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Subway fares increase as travel range increases. You can pay with transportation cards (post payment card or advanced
payment card) or with a single journey fare card. In the case of use transportation cards, you can use both bus and subway, and transfer between bus and subway.
One-time transportation cards are only available for the subway. A deposit of 500 won is required at the time of purchase and can be refunded after use through the deposit refund machine at subway stations.


How to buy a single journey fare card

1. Buying a single journey fare card
   Choose a destination and pay subway fare (contains 500 won card deposit).
   ※ The deposit system (500 won) is operated to reuse single journey fare cards.
2. Boarding and alighting
   Tap the transportation card on the card reader.
   ※ There is a logo T-money on the contact side.
3. Deposit
   You can get your deposit (500 won) back through the deposit refund machine.

Basic Subway Fare (2015 standard)

(unit: won)
Category Transportation Card Single Journey Fare Card
General Public 1,250 1,350
Youth 720 1,350
Elementary School Students 450 450

How to use the subway

 - You must check your destination and ride the correct subway that goes to your destination.
 - In a certain range of subway line, express subway is operated. This subway line does not stop at all stations.
   Before taking it, you had better check the station you want to go.
 ※ Express subway section in service : Subway line 1 Bupyeong station ↔ Yongsan station,
     Dongincheon station ↔ Yongsan station and Subway line 9 Kimpo airport ↔ Seoul Sports complex,
     Airport Railway Incheon International airport station ↔Seoul station

Types of subway

  • Seoul Metro : Line no. 1 to 9. It operates routes to and from areas such as Incheon ↔ Seoul, Seoul↔ Seoul and
    Seoul ↔ Gyeonggi etc. Line no. 1 in Incheon is connected to Bucheon and Seoul.
  • Incheon Subway: Incheon subway connects the city of Incheon. Transfer to Seoul Metro line no. 1 at Bupyeong Station, 
    line no. 7 at Bupyeong-gu Office Station, Suin line at Woninjae Station and the Airport Railway at Gyeyang Station.
  [↓Seoul Station / Airport Railway / Airport Railway / Incheon International Airport] Gyeyang Station(transfer) ↔
  Gulhyeon Station ↔ Bakchon Station ↔ Imhak Station ↔ Gyesan Station ↔ Gyeongin Nat'l Univ. of Education
  Station ↔ Jakjeon Station ↔ Galsan Station ↔ [↓Onsu / Jangam / Subway Line No. 7] Bupyeong-gu Office
  Station ↔ Bupyeong Market Station ↔ [Uijeongbu station / Mt. Soyosan Station / Subway Line No. 1 / Subway
  Line No. 1 / Juan station / Incheon Station] Bupyeong station (transfer) ↔ Dongsu Station ↔ Bupyeongsamgeori
  Station ↔ Ganseogogeori Station ↔ Incheon City Hall Station ↔ Arts Center Station ↔ Incheon Terminal ↔
  Munhak Sports Complex Station ↔ Seonhak Station ↔ Sinyeonsu Station ↔ [↓Wolgot / Oido Island Station /
  Suin Line / Suin Line / Yeonsu / Songdo Station] Woninjae Station (transfer) ↔ Dongchun Station ↔ Dongmak
  Station ↔ Campus Town Station ↔ Techno Park Station ↔ BIT Zone Station ↔ Univ. of Incheon Station ↔
  Central Park Station ↔ International Business District Station

  • Airport Railway : It is a subway connecting Incheon International Airport to Incheon to Seoul.
     There are two types of train systems such as general train which stops at all stations on the railway
     line and express train which stops only Incheon International Airport Station and Seoul station
   - Express Train (takes 43 minute from Incheon International Airport Station ~ Seoul station, non-stop, interval: 30 minutes)
   - General train (takes 56 minutes from Incheon International Airport Station ~ Seoul station, stops at 11 stations,
      interval: 12 minutes)
      In the case of general trains of the Airport Railway, it is possible to transfer to Incheon Subway Line 1 (Gyeyang
      Station), Seoul Subway Line 1 (Seoul station), Line 2 (Hongik University Station), Line 4 (Seoul Station), Line 5
      (Gimpo Airport Station, Gongdeok Station), Line 6 (Digital Media City Station, Gongdeok Station), Gyeongin line
      (Digital Media City Station, Hongik University Station, Gongdeok Station, Seoul Station).
      ※ Reservation and boarding in KTX are available in Incheon International Airport station or Geomam Station.
  • Suin Line : As it is a railroad line connected Incheon to Suwon, you can easily access to Ansan, Oido Island in
     Kyonggi area. (Expected completion in 2016)

  Incheon International Airport (KTX) ↔ Incheon Int'l Airport Cargo Terminal Station ↔ Unseo Station ↔
  Cheongna Int'l City ↔ Geomam Station (KTX / Incheon Subway Line 2) ↔ Gyeyang Station (Incheon Subway
  Line 1) ↔ Gimpo Int'l Airport Station (Seoul Subway Line 9 / Seoul Subway Line 5) ↔ Digital Media City Station
  (Gyeongui Line / Seoul Subway Line 6) ↔ Hongik University Station (Gyeongui Line / Seoul Subway Line 2) ↔
  Gongdeok Station(Gyeongui Line / Seoul Subway Line 6 / Seoul Subway Line 5) ↔ Seoul Station (Gyeongui Line
  / Seoul Subway Line 4 / Seoul Subway Line 1 / KTX)

Information for convenient subway use
Through the following websites, each subway route, the subway allocation interval will be provided.
 • Incheon Transit Corporation (Incheon Subway Line No. 1) :
   (English, Chinese and Japanese available) ☎(032)451-2114
 • Seoul Metro (Seoul Subway Line No. 1 to 4) :
   (English, Chinese and Japanese available) ☎1577-1234
 • Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit (Seoul Subway Line No. 5 to 8) :
   (English available) ☎1577-5678
 • Seoul Metro Line No. 9 : (English available) ☎02-2656-0009
 • Korail Airport Railroad : (English available) ☎1599-7788
  - Smartphone app for subway
    After searching for 'subway navigation', hacheoli', you can download the relevant app.

※ What is integrated transfer fare of the capital city area?
  • In case of transfer of Metropolitan area bus such as Incheon, Gyeonggi, and Seoul bus and Metro and subway,
    regardless of the use of transportation, the fare will be charged as total distance covered (transportation card available)
  • In case of transfer, fare should be paid by transportation card and when getting on and off, transportation card must be 
    tagged then it is accepted as eligible transfer.

Example of transfer


Time window for transfer

   • After 07:00 ~ before 21:00, within 30 minutes after exiting ticket gate
   • After 21:00 ~ before 07:00, within 1 hour after exiting ticket gate

Criteria for approved transfers

   • No discounts in the case of using the same route bus continuously.
   • Maximum number of transfers: the transfer discount is only applicable 5 times.
   • When more than two people have paid, the same number of people receive transfer discount.
     (Applicable only to bus and not subway)
   • Not applicable to continuous transfers between subway lines.

※ Source : Guidebook for foreigners, daily living information in Incheon

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