Transportation in South Korea

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Getting around South Korea is quite easy and due to its small size, it does not take long to get from one city to another. The public transport system is great and allows you to avoid the cost of buying your own car or scooter to get to and from work.

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Buses Systems in Korea

Because of the infrastructure requirements and expenses related to airplane and train travel, bus service continues to provide the bulk of public transportation in Korea. The country has 3 major types of bus services: intra-city, long distance, and charter (tour).

Although bus travel is generally safe, most bus drivers seem to want to get where they are going in a hurry. Fortunately, the transportation gods smile favorably on Korea, and the accident rate is lower than it could be. The weak of heart may want to close their eyes for the duration of the trip. When seat belts are available, use them!

Taxis in South Korea

Korea has two major types of taxis: regular and mobeom (deluxe), although generally only larger cities have mobeom taxis. You can hail these taxis on the street or find them at taxis stands. (Major transportation hubs such as airports and bus and train stations often have several dozen taxis lined up waiting for passengers.) Many areas also have call taxis that will come and pick you up when you call them, for an added charge. Several U.S. military installations also have their own taxi service (AAFES).

Subway Systems in South Korea

There are currently subway systems in Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon, and Gwangju. A system is also currently being built in Daejeon and is on schedule to be completed soon. All the subway systems in South Korea are extensive and offer one of the best ways to travel throughout the city. The price is 700 won for most distances but can cost as much as 1400 won for long distances.

Train Systems in South Korea

With the historical opening of the express rail in April 2004, Koreans now have access to a high-speed rail system that rivals similar systems in France, Japan and Taiwan. Operating at speeds pushing 300 km/hr, it is now possible to reach almost any part of the country within three hours.
This extra convenience comes at an extra financial cost, but for those needing to get around in a hurry, the KTX train system can’t be beat.