Fare

Subway fares are calculated by unifying all metropolitan subway lines based on a distance proportional system (based on the shortest distance)

Using subway only

Using subway only
type transportation cards single-use tickets
general
  • [basic fare] Within 10km : 1,250KRW
  • [additional fare]
    • Between 10 and 50km: 100 KRW added for every 5km
    • Beyond 50km: 100 KRW added for every 8km
    • When using continuously in and out of Seoul, the metropolitan fare is applied first then, for sections outside the Greater Seoul area (Pyeongtaek-Sinchang, Gapyeong-Chuncheon), 100 KRW is added for every 4km
100 KRW added to the transportation fare
teenagers
  • [basic fare] 720KRW
    • 350 KRW is deducted from the basic transportation fare and 20% discount is applied
Basic single-use ticket is applied
children
  • [basic fare] 450KRW
    • 350 KRW is deducted from the basic transportation fare and 50% discount is applied
Same as transportation fare
preferential
  • [ free ride]
    • Those separately designated including senior citizens (65 years of age or older), handicapped persons (including 1 guardian for severely handicapped persons with disability level between 1 and 3), men and women of national merit (including 1 guardian of disability or injury level 1)
    • Toddlers: Younger than 6 years old (1 guardian, up to 3 toddlers), children’s fare is charged starting with the 4th toddler
commuter tickets
  • [In Seoul] 55,000KRW(1,250KRW×44th)
  • [distance proportional] 1 – 14 Phases(55,000~102,900KRW)
    • Fare Calculation: Basic fare of each type of transportation card x 44 times x 15% D.C.
    • Use 60 times within 30 days from the date the card was charged (the card expires when it is used 60 times or has reached its termination date after 30 days)
group tickets
    • Can be used in urban railway sections
    • Not possible to be used on Airport Railroad, Sinbundang Line, Everline and U Line
  • ※ Early bird discount system: Beginning of operation until 6:30AM of the same day
  • 20% discount applied when using prepayment or deferred payment transportation cards, excluding transfers after using another form of public transportation
    • When transferring between subway and bus:integrated distance proportional system(integrated fare)

      When transferring between subway and bus:integrated distance proportional system(integrated fare)
      When transferring to and from bus
      (integrated distance proportional system of public transportation)
      Basic fare
      • Basic fare and transfer free up to 10km (up to 30km for Seoul metropolitan, Gyeonggi Express and Nonstop, Incheon Express and metropolitan buses); however, the highest basic fare among different types of public transportation used is applied
      additional fare
      • After 10km, 100 KRW added for every 5km (after 30km for Seoul metropolitan, Gyeonggi Express and Nonstop, Incheon Express and metropolitan buses)
      • It is made to be lower than the sum of all public transportation used even for a long distance
      • To be applied: Transferring from subway to Seoul buses (Blue, Green, circular, village, and metropolitan bus), Gyeonggi buses (basic city, village, express and nonstop buses), Incheon buses (Blue, Green, express, metropolitan buses)
      • How to use: Only applicable when getting on using a transportation card
        • A transportation card must contact the card reader when getting on or off
          If the transportation card does not properly touch the reader when getting off, the benefit of a free transfer is lost (individual fares for each means of public transportation will be charged)
        • Integrated fare system is applied if the latter public transportation is used within 30 minutes of getting off from the former public transportation (If getting on after 30 minutes, it is regarded as a separate transportation, which charges a separate fare. However, the transfer time is 60 minutes during night and dawn between 21:00 and 07:00 of the following day)

      Subway Fare

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

      Subway Fare
      Classification Traffic Card Single Journey Traffic Card
      Adults
      • Basic Fare : 1,250 won up to 10km
      • Additional Fare
        • Between 10km and 50km : Additional 100won per 5km
        • Over 50km : Additional 100 won per 8km
      • 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
      Youths
      (aged 13-19)
      20% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won / Basic Fare: 720 won No discount (adult single ticket price)
      Children
      (aged 6-12)
      50% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won / Basic Fare: 450 won  

      Transfer

      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.)

      • 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
      • Applied Circumstances
        • Seoul buses (main roads, local lines, circular, town, metropolitan), Gyeonggi buses (regular city buses, town, express, direct express)
        • Incheon buses (metropolitan, express, direct main roads, main roads, local lines) and transfers within the subway.
      • What Methods to Apply
        • Passengers need to place their traffic card on the transit card reader whenever they get on or off.
          ※ If they do not place their card on the sensor they will lose all of their free transfer privileges.
          (They will be required to pay a separate fare for each mode of transportation they use.)
        • If they switch to other modes of transportation within 30 minutes of their previous use of public transportation, they will be subject to the total combined distance scale rates. (If they get on after 30 minutes it is regarded as an independent journey and a separate fare is charged.)
          ※ But, taking early morning or the night into consideration, the length of time allowed for transfer will be extended to 60 minutes between 21:00 pm and 07:00 am.

      Discount Rate

      Discount Rate
      Category Discount (Bonus) Rate
      Single Journey Ticket
      • Adult fare (including youths): 1,350 won (up to 10km), no discount rate
      • Children: 450 won (up to 10 km), 50% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won
      Prepaid Commuters' Ticket Only for the Seoul Metropolitan Area
      (KRW 55,000)
      • Use up to 60 times within 30 days after purchase
      • Prepaid tickets are valid only for Seoul Metro Lines 1 ~ 9 and for rail sections operated by KORAIL and AREX within the Seoul area.
        The section from Bupyeong-gu Office Station to Kkachiul Station on Subway Line 7 is outside of Seoul city limits.
      Fares by distance
      (KRW 55,000~102,900)
      • Fares are calculated based on travel distance to your final destination within the Wide Area Subway lines and Metropolitan Subway lines.
      • Prepaid tickets can be used only for the subway (Wide Area Subway lines and Metropolitan Subway lines).

      Also, they are valid for the section from Cheongna Int’l City Station to Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal2 Station operated by AREX.

      Transportation Card
      • Adults: 1,250 won (up to 10 km), no discount rate
        • Youths: 20% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won
        • Children: 50% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won
      Group Ticket
        • Adults: 20% discount on the regular adult fare
        • Youths: 30% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won
        • Children: 60% discount on the regular adult fare minus 350 won
      • * Every 20th person is free. However, if the total of the discounted fares is less than the basic group fare, the basic fare will apply.