Traffic Congestion in Seoul City

Information about the measures in place to reduce pollution and traffic congestion in Seoul…

Congestion Charges

Vehicles with less than two passengers (including the driver) have to pay a congestion charge to drive through Namsan Tunnel 1 and Namsan Tunnel 3 from Monday to Friday, between 07:00 and 21:00.

Vehicles excluded from this charge are:

  • Buses
  • Cars which use solar power, electricity, CNG (compressed natural gas) and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)
  • Hybrid cars
  • Taxis
  • Trucks
  • Vehicles registered for people with disabilities

Cars with engines under 1,000cc and which are registered with the Car Free Day program pay 50 percent less, but this only applies to cars registered in Seoul, Incheon, and Kyung Ki.

The charge can be paid using a T-money card, which is a pre-paid public transportation card for the capital city.
Drivers who do not have transportation cards can either pay via bank transfer, or at the Seoul Metropolitan Facility Management Cooperation office.

Car Free Day

Seoul runs voluntary car free days to reduce pollution and traffic congestion. Drivers can select any day between Monday and Friday not to drive their car.

Participating drivers place an electronic tag in their car. The tag is available either from a district office (gu) or online. Benefits for participating drivers include:

  • Five percent reduction in car tax
  • 50 percent reduction on the congestion charge for Namsan Tunnel 1 and Namsan Tunnel 3
  • 30 percent reduction for public parking
  • Discounts on car washes, petrol, and vehicle inspection
  • To apply for the Car Free Day and related benefits: Click here (in Korean)

Traffic Information

The radio station TBN (95.1 FM in Seoul) gives real time traffic information across Korea including Seoul's metropolitan area.