Limousine buses, however, if you have a lot of luggage or are heading to southern parts of Seoul to Gangnam, the airport buses remain your best option. Limousine buses 15,000 won to/from city for one way, 6,500 won to/from Gimpo Airport (domestic flight)
it's worth paying a bit extra for the limousine bus, if you're visiting for the first time. The limousine bus drivers are extremely friendly but don't count on them knowing too much English. There are maps inside the buses letting passengers know which stops are upcoming and these are also announced in Korean and English. Pressing any of the red buttons inside signals to the driver you want off at the next stop.
For ticket simply go to information desk and ask which bus you'll have to take that goes close to your hotel. Or simply, walk out and ask the many ticket sellers (they are wearing vests) which bus goes to your hotel because if it's a popular one or in a popular area, they'll surely know which you'll need.
For either bus type, consult the big maps or staff to figure out which route best suits your needs; you can then find the shuttles outside 1st floor arrivals (if possible get this information from your hotel before arriving).
We took this bus, it was our cheapest option. The last bus depart when the last flight landed. We landed in Incheon almost midnight due to delayed and so concerned about the train and bus to Seoul that stops running at 12 midnight. Arriving in Seoul, the ticket desk were closed already, we asked the people around what's the best way to reach Seoul without digging gold. They say the only way is taxi, but way too expensive.
So I thought we're going out the terminal and search a taxi. We saw the bus still standing there loading passengers, we ran to it, we ask the driver if he's going to Seoul and he said yes. Luckily he understand English. It is apparently a lot cheaper than taxi. But if you miss the last bus, no other option except taxi only. The stops announce in Korean and English. Inside the bus there were free information booklets
Because all ticket booth inside terminals are closed, we bought our ticket to the driver. We pay each 9.000 won, the bus stops several times, and took 1.45 minutes to Seoul. He terminates to Seoul Station KTX. From here, normally you can connect the subway to your final destination. If reaching Seoul on midnight, the only option you have to your final destination is taxi.
If you have a late flight and plan on getting into Seoul via bus, make sure you get out to the curb as soon as you can. The last buses run shortly after the last flights land. If you miss your bus, you'll be stuck paying for a taxi, as the trains will stop running too.
Buses are aplenty in Seoul. This can be intimidating if you can't speak their language. Not all drivers can speak English. Better tell the driver of where you're getting off. We took a bus going to Everland. Destinations will be announced in English. Bus stops directly in Everland & Sadang Subway Station wherein you can take the bus to the park.
Taking the Airport Limousine Bus to Incheon International Airport is the most convenient way to go there. It is more expensive than the subway. The long flight of stairs in the subway will prove to be difficult for those carrying heavy luggage. Subway also requires a transfer at Gimpo Int'l Airport before proceeding to Incheon. Fare is W10T. You can take subway if you travel light to save on the fare.
Besides the Seoul Express Bus Terminal located at the south of the Hangang river, the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is another very big bus terminal in Seoul where you can find buses travelling to other parts of South Korea (especially the central regions of the country).
The Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is located in the north-eastern part of the city near to the Hangang River. It is very crowded with lots of shops, eateries etc. In Nov 2008, I took a bus from here to Danyang town (see my VT Tanyang page) to visit Sobaeksan National Park (see my VT Sobaek-sanmaek page). There are also frequent buses from here to the Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport.
A cheaper mode of transport from Incheon to town is to take the airport bus that runs at an interval of 10-15minutes. The expensive KAL bus runs directly to the major hotels. Cost krw14,000 per person . When buying the tickets you can check if they stop at your hotel or ask for the nearest stop.
Another alternative bus which runs through the city cost krw9000 and may take about 1 and a half hours to Myeong Dong. There is a bus top just in front of the Ibis and tickets to the airport can be purchase from the conceirge.
Incheon Airport to Hotel Riviera, very easy, just pay to counter 9000 Won and wait on your line stop
5 A bus 6006
the journey takes about 1 hour and half, Incheon stays about 70 Km from Seoul a long journey after a long haul flight
From the Incheon International Airport it's easy and convenient to catch a bus to downtown Seoul. It seems that this may be a better option than going by taxi. The buses are somewhat inexpensive and also extremely comfortable with wide spaceous seating and easy to fall asleep in.
They also have curtains that can be pulled over the windows so as to minimize the incoming sunlight (making a nap all the more easier). No smoking is permitted on the buses (Good!).
The Buses are a great way to get to and around Seoul. The airport line which runs from the Incheon airport is cheap, and a very comfortable ride with incredible scenery on the way into Seoul. They usually run every 15 mins to and from the city, and around the city. Once you are in Seoul, you can catch other lines to see other parts of the city. The airport line takes you past some beautiful palaces in Seoul, well worth taking a look at.
There are plenty of buses going into town, ranging from 7000 to 10000 won. Just tell the people at the information desk where you're looking to go to, and they'll give you the number of the bus you need to get on. Easy.
When you reached to Incheon airport, the easiest way to get to the city centre is to get on the Limousine bus services, which is going directly to "City air terminal" to the city centre. The travel cost 13,000 wong and the ticket can be purchased just next to bus stop..
We just get out from the first gate and saw the bus in front of us... and next to it the ticket desk..
The buses are called limousine bus, due to their comfort.. There are only 3 seats in one row and seats are very comfortable..The bus can take up to 28 person..
While we were there the work for train line was on progress and suppose in a couple of months, train connection to the airport could be possible..
The road from Incheon to the city centre takes around from one hour to 1,5 hours, depending to the traffic.. The airport is 52kmfrom the city centre and the road was connected with many nice bridges..
After over an hours drive from the airport, we have reached to the City Air terminal. City air terminal is located behind the Hyundai department store and coex shopping center, just in the middle of "Yeongdong- Jasmil" area, which is the new city center of Seoul.. In this area many big buildings, big companies and major hotels are located.
When you reached to the City air terminal, just in front you can see the information desk. Many hotels do have a pcik up service from the terminal, so just contact with the information desk. They phone to your hotel and arrange the pick up service for you. In our case, our hotel has offered a free taxi and we get a coupon from the information desk and pass it to the taxi driver.. Just in 10 minutes we were at the hotel free of charge..
The best option to go to Seoul downtown from Incheon Intl Airport is the Airport Limousine, bus lines linking Incheon to various locations in Seoul downtown.
Aircon buses depart Incheon Intl regularly to many final stops around the city. Tickets can be purchased by W7,000 (US$7,00) / person on the appropriate booths. Bus stops are just outside the arrival hall: just head to gate printed on your ticket and you will find the bus.
On July 1, 2004, the Seoul Metropolitan Government introduced a newly adjusted public transportation system.
The main purpose was to simplify the existing system and make it more customer friendly and comprehensive.
For that reason, Seoul was divided into 8 districts, numbered from 0 to 7 and the buses received colour-codes to clearly identify its routing. Customers can now see what kind of bus is approaching (colour) as well as its departure point and destination (number).
The new fares vary by distance and allow transfer to subways.
In addition, they introduced a satellite communications sytem to enable passengers to check the current location as well as arrival time of their respective bus via mobile phone or PDA.
Though it might be an improvement for most locales, the convenience for foreigners is rather limited due to the lack of English timetables and announcements.
Unless you know the exact routing, destination or have a local guide, I do NOT recommend to take a bus for transportation.
From Inchon you can take a bus to Seoul for 12,000 won, 12$. They drop you off at well known hotels. Go outside the airport and find a booth and tell them what hotel you need to go to. You can at least get into the city and then get a cab to where you need to go. A taxi costs 45-50$ to get to Seoul.