Metropolitan Subway Corporation (SMSC) (telephone number: (02)
520 5000 or 1577 1234).
Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (SMRT) (telephone number:
(02) 6211 2200).
Korean National Railroad (KNR) (telephone number: 1544 7788)
operate Seoul’s subway.
Korea South’s efficient internal rail network links the capital
to towns and cities throughout the country and extends as far as
Sintan-ri to the north, Pohang in the east, Yeosu in the south and
Daecheon in the west. Services are operated by the Korean
National Railroad (KORAIL) (telephone number: 1544 7788).
The centrally located Seoul
Station (telephone number: 1544 7788) and Cheongnyangni
Station (telephone number: 1544 7788) in the east of the city
are the capital’s main railway stations.
July 2004 saw the inauguration of Seoul’s new bus routes.
Yellow buses serve the city centre, green
buses operate on local routes, blue buses
serve suburban routes and red buses connect downtown
Seoul to the metropolitan area.
Taxis can be caught at stands or hailed on the streets. Red lamps
on the roof indicate that a taxi is available. Most of the taxi
drivers don’t speak any English. Premiums are charged for
hire between 2400 hrs and 0400 hrs, and for Deluxe Taxis (telephone
number: (02) 3431 5100), which are black and have ‘Deluxe
Taxi’ written on their sides. Mini-van taxis (telephone
number: (02) 992 7000) and visitors guide taxis are also available
to hire. The latter have drivers who speak English and Japanese
and are available at the airport and hotels.
Over 21s who have held a driving licence for at least one year can
hire cars. Foreigners also need to present their passport and International
Car Hire companies include:
(telephone number: 1544 1600
For You (telephone number: (02) 588 6333 or 1588 1006
number: (02) 797 8000 or 1588 1230)
• Rits (telephone number: 1588 7746)
Travelling around the city centre by bicycle is not recommended,
however a cycle path runs 37km (23 miles) along the river between
the metropolitan areas from Yanghwa and Gwangnaru.
Bikes are available for hire at various points along the route.
For further information, check www.visitseoul.net.