CHI 2015 | Crossings | Seoul, Korea

April 18 - 23, 2015

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Attending | Using the Subway

Ticket Purchase

Select the station of arrival on the screen of the single journey traffic card ticketing machine. Or select the designated station by using the line search engine at the bottom right of the screen. Next, select the number of tickets to purchase and insert the fare and deposit fee of 500 won. The ticketing process will start, and the single journey traffic card will be issued. After you get off at your destination place your single journey traffic card on the deposit payment return machine and 500 won will be refunded.

Prepaid traffic cards need to be recharged, and passengers are able to use them until the balance has been exhausted. Deferred payment traffic cards will include your public transportation usage fee on your credit card bill.

Entering & Exiting the Gate

Please make sure that you check the correct gate of your destination and place your traffic card on the traffic card reader when passing through the gate.

Getting on the Subway

When the train is pulling up to the station please take one step back and make sure your feet do not fall into the space between the platform and the train. When the train door is about to close please do not rush to board the train. Wait for the next train, instead. Before getting on please make sure the train is, in fact, heading in the direction of your destination.


If you need to transfer to another subway line, please ascertain the correct transfer station. You can easily get to the platform of a transfer station by following the signs marked “Transfer” and “Direction to Transfer.”You can transfer without having to pass through any turnstiles so you do not need to buy a separate ticket for transfer purposes.


When the train pulls into the destination station check the exit in the direction of your destination and walk through the turnstiles by placing the traffic card on the card reader. If it is a single journey traffic card, once you insert the traffic card into the deposit return payment machine your 500 won deposit will be refunded.

10 Basic Etiquettes to Enjoy a "Happy Subway Train"

  1. Do not push and shove on a crowded train.
  2. Let passengers get off the train before you board.
  3. Offer your seat to pregnant women, people with children, and the physically disadvantaged.
  4. Do not walk or run when riding an escalator.
  5. Turn your cell phone to vibration mode and keep your voice down while on the phone.
  6. Do not buy things from peddlers in subway trains.
  7. Do not run or speak aloud on subway trains.
  8. Fold up your newspaper for others or take it with you when you get off.
  9. Keep to the right when walking in subway stations.
  10. Do not try to get an illegal free ride on a subway train.

Subway Fare

Subway Fare System

The Metro transit fare is set to a distance scale that unifies all of the metropolitan subway sections (based on the shortest traveling distance).

Classification Traffic Card Single Journey Traffic Card
  • Basic Fare: 1,050 won up to 10km
  • Additional Fare:
    • Between 10km and 40km : Additional 100won per 5k
    • Over 40km : Additional 100 won per 10km
  • But, if you are using the inner suburb section and those non-suburb sections (Gyeongbu Line~Chonan) successively, the fare for the inner circle will be charged first followed by an additional 100 won for every 4km of the non-suburb sections you have travelled.
Additional 100 won on the traffic card fare
(aged 13-19)
20% discount on the regular adult fare minus 150 won / Basic Fare: 720 won No discount (adult single ticket price)
(aged 6-12)
50% discount on the regular adult fare minus 150 won / Basic Fare: 450 won Charge of an additional 50 won on the basic fare for children’s single journey tickets.


When passengers transfer from a subway to a bus or a local bus, the transit fare is computed according to the combined distance scale rate system in which all sections or zones that have been traversed are added together. (Instead of paying a separate fare upon transferring, passengers are charged an extra fare for the additional distance they have traveled beyond their fare zone.)

Note: The basic fare applies to a travelled distance of up to 10km. Beyond this point passengers will be charged an extra fare for every 5km traveled.

  • Regardless of the transportation mode and the number of transfers during a trip (a maximum of five transfers is allowed per passenger per trip), the basic transit fare applies as long as the traveled distance is within the minimum traveling distance of 10km (can transfer for free). (Basic fare of 1700 won up to 30km for Seoul Metropolitan, Incheon Metropolitan Express and Gyeonggi Direct Express Buses; Basic fare of 1500 won for Gyeonggi Express Buses.)
  • If the combined traveled distance, on all modes of transportation, is beyond the minimum traveling distance, passengers will be charged an extra fare of 100 won for every 5km traveled.
  • If the combined unified fare exceeds the sum of the unified fare for each mode of transportation used, the final fare will equal the aggregate of the fares charged on each mode of transportation.

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