Incheon Airport to Myeongdong: the best transportation option

Getting from Incheon to Myeongdong

So you have decided that the best place to stay in Seoul for you is Myeongdong and you are now looking for the best way to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong.

The area is perfectly located in the heart of the city, offers plenty of fun things to do, and is easily reached from the airport by bus, subway, taxi, or private transfer.

Moreover, Myeongdong is heaven for k-beauty lovers, will place you within easy reach of Namsan Tower and park, and will place you close to Seoul Station for when you plan for a longer South Korea itinerary.

Getting around Seoul is not too complicated when you have the right guidance and when you get accustomed to the local ways of doing things.

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Getting from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong

When it comes to getting from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong, you will have plenty of options. It is only up to you to choose the best one that suits your schedule, budget, and style.

Here are the main options, in a nutshell:

Means of
Transportation
CostDuration
Subway4,750 KRW
(Transit Card)
4,850 KRW
(Ticket)
73 minutes
Bus (number 6015)15,000 KRWroughly 1h 30 min
Taxiapprox. 80,000 KRWroughly 1h 30 min
Private TransferFrom 72 USD/ 3 persroughly 1h 30 min

Incheon Airport to Myeongdong by Subway

The fastest and cheapest way to get from Incheon to Myeongdong, the subway is also the less comfortable option. While you will only have to change lines once at Seoul Station, there is quite a walk from one line to the other.

Also, the train doesn’t offer too much space for luggage, and you will be traveling with people who aren’t on a commute.

Click on the map to open it in the subway app

If you choose to travel by train/subway, you will have to choose between 2 options:

  • AREX, the fast train that only stops in the 2 terminals at Incheon and at Seoul Station – ticket prices are a bit more expensive (9500 KRW for adults and 7500 KRW for children).
  • The all-stop train, makes a few other stops along the way, as per the above map and itinerary. This option costs 4750 KRW for the whole trip.

In both cases, you will change the train at Seoul Station and get subway line number 4 to Myeongdong.

If you choose to travel by AREX train, the trip will take between 43 minutes ~ 51 minutes from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station. Add another 4 minutes to get from Seoul Station to Myeongdong subway station by subway line number 4.

Book your AREX train ticket here!

For the all-stop train, the lead time is as mentioned in the table above, a total of 73 minutes (without changing time at Seoul Station).

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of the options, and we will leave it to you to choose your preferred option.

If you are using the Subway app (download here for IOS | for Android), you will see the whole route by searching for the blue line – Airport Railroad. 

Before you go by subway, get your T-Money Card + Data SIM

You will use your T-Money card to get around Seoul (or anywhere else in South Korea) by public transportation, so you will need it throughout your trip.

Another option would be to get your Seoul City Pass and forget about the hassle of buying tickets. Apart from one free trip on AREX, you get free admission to many important attractions in Seoul, you can rent a bike once, and have extra discounts. The pass can also be used as a T-Money rechargeable card throughout your stay.

Incheon Airport to Myeongdong by bus (KAL Limousine)

If you would rather take the bus from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong, look for bus number 6015.

From the airport, find the bus stop:

  • Terminal 1 – on the 1st floor, outside of the arrival hall
  • Terminal 2 – basement, platform 28

Even though you will have space for your luggage, depending on the traffic, getting to the city will take longer.

Also, there are plenty more stops along the way, but the bus’s final destination is Myeongdong.

Tickets for the bus can be purchased inside the arrival hall, and cost 15000 KRW.

Operating hours

The bus runs every 20 minutes, the first one leaves at 5:25 AM and the last one at 23:15.

If your flight arrives after this hour, you won’t have any direct bus to choose from. However, there is a night bus traveling to Seoul Station. From there, you will be able to walk to your hotel or take a taxi for a very short distance.

Incheon Airport to Myeongdong by taxi

On our first visit to Seoul as tourists, we chose to take a taxi from the airport to Myeongdong.

Taxi in Seoul

Inside the Arrival Hall, there are designated desks, where you can ask for a taxi, and airport staff will help you. You can choose the size of the car, how you prefer to pay, and also tell English-speaking people where is your final destination. 

You must pay at the airport and a driver will come and pick you up from the desk and guide you to the car. 

Another option would be to book a private transfer by international taxi directly online before your trip. The advantage is that you will have all the information you need before you go: booking, place of pick-up, car details etc. Moreover, you will pay online so you won’t have to worry about that as well.

Traveling by taxi is more comfortable, especially when you have bulky luggage or you simply don’t want to carry it around.

Also, the car will leave you right in front of your hotel in Myeongdong, so you won’t have to worry about finding your final destination on the map.

Moreover, taxis travel throughout the night, so you won’t have to worry if your flight arrives close to midnight or after this hour.

There are different taxi types, depending on the size of your group or number of luggage you have with you:

Regular taxi

Deluxe Taxi

Jumbo Taxi

International Taxi – specific for foreigners in Seoul, with drivers that speak English

The expected fare for a ride from Incheon International Airport to Myeongdong is around 80.000 KRW, with an extra 20% charge for night rides.

Extra tip: If you plan on taking the taxi from the airport directly, make sure you have your hotel name or address written in Korea. Many drivers won’t speak English and won’t understand the address if it is not in Korean characters.

Incheon to Myeongdong by private transfer

Why choose a private transfer? I would go for it especially when I travel in a group of 3 or more and would want to forget about the hustle of transfers, timetables, and everything in between.

You will have someone waiting for you at the airport, no matter the time of day or night. They will have your address so you won’t have to worry about the taxi driver not understanding where you want to get to (trust me, it happened to us more than once).

On top of that, you can choose the type of vehicle you want, and pay upfront, before your trip.

Other FAQ about getting from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong

What is the difference between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Incheon Airport?

Terminal 1 is the oldest while Terminal 2 has extended Incheon Airport since 2018. Terminal 1 is used mainly by airlines operating within Asia (Asiana Airlines, China Southern, and Korean Air), while in Terminal 2 you will find Air France, Air Lines, Delta Air Lines, KLM, and Korean Air.

Where is the train station in Incheon Airport?

Once you exit arrivals, you should walk towards the AREX Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1, and go to the All-Stop Train marked in blue

What is the cheapest way to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong?

As you could tell from the comparison at the beginning of the article, the cheapest way to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong is by subway – the all-stop train.

What is the fastest way to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong?

The fastest way will be to take the AREX Train and subway. This trip will take roughly 1 hour.

What is the most comfortable way to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong?

Booking a private transfer or taking a taxi will always be the most comfortable way of moving from the airport to your destination.

How far is Incheon Airport to Myeongdong?

Myeongdong is 49.3 km away from Incheon Airport.

How to get from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong during the night?

Taxi or private transfer is the only way to get to or from the airport during the night. Of course, there is also the night bus to Seoul Station and a taxi or walk from there to your hotel.

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