Subways in Korea: Stylishly old, tastefully trendy

Subways serve as a convenient mean of transportation, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and international visitors. Subways are currently available in five major cities including the Seoul Metropolitan Area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul Metropolitan Area subway system covers an expansive area, including Line 1 to 9 with additional lines, such as Sinbundang Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Ever Line, Uisinseol Line, and more branching throughout the metropolitan area. Subway lines are color-coded for convenience, allowing passengers to use the subway with ease.

 

Seoul Subway Base Fares (as of March 5, 2018)
Category (age) Transportation Card (Tmoney) Single Journey Ticket
Adults (age 19 and older) 1,250 won 1,350 won
Teens (age 13-18) 720 won 1,350 won
Children (age 7-12) 450 won 450 won
  • Base fare applies to travel distances of 10 km or less.
  • Additional fare: 100 won per each 5 km for distances 10~50 km / 100 won per each 8 km for distances over 50 km
  • Children age 6 and under ride free of charge.
  • Subway fare system differs by region.

Busan Subway Fares

  • Transportation Card user: 
    Adults - 1,300 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2 
    Teenagers - 1,050 won for Section 1 / 1,200 won for Section 2 
    Children – 650 won for Section 1 / 750 won for Section 2
  • Single Journey Ticket user: 
    Adults - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,600 won for Section 2 
    Teenagers - 1,150 won for Section 1 / 1,300 won for Section 2 
    Children – 700 won for Section 1 / 800 won for Section 2

    * Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10.5 km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10.5 km)

Daejeon Subway Fares

  • Transportation Card user: 
    Adults - 1,250 won for Section 1 / 1,350 won for Section 2 
    Teenagers - 880 won for Section 1 / 960 won for Section 2 
    Children – 550 won for Section 1 / 600 won for Section 2
  • Single Journey Ticket user: 
    Adults - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2 
    Teenagers - 1,400 won for Section 1 / 1,500 won for Section 2 
    Children – 600 won for Section 1 / 650 won for Section 2

    * Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10 km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10 km)

Daegu Subway Fares

  • Transportation Card user: Adults 1,250 won / Teenagers 850 won / Children 400 won
  • Single Journey Ticket user: Adults 1,400 won / Teenagers 1,400 won / Children 500 won

Gwangju Subway Fares

  • Transportation Card user: Adults 1,250 won / Teenagers 900 won / Children 500 won
  • Single Journey Ticket user: Adults 1,400 won / Teenagers 1,400 won / Children 500 won

Purchasing Transportation Cards

subway【 Photo: Ticket vending and card reload device 】

In order to use subways, the first step is purchasing the right transportation card or ticket to meet your needs. Passengers can buy either a Single Journey Ticket or a rechargeable card like Tmoney, Cashbee or MPASS for multiple uses. Single Journey Ticket cards can be purchased using a ticket vending machine and require an additional 500 won security deposit. The deposit can be received when returning the card through the a separate machine after use.

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Deposit Refunds

You can receive your 500 won deposit refund for the Single Journey Ticket by returning the ticket to a deposit refund device at your destination. Simply insert the ticket into the device, and collect your refund.

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【 Photo: Use the deposit refund device to receive your refund 】

Subway Lockers

Subway Lockers【 Photo: Subway lockers 】

Many of the subway stations in Seoul are equipped with storage lockers. In addition, most lockers offer instructions in multiple languages. Locker fees and storage hours may vary depending on the terms and conditions of each facility.

- Basic storage time: 2-4 hours 
- Fees (based on basic storage time): Small locker 2,000 won / Medium locker 3,000 won / Large locker 4,000 won
* Fees may differ in each subway station. Additional fees may be charged when basic storage time is exceeded.
Payment: All lockers accept payment with a transportation card, while some lockers also accept payment in cash.

Regional Subway Websites

- Seoul Metro: www.seoulmetro.co.kr (Korean only)
- Seoul Metro 9 (Seoul Subway Line 9): www.metro9.co.kr (Korean, English) 
- Busan Transportation Corporation: www.humetro.busan.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Daejeon Metropolitan Subway Corporation: www.djet.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Daegu Metropolitan Subway Corporation: www.dtro.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
- Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation: www.gwangjusubway.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

This page was last updated on March 5, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

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