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Incheon Airport is around one hour away from Seoul by motor vehicle and it is not directly served by the metro system. Taxi’s and Uber can be quite expensive. The train and metro combo, specialty bus or shared vans can be affordable options but the most affordable and really very navigable route for anyone familiar with public transportation are the city buses.
In order to get to your hotel or destination affordably and most conveniently it is good to look at a map or your hotel’s arrival information to see where the nearest bus stop is. If all else fails email or call the concierge or look up specific forum questions online.
Once you come into the arrivals hall at Incheon Airport you will find various desks marked Airport Limousine Buses. The indoor stands are set up with attending employees. Here is where we paid easily with a credit card and the ticket agent confirmed the standard price of 10,000 Won ($8 USD) and drop of point we’d requested. There were also automated machines outside.
Our ticket had the outside platform marked on which we were to wait for the bus. In our case bus 6002 was located on 5b. This means we walked out door 5 and to the right. Once there there were about 5 lanes at 5b. But friendly luggage handlers asked us if we needed help and showed us the proper lane. The lane actually has a digital display of the buses that come to it and all their estimated arrival times. Most buses come every 15 minutes between 4:30am and 11:30pm
The tickets clearly marked which bus we had and any time was available. The baggage was stored underneath and we were given a receipt. The bus driver took a piece of our bus ticket and stop announcements were made in Korean, English and Chinese the whole way which was helpful in listening for our stop. When we heard our stop announced we pushed the red stop button, the driver alighted and made sure we took the right bags.