How to get from Incheon airport to Seoul
There are three different transportation options to make the 49 km journey from Incheon International (ICN) airport to Seoul; taxi, train, and bus. Taking a Seoul airport taxi is the most convenient option as they are available 24/7 and only take 60 minutes to reach Seoul. However, taxis are also the most expensive option, as the journey will cost around 33€ (44,000 won) based on a taximeter. Another highly convenient option is to take the City Limousine Bus which leaves from Seoul airport to the city centre every 25 minutes. The total journey time for the bus is 70 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 6.80€ (9,000 won). Your final and cheapest option is to take an Airport Railroad Express (AREX) train. The AREX runs two trains from Incheon airport, the Express Train and the All Stop train which cost 7.2€ (9,500 won) and 3.12€ (4,150 won) respectively. The total journey time for the train from Incheon airport to Seoul is 40-60 minutes.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Train || €14.40|| 50min|| 05:15–23:39|
| Taxi || €33|| 60min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €13.60|| 70min|| 05:05–23:20|
How to get from Incheon airport to Seoul by train
The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) provides two different trains from Incheon International (ICN) airport to Seoul; the Express Train and the All Stop train. The Express train runs directly from Incheon airport to Seoul in just 40 minutes and costs 7.2€ (9,500 won). The All Stop train stops at different stations along the way until it reaches Seoul Station, including Myeondong, Hongdae and Itaewon. The total journey time for this train is 60 minutes and tickets cost 3.12€ (4,150 won).
How much is the train from Incheon airport to Seoul?
The Express Train from Seoul airport to the city costs 7.2€ (9,500 won) for an adult and 5.6€ (7,500 won) for children. You can purchase your tickets from the AREX Travel Center in both Terminal 1 and 2. You will receive a small discount if you present a plane ticket from any of the following airlines; Jeju Air, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, T’way Air, or Eastar Jet. You can pay in card or cash for the Express train. The All Stop train is a bit cheaper at 3.12€ (4,150 won) from Terminal 1 and 3.60€ (4,750 won) from Terminal 2. You will need to purchase either a local transportation card or the foreigner-exclusive prepaid transportation card MPASS, for international visitors. Please bear in mind that you will also need to pay a 500 won refundable deposit that can be claimed back at your station of choice in Seoul. You can only pay in cash for the All Stop train.
3.12€ - 7.20€
There's a waiting time of up to 40 minutes for the Express Train and 10 minutes for the All Stop Train.
Trains are available from 05:15 to 23:39 from Incheon airport.
Where do I get it from?
After collecting your luggage, head towards the signs that say "Airport Railroad from the Arrivals Hall" and take the escalator down to the 1st floor. You will see a long hallway in front of you. Walk along the hallway until you reach the “AREX Incheon International Airport Terminal 1” sign at the Transportation Center. After purchasing your tickets, you will see two gates in front of you, the orange one is the Express Train and the blue one is for the All Stop train.
Taking one of the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) trains into Seoul Station is a convenient and fast transfer option. Since you have both a direct train and a train with 13 different stops, you're highly likely to find a route that drops you close to your accommodation. Both the Express Train and the All Stop train run frequently throughout most of the day and night, so there's likely to be one waiting for you when you land.
Be sure to check where your accommodation is located in Seoul. If it's in the heart of the city then taking the Express Train to Seoul Station will be the best option for you. However, if it's in one of the outer areas such as Itaewon, Hongdae or Myeondong, then taking the All Stop train may be better for you.
You can purchase your Express Train tickets in cash or on card, but you can only pay for your All Stop tickets by using cash.
Be aware that there is a slight increase in ticket price for using the All Stop train from Terminal 2.
On top of your All Stop ticket price you must pay a 500 won deposit that can be reclaimed when you arrive at your destination station.
How to get from Incheon airport to Seoul by taxi
Taking a Seoul airport taxi from Incheon International (ICN) airport to Seoul is one of the most convenient transfer options. Not only are taxis available 24/7, but they are the only means of transportation from Seoul airport to the city that will take you door-to-door. The total journey time will be around 60 minutes, depending on traffic, and will cost approximately 33€ (44,000 won) based on a taximeter. Apart from your standard taxis, there are also International cars where the drivers speak fluent English, Japanese and Chinese (these are at least 20% more expensive than regular taxis), deluxe cars that are more luxurious sedans and jumbo taxis that can carry up to 8 people. Please bear in mind that most of these taxis require advanced booking and cost more than a standard taxi.
Taxi fare from Incheon airport to Seoul
Taxis at Incheon International (ICN) don't have a set rate fee for the journey to Seoul. Instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance to calculate their fare. The approximate fare for the 49 km journey will be around 33€ (44,000 won). If you choose to take the Incheon International Airport Expressway to Seoul, there will be an added toll charge of 6€ (7,900 won). If you are traveling late at night 24:00-04:00, there will be a 20% fare increase.
The long flight to Seoul and the effort to navigate transportation in a foreign language can be extremely tiring and confusing. Forget about carrying your heavy luggage and worrying about your personal belongings by taking an airport taxi. Not only are they available 24/7, but they will take you directly to the door of your accommodation in Seoul.
The price of a taxi from Incheon International (ICN) airport to the main downtown area of Seoul is around 33€ (44,000 won), but the cost to areas such as Myeondong, Honda or Itaewon will be different.
Ensure that your driver resets his taximeter before you begin your journey.
If you're traveling during the nighttime hours of 24:00 and 04:00, there will be a 20% increase on the fare.
If you want a taxi with a guaranteed English speaking driver, you can book an International Car, but this will add at least 20% to your standard taxi fare.
If you choose to take the Incheon International Airport Expressway, you will be charged an extra toll fee of 6€ (7,900 won), but it will cut time off your journey.
How to get from Incheon airport to Seoul by bus
Taking the City Limousine Bus from Incheon International (ICN) airport to Seoul is a comfortable and fairly convenient transfer option. With a 70 minute journey time, the bus is the slowest mode of transport, however, at 6.80€ (9,000 won) per ticket, it's extremely affordable.
How much is the bus from Incheon airport to Seoul?
The cost of a one-way ticket from Seoul airport to the city is 6.80€ (9,000 won). You can purchase your tickets from the ticket offices located next to Exit 4 and 9 in Arrival Hall Floor 1, inside or next to Exits 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C, outside. If you land in Terminal 2, you will find the ticket offices located at the 2nd Transportation Center on floor B1.
There's a waiting time of up to 25 minutes.
The City Limousine bus runs from 05:05 to 23:20.
Where do I get it from?
Once you have your luggage, head out towards the exit doors of the Terminal and you will see a collection of lifts and stairs. If you land in Terminal 1, the bus stop is on Floor 1 at stop number 6. Whereas, the bus can be found on floor Basement 1 at stop number 24 in Terminal 2.
Although the City Limousine Bus is the slowest transportation option, it's an extremely comfortable and reliable service. The bus leaves every 25 minutes and serves both Terminal 1 and 2, meaning you won't need to manoeuvre your luggage between terminals. There's also ample luggage space for larger items under the bus. However, once you reach Seoul, you may need to switch to a different mode of transport to reach your hotel.
The City Limousine Bus makes stop announcements in English.
Check your bus boarding number on your ticket and be sure to board that bus only.
There's luggage storage available below the bus, but there are weight restrictions.