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A thing of the past...the Yellow Bus. - Seoul

A thing of the past...the Yellow Bus.

New Bus System July 1, 2004 Buses Review

Starting July 1, 2004 the buses are color-coded based on their routes. The yellow bus tours downtown; it operates from 6:30 a.m. until midnight and costs 200 won (USD 0.17). The blue busses are cross-towners with routes that go from one part of Seoul to another (some of these routes are really long, as you may know/find out). Green buses are for the short-haul routes such as within a Gu (or district) and the like. Red buses will be bound for North Korea...just joking, they are for the express routes (places outside of Seoul city/in Gyunggi-Do).

Believe it or not, the new buses operate using a global positioning system (GPS) so that commuters can use their cell phones to check the arrival time of each bus.!

One thing here, though is the buses give change! All you need to do is put a bill in (maybe 5,000 won is the max) and a machine spits out the change. Good deal!

Not that all of this matters to us foreigners...you still have to know the city well and it helps to be able to read Hangul as the busses roar by. Or we can call 1330 for 24-hour help or the website (in English!).

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Other Contact: 414-5005 bus info tel #

Phone: 1330 for free all-language info

Type: Bus

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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a busy day - Seoul

a busy day

Subway is the Way to Go Subway Review

The subways here are basic. Within 2-3 rides with a local you should have a grasp of how to: (i) identify stations (black poles at street level) (ii) read a map (versions in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese are available at the stations), (iii) know how to change/transfer trains (easy, there are lots of simple-to-follow maps in the stations) and (iv) find the right exit (again, lots of good maps in the stations).

If you need directions try to have a Hangul/Korean language map--locals are used to reading that and may take a bit to figure out an English map.

New link here.

Mode: AROUND

Phone: 1330 for free all-language info

Type: Subway/Metro

Website: http://www.seoulsubway.co.kr

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 9, 2005
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Especially in the snow things can get ugly. - Seoul

Especially in the snow things can get ugly.

You May Be Late For Your Meeting Other Stuff Review

If you take the Subway you'll know that there are about 2 minutes between wach stop and each transfer takes about 5 minutes, so you can plan your trip pretty well. But, if you go above ground or don't know the route you have a pretty good chance of being late for appointments (some routes take 30 minutes or 3 hours, depending on the time of day/day of the week).

The only advice here is to ask your host to suggest the best route and add extra time on to whatever you decide on as a schedule, take the subway whenever possible and avoid rush-hour. If you show up early you can always have a coffee at one of the many shops all over the place or even partake in a relaxing sauna visit.

Also, you can call your party from any subway (they all have payphone in them...somewhere) or from your cellphone (or even textmessage them, as I have done many a time).

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Type: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 8, 2005
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Lose Something on the Subway? Subway Review

If you've ever lost anything in Seoul there is one place you can go: http://www.lost114.com/ There are items, kids and animals that people have lost or found here...in true Korean fashion it's all online, of course.

The Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corporation has their own site too. There are 6 different locations depending on which line you figured you lost it on, but basically all of it is centralized online at http://www.seoulsubway.co.kr/english_subway/lost/lost3_1.jsp (Notice the English isn't 100%, but you'll be able to figure it out.)

Good luck!

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Type: Subway/Metro

Website: http://www.seoulsubway.co.kr/english_subway/lost/lost3_1.jsp

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 7, 2004
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Your chariot awaits. - Seoul

Your chariot awaits.

Cheap Taxi to Incheon Airport Taxies Review

This has happened twice, so it may not be a coincidence (once to me, once to a friend of mine). There is limosine bus that goes from Hannan-Dong through Yeouido and on to Incheon Airport. I usually get it at the stop that is ourside the Kookmin Bank, across from the Korea Stock Exchange, near Yeouido Station (Line 5).

The last time I went there, though, I was approached by a Black/Deluxe Cab driver. I know the trip is 60-70,000 won (USD 50-60) so I passed, but he insisted...and the rate was 12,000 won (exactly that of the limobus!). The reason: he had a fare to pick up there and wanted to cut his costs.

The second time was recently. My friend and I were waiting and looking at the limobus's route in the shelter. A taxidriver approached...same story: 12,000 to the airport.

I can't sayt that it's happen to you, but if you get approached with a deal like this: take it! The driver has the meeter running the whole time (don't be alarmed) but you only pay 12,000. What a deal.

Mode: TO

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 16, 2004
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It looked a lot closer on the map... - Seoul

It looked a lot closer on the map...

Line 1 on Sunday...Expect a Long wait Subway Review

On Sunday I had to go to Hannan-Dong from Yeouido so I checked the Seoul Subway website's route-finder. It said that it would take 30 minutes to get there. Go to Singil, change from Line 5 to Line 1 and then at Yongsan change again to another part of Line 1 (following the Han River)--should take 30 minutes.

It actually took about 50 minutes (to go 7 stations!). The reason is the Line 1 trains (especially on that part of the track and especially, again, on Sundays, have extremely long waits between trains...like TEN to TWENTY minutes! And, with two transfers this gets multiplied.

For that distance I'll take a cab next time. The cost would be a bit more but time would most definately be cut down.

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Phone: 1330 for free all-language info

Type: Subway/Metro

Website: http://www.seoulsubway.co.kr

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 16, 2004
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A slow day in Jamshil. - Seoul

A slow day in Jamshil.

Cars, Subways and Buses Cars, Subways and Buses Review

As mentioned in another tip: use the subway whenever possible (especially to that black hole of traffic Kangnam!). The trains are regular, run from about 6AM to midnight and are clean, fast and easy to navigate.

If you must go by car/taxi do so in the middle of the day or late at night (after 10PM) to avoid traffic. As well, you might expect 2-3 HOURS to get from one part of the city to another. Yes, the same distance that might take 30-60 minutes on the subway can take 2 hours (easily) in the surface. This really sucks if you're in a cab and have only so much in won on you (although I believe many take credit cards).

Another idea, if the subway is not convenient and you're short on dough, is to take a bus. Call 1330 for multi-language directions. be prepared, though, buses in Korea can become PACKED with people, often accelerate and turn and brake abruptly. As well, you need to keep a good eye out for your stop (there are English announcements for the major stops). Another thing, I heard (but have not seen) that buses will sometimes not pick up people at a stop because they are running late--they need to stick to the schedule and cannot afford the time.

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Phone: 1330 for free all-language info

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2004
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