Taxis in South Korea are everywhere. You may find taking them convenient for because there are many taxi stands in cities. To get a taxi in Korea is easy but there are things you have to remember so you would conveniently reach your destination, such as the different types of taxi, their rates, and how they operate. Here’s a quick guide to Korean taxis that you can bookmark now.
Different Types of Taxi in Korea
Standard taxis in Seoul are generally orange, but the colors are different in other regions. Silver-colored standard taxis are usually found in cities.
If you see a blue sedan taxi in Seoul, it is an electric car but taxi fare is the same as the standard ones.
The bright yellow-colored taxis in Seoul, Pohang, Gyeongju, Daegu, Gumi, and Gwangju are operated by Taxi Cooperative Network. Base taxi fare is also similar to standard taxis.
Deluxe taxis, also known as “model taxi” in Korean, are black with a yellow sign on the top. The difference of deluxe taxis from regular ones are the spacious passenger area, higher fare, and a higher standard of service. These deluxe taxis are usually found in front of hotels, bus terminals, and major city roads.
If you’re in a group of travelers, taking a van taxi is for you. It can accommodate six to 10 passengers. However, fares are the same as deluxe taxi.
You can call a taxi on the street. You can spot an available taxi if there is a red light inside the passenger-side windshield or through the cap light on top. You can also wait or fall in line at a taxi stand. You may call for taxi service but with an additional fee. In Seoul, you may book their International Taxi service, which is Seoul City’s official foreign-language taxi service made for foreigners. Check out their website for additional information: www.intltaxi.co.kr
Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you may already inquire at their information desks:
Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 1 (Arrival Level 1st Floor)
Between gates 4 and 5, Desk No #23
-Tel. +82-70-5102-1191 / 1195
-Operation Hours: 24/7
Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 (Arrival Level 1st Floor)
International Taxi counter on the right side of the Gate A
Gimpo International Airport
International Arrivals Floor between Gates 1 and 2
-Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Taxi Fares in Korea
As of March 2019:
Standard Taxi (mid-sized)
Base Fare – 2,800 – 3,800 won
Fare varies by region and fare increase is calculated by distance traveled. Details 20% surcharge applies during late-night (12:00 MN – 04:00 AM) and when traveling out of the city.
In Busan, 30% surcharge applies when traveling out of the city. In Seoul, the basic fare for regular taxi fares is W3,800 and increases by increments of W100 according to time/distance as of February 2019. If the taxi is running at a speed lower than 15 kilometers per hour, there is an additional W100 charged for every 31 seconds. The basic late-night fare is W4,600.
Deluxe & Jumbo Taxi
Base Fare – 3,200 – 6,500 won
Fare varies by region and fare increase is calculated by distance traveled. No surcharge for use of deluxe and jumbo taxis.
Taxi Peak Hours in Korea: Rush hour in Korea is estimated to be 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM – 7 :30 PM.
If you have just arrived at the airport, you can skip the taxi lines by booking a direct private transfer from Incheon International Airport (ICN) to downtown Seoul in advance.
You can also experience the ease and convenience of traveling around South Korea with a convenient private car service.