Getting Around


The Seoul subway has been voted consistently as one of the best in the world for its ease of use, cleanliness, and frequency of service.  Trains run non-stop approximately from 5:30 am until midnight every day.  All stations display signs both in Korean and English.

The Seoul subway consists of lines 1 through 9 plus the Jungang Line, Bundang Line, and Gyeongui Line. Each line can be distinguished by its representative color as well as signs and maps found throughout each station so that native Koreans and foreigners alike can use the subway system with ease.



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Search for convenient routes and get helpful information

Search for subway routes using Visit Seoul (click here)
: You can search by entering your point of departure and destination. It’ll tell you the approximate travel time, and you can also search for bus routes or a combination of bus and subway routes.

View the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation’s interactive map (click here)
: If you click on a station, you can view the timetable for that station. You can also choose a route from your point of departure to your destination, and see the approximate required travel time.

Line information

Line 1 blue 

Line 1 - blue 

This was the very first subway line. Seoul Station is at the very center of this line, and it extends all the way to Suwon, Incheon, Cheonan and other areas outside of Seoul.

Line 2 green

Line 2 - green

This line goes in a loop and connects such popular stations as Hongik Univ., Shinchon, City Hall, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, Jamsil, Samseong and Gangnam.  It is frequently packed back-to-back.

Line 3 orange

Line 3 - orange

This line stretches all the way from Ilsan in Gyeonggi Province to the southern part of Seoul. On this line you’ll find Sinsa, Apgujeong, Express Bus Terminal, which are popular stops in the Gangnam area, as well as Anguk and Jongno 3-ga Stations, from which you can access the popular tourist neighborhood of Insadong.

Line 4 sky blue

Line 4 – sky blue

This line connects parts of northern and southern Seoul. One this line you’ll find Daehangno (Hwehya Station), Dongdaemun Market (Dongdaemun Station), Myeongdong, Namdaemun, and Seoul Station, which are all great tourist areas.

Line 5 purple

Line 5 - purple

This line connects Gimpo Airport to Seoul. You can connect to lines 1 and 3 at Jongno 3-ga Station.

Line 6 brown

Line 6 – brown

On this line you can find World Cup Stadium as well as Itaewon, a popular hangout for foreigners and great for shopping and eating a wide array of international food.

Line 7 olive green

Line 7 – olive green

This line starts in Euijeongbu in northern Seoul and extends south to the Gangnam area. The high class Cheongdam area can be found off this line.

Line 8 pink

Line 8 - pink

This line connects southern Seoul to Seongnam. On this line you’ll find the famous Munjeong-dong shopping area (from Munjeong Station) neighborhood as well as Seoul’s biggest market, Nongsanmul Market, and Garak Market, which is a popular fish and agricultural market.

Line 9 gold

Line 9 - gold

This line was completed in July 2009. Aside from the all-stop local train, this line also has an express train, which can go from Gimpo Airport to the Gangnam area in just 30 minutes.


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Bundang yellow

Bundang – yellow

This line links the Gangnam area to the residential area of Bundang. It starts at Seolleung Station in Gangnam and goes down to Yongin City in Gyeonggi Province.

Sinbundang red 

Sinbundang - red 

This is Korea's very first driverless train line and connects Gangnam, Pangyo, and Jeongja. On this line you'll find Yangjae Citizen's Forest and Jeongja-dong's Cafe Street in Bundang.

Jungang emerald

Jungang - emerald

This line connects Yongsan Station in central Seoul to Yongmun Station in Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province.

Gyeongui light emerald

Gyeongui - light emerald

This line extends from Seoul Station to Munsan Station, which is the closest station to the North Korean border. You can get off at Munsan Station, and tour the DMZ and visit Dorasan Station, which is actually on the Gyeongui line but is not used by civilians at this time.

Gyeongchun – seafoam green

Gyeongchun – seafoam green

This line was completed in December 2010. It connects with Line 7 at Sangbong Station and ends at Chuncheon Station in Gangwon Province. On this line you’ll find Cheongpyeong, Gapyeong and Chuncheon.


 Airport Rail

This line connects Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport with downtown Seoul. Express trains operate from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station in just under 50 minutes. All-stop trains stop at multiple stations around the city.





Regular (19 years old and up)

1,250 won

1,350 won

Youth (13-18 years old)

720 won

1,350 won

Child (6-12 years old)

450 won

450 won

※ Airport Railroad Line and Sinbundang Line cost an additional fee
10 - 40 km: 100 won for every 5 km
After 50 km: 100 won for every 8 km
Discounts are given only to those residing in Korea who use T-money

Riding the subway

Hongdae subway station Exit no. 21Finding the subway station

Subway station signs are written in Korean, English and other languages, so foreign tourists should be able to find it easily. The corresponding color to the line is also easily visible.

Purchasing a ticket

Since May 2009, passengers have been able to purchase a “single journey ticket.” If you purchase one, you must pay a deposit of 500 won, which you get back when you return the card at your destination.

The front of a single journey ticket The back of a single journey ticket
Front Back

How to purchase a ticket using Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device step 1 At the Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device, you can choose the “English” option.


How to purchase a ticket using Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device step 2 On the left-most side in orange, you’ll see the option for “Single Journey Ticket.” Choose that option, and you’ll come to a list of destinations.


How to purchase a ticket using Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device step 3

Choose your station destination.


How to purchase a ticket using Ticket Vending and Card Reload Device step 4 Select the number of passengers, and your total will be displayed. Then insert your money into the machine, and the card(s) will be dispensed.

Passing through the turnstiles

As you go through the turnstiles, scan your card over the T-money scanner.

T-money scannerTransfer sign


When you’re on the subway train, you’ll notice if you’re approaching a stop where you can make a transfer because over the loudspeaker, you will hear music and then a voice will say which lines you can transfer to. You will also notice as you’re pulling up to a stop whether there are any other subway line colors on the wall. And, of course, you can also check the subway map. If you are transferring, most of the time, transfers take place within the subway station, but if you have to transfer at Noryangjin Station (lines 1, 9), you will have to come out of the turnstiles in order to transfer.

Deposit Refund Device5Getting off

When you reach your destination, after you come out of the turnstiles, you’ll see a machine that says “Deposit Refund Device.” Insert your card in there, and it will refund your 500 won deposit.

Lines 1- 4 (Seoul Metro)

Lines 5 - 8 (Seoul Metro Rapid Transit Corporation)

Line 9 (Metro 9)

Phone) 2656-0009

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