Bus Services in Seoul

Information about the city’s bus transport system, with details about tickets and fares...

Seoul has an outstanding public transportation network. It is cheap, clean, easy and quick. There are about 400 subway stations in the metropolitan area and over 9,000 buses in Seoul and neighbouring cities. Public transportation routes cover most of the city.

The Seoul T-money Card

The T-money card is a convenient prepaid and rechargeable transit card that can be used for all public transportation and also as electronic money. The T-money Card comes in many shapes and designs. It can be used for both buses and subways in Seoul and other major cities in South Korea. Credit can be stored on the card and topped up when necessary. To use the card, hold it up to the card scanner at the entry and exit barriers of transport: the price of a trip is automatically deducted until the balance on the card is finished. Cards can be purchased at subway stations, ticket booths near bus stops and at convenience stores.

  • For information on the T-money card: Click here
  • For information on T-money card for foreigners: Click here

Seoul CityPass

The Seoul CityPass is a transportation card designed for tourists and which can be used up to 20 times a day on subways and buses. The Pass can be bought for a one-, two- or three-day period. To use the card, simply scan it on the reader when boarding public transport or entering the subway.

  • For further information on the Seoul CityPass: Click here

Travelling with Children

Children between the age of six and 12 generally receive a 50 percent discount on a regular adult fare, while young people between 13 and 18 receive a 20 percent discount on a regular adult fare. Children up to the age of six travel free of charge as long as they are travelling with an adult who has a valid ticket or card.

  • For information on ticket fares for children and students: Click here (in Korean)

Buses in Seoul

Seoul has an extensive network of buses covering the city. There are four colours of bus depending on their function: blue, yellow, red and green.

  • Blue bus: for long distance locations within Seoul
  • Green bus: for short distances between districts in Seoul
  • Red bus: for long distance locations between Seoul and suburban areas
  • Yellow bus: operate on a closed route within Seoul's downtown area
  • For further information about the colour-coded bus system: Click here

The city is also subdivided into eight districts, which are clearly identified on the number of a bus. Blue buses link Seoul with its satellite cities via trunk roads. Green buses connect subway stations with nearby residential areas. Red buses connect major areas of Seoul, while yellow buses serve circular belt roads in downtown Seoul and major metropolitan areas. In all cases the first number of a bus number shows either the departure zone (of the eight Seoul zones) or the zone the bus operates in.

The zones are as follows:

  • Zone 0: Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Yongsan-gu
  • Zone 1: Dobong-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Nowon-gu
  • Zone 2: Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu, Seongdong-gu, Gwangjin-gu
  • Zone 3: Gangdong-gu, Songpa-gu
  • Zone 4: Seocho-gu, Gangnam-gu
  • Zone 5: Dongjak-gu, Gwanak-gu, Geumcheon-gu
  • Zone 6: Gangseo-gu, Yangcheon-gu, Guro-gu, Yeongdeungpo-gu
  • Zone 7: Eunpyeong-gu, Mapo-gu, Seodaemun-gu

Buses generally run in Seoul and its neighbouring cities from 04:30-00:00. Maps of the bus routes and bus schedules can be found at most bus stops and on Seoul TOPIS website.

  • For information about buses and main bus terminals in Seoul: Click here

Tickets and fares

Bus passengers can pay in cash or use their T-money card, which is scanned over the reader inside the bus. Tickets paid for with cash are slightly more expensive than with a prepaid card.

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M-Pass

The M-Pass is a special discount card designed for tourists. It comes in one, two, three, five and seven day formats and can be bought at the Seoul Tourist Information Centre at Incheon International Airport.