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The easiest and quickest way to traverse the crowded city is on the subway, which serves all the main areas of interest. Station signs are written in English as well as Korean, and most lines have English announcements too. Subways are extremely crowded during the morning and evening rush hours, but are generally safe, though plagued with hawkers and beggars. Tickets are bought from vending machines or at ticket windows. Buses are frequent and cover the whole city, but tend to be very crowded. Tickets can be bought on board, or debit tickets can be purchased. Taxis are readily available. Regular taxis (orange, white or silver) charge an initial fee and have a complex system of metering thereafter. Black luxury taxis, called Mobeom taxis, are superior both in condition and service.
Electric current is 220 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin, round plugs are standard.
The official currency is the South Korean Won (KRW). Currency can be exchanged at most banks and at casinos. Most merchants in the cities accept major credit cards but Koreans traditionally prefer cash. ATMs at banks are usually accessible only during banking hours and instructions on the machines are generally only in Korean. Most public ATMs at convenience stores and subway stations are available 24 hours. Dollars are accepted in a limited number of major locations and hotels.
The international dialling code for South Korea is +82. Telecommunications are well developed.
112 (Police); 119 (Ambulance and Fire).
An express railway connection operates between Seoul station, Gimpo Airport, and Incheon International. There are bus routes travelling from Seoul to Gyeongsang, with a late-night bus service as well as free shuttles between terminals and the garage. Tickets and information can be obtained from the Bus Ticketing Office at Exits 4 and 9 indoors and Exits 3B to 6B and 10A to 13A outdoors. There is also a ferry service from Incheon Port, while taxi companies are present at the terminals.
Europcar, Avis, and Sixt operate from kiosks at airport arrivals.
To catch a taxi into Seoul, exit Arrivals via Gates 4 through 8, cross the street, and make your way to the taxi stands located at platforms 4C to 7C. The taxi ride to Seoul central will cost between KRW 55,000 and KRW 110,000 during the day, and take around one hour. Road tolls and surcharges may be added to the fare. Drivers seldom speak English so write down your destination in Korean on a piece of paper.
The two terminals are connected by inter-terminal shuttles.
This well-equipped airport has bureaux de change and banks, a large variety of restaurants and other eateries, numerous duty-free shops and a basement supermarket. There is a mobile phone rental outlet and internet kiosks, pharmacies, saunas, hair salons, a post office and luggage storage facilities.
There is short and long-term parking located within walking distance of the main terminal. Short-term parking rates start at KRW 1,200 for the first 30 minutes, to a daily maximum of KRW 24,000, but prices vary according to parking lot. Long-term parking, connected to the terminal building via shuttle, is starts at KRW 9,000 per day.
Seoul Incheon International Airport offers free wifi throughout the airport.