Getting Around Seoul
The easiest and quickest way to traverse the crowded city is on
the subway, which has eight lines and serves all the main areas of
interest. Station signs are written in English as well as Korean,
and most lines have English announcements too. Subways are
extremely crowded during the morning and evening rush hours, but
are generally safe, though plagued with hawkers and beggars.
Tickets are bought from vending machines or at ticket windows.
Debit tickets for a certain amount can be purchased which have the
amount of each fare deducted when swiped at turnstiles. Buses are
frequent and cover the whole city, but tend to be very crowded.
Tickets can be bought on boarding, or debit tickets can be
purchased. Taxis are readily available. Regular taxis (white or
silver) charge 1,600 won as an initial fee and have a complex
system of metering thereafter. Black luxury taxis, called Mobeom
taxis, are superior both in condition and service, fares being
charged as 4,000 won at commencement.