Passenger Transport Terms and Conditions

Passenger classification and fares

Using subway only
Classification Age Base fare
Transportation card Single-journey ticket
Preschoolers Persons under age 6 Free of charge Free of charge
* Children’s base fare is applied for the following cases: a preschooler unaccompanied by an adult guardian, each preschooler in excess of three preschoolers accompanied by one adult guardian (i.e. one preschooler in a group of four preschoolers will be charged the children’s fare), and each preschooler in a large group of preschoolers
Children Persons between ages 6 and 12 KRW 450 KRW 450
※ Also applies to elementary school students aged 13 or older
Adolescents Persons between ages 13 and 18 KRW 720 KRW 1,350
※ Also applies to persons between ages 19 and 24, according to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Adults Persons between ages 19 and 64 KRW 1,250 KRW 1,350

Fare calculation and discount rates

Fare calculation

Distance-based system
(subway lines only, except AREX between Cheongna International City and Incheon International Airport Terminal 2)
  • Base fare: KRW 1,250 for the first 10km (KRW 1,350 for a single-journey ticket)
  • Incremental fare: KRW 100 for adults, KRW 80 for adolescents, and KRW 50 for children for every 5km after the first 10km (up to 50km) / KRW 100 for adults, KRW 80 for adolescents, and KRW 50 for children for every 8km after 50km
    • ※ Note: Fares for passengers traveling between a metropolitan area and a non-metropolitan area are based on the fare for the metropolitan zone plus the incremental fare for every 4km traveled in the non-metropolitan zone (Pyeongtaek-Sinchang and Gapyeong-Chuncheon).
Integrated distance-based system
(transfer between bus and railway)
  • The highest base fare among the modes of transportation used will be applied in the following cases:
    • Subway ↔ Seoul express (red) bus, Gyeonggi express bus, and Incheon express bus: up to 30km
    • Subway ↔ other buses: up to 10km
  • Incremental fare of KRW 100 for adults, KRW 80 for adolescents, and KRW 50 for children is applied for every additional 5km.
    • ※ Note: The total fare should not be more than the sum of the fare for each mode of transportation.
    • ※ Note: Passengers are allowed to transfer up to four times (transfer within 30 min., within one hour between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning) / Transfer to the same bus route is not permitted.

Discount rate (based on fare paid with transportation card)

Discount rate
Adolescents 20% off the adult fare after subtracting KRW 350 (single-journey ticket price is same as the adult fare)
Children 50% off the adult fare after subtracting KRW 350 (applies to transportation card and single-journey ticket)
Group fare
(20 or more)
  • Applied to groups of at least 20 passengers (including preschoolers) traveling together on the same route (one passenger exempt for every 20 passengers)
  • 20% off for adults, 30% off the adult fare (after subtracting KRW 350) for adolescents, and 60% off the adult fare (after subtracting KRW 350) for children
    • * The base fare is applied when the post-discount fare per person is less than the base fare of the transportation card.
Commuter railway ticket
  • Transportation card for railway rides for a fixed period of time
    • Valid for 30 days or 60 rides (not accepted on buses)
  • Seoul and Zone 1: base transportation card fare (KRW 1,250) x 44 rides (including 16 bonus rides)
  • Zones 2 to 14: base transportation card fare x 44 rides x 15% discount (including 16 bonus rides)
Time-based fare
  • Early-bird discount system: 20% off the base fare from the first train of the day until 6:30 a.m. (prepaid transportation cards and charge cards only)
  • An additional fare is added to the fare for AREX passengers traveling between Cheongna International City and Incheon International Airport Terminal 2.
  • Passengers using lines run by private operators, including the Sinbundang Line and Yongin-Uijeongbu light rail line, are charged additional fares.
  • ※ Note: Please inquire with the customer service centers of the relevant institutions or refer to the Passenger Transport Terms and Conditions regarding the criteria for the fares of privately operated railway lines.

How to use the transportation ticket for the subway

  • The transportation ticket is non-transferrable (each passenger, except members of groups of passengers, must have his or her own ticket charged with the fare amount).
  • Travelers using prepaid cards should make sure that the cards have enough money on them to cover the base fare and return the used single-journey ticket at a Deposit Refund Machine to receive a deposit refund.
  • Travelers who are still riding the subway five or more hours after swiping their transportation ticket will be charged the base fare again.
  • Passengers must swipe their transportation ticket every time they enter or exit a turnstile and present their ticket, along with their ID (when necessary), upon the request of a subway employee.
  • Passengers who accidentally pass through a turnstile for a train going in the wrong direction can exit the turnstile and re-enter on the other side within 5 minutes in the same station without being charged the fare again (at the first station only).
    • Note: Not applicable to passengers with a single-journey ticket.
    • Note: However, passengers who accidentally take the wrong train at a transfer station and need to exit the turnstile to take a different line will be charged the fare again.

Refund policy

  • Fares are refunded in case of train delays and cancellations (for refund requests made within 7 days of incident)
  • *Note: Passengers using prepaid or charge cards will receive a cash refund for one base fare (no need to swipe card). Passengers who transferred from subway to bus also receive a cash refund, but only upon request and for the base fare of one of the modes of transportation (card must be swiped and only the base fare is refunded; the incremental fare is non-refundable.)
  • Tickets that are unused or do not work can be refunded in any Seoul Metro station. However, unused single-journey tickets and group tickets are fully refunded. In the case of group tickets, passengers can get a refund at the station where they purchased the ticket. For a commuter railway ticket, the value of either the number of days remaining or number of rides remaining (whichever is lower) is refunded. The price of the transportation card is not refundable.

