Fares vary depending on the kind of bus. As of June 2015, the basic Adult fare for the green and blue buses is W1,390, while that of the connector buses (red) and late night is W2,400. Late night buses are 2,250. Maeul or neighbourhood buses cost W1,000. Yellow buses (circular route buses) cost W1,200. Using the T-money card on any of these buses reduces the fare by W100.
Youth and Children's bus fares are W1,300 (W720 with student card) and W450 respectivelly for the blue/green buses Mauel buses for Youth W1,000 (W480 w card) and W300 for Children. Yello buses is W560 w card for Youth and W350 for children. Red Express bus is W,360 w card for Youth and W1,200 for Children while the night bus is W1,360 (w card) for Youth and W1,200 for children. Note that up to 3 children under 6 y-o-a can ride for free with one adult.
Subway fares start at W1,350 (W1,240 with T-money card) and increse incrementally based on the distance one is travelline (base fare = first 10KM, then the fare increases by W100 ever 5km for the next 10-50km and from 50+km, it goes up W100 for each additional 10km.
Bus fares are generally not based on distance unless one transfers to another bus or subway where the fare increases by W100 for every 5km. Riders who travel 30 kilometers or more on the bus pay an extra W100 for each five (5) kilometers travelled to a maximum of around W3,000. (Note: there is no additional cost for a transfer if the rider has used the T-money card and swiped before exiting the bus from which he/she is transferring).
Getting on/off and transfers: To stop the bus at your destination, push one of the stop buttons* located along the length of the bus. Before boarding the bus, you may call out your destination to the bus driver or show the written name of your destination and he (a few she's these days) will indicate whether his bus goes there by waving you on or off. *Note that the stop buttons are placed at every other seat and not at each one.
By swiping your T-money card on the reader by the back door, you will be able to transfer to another bus at no charge (within 30 minutes) or at a lower fare on the subway. No-charge transfers are not possible if you've paid cash. Drivers may make change for W1,000 notes, but not for higher denominations.
The T-money card is the best way to pay for public transit in Seoul – and it can be used for taxies as well. Using the T-money card will result in a discount on bus and subway fares and will allow you to transfer without additional charges. T-money cards can be purchased in the subway station or from kiosks located near subway exists as well as at many convenience stores. They can be charged with amounts ranging from W1,000 to W90,000 by the vendors or in the subway station where recharging can be done either by the clerk or by a special recharging machine – instructions in English on the machine. Visitors with a balance on their T-money card can get a refund for the remaining amount from any T-money card vendor (less W1,500 – the purchase price of the card). For more details regarding the T-money card, visit the T-money Card page in the Daily Life - Public Transportation tab.
K4E Editor's Note: Korea4Expats.com wants to provide you with as complete and accurate information as possible, so should you find any errors or omissions in the contents above please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Information based on July 2015 fares - note that fare hikes do not normally occur yearly - the previous fare hikes were in 2012).
Last Updated on 2016-02-21
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