Domestic Transportation in South Korea
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- The subway is the most efficient and convenient way to get around Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Incheon and Daejeon. It provides a fast, safe, and comfortable means of transportation. In Seoul, it links all neighborhoods with the outlying areas and satellite cities. Destinations and Information in subway are written both in Korean and in English.
There are two kinds of taxis - regular and deluxe. Fares are based on distance and time. The black deluxe taxis are more comfortable, provide better service and, of course, charge more than the regular grey taxis.
If 'Free' light in front of taxi diver turns on, Taxi is free. Take care, most of taxi drivers do not speak English. Ask your guest or the hotel to write the address in Korean.
A regular intercity bus network connects virtually all cities and towns in the country. Regular intercity buses, which make frequent stops, are the least expensive way to travel around the country.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Seoul Metropolitan Bus service web
- Urban Transport Agencies
- Find an Itinerary
Seoul Metropolitan Map guide
- Taxi Companies
Seoul Personal Taxi Association (Korean only)
Taxi Dept in Korean Transport Worker's Union (Korean only)
Federation of Korean Taxi Worker's Unions (Korean only)
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Pusan - Gimhae Intl (PUS)||27 km / 17 miles||-||30-60 min||-||Available|
|Seoul - Incheon (ICN)||49 km / 31 miles||KRW 40.000-60.000 / 1 hour||Available||KRW 1000||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Most domestic destinations are within an hour's flight from Seoul. Gimpo Airport, located between the western area of Seoul and the newer Incheon International Airport, is primarily used for international travels. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines handle all domestic flights.
The Korea Railroad (KORAIL) operates three types of trains - super-express, express, and local - along an extensive nationwide network. Super-express (KTX) trains link Seoul with Busan, Mokpo, East Daegu, Gwangju and Iksan. Most popular destinations in the nation can be reached via direct line or a single transfer. Local trains make frequent stops.
Long distance express buses go directly to their destinations, stopping only at expressway rest areas every few hours. Seoul has three intercity terminals providing service to different parts of the country.
One of the most pleasant ways to see Korea is by ferry. Routes are available between Busan and Jeju-do Island, Mokpo and Hongdo Island and Pohang and Ulleungdo Island. There are ships making runs between Busan and Yeosu, with many in-between stops possible at ports along the south coast and the Hallyeo Maritime National Park.
- Rail Companies
Korail (Korea Railroad)
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
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Traveling By Yourself
- Driving can be an exciting and effective way of getting around Korea. Extensive road and expressway networks are available, which means you can visit every corner of the country. Road numbers and destinations are clearly indicated on road signs.
- Driver's License
- You have to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your country before coming to Korea. An IDP is not a license itself, merely a piece of paper that translates your information into the local language.
If you are planning to stay in Korea for over a year, it is recommended to change your license into the Korean one.
- Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
- Have more than one year's driving experience, possess an international driver's license valid for a year from the date of entry, be at least 21 years old and possess a valid passport.
- Rental Agencies
- Tolls or Taxes
- Consult the Korean Expressway Corporation's website.
- Road Maps
Roadplus of Korea Expressway Corp (Korean only)
- Find an Itinerary
T2K Map Service
- Traffic Conditions Online
Roadplus of Korea Expressway Corp
Seoul Expressway Traffic Information
- Parking Facilities
- There are always parking problems. There are many signs 'No Parking', even in front of the individual houses. But around or in the famous buildings or places there are parking facilities easy to use.
Rules of the Road
- Minimum Driving Age
- Side of the Road For Driving
- Speed Limits
- The speed limit is 60km/hr for most roads in the city, 80-100km/hr for city expressways and 100-110 km/h for highways.
- Safety Belts
- Obligatory on front seats
- Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
- Less than 0.050%
- National Roads Organizations
Korea Expressway Corp
Ministry of Construction & Transportation
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