Bicycle policy

  • Bicycles are allowed on subway trains only on Saturdays and national holidays.(To learn about the bicycle-related rules of a subway line operated by an organization other than Seoul Metro, please refer to the bicycle policy of the given subway line operator.)
  • Cyclists are allowed to take their bicycles only on designated train cars (first and last cars).
  • Cyclists should use the safety equipment for bicycles (if installed).
  • Bicycles should not be taken on elevators, escalators, or wheelchair lifts.
  • Any behavior that disrupts subway operation or causes inconvenience to other passengers is prohibited.
  • Cyclists bear sole responsibility for any damage to or loss of their bicycles or injury to themselves and/or other passengers caused by their bicycles.
  • Some issues (days/times/track sections where bicycles are allowed to be brought onto subway trains, etc.) may be negotiable. Rules for track sections that are not operated by Seoul Metro will be decided by the respective operator.

Penalty fare policy

  • Penalties of 30 times the single-journey fare for adults (or single-journey ticket for children for penalties applied to children) are imposed on passengers for the offenses listed below, except when reported to subway employees:
    • 1. Entrance to the Seoul Metro subway system or boarding of a train without paying the fare
    • 2. Loss of a subway ticket while on board a train
    • 3. Possession of an invalid ticket
    • Tickets are invalid when :
      • ① riders who are not eligible for transit fare exemption benefits use a free single-journey ticket or a free transportation card
      • ② adults use a single-journey ticket intended for children or a transportation card intended for adolescents or children
      • ③ adolescents use a single-journey ticket or transportation card intended for children
      • ④ passengers use a damaged or forged ticket
      • ⑤ passengers use an expired ticket
      • ⑥ passengers do not present their ID when requested
      • ⑦ passengers take the subway in other improper ways
    • 4. Entrance to the Seoul Metro subway system without going through the faregate
    • 5. Refusal to show a valid ticket to a ticket inspector
    • 6. Use of a group ticket for more than the number of people that is supposed to be in the group (numbers of adults, adolescents, and children are indicated separately)
    • 7. Use of a transportation card that is invalid and reported lost or stolen or has been suspended
    • 8. Failure of a free transportation card holder to present a form of valid ID
    • Note
      • riders who are not eligible for transit fare exemption benefits use a free single-journey ticket or a free transportation card
      • adults use a single-journey ticket intended for children or a transportation card intended for adolescents or children
      • adolescents use a single-journey ticket or transportation card intended for children
      • passengers use a damaged or forged ticket
      • passengers use an expired ticket
      • passengers do not present their ID when requested
      • passengers take the subway in other improper ways

Prohibited and restricted items

  • If an employee believes that a passenger may have prohibited/restricted items in his or her possession, the employee may search the passenger’s belongings. Any passenger who refuses to cooperate with such search may be refused boarding.
Prohibited and restricted items
Classification Prohibited and restricted items
Hazardous items Explosives, high-pressure gas, flammable liquids, combustibles, oxidizing agents, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive materials, corrosives, narcotics, guns, swords, and other harmful items and substances
Prohibited items
  • 1.Animals 2.Any items that are unpleasant and/or offensive to other passengers (unclean or malodorous objects, etc.)
  • ※ Exceptions: a few small birds, insects, and pets that do not emit unpleasant odors and are not visible to others because they are transported in an exclusive carrier and guide dogs for visually impaired people that are wearing a guide dog collar tag
Restricted items Items larger than 158cm in length, width, and height (sum of all three measurements) and heavier than 32kg (exempted: wheelchairs, strollers, and/or folding bikes in the folded state)
    ※ Those who have any of the above-mentioned prohibited/restricted items in their possession may be charged an extra fare.

Behaviors not permitted in subway stations or on trains

  • Employees have the right to restrain or make an audio/video recording of a passenger who is committing any of the actions listed below. Employees also have the right to refuse transport or make said passenger leave the vehicle en route.
    • 1. Having a prohibited/restricted item or object that could potentially cause harm to others inside the train or in the vicinity of the station/platform
    • 2. A passenger who is unaccompanied by a guardian despite the fact that he or she is unable to travel alone due to the passenger’s age, physical/mental condition, or tendency to engage in actions that put his/her own safety at risk
    • 3. Actions that may irritate or pose a risk to the safety of other passengers
    • 4. Selling products, making speeches, or proselytizing (religious, etc.) to others inside the train or station
    • 5. Making of loud noises (singing loudly, violent language, etc.), sleeping (lying down), or smoking inside the train or station
    • 6. Disrupting train operation by interfering with the opening or closing of the station’s automatic entry doors
    • 7. Posting/distributing advertisements or discarding industrial, household, or any other type of waste inside the train or station
    • 8. Pressing the emergency stop button inside the station without reason, arbitrarily manipulating a device or object inside the train or platform (e.g. opening the station’s automatic entry doors), or entering an area that is not open to public access
    • 9. Refusing to comply with an employee’s directions related to the use of the subway or disrupting an employee’s performance of his or her duties via physical violence or verbal threats
    • 10. Not wearing a mask as a means of preventing a communicable disease based on the central (or local) government’s policy on infectious disease response
    • 11. Using 1) a personal mobility device (including vehicles operated by manual or non-manual means and mobility devices permitted by the Road Traffic Act) inside a subway station or on a train or 2) activating a drone or an object or toy (excluding wheelchairs and strollers) that has the potential to cause harm to other passengers
    • 12. Engaging in any other activity that may cause harm to the train and/or its passengers

For more detailed information, please refer to the Seoul Metro website (
This Passenger Transport Terms and Conditions may be translated into English and other languages. In the case of a conflict or discrepancy between a translated version of these terms and conditions and the Korean version, the Korean version shall take precedence.