Seoul

Public transportation in Seoul is cheap, fast, and efficient.  Usually, you’ll be able to find signs in English, but it helps to have a basic sense of orientation.

The first step is to find a good map. If you know Hangeul, we recommend:

Naver Maps

Otherwise,

Google Maps

Navigation Tips

Most of Seoul is laid out on a grid, which makes it easy to navigate.  Namsan Tower makes a good point of reference from many places in the city.

Subway stations make a convenient point of reference for pedestrians.  The exits of each station are numbered.  If you get lost, just find a subway station and look inside for a map.  You’ll find a map of the area, which will show you the area around the stations, and which direction the surrounding stations are in for point of reference.

Methods of Transportation

Seoul Metro (Includes Gyeonggi-Do, Incheon, & Chuncheon)

Seoul Bus:

Seoul Bus (Includes Gyeonggi-Do, Incheon, & Chuncheon)

Buses in Seoul are color coded and numbered.  Yellow buses run within a local area.  Blue buses run between multiple districts.  Red buses run between cities (Seoul and Gyeonggi-Do).

Depending on where you want to go, a bus may be the fastest option.  Moreover, if your location is not near a subway stop, you can probably find a bus that runs from the subway station to or near wherever you’re headed.  If you used a T-Money card, this transfer will usually be free.

Links:

Seoul Bus Guide

On this site, you can input your start and finish points, and it will determine the fastest method.  You can also look up the routes of individual buses.  The site is designed for internet explorer, and may not be compatible with other browsers.

Taxi

Foot:

If you don’t have to go far, it can be easier to walk.  Also, you’ll see more of the city on foot.  Most of the city is laid out on a grid, which makes it easy to navigate.  Namsan Tower makes a good point of reference from many places in the city.

Subway stations make a convenient point of reference for pedestrians.  The exits of each station are numbered.  If you get lost, just find a subway station and look inside for a map.  You’ll find a map of the area, which will show you the area around the stations, and which direction the surrounding stations are in for point of reference.

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