Subways use the urban railroad system that has been constructed in Seoul. With Line 1 opening on August 15, 1974, there are now 11 lines currently operating.

Subway Information

Line 1 The first subway line to open in Seoul, it runs toward the downtown areas of Seoul Station, City Hall and Jongno Station. It connects to major metropolitan area cities such as Suwon, Incheon, and Cheonan.
Line 2 This is the circular line that operates through the center of Seoul. It connects Gangbuk’s tourist sites such as Hongik Univ., Sinchon, Ewha Womans Univ., City Hall, Euljiro, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, as well as Gangnam’s major areas like Jamsil, Samseong, and Gangnam Station area.
Line 3 This line stretches from Goyang-si and Ilsan in Gyeonggi Province to the southern area of Seoul. It connects the central areas of Gangnam such as Sinsa, Apgujeong, and Express Bus Terminal, as well as Anguk and Jongno 3-ga Stations, which are convenient for visiting Insa-dong.
Line 4 This is the line that connects the northern and southern areas of Seoul. It is a convenient line for visiting Daehangno, Dongdaemun Market, Myeong-dong, and Namdaemun Markets, and getting to Seoul Station.
Line 5 This line connects Gimpo Airport with downtown Seoul. Passengers can transfer to Line 1 and 3 at Jongno 3-ga Station.
Line 6 This is a convenient line to see the World Cup Stadium and Itaewon.
Line 7 This line connects Uijeongbu-si to the north of Seoul and the capital's Gangnam area. It is very crowded during commuting hours, and passes through Cheongdam-dong, a high-end shopping area.
Line 8 This line connects southern Seoul and Seongnam-si, and is the line to take to visit Garak Market, the largest agricultural market in Seoul, and Munjeong-dong, which is famous for its outlet shopping area.
Line 9 This is the newest line, opening in July 2009. It operates express trains and local trains, connecting Gimpo Airport to the Gangnam area in 30 minutes.
Ui Lrt Line This line opened in Sep. 2017. It connects BukhansanUi Station to Sinseol-dong Station.
Suinbundang Line This line connects Incheon Station in Gyeonggi Province to Cheongyangni Station.
ShinBundang Line This line connects Gangnam-Pangyo-Jeongja Stations, which are operated by an unmanned system, the first of its kind in Korea. It passes through Yangjae Citizen’s Forest and the café street in Jeongja-dong, Bundang.
Gyeongui-Joungang Line This line connects Imjingang Station, Gyeonggi Province to Seoul Station and also to Jipyong in Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province.
Gyeongchun Line This line opened in December 2010, and connects Cheongnyangni Station to Chuncheon Station in Gangwon Province. Passengers can use this line to get to Cheongpyeong, Gapyeong, and Chuncheon.
Airport Express Airport Express trains pass through Incheon International and Gimpo Airports and run to Seoul Station; general trains stop at all ten stations, while through trains run express from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station.
Uijeongbu Lrt This line connects Tapseok Station to Balgok Station in Uijeongbu.
Everline This line connects Giheung Station to Everland Station in Yongin City.
Gyeonggang Line This line connects Pangyo Station to Yeoju Station in Gyeonggi Province.
West Sea Line This line connects Sosa Station to Wonsi Station, Ansan City in Gyeonggi Province.
Gimpo City Line This line connects Yangchon Station to Gimpo Intl.Airport Station.
Sillim Line This line opened in May. 2022. It connects Saetgang Station to Gwanaksan Station.

Subway Fares

Based on
you traveled
  Transport Card Single-use Card
Adult Up to 10km: KRW 1,400 KRW 100 added to the transport
card fee
10~below 50km: additional KRW 100
every 5 km
Exceed 50km: additional KRW 100
every 8km
Youth Minimum charge: KRW 800 No discount (single use fare)
Child Minimum charge: KRW 500 Same as transport card

Using the Subway

Using the Subway
1.Finding subway stations
  • A subway sign and the station name can be seen at the entrance to each subway station. Station names are indicated in Chinese and English for foreigners
  • Station numbers are also indicated in different colors, so passengers can easily recognize the subway line to which it connects.
Using the Subway
2. Purchasing tickets
  • As of May 2009, tickets have changed to single-use transport cards. Upon purchase of this type of card, a security deposit of KRW 500 is added, but this is returned at "Deposit Refund Device" machines after the card has been used.
  • Prepaid transport cards are rechargeable, while transportation paid for with deferred payment cards are included in the related credit card statement.
Using the Subway
3. Passing through a gate
  • After purchasing a card, scan it to pass through the gate.
Using the Subway
4. Transferring
  • Transferring to another line is possible within the station, without passing through the gate again.
  • Follow the signs or wall strips with the color of the subway line you wish to use.
Using the Subway
5. Exiting
  • To leave the subway station, scan your card and pass through the gate.
  • Outside the gate, insert your single-use card into a "Deposit Refund Device" machine to get your security deposit returned (KRW 500).

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