Seoul Public Transportation Information

Seoul Metro or Metropolitan
Rapid Transit (SMRT)

Seoul Metro, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit (SMRT)
The Seoul Metro (subway) is frequent, travels to most attractions, and fairly inexpensive.
For your convenience buy a Cash Bee card (T-Money or Smart Card - rechargeble card) at a convenience store.
It saves the time of purchasing new tickets every time you go on the subway or bus. These can be reloaded as needed at the station kiosk or at convenience stores. The cards can be used on most public transportation and for convenience store purchases.
Users of the T-money card receive discounts on subway as well as bus fares (W100), and can transfer without additional charges within 30mins of getting off the Subway/bus.
Refunds on the remaining balance on your T-Money card is available at all convenience stores who participate in T-Money card.
Single rider tickets get a 500 Won refund upon returning back the ticket after completing travel at their final destination station.
Detailed information about fares for the Seoul Metro at the SMRT Website

 

Seoul TOPIS Bus and general
Transport Information

 

Seoul TOPIS is the general transport control center for bus information. 
Detailed information on bus lines and fares available at TOPIS Website (Korean Only)

 

Travel Tips for taking Seoul Public Transport

 

- Buy a T-Money card (aka Cash Bee Card) to avoid the hassle of buying ticket every time you want to take the subway.
  T-Money card is the stored-value card like the Octopus card in Hong Kong.
  T-Money card sells for W2500 and can be purchased in all convenience stores and Metro Stations.

  You can reload a T-Money card at any Metro station or major chain convenience store like 7-11.

  When you are leaving Seoul just go to any big chain convenience store like 7-11 for a refund.
  You will get back any remaining value on the T-Money card but not the W2500.

- If you have a smartphone, load the Seoul Metro subway app on your phone. Many places offer free Wi-Fi.
  If Mobile Phone App is not an option, make sure to pick up a Seoul Metro subway map at a visitors center.