Korea Travel Tips: All you need to know

 

ESSENTIALS

Internet Access: SIM Card / Wifi Router

Several options available and considerations may primarily based on cost, data usage requirement, operating hours for pick up at arriving airport, availability of onsite purchase and fuss free setup/setup assistance.

 

In general, South Korea has excellent mobile network coverage and bandwidth. Video streaming is seamless on its mobile network.

Options Available:

  • Unlimited Data Plan SIM Card

  • Fixed Data Plan SIM Card

  • Wifi Router Unlimited Data

KT Mobile Counter at Incheon International Airport | Seoul, South Korea
EG SIM Card | South Korea
KT Mobile Wifi-Router | South Korea

T-Money Card

  • Purchase a T money store value card at local convenience stores (available at Incheon Airport as well) or subway stations. Card deposit is ₩4000.

  • Discounted fares available for child/youth 18 & below when passport is presented on card purchase.

  • You can use this card conveniently on Airport Limousine Bus, Local Bus (e.g. Seoul/Busan), Subway (e.g. Seoul/Busan), Taxi & Convenience Stores.

  • Top up (any amount from ₩1,000 to ₩90,000) available at local convenience stores and subway stations. Refund available at these places when the balance is not more than ₩20,000. A refund service fee of ₩500 applies.

  • No card expiry date.

  • Full details at www.t-money.co.kr

T-Money Card | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
 

Korea Power Point & Plug

  • Bring the correct adaptor for your device where required.

Korea Plug & Adaptor to bring | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Korea Power Socket | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
 

MOBILE APPS

Metroid HD: Korea Subway Info App

  • Google Play 'EDITORS CHOICE' App. If you plan to travel on Korea's subway, this will be a very useful app to install.

  • With this app, you no longer need to carry the paper subway network map at all. 

  • Available on Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju subway systems.

  • App can be used without internet access as the train timetable are downloaded and updated periodically when accessing the app.

  • Enter your Departure and Arrival Stations and you will be presented with the travel time based on the Best Path, Shortest Path and Minimum Transfer, subway line number(s), stations along the path and arrival time. 

  • TIP - If the travel time difference between Best/Shortest path and Minimum Transfer path is minimal, then you may consider the Minimum Transfer path as it can be a fair walk when changing train lines, including up/down the stairs.

Get it on google play.jpg

Note: Please install the app before arrival as the app may not be available on Google Play in ​South Korea

KaokaoMetro - Download on the app store | KoreaToDo

For iphone users, you may like to use KakaoMetro instead

MetroidHD to install | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
MetroidHD - Cities available | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
MetroidHD - Subway Map and Search | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
MetroidHD - Best Path and Travel Time | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
MetroidHD - Minimum Transfer Path and Travel Time | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
MetroidHD - Stations along the path | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea

Google Map vs local KakaoMap & Naver Map 

  • Google Map does not function fully in South Korea as the Car and Walking routes features are not available. Also, almost all places on the map are primarily in Korean, making it difficult to know your nearby places and to get around.

  • The only possible use of Google Map in South Korea is to see if you are walking closer or in the wrong direction from your destination.

  • Naver or Daum Maps are the comprehensive maps used by Koreans, but available in Korean only (desktop versions).

  • As such, KoreaToDo uses the more informational map in English available on VisitKorea for your location reference.

  • In 2017, KakaoMap App (formerly Daum Maps App) launched the English interface for mobile.

KakaoMap App in English | KoreaToDo
Naver Map - Get it on Google Play | KoreaToDo
Naver Map - Download on the app store | KoreaToDo
  • In early 2018, Naver Map App is also available in English.

Naver Map App in English | KoreaToDo
Naver Map - Get it on Google Play | KoreaToDo
Naver Map - Download on the app store | KoreaToDo
Google Map in South Korea - Walking Route not available | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Google Map in South Korea - Car Route not available | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Google Map in South Korea - Bus & Subway Routes | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Naver Map App with English Interface for South Korea | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Naver Map App with English Interface for South Korea | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
KakaoMap App with English Interface for South Korea | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
KakaoMap App with English Interface for South Korea | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea

On The Go Language Translation of Korea's signage or menu

  • Another handy app to use in Korea is "Google Translate".

  • In Google Translate, you can use the camera function to translate any Korean signage or menu you come across, instantly.

