South Korea - Traveling
Diplomatic representations: Visit the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Korea's website
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
There are two kinds of taxis - regular and deluxe. Fares are based on distance and time. The black deluxe taxis are more comfortable, provide better service and, of course, charge more than the regular grey taxis.
If 'Free' light in front of taxi diver turns on, Taxi is free. Take care, most of taxi drivers do not speak English. Ask your guest or the hotel to write the address in Korean.
A regular intercity bus network connects virtually all cities and towns in the country. Regular intercity buses, which make frequent stops, are the least expensive way to travel around the country.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
The Korea Railroad (KORAIL) operates three types of trains - super-express, express, and local - along an extensive nationwide network. Super-express (KTX) trains link Seoul with Busan, Mokpo, East Daegu, Gwangju and Iksan. Most popular destinations in the nation can be reached via direct line or a single transfer. Local trains make frequent stops.
Long distance express buses go directly to their destinations, stopping only at expressway rest areas every few hours. Seoul has three intercity terminals providing service to different parts of the country.
One of the most pleasant ways to see Korea is by ferry. Routes are available between Busan and Jeju-do Island, Mokpo and Hongdo Island and Pohang and Ulleungdo Island. There are ships making runs between Busan and Yeosu, with many in-between stops possible at ports along the south coast and the Hallyeo Maritime National Park.
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Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
Health and safety
Time difference and climate
- Summer (August): Hot and humid. Two to three typhoons usually hit Korea during this season. 50 to 60 percent of the annual precipitation comes in summer. Monsoon season (heavy rain season) starts in June and lasts about 30 days.
- Fall (October): A little cooler than spring but still mostly clear and dry days.
- Winter (January): Cold and dry.