan and Incheon are by Exits 9 and 10 of the west wing.
Incheon Int'l Airport
http://www.airport.kr/pa/en/a/index.jsp To & From Airport
http://www.airport.co.kr/wwweng/main.do Select Airport Transportation/Parking Public Transportation
Using the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) is the fastest and the cheapest way to get from the airport to central Seoul. The AREX operates two types of trains: the Express train, which makes no stops along the way, and the All-Stop train, which makes 10 stops before it arrives at Seoul Station. The Incheon International Airport Station is located by the airport's Traffic Centre.
Incheon International Airport
Seoul Station – All-stop 4,150won (58 minutes) – Express 8,000 (43 minutes)
Gimpo International Airport
Seoul Station – All-stop 1,450won (20 minutes)
Korea taxi service offers transportation car service to and from the airport in Korea, Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae (Busan), Jeju airport, Seoul city. There are standard taxis, deluxe taxis, international taxis, and jumbo taxis (minivans). The average rate for a standard taxi from the Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong (city-centre area) is around 60,000won. Fares can be paid by cash, credit card or T-money card (transportation card). For any need interpretation and other assistance, one can contact the Korea Travel Hotline at 1330 from any phone.
The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is a metropolitan railway system comprises of 21 rapid transit, light metro, commuter rail and people mover lines located in northwest South Korea. The subway systems are conveniently available at Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Gwangju with Seoul subway expanding all the way to Incheon, Gyeonggi-do and even parts of Gangwon-do and Chungcheongnam-do provinces. The fare starts at 1,350 won with additional fee added depending on distance travelled. Ticket vending machines are installed at stations. The fare will include a 500 won deposit which will be refunded when card is returned in the refund machine at the destination station. For any kind of help, press the "Help" button on the emergency turnstile.
This prepaid transportation card can be used on buses, subways, and taxis in most parts of Korea (small countryside regions may not accept cards). They can be purchased at subway stations or any convenience stores with a T-money logo. Cards are 2,500 won and must be charged (minimum 1,000 won) before using.
This is a transportation card exclusively for foreign travellers. It can be used on buses, subways and the AREX (up to 20 times a day), and taxis in Seoul, Incheon and Jejudo Island. The M-Pass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Center inside the Incheon International Airport (Exits D and C, 1st floor). There are 1-day (10,000 won) through 7-day (59,500 won) passes.
Local city buses are an affordable and convenient way to move around the city. There is an option to pay the fare in cash or use the transportation card upon boarding. In case of transportation card, it is necessary to tap card reader when getting off the bus to avail discounts.
The widespread express and intercity bus network makes it easy for passengers to connect with other regions and towns in Korea. These buses are clean, convenient and punctual. Except for Seoul, express and intercity terminals are located very close by if not in the same building.
Passenger trains operated by KORAIL are fast, reliable and affordable. There are several lines including the super high-speed KTX (Korea Train Express), the ITX(Intercity Train Express), the regular Saemaeul and Mugunghwa, and the commuter Nuriro trains. Tickets can be purchased on-site, or online. Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) sells exclusive railroad passes for international tourists or foreign residents living in Korea. These special tickets allow unlimited travel on KORAIL-managed trains for the chosen period of travel. For special discounts and passes go to the KORAIL website. Tel: 1544-7788 / Website: http://www.letskorail.com/
Korea boasts of a well-connected domestic flight network to major cities in the country. Tickets can be booked through travel agencies, phone or web.
Another convenient travel option in Korea is rental cars, particularly if you're traveling outside of Seoul. Major rental companies are conveniently located near airports, train stations or bus terminals. A valid International Driving Permit (IDP) or a driver's license issued by the Republic of Korea is required, and some places require both an IDP and a local driver's license issued by your country of residence. IDPs recognized in Korea are only those issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention of the Vienna Convention, so be sure to check if your IDP is valid for use in Korea. For more information go to the Korea Tourism Organization website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TRP/TP_ENG_8_3.jsp
Hotels in Korea are categorized by the number of stars, with five stars being the highest level of classification. General rates for a standard room at a 5-star hotel range from 200,000 to 500,000 won per night, 4-star hotels range from 150,000 to 250,000won, 3-star hotels from 100,000 to 150,000won, and 1- to 2-star hotels range from 30,000 to 100,000won per night. Additional 10% VAT and 10% service charge are added to the basic room rate.
Certified by the Korea Tourism Organization as a superior lodging brand, BENIKEA (short for Best Night in Korea) promises a mid-range accommodation option for travellers looking for world-class services and amenities. There are over 50 locations scattered throughout major tourist areas. For a list of affiliated hotels and special rates, visit the BENIKEA website. Online reservations are also available.
Certified by KTO as "Goodstay" facilities, these reliable and affordable hotels, motels and inns meet international standards. Room rates generally range from 30,000 to 50,000 won. More than 180 establishments nationwide have received the Goodstay seal of approval, ensuring guests a comfortable stay in Korea. For assistance in making reservations call the Korea Travel Hotline at 1330.
"Koreastay" guesthouses and homestays are designated through a stringent screening process conducted by the Korea Tourism Organization. These precisely selected facilities are accessibly located near major tourist areas and public transportation. Friendly and foreign language-speaking staff (guesthouse) or families (homestay) ensure a pleasant Korean experience.
Traditional Korean residences, called hanok, certified by KTO serve as superior lodging facilities. Primarily grouped in traditional villages such as Bukchon (Seoul), Andong, Gyeongju, and Jeonju, these hanok also offer local meals and various arts and craft programs in which guests can experience the traditional Korean lifestyle. The rooms are usually ondol (underfloor heated)-style with sleeping mats instead of beds.
Budget lodging is available at hostels with room rates ranging from 10,000 to 30,000won. In general, hostels provide dormitory-style rooms sleeping several guests per room, but there are also facilities with single, double and family rooms. Guests who have a Hostelling International card can receive 20 to 30% discounted rates. Reservations are available through the Korea Youth Hostel Association website.
On world map, South Korea is considered as one of the safest regions for travellers.
Website: www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Diplomatic Missions in Korea
1330 Travel Hotline & Complaint Centre: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TRV/TV_ENG_3_1.jsp
To provide better support and encourage tourism in Korea, a new police unit called the "tourist police" was officially been launched in Seoul on October 16, 2013. From giving help with translation and tourist information to keeping a check on unlawful activities, these security personnel provide all-needed support to travellers coming to Korea. For any kind of help during travel, look for Police dressed in navy blue uniforms. * Patrolling Areas: Seoul (Myeong-dong, Itaewon, Dongdaemun, Namdaemun Market, Insa-dong, City Hall, Hongdae, Cheonggyecheon Stream, etc.), Busan (Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches, Jagalchi Market, etc.), Incheon (Incheon International Airport, Songdo, Chinatown, etc.)
Located on 2F of K-Style Hub (Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Seoul Office), Tourist Information Center (TIC), is open all year round, and provides a plethora of convenient information and services to tourists visiting Korea regarding Korean tourist attractions, accommodations, food, and more in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. Moreover, tour-related brochures, such as travel guide books and maps can be obtained free of charge. Besides, a Muslim Prayer Room, Experience Zones, cafe and other subsidiary facilities are also put in place for the convenience of all visiting tourists.