Seoul City Transportation

Seoul City Transportation

Seoul City Transportation


Seoul City's subway system is one of the most convenient and fastest way to get around the city. It currently consists of 11 lines connecting various parts of the city operated by three separate organizations: the Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corporation, the Korean National Railroad, and the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation. The color-coded subway lines make the Seoul Metro quite easy to use. The subway operation hours are from 5:30 to approximately 24:00. The estimated travel time between subway stations is 2~3 minutes. Train schedules can vary depending on the line in question.

Please see the below for the Seoul city subway map that provides a full view of the entire subway network.

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Three types of buses cover routes connecting every corner of the city: the Ilban bus, Jwaseok bus and Maeul bus. Buses arrive at stops in five to fifteen minute intervals, though you may have to give them a bit of leeway in the busier parts of the city. Schedules vary depending on the bus route involved but most routes start at 4:30 a.m. with the last bus of the day making its round at 1 a.m.

Bus Type Ilban buses are sometimes referred to as city buses and are the most commonly seen type of bus in the city. Ilban buses come in yellow, blue and green. Bus numbers indicate the area of departure and arrival.


There are three kinds of taxis -- regular taxi, deluxe taxi, and limousine taxi. The last two types of taxi offer a high standard of service compared to the first, but are more expensive. You cannot always expect that a taxi driver is fluent in English, so it is advisable to indicate one of the city landmarks (major hotels or famous buildings or places) as your destination.

Seoul City Tour Bus

The Seoul City Bus Tour links most of the city`s major sightseeing and shopping areas, including the Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces, the Namdaemun and Dongdaemun markets and Seoul Tower. This gives tourists a chance to sample what Seoul has to offer without having to make recourse to cumbersome maps and brochures or spending much of the day underground touring Seoul`s (albeit fine) subway system. Please visit for more information.