Taking the Seoul airport limousine bus (고속) – complete guide

Taking the Seoul airport limousine bus

Are you traveling to South Korea and have decided that taking the Seoul airport limousine bus (고속) is the best option for you?

Of course, there are plenty of ways to choose from when it comes to traveling around Seoul, but taking the KAL Limousine is preferred by many travelers.

Keep on reading because this post will cover all the questions you might have. From departure points, buying your ticket, routes, and more.

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Taking the Seoul airport limousine bus (고속) – complete guide

KAL Limousine routes

There are 5 available routes linking Incheon Airport to some of the main destinations in Seoul:

If you still are not sure which bus is the right option for you, here are the stops for each of them. The bus might not stop exactly at your hotel, but you can choose the one that will get you the closest. From there, check Naver Maps for the fastest and easiest option to get to the hotel.

Bus 6701

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1

Mapo Station (Seoul Garden Hotel)

Gongdeok Station (Lotte City Hotel)

Gwanghwamun (Koreana Hotel)

City Hall (The Plaza Hotel)

Sogong-dong (The Westin Josun Hotel)

Euljiro 1-ga Station (Lotte Hotel)

Myeongdong Shopping Center

Gwanghwamun Press Center

Bus 6702

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1

Mapo Station (Seoul Garden Hotel)

Gongdeok Station (Lotte City Hotel)

Sungnyemun (Ramada Hotel & Suites)

Seoul Station

Namsan (Millenium Seoul Hilton Hotel)

Yaksu Station

Jangchung Gymnasium

Jangchung-dong (Summit Hotel Seoul)

Dongdaemun (The Plaza Seoul Dongdaemun Hotel)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Dongdaemun Station (JW Marriott Hotel Dongdaemun)

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Dongguk University Entrance

Bus 6703

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1

Banpo (Seorae Village Entrance)

Sinnonhyeon Station (Le Meridien Seoul Hotel)

Sinnonhyeon Station (Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam Hotel)

Eonju Station (Samjeong Hotel)

Gyeongbok Apartment Intersection

Seonjeongneung Station (Ramada Seoul Hotel)

Bongeunsa Station (InterContinental Seoul COEX)

Samsung Station (Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas)

POSCO Intersection (ibis Ambassador Gangnam Hotel)

Yeoksam-dong (Josun Palace Gangnam)

Imperial Palace Seoul Hotel

Nonhyeon-dong (Gangnam Eulji Hospital Intersection)

Bus 6705

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1

Jamsil Lotte World Hotel, Lotte Tower

Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, Gangbyeon Station

Gwangnaru Station

Grand/Vista Walkerhill Seoul Hotel

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Seoul Airport Limousine buses types

There are 2 types of airport limousine buses:

  • Deluxe – the KAL (Korean Air Lines) buses. These link Incheon Airport to the above destinations and make a few stops along the way.
  • Standard buses – they costs less, but make more stops and will not leave you at a certain hotel.

How to book your KAL Limousine ticket

There are various options for buying your KAL tickets.

Online

You can purchase your ticket online here.

It is worth knowing that these tickets are only valid for the K Limousine buses, cancellation or refund is possible only within 14 days of purchase, and they are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

You can also check out Klook because they might sometimes offer small discounts on the ticket price. Moreover, it is certain they always accept internationally issued cards, while you might have problems with that on Korean websites. See options here!

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Directly at Incheon Airport

No matter if you are landing at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, you will have the option to buy your bus ticket just before boarding.

Terminal 1 : Indoor ticket counters are located to the right of arrival gate B or to the left of arrival gate D, while the outdoor counters are adjacent to exit gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 13. You can pay by cash or credit card here.
Terminal 2 : Bus ticket office (at ticketing offices indoors on Transportation Center, B1)

What rules are there about luggage

Every passenger can bring up to 2 luggage summing up to 40 kg. If you plan on bringing more, just be aware that bags over the limit may be charged additional fees of under 50% of the fare per 1 bag (under 40kg). 

How can you pay for your KAL ticket?

You can pay by cash, T-Money Card, or credit card at the Airport Ticket Office.

Where do KAL buses depart from at Incheon Airport?

Terminal 1 – The bus stops are No.3B and 4A located in front of arrival exit 4

Terminal 2 – The bus stops are No.17, 18, 19 located in the middle of the Transportation Center (B1)

How much does a KAL ticket cost?

The price for a KAL ticket is 18000 Won from Incheon Airport for an adult, and 12000 won for children (children aged 0-5 can travel free of charge provided they will not occupy separate seats).

KAL Limousine Vs AREX Express train

As with any transportation option, each comes with pros and cons, and you will need to decide by yourself on the best option for your trip.

By taking the KAL Limousine you will travel comfortably and have enough room for your luggage. However, bus stops are limited to some hotels, and if you need to travel further you will still need to take the subway or other means of transportation.

Moreover, the time spent on the road is determined by traffic – which can be a big challenge in Seoul, depending on the time of the day.

On top of that, if your hotel is around Seoul City Hall, it is worth knowing that street protests are common in the area and that might impact the bus’s route.

By taking the AREX Express you will have an exact estimation of the time spent commuting from Incheon to Seoul Station. On the train there are designated luggage areas, but not as much space as you will have on the bus.

When it comes to price, AREX Express is much cheaper (9000 won for adults, and 7000 won for children) than the KAL Limousine bus.

KAL Limousine vs taxi or private transfer

While you now know all the advantages and disadvantages of taking the bus to the city center or your hotel, depending on when you land in Seoul I suggest you should also look into the private transfer option.

Buses have a limited number of daily transfers, and you should check timetables and schedules before booking your ticket.

With a private transfer, you won’t have to worry about a thing apart from the price of the journey. However, if you are traveling in a group of 4 or 5, the cost per person will be slightly higher than taking the bus.

You will have enough space for your luggage, the driver will take you directly to your hotel, and you won’t have to worry about timetables and traveling throughout the night.

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Ingrid A former financial professional, I have been passionate about photography since an early age. My fascination with Korean culture was one of the reasons Alex accepted a business role in Seoul. Alex A former corporate business executive, I am a historical fiction writer. My business career allowed us to live in Seoul and explore South Korea for one year. We fell in love with the country, its culture, food, and people, and we strongly believe you will love it too! Because we know how difficult planning a trip can be, especially to South Korea, we are here to help you out and ensure you have an awesome time there.

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