For tourists and Seoulites alike, the Seoul Metropolitan Subway is without a doubt the fastest and most convenient way to travel around the city. Clean, affordable and always on time, it is no wonder Seoul’s subway system is considered one of the best in the world.
A big advantage of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway is its sheer extension, its lines stretching out a total of 327 km (203.2 miles) and reaching all of Seoul’s main tourist attractions as well as major transportation such as bus terminals, train stations and both Gimpo International Airport and Incheon International Airport.
The 17 lines and over 400 stations of Seoul’s subway system may look daunting to a first-timer, but all station exits and transfer points are clearly signaled in English, and ticket machines feature English menus as well, making it easier for foreign visitors to navigate the lines. When in doubt, an array of Seoul subway applications is available for smartphones and can be conveniently used inside each station or subway car, as these offer 4G LTE and Wi-Fi access at all times.
As a tourist travelling in Seoul, the simplest way to pay for your subway trips is with the T-Money smart card. This card can be purchased in convenience stores and kiosks and is available for use not only in Seoul subway lines but also in buses and taxis all around Seoul. Charging the T-Money card is also quite simple and can be done either inside subway stations or at any convenience store.