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Korea South Getting There - International Travel
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Asiana Airlines (OZ) and Korean Air (KE) are the Republic of Korea’s national airlines.

Other main airlines which serve Korea (Rep) include:

 Air Canada
 Air China
 Air France
 American Airlines
 Cathay Pacific Airlines,
 Garuda Indonesia Airlines
 Japan Airlines
 Malaysia Airlines
 Qantas Airways
 Singapore Airlines
 Thai Airways
 United Airlines
 Vietnam Airlines

Approximate flight times

 It is 11 hours from Seoul to London, add 1 hour if flying to any other major European cities.
 It is 17 hours and 40 minutes from Seoul to New York (including stopover in Anchorage).
 It is 10 hours and 30 minutes from Seoul to Los Angeles.
It is 9 hours from Seoul to Sydney.

International airports

Seoul (SEL) Incheon International Airport (ICN)

The airport is situated 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Seoul on Yongion.

Airport facilities

Include left luggage, banks/bureaux de change, chemist, duty free shops, post office, restaurants and tourist information office.


Limousine buses, coaches and taxis operate normal routes between the major urban district with a travel time of 90 minutes.

Ferries operate every 20 to 30 minutes daily between the airport ferry pier and Wolmido/Yuldo on the coast of Incheon city with a journey time of 15 to 20 minutes.

The Korea Train Express (KTX) has 2 lines to transport people from the airport which are the Honam line, running from Seoul to Cheonana, Iksan, Mokpo etc, and the Gyeongbu line, running from Seoul to Busan, Dongdaegu, Gwangmyeong etc.


Seoul (SEL) Gimpo (GMP) Airport is the major domestic airport, even though only a few international flights do still depart from there (see the Travel Internal section).

Busan (PUS) (Kimhae)

The airport is located 27 kilometres (17 miles) from Busan (in the far south) and the airport receives flights from Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo.

Airport facilities

Busan Airport facilities include car hire, currency exchange, duty free shop, gift shop, post office, snack bar, restaurant and travel information service.


There are bus, coach and taxi services to the town.

Jeju (CJU) (Jeju)

The airport is situated on the island of Jeju, about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from the town centre.

Airport facilities

Jeju Airport facilities include currency exchange, duty free shop, gift shop, post office, snack bar and travel information service.


Buses and coaches are available to the town and leave every 10 to 15 minutes (6.10 am - 10.30 pm).

Departure tax : W10,000. Transit passengers and infants under 2 years of age are free of charge.


Busan in the far south and Incheon due west of Seoul are International ports.

Passenger lines that sail to Japan are:

 Bugwan Ferry
 Korea Ferry
 Korea Marine Express
 Jinchon Ferry
 Weidong Ferry sail regularly to China.

Cargo/passenger lines include American Mail and American President. American President Lines and Lykes Lines provide weekly trips from the USA.

Groups of tourists are currently allowed to visit Korea North on cruise ships departing from Tonghae port, in Korea South, and sailing to Changjon port uder an agreement reached between Korea (Dem Rep) and Korea (Rep) tour operators. For more information, contact Korea National Tourist Organisation.


The Republic of Korea’s only land frontier with Korea North remains closed, even though a limited number of tourists are presently allowed to travel to the north via certain cruise ships (see Sea above).

Discount tickets

The Korea-China Through-ticket and Korea-Japan Through-ticket have discounts on travel between the countries, including transport by train and ferry. For further details, contact Korea National Tourist Organisation.
Useful travel links
AA route planner directions and maps within Korea South.