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How to get to Myeongdong from Seoul Incheon Airport

Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s top attractions. Home to some of the finest shopping spots, it is filled with giant department stores, fashion boutiques, and cosmetics shops. Also known for its delicious restaurants, Myeongdong is a great destination for all.

So after landing at Seoul Incheon Airport and you wish to make your way to Myeongdong, you have 4 transport options; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a bus, the subway or the train. Taking a Seoul airport taxi or transfer is definitely the easiest way to reach Myeongdong, as they are available 24/7. If you are travelling on a budget then taking Seoul’s public transportation would be a better option; they are all direct, easy and economical ways to travel to Myeongdong’s shopping paradise.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €47 45min 24/7
Bus €23.20 90min 05:45–22:38
Subway €6 60min 05:15–22:40

How to get from Seoul airport to Myeongdong by taxi

Although being the most expensive option, taking a Seoul taxi or private shuttle is a fast and reliable travel option, as they provide door-to-door services without having to worry about navigating public transportation with heavy luggage. It takes around 45 minutes to travel the 50km from Seoul Incheon Airport to Myeongdong by taxi.

Taxi fare from Incheon airport to Myeongdong

Taxis do not offer set rate fares from Incheon to Myeongdong, they calculate their prices using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. Depending on traffic conditions, the price for your 45-minute taxi ride will cost around €47 (₩65,000). Moreover, if you are travelling between 00:00 and 04:00, there will be a 20% fare increase.

Cost

€47 (₩65,000)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Rates my vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Seoul International Airport

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi ranks at Incheon airport can be found between platforms 4D and 7C, on the first floor.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Incheon airport to Myeongdong is always the most convenient transport option, especially if you are new to the city and if you are travelling with children or with heavy luggage. Although the most expensive option, taxis provide 24/7 services, in the comfort and safety of a private vehicle.
Moreover, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate price, you can always pre-book a ride with a private transfer company.

Editor’s Note

Make sure that your taxi driver resets their taximeter before starting your journey and that the correct tariff is applied.

Useful Tips

There is a price increase of 20 % if you are travelling between 00:00 and 04:00.
As Korea has a no-tip culture, taxi drivers in Seoul do not expect a tip for their services.
Most Seoul cabs accept card payments, however it is always good to ask your driver before starting your journey to Myeongdong.

How to get from Seoul airport to Myeongdong by bus

If you are travelling on a budget, then taking the Seoul airport bus is a great transport option. Not only are they a cheap way of getting to Myeongdong from Incheon airport, but they are also direct. The KAL Limousine Airport bus takes 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Myeongdong, in normal traffic conditions.

How much is a bus ticket from Incheon airport to Myeongdong?

Taking the KAL Limousine airport bus from Seoul airport to Myeongdong is a cost-savvy and comfortable way to travel. A one-way bus ticket costs €11.60 (₩16,000). Moreover, children aged 0 to 3 can travel free of charge provided they will not occupy separate seats and children aged 6 to 12 have discounted tickets, costing €7.25 (₩10,000); this applies for Korean passport holders only and these tickets need to be purchased directly on the bus.

You can buy your bus tickets on the KAL website or directly from the driver upon boarding the bus (cash and exact change only).

Cost

€11.60 (₩16,000)

Trip Duration

1 H 30 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the KAL Airport bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The KAL Airport bus is available from 05:45 to 22:38.

Where do I get it from?

The bus leaves from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, Floor 1, Gate 4, KAL Limousine Service Counter (No. 22) or Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, Floor 1, KAL Limousine Service Counter.

Convenience

The KAL Limousine bus is a great option for those that want to travel using a direct route, and on a budget. Not only do the Incheon airport buses provide comfortable vehicles, but they also take you straight to the centre of Myeongdong. Nevertheless, if your hotel is far from the bus stop or if you are travelling between 22:40 – 05:45, then this option might not be the best for you.

Editor’s Note

If you have pre-booked your bus tickets, you can collect them inside the airport before boarding the bus.

Useful Tips

Luggage storage is available below the bus, however there are weight restrictions.
The Limousine bus is very comfortable as they provide complimentary fresh water, Wi-Fi and comfortable seats.
The KAL Limousine airport bus announces the different stops in English.

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How to get from Seoul airport to Myeongdong by subway or train

Your cheapest option to get from Incheon International (ICN) airport to Myeongdong is to take the subway or the AREX fast train and then switch to the subway in Downtown Seoul. Unfortunately, there is no direct route that runs between these two locations, you will have to stop at Seoul Station for both options. From Seoul Station, you will have to transfer to line 4 and alight 2 stops further at Myeongdong Station. The subway runs every 15 minutes and takes around 1 hour to reach Myeongdong.

How much is a railway ticket from Incheon airport to Myeongdong?

A combined one-way subway ticket from Seoul airport to Myeongdong costs €3 (₩4,150). However, if you wish to take the train and subway route, the combined tickets are slightly more expensive, costing €5.80 (₩8,000).
You can purchase your tickets in cash at the Incheon Transportation Centre on B1F at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, at convenience stores inside Incheon International Airport, or at the KTO Tourist Information Centre near Arrival Gates 5 and 10 on 1F at Terminal 1.

Cost

€3 (₩4,150)

Trip Duration

1 hour

There is a 15 minute wait for the subway.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport's railway services are available from 05:15 to 22:40.

Where do I get it from?

The airport railway is easy to find as there are many signs around the Arrivals Hall. The railway is at B1 Incheon Airport; both, the train and subway stop at Seoul station where you will then need to transfer to subway line 4.

Convenience

Finding your way to Myeongdong on Seoul airport’s railway system is a great way to travel. The Incheon railway is a cheap option, providing regular trains and subways. However, this alternative is not direct, meaning that it can be difficult if you are travelling with children or with heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

A 'T Money card' is needed to take the subway or other types of public transportation. Individual tickets can be purchased, but these are more expensive and a double fee is charged when transferring from subway to bus.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that if you have purchased a 'Discover Seoul Pass', you can use the AREX express for free, and for those using the subway, you can use the card as a 'T Money card', so no additional 'T Money Card' has to be purchased.
You can book your airport train tickets online, in advance. This is highly recommended during peak periods.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Seoul Incheon Airport from Myeongdong?

Incheon International Airport is located 50 km away from Myeongdong and takes around 45 minutes to reach by car.

How to get from Seoul Incheon Airport to Myeongdong?

There are 4 different transport options to get from Seoul airport to Myeongdong; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a bus, the subway or the train.

How much is a taxi from Seoul airport to Myeongdong?

Taxis at ICN airport do not offer set rate fares to Myeongdong, they calculate their prices using a taximeter. A taxi journey costs around €47 (₩65,000), with a price increase of 20% during the night. However, if you wish to travel at a fixed rate and with an English-speaking driver, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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