The Airport Limousine Bus from Incheon International Airport is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of getting to destinations in and around Seoul. If the bus is not ideal for you, then there is also the Airport Express (AREX) and All Stop Trains and airport taxis.
The bus service is convenient and may be a better option than the Airport Railroad (AREX) for passengers who have heavy luggage or for those who need to go to another location in Seoul other than Seoul Station.
There are two types of airport limousine buses.
The first type are deluxe and KAL (Korean Air Lines) buses which are the most comfortable and spacious and travel from the airport to major hotels in Seoul.
The second type are standard buses. They are not as comfortable as the deluxe and KAL (Korean Air Lines) buses but they do cost a lot less. They also make more stops along the way to Seoul. If you will not be traveling to a hotel, sometimes the standard buses can get you closer to your final destination.
Passengers have multiple locations to purchase tickets for the bus. Bus ticket stands are located inside the first floor of the Arrivals terminal next to Gates 4 and 9. Additionally, there are stands outside of the terminal along the curb at Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C.
Tickets can also be purchased from the driver on the bus by using cash or by using a T-money card. This option is recommended for passengers who plan ahead and know exactly what bus they need. T-money cards can be purchased and recharged at 7-Eleven convenience stores inside the airport arrivals hall.
If you are new to the country, it is best to purchase a ticket from the ticket stand before to ensure you are going to the correct destination, paying the correct fare, and getting on the right bus.
After purchasing a ticket at the stand, walk to the bus stop. You can locate the bus number on your ticket or on the information board at the ticket stand. The number on your ticket corresponds to the gate number where the bus stop is located. The letter indicates which side of the gate the bus stop is located, A for left and B for right. For example, bus stop 12A is located outside of Gate 12 to the left. If you are confused or have any questions, just ask someone at the bus ticket stand and they will gladly help you.
Once you have found your bus stop, double check the bus stop number, bus number, and destination information on the bus stop sign. These signs also list the bus timetable. Once again, if you have any issues, ask someone at the bus ticket stand.
When the bus arrives, check the number on the side of the bus to make sure it is the correct one. Your ticket will list the bus number, for example 6002. The bus driver usually will get off the bus, take your ticket, and help load your luggage in the compartments at the bottom of the bus.
If you are going to downtown Seoul, the journey takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on exactly where you are going in Seoul and also depends if you are on a deluxe/KAL or standard airport limousine bus.
The bus will announce stops in both English and Korean, so be aware so you do no miss your stop. At your destination bus stop, the driver will once again help remove your luggage from the compartments at the bottom of the bus.
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