Getting around Seoul

Seoul Mice Card

Each colloquium attendee will be given a complimentary Seoul Mice Card - a rechargeable transit card that can be used on subways, buses, taxis and the airport express. The card is also accepted as payment at certain establishments including cafes, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants. Each card comes with a 5000 won credit and is easily recharged at almost every convenience store (Seven Eleven, GS 25, CU). Any remaining credit can be donated to charity by simply returning the card to the registration desk or the card can be kept to use for future visits.


Citymapper - Seoul

Download the Citymapper app for Seoul or use the website for detailed travel information and guidance. Citymapper will show you the best routes to take between one place and another using public transport and/or walking.


Seoul has an extensive network of public transportation and taxis. Consistently voted as one of the best in the world for its ease of use, cleanliness, and frequency of service, the Seoul subway system is one of the most efficient ways to travel around the city. Trains run non-stop from approximately 5:30 am until midnight. All subway lines are colour coded and stations display signs in Korean, English, and Chinese. Single trip tickets cost KRW 1,350 (US$ 1.20).

The Seoul Metro Subway app will help you move around the city.                                                

  • Route planner calculates the best route for your journey
  • Know how long your journey will take
  • Search for a metro subway station or find the nearest
  • Favourite your routes


Taxis in Seoul are some of the cheapest in the world as well as a useful means of transportation. Taxis can be flagged down on the streets from just about anywhere. Taxi stands are also located around major tourist destinations. Regular, Deluxe, Jumbo, and International taxis are available in Seoul. All taxis in Korea use a meter system.


Seoul's public bus system is well-developed, cheap, and a convenient form of transportation. All buses are color coded: blue buses connect the outer areas to the inner city; green buses connect subway stations to nearby residential areas; maeul (local) buses travel around small areas; yellow buses travel in a circulation route around the central parts of the city; and red buses connect the city with surrounding areas. However, due to the lack of English signs and information at bus stops, Seoul's buses can be difficult to use for first-time travellers to Korea.

See these pages for more extensive information on how to get around Seoul using the subway, taxis and buses.