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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Public Transportations in Korea

Public transportation in Korea are integrated each other, they are very rapid convenient and efficient and will connect you to some of major cities in Korea. You can fine subway systems in Seoul, Busan, Daegu. Daejon, Gwangju and Incheon, and KTX the high-speed rail service will take you to some great destinations in Korea.
People in Korea especially in Seoul mostly pay their transportation fares with the transportation cards. The cards are honored on busses and subways as well as taxis. The benefits of using the card is discounted rate. The cards can be purchased and reloaded at convenience stores, kiosks, subway station or mini-kiosks at the bus stops.

video credit : verces86 on Youtube

Bus Routes.
The most frequently used public transportation in Korea is a bus. Recently a monitor system has been added at bus stops to provide information on the estimated arrival time of each bus. It is very useful for me, when I visited Seoul. The low fare is another reason why bus ride is so popular. Bus routes are divided into diferent colors and have philosophical meaning.

Green bus : Green buses will be flexibly operated by private bus companies, to connect major subway stations or bus terminals outside downtown Seoul. It is similar with the city bus and the community shuttle bus currently in operation. Green stands for the mountains surrounding the city.
Blue bus : This type of buses will operate at higher speeds and access the median bus lane connecting suburban areas to downtown Seoul. The blue color represents Seoul's skyline and Hangang (River) to symbolize security and freedom.
Red bus : The red buses will be express buses designed specially for those commuting between downtown Seoul and the metropolitan area. The color red exudes energy of speed.
Yellow bus : This bus will circle downtown Seoul and stop at stations for blue buses and major railway stations, as well as business, tourist and shopping areas. Yellow was selected for its dynamic and friendly image.

Rapid Subway Service.
Very convenient transportation service in Seoul which is connected to some of lines and destinations, from the downtown of Seoul to suburb area. Incheon international airport can be reached by subway too. In my experiences, I may say this is the most efficient public transportation in Seoul, with complete information in various languages.

Multiple Taxi Types.
There are some types of taxi in Seoul, we can recognize them by their color.

General taxi or regular taxi with silver color with basic fare started from W2.600 and the meter increases at W100 base on distance.
Between midnight and 4 AM, there is an extra charge (20%) for all general taxies anywhere.

Deluxe taxi, with black color and the words "Deluxe taxi" on the side. The fare is higher than regular taxi type which is starts from W4.500 and the meter increases at W200 base on distance.

High-speed Rail (KTX).
The KTX (Korea Trail eXpress) high-speed serves many major cities in Korea. It's only take 2 hours and 40 minutes from Seoul to Busan, 2 hours and 58 minutes from Seoul to Mokpo, it's faster than other public transport service. 

Express buses.
They run between all the cities in Korea. Some of remote destinations can be reached by using Express buses system.

Limousine bus.
Perfect experience I had, I used the limousine bus from and to Incheon International airport. Many destination in various region are available.

Websites :
(Seoul subway) :
(Busan subway) :
(Daegu subway) :
(Gwangju subway) :
(Daejeon subway) :
(Incheon subway) :
(KTX) :
(Express bus) :
(Airport limousine bus - Incheon International Airport) :

Credit :
personal experiences.
Passport to Korean culture.

Photo credit :
green bus : wikipedia.
Seoul taxi : wikipedia.

Video credit :
Seoul: Bus Journey in Yeouido District : ErikoZucconi on Youtube.

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