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Info on Public Transportation

Post  bjeb318 on Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:25 am

Public transportation in Gyeonggi Province includes buses, subways, taxis and trains. Each mode of transportation uses a different fee structure. Traffic cards offer a discount when transferring from subway to regular bus and vice versa. A majority of the buses and subways provide service back and forth to Seoul.

Subway

Subways are an important transportation mode linking Seoul with Incheon and various destinations in Gyeonggi Province such as Goyang, Bundang and Namyangju. In addition to the eight Seoul Subway lines, there are the Bundang Line, Incheon Line, and Central Line. Each is indicated by a different color. The name of the subway station is usually shown in the same color that identifies that particular subway line. You can buy subway tickets at windows inside each station or from automatic ticket machines. The ticket windows also sell the convenient transportation cards that can be used on all forms of mass transit.
A subway map is usually located above the ticket window. Most subway maps are written in Korean and English. The numbers next to the name of each station on the map indicate the subway fare for the destination from the present station. Simply tell the ticket vendor your destination, and they will issue you the appropriate ticket. The yellow box next to the ticket window contains free subway maps, although some subway stations do not provide free subway maps.

Bus

The bus is Korea’s commonest form of mass transportation, and many different types of buses are available. They are color-coded according to the type of service they provide. Regular buses are green; seated-only buses, blue ; and express buses, red. The “regular bus,” also known as the “city bus,” operates on routes within one metropolitan area. If you pay with the electronic traffic card, you can get a discount on transfers. The “seated-only” buses are more comfortable than the regular buses, but the fare is also a bit higher. Their routes include service to airports. The “express buses” travel between various points in Gyeonggi Province and downtown Seoul. Express and intercity bus services are available between most cities within the Province. A bus also provides service to Incheon International Airport from various locations around Gyeonggi Province.

Taxis

Taxis are classified as “regular,” “deluxe” and “call.” The black “deluxe” taxis charge a higher fare than regular ones, but the service quality and comfort level are excellent. The “call” taxi will pick up the passenger at any location for an additional 1,000 won “call” charge. Taxis are the recommended choice of transportation for foreigners who are unfamiliar with the Korean language or the local landscape. Taxis that operate in Gyeonggi Province offer a free interpretation service. Just say “interpretation service” to the driver after you get in, and he will connect you to someone who speaks your language. The interpreter will tell the driver where you want to go and anything else you want him to know. The service is available in seven languages English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, German and French. “Regular” taxis charge a base fare for the first two kilometers and a twenty percent premium is added after midnight.
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