you arrive in korea, this below is some helpful.
Subway service is available
in Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Incheon.
the Seoul and Busan subways are linked with
main government offices, cultural assets,
shopping centers, bus terminals and the
airport, foreign tourists can use them conveniently.
Since in both subways each line
has a unique color and information is announced
both in Korean and in English, even those
who are visiting Korea for the first time
can easily use the subway. When using the
Seoul subway in particular, you can easily
recognize transfer stations when you hear
the birdcall on lines 1~4 and classical
music on lines 5~8 when the transfer station
As of February 2001,
the subway runs from 06:00 to 23:30 and
the subway fare is normally 600won for one
section in the downtown area. Extra charges
are added depending on the section covered
from downtown to the suburbs or from suburb
If you use the subway
often, you can receive a 10% bonus ticket
(students 20%) when using prepaid subway
tickets (10,000 won/20,000 won). You can
also purchase transportation cards (passes
that charge 550won for 1 section) which
can be used for both the bus and the subway.
There are three types of
taxis in Korea: General - the most common,
Best Deluxe - full service and Call Taxis.
General taxis, usually
gray in color, are available not only at
taxi stops but also at streets with a simple
gesture. An available taxi can be distinguished
by the red light at the front or by the
cap lamp on the top. These features make
it easy to find an available taxi at night.
Some taxis with "FREE INTERPRETATION"
signs provide on-line phone interpretation
service. However, knowing some basic Korean
or area information ahead of time will make
your trip more convenient.
fare is currently 1,600 won (Jan 2002).
an additional 20% of the total fare is charged.
The fare from Kimpo Airport
to downtown Seoul is around 20,000
won and from Kimpo to Jamsil is about 25,000
with yellow caps are called Best Deluxe
Taxi. They provide various convenient services
including free car phones. Credit card payment
is also available, and they will give you
a receipt. You are able to find these taxis
at general taxi stops. Best deluxe taxi
is easily found at airports, main hotels,
express bus terminals.
general taxi, some best deluxe taxi with
"FREE INTERPRETATION" signs on
their rear window provide on-line phone
interpretation service. Drivers of taxis
with a "Visitors Guide English (Japanese)"
sign provide you direct interpretation.
basic fare is currently 3,000 won (Feb 2001).
Unlike the general
taxis, best deluxe taxis do not charge you
extra fare after midnight. The fare from
Kimpo Airport to downtown
of Seoul is approximately 30,000
won and from Kimpo to Jamsil is about 40,000
You can call a taxi
directly to wherever you are by making a
simple phonecall. One advantage of this
is that you can arrange for a taxi with
interpretation service if you do not speak
any Korean at all.
When you wish
to call an interpretation available taxi,
A certain amount
of money will be charged when you call a
taxi. It varies by taxi company, so check
on this before making arrangements.
There are three kinds of
trains in Korea: Saemaeul, Mugunghwa and
Saemaeul, the fastest, is
an express train equipped with a dining
car and provides services of the highest
quality including a wireless public phone
and an area for using a notebook computer.
A KR PASS allows foreigners who visit Korea to use the train freely or to
receive a discount during a fixed period. This pass is convenient for those who
have to travel many times from city to city during a fixed period (3, 5, 7 and
Mugunghwa is probably the most appropriate
train service for travelers. Mugunghwa not
only has the greatest number of lines connecting
city to city but also offers reasonable
prices and frequent operation compared to
Saemaeul. There is also Tongil, which runs
between small train stations in quiet country
villages. If you want to see in person the
backgrounds of serene Korean movies and
soap operas, then taking this train is a
great way to do it.
station depends on the destination. Generally
you can use Cheongryangri Station when leaving
Seoul for the northern areas of Gyeonggi-do,
Gangreung or Chuncheon, and you can use
Seoul Station or Yeongdeungpo Station to
reach the southern areas of Gyeonggi-do,
Daejeon, Busan or Gwangju. It is possible
to reserve train tickets by phone or by
the internet. Fares may vary depending on
the distance. The first train normally leaves
between 06:00 and 07:00 and the final train
arrives at the destination before 24:00.
In Korea, taking a train is a good
choice for a business trips or long-distance
trips because the train is rarely delayed
except in special circumstances like natural
disasters or accidents.
Rental cars can give you
freedom on a trip, however driving can be
difficult for foreigners who have not yet
experienced driving in Korea.
traffic system is very complicated. In most
roads in the city the speed limit is 60
kph. In intercity highways like the Olympics
Highway, the limit is 80 kph. If you are
inexperienced at driving in Korea, we recommend
renting a car with a chauffeur.
it costs 50,000~70,000 won per day to rent
a small car, 70,000~90,000 won for a mid-sized
car, 120,000~270,000 for a deluxe car and
90,000~100,000 for a van . There will be
an additional fee of 5,000~10,000 won per
hour when using a chauffeur.
sure you check out the insurance status
of the car you rent. We also recommend that
you determine ahead of time the location
of the gas station nearest your destination
or the place you are staying. You can reserve
a rental car on-line with most rental car
shops in Korea.
To rent a car, you will
need your international driver's license,
your ID or passport and your national driver's