Getting to Seoul
Seoul is one of the world’s best-connected cities. With two international airports and an extensive airport-to-city transportation network, Seoul has all the resources to welcome large numbers of visitors from all over the world. Seoul is also the proud home to two major, award-winning international carriers, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines.
Most people in Korean have at least a basic understanding of English. If you need help at the airpot, look for the information booths with the big "i". Around tourist areas in Seoul, there are tourist information buildings, and often people walking around in red cowboy-style hats and red shirts.
If you need help outside of these areas, most people are willing to try to help. The best way to ask is to smile, and say "excuse me" first. If they seem willing to help, then speak as simply as possible at a normal speed and loudness. Most Koreans can understand English, but are just shy or embarrased.
Bonus points: Instead of saying "Excuse me" in English, people will respond better to excuse me in Korean. It sounds like "Chom shi mon yo". Even if you are not exact, they will appreciate the effort.
Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Incheon International Airport, located approximately one hour from Seoul, is one of Asia’s newest transportation hubs. The award-winning airport houses over 64 airline offices and manages over 450 inbound and outbound international and domestic flights every day. It is one of the most technologically advanced airports in the world.
- Website : airport.or.kr
- Tel : +82-1577-2600
- Fax : +82 (0)32-741-2450
- Distance from Seoul: 52 km (32 miles) about one hour
- Address : 272 Gonghangno, Jung-gu, Incheon
Free Wi-Fi Internet, Sky City Shopping Plaza, movie theaters, and a variety of restaurants
Gimpo International Airport
- Website : airport.or.kr
- Tel : +82-1661-2626
- Fax : N/A
- Distance from Seoul: Located in Seoul (about 30 min from downtown areas)
- Address : 112, Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
Getting to and from Seoul
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You can find the bus immediately outside of the arrivals level of the airport. Once outside, you will find ticket booths. You can normally tell the ticket sellers where you want to go - in this case tell them "Gong Dock Station" or "Gong Dock yoke". If you have trouble, there are English speaking information desks inside the airport.
When you are getting on the bus, it is a good idea to tell the bus driver "Gong Dock". Then they may (or may not) explicitely let you know when you are at the stop. The name of the stop will also play on a speaker in Korean and English.