Quick Guide to South korea Subway!

In this article we will share to you how you can use korean Subway if you are the first timer visit to south korea especially if you don’t understand korean and english language. You will be using Subway in most of your travel time in south korea especially if you travel here alone or with friends without a private tour guide or tour agency services. Here’s some subway fare you might want to know.

Subway Fares by Region

Seoul Subway fares

  • Transportation Card users
    Adults 1,250 won / Teenagers 720 won / Children 450 won
  • Single Journey Ticket users
    Adults & Teenagers 1,350 won / Children 450 won* Base fare applies to travel distance of 10 km or less
    * Additional fare: 100 won for every 5 km traveled within 10~50 km distance / 100 won for every 8 km traveled for over 50 km distance
    * Subway fare system varies by region

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Busan Subway fares

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

    * Fare structure: Section 1 (within 10 km) / Section 2 (exceeding 10 km) 
    * Additional fare: 100 won for every 5 km traveled within 10~50 km / 100 won for every 8 km traveled for over 50 km
    * Subway fare system varies by region

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daejeon Subway fares

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

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

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daegu Subway fares

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

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gwangju Subway fares

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

    * Fares above are based on November 29, 2019
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 6-12)
    * Senior citizens (ages 65 & over) are charged the same fare as adults; free of charge for senior citizens who have permanent residency in Korea
    * Free of charge for children under age 6 accompanied by an adult regardless of residency

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purchase transport card

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You 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 refunded when returning the card through a deposit refund machine after use.

deposit refunds

You can receive your 500 won deposit refund for a Single Journey Ticket by returning the ticket to a deposit refund device at your destination. Just insert your ticket and you’ll instantly receive your refunds.

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 depends on their own terms and conditions.

– 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 by subway station.
– Payment method: Most lockers accept transportation cards and cash.

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