Naver Map - Get it on Google Play | KoreaToDo
Naver Map - Download on the app store | KoreaToDo

For example:

Korea Essential Travel Guide - Sample text to translate using Google Translate | KoreaToDo
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Korea Essential Travel Guide - Translate using Google Translate - Camera feature | KoreaToDo
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Korea Essential Travel Guide - Translate using Google Translate - Instant Translation | KoreaToDo
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TRANSPORT

From Incheon International Airport to Seoul City

  • Airport Limousine Bus (15,000 won, one-way) offers the most convenient, economical and comfortable way to get to your hotel in town without the hassles of stairs, typical on Seoul subways when changing lines or exiting from the station.

  • There are different bus routes to town with several drop off or pick up points, www.airportlimousine.co.kr

  • Once you have collected your luggage and come out to the arrival hall (of Terminal 1), you can purchase for your ticket at the ticket counters; or with your T-money, proceed to the respective bus berth outdoor. e.g. Bus #6015 to Myeongdong at bus berth 5B. For the new Terminal 2, the bus berth for Myeongdong is at Number 28 of Basement 1.

Incheon International Airport (T1) - Airport Bus Guide Map | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Myeongdong Station - Airport Limousine Bus Bus Stop | KoreaToDo
Seoul Airport Limousine Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport T1 to Myeongdong | KoreaToDo
Inside of Seoul Airport Limousine Bus | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea

Travelling within Seoul and Busan / Seoul-> Busan

  • Besides using the subways and local bus, taxi (orange/silver in Seoul) in Korea is fairly inexpensive mode of travelling within the city. At times, for short distances (10-15 mins), it can be cheaper than subway if you have 2 or more travelling together. [Note: The deluxe black taxi is more expensive.]

  • All Taxi are equipped with GPS. So, unless your destination is popular place like 'Seoul Station', if not, it is best to have the name of the place or/and address in Korean to show to the taxi driver. This is also the reason why we have included Korean names and addresses on our place of attractions for your usage.​

  • How to get to Busan from Seoul on bullet train?

  • KORAIL KTX Rail Lines Map

Seoul Taxi and Bus | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
Staircase at Subway Station in Seoul | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea

Express Bus Ticket Reservation and Schedule

Getting around Korea on its extensive bus network is one popular way to get to another city at affordable prices.

SHOP

 

Discount Coupons

  • Visit Korea Committee - a nonprofit organization under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, www.vkc.or.kr

Currency Exchange Service

  • Easily available at most tourist areas (e.g. Myeongdong, Dongdaemun).

  • Offer competitive rates (check & compare) and commission free.

Money Exchange in Seoul | Essential Travel Tips on South Korea
KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets

➥ Handpicked experiences by KoreaToDo for their uniqueness, value, popularity, price competitiveness and at times, tedious to reach by public transport.

Discover Seoul Pass

Discover Seoul Pass

4.7★

incl. access to 42 attractions

Incheon International Airport (ICN) Lounge Service (Terminal 1 & 2)

Incheon International Airport (ICN) Lounge Service (Terminal 1 & 2)

2.4★

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket

4.8★

ICN airport ⇄ seoul station

Private Incheon & Gimpo Airports Transfers for Seoul

Private Incheon & Gimpo Airports Transfers for Seoul

4.5★

Incheon Airport Luggage Delivery Services by TRIPEASY

Incheon Airport Luggage Delivery Services by TRIPEASY

4.8★

incheon airport ⇄ hotel

4G WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up)

4G WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up)

4.6★

unlimited WIFI & max 5 devices

SPC Lounge at Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2)

SPC Lounge at Incheon International Airport (Terminal 2)

4.5★

4G Prepaid SIM Card (KR Airports Pick Up)

4G Prepaid SIM Card (KR Airports Pick Up)

4.8★

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🌻 SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS 🌻 Handpicked Experiences from Seoul

Han River Sevit Island Yacht Experience

Han River Sevit Island Yacht Experience

₩18,000

enjoy Han River

Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket

Coex Aquarium in Seoul Admission Ticket

₩20,000

largest aquarium in Seoul

Whoo SPA Nonhyeon

Whoo SPA Nonhyeon

₩100,000

free product samples

Jeonju Hanok Village with 3 Places Day Tour

Jeonju Hanok Village with 3 Places Day Tour

₩70,800

Bamboo Garden, Meta Provence

K-Beauty Skincare Products & Lipstick Making Experience

K-Beauty Skincare Products & Lipstick Making Experience

₩44,000

tailor-made your skincare products

Nami Island, Suspension Bridge (& Petite France / Morning Calm) Day Tour

Nami Island, Suspension Bridge (& Petite France / Morning Calm) Day Tour

₩59,000

longest suspension bridge in Korea