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Cheap transit options between ICN Airport and Seoul

After a long fight to Seoul, the last thing you need is getting stranded at the airport with no idea on how to get to the city. Incheon International Airport ICN is a major airport in South Korea and ranks as 22nd busiest airport in the world.

The distance to cover from Incheon International Airport to the city is 48.8km. As Seoul is a major transport hub, you can access various modes of transport to reach any corner of the country. In this article, we shall focus on how to get you from Incheon Airport to Seoul.

Airport Railroad express and all-stop train

Using the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) is the most reliable way to get from Incheon Airport to central Seoul. The AREX has two types of trains. All-stop train will the the cheapest at about half of the express.

All stop train

No of stops: makes 10 stops before it reaches Seoul city (Gyeyang, Gimpo International Airport, Hongik University, Digital Media City and GongDeok) 

Travel time: 58 minutes

Cost: 4,150 won

Service hours: 05:23 to 23:42

Service schedule: 5 to 15 minutes intervals

Note: The above cost is for those using T-Money cards. If not you have to pay 100 won additional.

Express train

AREX Incheon

No of stops: Makes no stops along the way.

Travel time: 43 minutes

Cost: 8,000 won

Service hours: 05: 20 to 21:45

Service schedule: 30 to 45 minutes intervals

Incheon Airport Buses

Taking an Incheon Airport bus is another affordable and comfy way to move from the airport to Seoul city. This method is more expensive compared to using a train, but you are guaranteed a seat unlike in the train where chances you will stand especially if traveling during rush hours.

Purchase the bust ticket at in a bus ticket booth outside the 1st floor of Arrival Area.

There are two airport buses to choose:

Standard buses

Review: More stops along the way, crowded.

Travel time: 65 to 80 minutes when there is no traffic

Fare: 9,000-10,000 won

Service hours: 24 hours

Service schedule: every 10 to 15 minutes

Deluxe buses

Review: Spacious, make less stop with shortened route, can take you to your hotel

Travel time: 65 to 80 minutes when there is no traffic

Fare: 14,000- 16,000 won

Service hours: 24 hours

Service schedule: every 10 to 15minutes

Limousine bus Seoul

To read the ticket number: Number represent gate number, letter represent the side. A is left, and B is right. For example, 02A means bus on the left side, gate number 2.

Incheon Airport Taxis (most epensive)

Taking a taxi is more expensive than using a train or bus. However, you will be taken a right to your hotel, so you will not wander around the Seoul Street trying to find your hotel. Due to the cost, Taxis are not ideal for solo travelers but economical if traveling in a group of 3 or 4. For this method of transport from Incheon Internal Airport to central Seoul, you can choose between two taxis:taxi incheon

International Taxi service

Advantages: lower cost, no additional fees, no hiked charges, drivers speak English, no tollgate fees

Travel time: 60 to 70 minutes when there is no traffic

Cost: between 55,000 and 75,000 won

Service hours: 24 hours

Regular taxi

Charges extra 20% surcharge of the base fare for night service between midnight and 03:59.

Travel time: 60 to 70 minutes when there is no traffic.

Cost: $52.86 to $88.09 (60,000and 100,000 won)

Note: All taxis are equipped with GPs to reach your destination easily.

Korea Train eXpress (KTX)

The Korea Train eXpress is a high-speed rail system connecting the S. Korea major cities, including Busan, Seoul, and Mokpo. If you are lucky to arrive at certain times, you can catch a KTX train to Seoul station. This makes it a less smart way to travel to Seoul but appropriate when traveling to other S. Korea cities. Regardless, KTX is a quick and affordable way to reach Seoul city.

KTX seoul

Travel time: 45 to 50 minutes

Cost: standing 10,600 won, standard seats 12,500 won and first class 17,500

Service hours: 06:55 to 20:35 daily.

Note: KTX departs 10 times a day. If you miss it, you might have to wait up to 3 hours for the next KTX.











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