Using the taxi in Korea

If you’re arriving at Incheon Airport and have a lot of luggage, or you’re traveling with a group of people, you may find that a taxi is actually cheaper.

In this article, we’ll cover the types of taxis in Korea, how much they cost, and how to catch a taxi.

I’ll share how to catch a taxi from Incheon Airport to Seoul and how much it costs at the end.

Types of taxis In Korea

There are couple of taxis. but I’ll share you three types of taxis here.

Standard Taxi

It’s standard taxi in Korea

There are two basic types of taxis. One is orange and the other is silver. The only difference is that one is operated by a company and the other by a private individual, so you can use them the same.

Electric Taxi(Standard Taxi) 

It is the same as the Standard taxi, except that it’s an electric car (light blue).

Deluxe Taxi

It’s deluxe taxi in korea

In Korea, it’s called a model taxi, So it’s more expensive than a standard taxi.

Taxi fare

The table below shows taxi fares in Seoul as of June 2023.

Standard TaxiWeeklyBase Fare4,800 won for up to 1.6 kilometers
Distance fare100 won per 131 meters
Late night fare100 won per 30 seconds
Late nightBase fare22~23, 02~04: Up to 1.6km: 5,800 won
23~02: 6,700 won up to 1.6km
Distance fare22~23, 02~04: 120 won per 131 meters
23~02: 140 won per 131m
Late night fare22~23, 02~04: 120 won per 30 seconds
23~02: 140 won per 30 seconds

How to catch a taxi In Korea

At the moment, Uber is only available in Seoul, so if you’re not in Seoul, I’d recommend catching a taxi on the street or taking a taxi through other applications.

Catching a taxi on the road

You can catch a taxi on a busy road, but it’s not really recommended because you might not be able to communicate well.

Kakao Taxi

Kakao Taxi is the most popular taxi service in Korea, and you can get a taxi anywhere. However, the policy has recently changed and it is difficult to use it unless you have a Korean number or a Korean card, so it seems that it is difficult to recommend it at this time. So if you have a Korean number and card, it is the easiest to get a taxi, so I recommend it in that case.

This article introduces how to sign up for KakaoTalk.

i.M Taxi

I.M Taxi is a taxi app for international visitors and is a recent application. It is gradually increasing the available regions, but currently it is available in Seoul.

If you want to use a taxi in Seoul, I recommend i.M Taxi and Uber for now.


Uber is also available in Korea.

However, Uber is only available in Seoul, so it is difficult to use it except Seoul.

Using International taxi to go to Seoul from Incheon

For international visitors who arrive at Incheon Airport with a lot of luggage or are unfamiliar with the complex transportation system, Seoul officially offers the International Taxi service.

All International Taxi drivers speak English, Chinese, and Japanese, and for your convenience, we accept Master, Visa, Express, and JCB credit cards.

They also operate on a reconnaissance basis.

However, international taxis are only available from Incheon Airport to Seoul.

Below is a list of fares.

Incheon International Airport <-> SeoulStandard taxiLarge and deluxe taxis
Area AGangseo70,000 won100,000 won
Area BYangcheon, Guro, Yeongdeungpo, Mapo, Eunpyeong, Seodaemun75,000 won110,000 won
Area CGeumcheon, Gwanak, Dongjak, Yongsan, Jung, Jongno85,000 won120,000 won
Area DSeocho, Gangnam, Seongdong, Dongdaemun, Seongbuk, Gangbuk
90,000 won130,000 won
Area ESongpa, Gangdong, Gwangjin, Jungnang, Nowon, Dobong
95,000 won140,000 won

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