Seoul on a budget: From Incheon Airport to Seoul
^^ Incheon’s tidal flat land as seen from the AREX train.
On coming to Seoul one is most likely to land at Incheon International Airport, hailed as one of the best airports in the world. IMO, it’s a very good airport but they could be better if they would only have the family room like the one at Narita Airport. Total comfort for a traveling mom with a baby!
The Arrival area of the airport is on the ground floor while the Departure is on the third floor. There are buses outside the airport that will take one anywhere to Korea. It takes about an hour and a half to go to central Seoul. The fare is 9,000 won one way.
I wouldn’t recommend taking the taxi as it would cost more than 50,000 won (about US$50.) A cheaper option to go to Seoul is to take the Airport Express or “AREX”. The Airport Express train will only take the passenger to Gimpo Airport (which is still outside Seoul). From the Gimpo Airport subway station, one can take the subway line 5 to Seoul.
Last March, my son and I hitched a ride with my husband to the airport to pick up his co-worker, who was coming from Pakistan that time. On the way back to Seoul, my son and I took the AREX express train which travels non-stop to Gimpo Airport. The fare is only 3,200 won. We were lucky to be there about 5 minutes before the scheduled 6 PM departure. They depart every hour. We then transferred to the Gimpo Airport subway station. It is about 1,100 won to from there to the station nearest us in Seoul. The train is super comfy, fast and has a space for luggages.
Taking the AREX and the subway to and from the airport costs a little less than 9,000 won. The limousine bus to and from Seoul is 18,000 won. A 50% difference. When not to take the AREX? If you’re not confident of the subway system in Seoul. Call me if you get lost! LOL
I’d suggest getting a transportation card. It’s convenient. It will save you money and it’s a good souvenir too!