Taxi Fares Seoul
Regular Taxis (Ilban Taxi / 일반 택시)
As of 16 February 2019, the basic fare for regular taxi fares is W3,800 (from W3,000) and increases by increments of W100 according to time/distance (the basic fare covers the first two kilometers of the trip and then W100 is added for each additional 132 meters). If the taxi is traveling at a speed lower than 15 kilometers per hour, W100 is added to the meter every 31 seconds.
The basic late-night fare has increased from W3,600 to W4,600.
Black/Deluxe Taxis (Mobeom Taxi / 모범택시)
The basic rate is W6,500 for the first three kilometers, after which W200 is charged for each 151 meters when the taxis is traveling faster than 15 kilometers per hour, otherwise W200 is added for every 36 seconds when traveling slower than this speed.
Jumbo (Van) Taxis
Passengers who are traveling in a large group or have excess baggage may choose to take a van taxi. These taxis have the same rate system as the mobeom taxis and are the same color as deluxe taxi (black with yellow lettering). They are available on call, and, depending on the company dispatched, a W1000 dispatching fee may apply. Calll number: 02-888-2000 (outside Korean +82-2-888-2000)
Call taxis: While most taxis are flagged on the street, it is possible to order a 'call taxi'. With the exception of the International Taxis (as long as they still operate) if one calls a taxi there will be a W1000 surcharge added to the total fare. Note that the operator who answers may be unilingual Korean.
Grey Taxis: KindCall (1588-3382) NaviCall (1599-8255) NCall (1688-2255) S Taxi (1577-0115) and also 1588-0082, K-Taxi:02-303-0012, Hana Deluxe Taxi - 1588-2255
Deluxe Taxis – 02-3431-5100
International Taxis: 1644-2255
Jumbo Taxi 02-888-2000
Seoul call taxi for disabled persona 1588-4388
Kakao Taxis are in creasingly popular in Korea, including with foreign nationals who speak little or not Korean. The taxi will find you if you have GPS on your Korean phone and the free app can be downloaded quite easily. For a 'how to use/download' see this blog or check here (translations provided). The app works on android and IOS phones. There is no additional charge for using the Kakao app and the fares are the same as above.
Late Night Surcharge
If you take a taxi between 11PM and 4AM there is a surcharge, 20% added to the basic fare. The basic late-night fare is W5,400.
There is a 20% surcharge from Seoul to adjacent cities.
Fares are shown on the meter and all taxies have meters. When you get into the vehicle, it is a good idea to make sure that the driver has cleared the meter after the previous passenger (should show 0, then 3000* – the base fare). You may also want to make sure the meter is on and doesn’t continue to register ‘0’.
Toll fees to the airport are sometimes added to the meter charge - check with the driver before you leave to find out if he is planning to charge you.
Taxis can be flagged on the street. They can also be found at taxi stands around the city. You can tell the cab is available if the red light on top of the vehicle is turned on.
Refusing passengers is not uncommon. Some drivers will refuse a fare the person is going only a short distance – they would rather keep driving around fare-less for some unfathomable reason. You may also be refused because your destination is too far away or in the wrong direction if the driver is going off shift soon or wanting to take a meal break at a certain hour. Because of the fear of language problems, drivers will sometimes drive past foreigners trying to hail them.
Taxi drivers who refuse passengers are to be fined W200,000 and be required to take a 40-hour educational program. The government has also indicated that it is cracking down on taxi drivers who refuse to take passengers going short distances from Gangnam, Hongik and Jongro stations.
Tipping is neither customary, nor expected, although a ten percent tip might be appropriate for special services. Drivers will sometimes insist on giving you the exact change, even when you try to tip him/her.
Payment can be cash, credit card or T-money regardless of the amount of the fare. Some drivers will say that their card reader is not working and a few don't have one. This could be true or it could be that they are not legal taxis.
Receipts are available from all taxis.. They are connected to the meter and therefore show the exact fare and mileage. The print out is quite small. If the driver does not understand receipt, you can say it in Korean: yong-su-jung (means tax bill).
ALWAYS GET A RECEIPT In case you have left something in the cab, you can immediately contact the driver. The receipts all have a contact phone number for the driver, usually a cell phone number, although a few show only a landline number. Your receipt can also help you identify the driver should there have been a problem and you were unable to get the driver's ID before exiting the cab.
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Last Updated on 2019-03-18
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