EXPRESS TRAIN TICKETS: Incheon Airport to Seoul

EXPRESS TRAIN TICKETS: Incheon Airport to Seoul

Go from Incheon International Airport to Seoul in as little as 43 minutes! Book your discounted airport express train tickets here.

The Rundown

  • To go from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station, you can take the airport express train that passes through Terminals 1 and 2.

  • Express tickets for Incheon Airport to Seoul are typically priced at ₱375 or $7.1, when not discounted. You can check today’s rates here.

  • Seats at the AREX trains, as compared to the All-stop trains, are more comfortable. More amenities and perks also await bookers. (Customer reviews are provided below.)

  • Airport express trains in Korea run on a very tourist-friendly schedule with frequent departures.

  • Speaking of trains, if you’re traveling from Seoul to Busan, Daegu, or Daejeon, you can also consider booking this cross-country pass.

Also read: Visit Seoul: Travel Guide to Myeongdong, Itaewon, & More

How to go from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station via AREX Train

Image credit:  Befree Tour

Image credit: Befree Tour

The Airport Railroad Express train (AREX) is a premium transportation service in Korea that offers passengers the quickest and most comfortable way to go from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station. Travelers arriving from Incheon Terminal 1 can expect to reach Seoul city center for only 43 minutes, while those coming from Terminal 2 can look forward to a breezy 51-minute travel time. Compared to other available transportation options, these trip durations are notably shorter. See below for a comparison:

Screenshot of  Google Maps search  for Incheon to Seoul via bus

Screenshot of Google Maps search for Incheon to Seoul via bus

  • All-stop train from Incheon Airport to Seoul: 58 minutes (Incheon Airport Terminal 1)

  • All-stop train from Incheon Airport to Seoul: 1 hour and 6 minutes (Incheon Airport Terminal 2)

  • Bus ride from Incheon Airport to Seoul: approximately 1 hour and 39 minutes to 2 hours


BUY YOUR TICKETS!

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul. Screengrab from  Klook

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul. Screengrab from Klook

OPTION 1: One-way Airport Express (AREX) Train Ticket

  • PRICE: ₱375 or $7.1 for a one-way ticket, if not discounted!

  • You may choose to buy two one-way tickets for Incheon Airport to Seoul Station & Seoul Station to Incheon Airport.

  • Ticket price does not yet include the deposit of ₩500 (₱24 or $0.45) and the extra charges for travels to other metro stations, if applicable.

  • Pick up your airport express train ticket at Seoul Station or at the Incheon International Airport.

Here are some customer reviews that we’ve found for those who booked the AREX Incheon to Seoul one-way ticket online:

‘The Arex Incheon Express is pretty comfortable as compared with the All-stop train. Every passenger got his own comfortable spacious seat and the train looks new and [clean]…’

‘Cheaper than purchasing the ticket onsite, easy to redeem…you can also check in your luggage at the check in counter if you’re taking one of Korean airlines…which is really convenient…’

It was my first time visiting Seoul…my friends [recommended] to purchase Arex Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket…process was easy.

Alternatively, you may also go from Incheon Airport to Seoul via the following bookable modes of transportation:

MINI BUS

👉 Incheon Airport to Seoul: Transfers for Groups of 7
👉 Incheon Airport to Seoul: Transfers for 1-14 people
👉 Incheon Airport to Seoul: Mini-bus Transfers


How do I get from Incheon to Seoul comfortably?

Aside from the shorter travel time, the Incheon Airport Express Train also offer amenities for convenience that you wouldn’t get when you ride the bus or the regular All-stop train. Here are some of the perks that come with purchasing an AREX Incheon to Seoul train ticket, as noted from the Airport Railroad Express’ website:

1. Access to the Airport Terminal at Seoul Station

Image credit:  AREX

Image credit: AREX

When you purchase an AREX Incheon Airport express train ticket, you will be given access to the City Airport Terminal at Seoul Station. This means that if you’re flying to an international destination via Jeju Air, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, T’way Air, and Eastar Jet, you can check your bags in at Seou Station and select your seats ahead of your departure. No more carrying or lugging your bags all the way to the airport! (For more information about using the city airport terminal, click here.)

2. Comfortable seats that recline

Image credit:  AREX

Image credit: AREX

With an Incheon Airport Express Train ticket, you are guaranteed to have a coach seat when traveling from Incheon to Seoul and vise-versa. The seats recline and have stowable desks for passengers to use. This is a more comfortable way of traveling, as opposed to the All-stop train’s bench-like seating arrangement.

3. Cabin crew service at Airport Express Train for Incheon Airport to Seoul

Image credit:  AREX

Image credit: AREX

Need assistance or special care for your travel? You can rely on AREX Incheon Airport express trains’ cabin crew to help you.

4. Porter service at Seoul Station

Image credit:  AREX

Image credit: AREX

If you do not want the hassle of lugging your bags as you make your way to the boarding area of Seoul Station, you may take advantage of the porter service that comes with the purchase of an AREX Incheon Airport to Seoul ticket.

5. Toilets inside the airport express train

Image credit:  AREX

Image credit: AREX

Sure, having a toilet inside the train may be the least of your concern as you prepare for your Korea trip, but having this space to get changed, put some powder on, cleanse your face, and you know, answer nature’s call, would prove very helpful. Trust me.

6. Use of customer lounge

When you buy the Incheon Airport Express Train ticket, you’ll get automatic access to the customer lounge located at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1.

Aside from these amenities, other services offered at and by the Incheon Airport Express Train include a Kids’ Zone inside the train, electronic cart rides at the airport, and complimentary use of shuttle buses for affiliated hotels (for a list of AREX’ partner hotels, you may inquire at the AREX booth found at the airport’s Transportation Center).

How to Get Your Incheon Airport Express One-way Ticket in Seoul

After booking your airport express ticket for Incheon to Seoul and/or vise-versa via Klook, you may redeem your Incheon Airport Express train ticket at the following locations:

Travel Center at the Incheon International Terminal Transportation Center. Image credit:  Klook

Travel Center at the Incheon International Terminal Transportation Center. Image credit: Klook

  1. Incheon International Airport Terminal 1

    • Travel Center located at the Transportation Center of Incheon International Airport (B1)

    • Business hours: 5:00am-10:40pm, daily

  2. Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

    • Travel Center located at the Transportation Center of Incheon International Airport (B1)

    • Business hours: 5:00am-10:40pm, daily

  3. Seoul Station

    • AREX Booth located at B2

    • Business hours: 5:20am-10:50pm, daily

Alternatively, you can also redeem your AREX Incheon Airport express train ticket by using the Express Train Ticket Vending Machines. These are available in both the Seoul Station and Incheon International Airport. Here’s how to use them:

Visual guide for redeeming airport express tickets from  Incheon to Seou l and vise-versa. Image credit:  Klook

Visual guide for redeeming airport express tickets from Incheon to Seoul and vise-versa. Image credit: Klook

Visual guide for redeeming airport express tickets for  Incheon to other stations . Image credit:  Klook

Visual guide for redeeming airport express tickets for Incheon to other stations. Image credit: Klook

Note that you can only redeem one airport express train ticket at a time on the vending machine. Moreover, you will be unable to select your seat/s.

When redeeming your train tickets, please note the following guidelines:

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher at the redemption booths.

  • You must present your voucher in exchange for the physical AREX Incheon airport express ticket.

  • The voucher is valid on any day before 13 February 2019.

  • The claimed airport express ticket will be valid on the day of redemption only.

  • Show the 13-digit code of your AREX ticket to the Information Center staff.

Express Train Schedule: Incheon Airport to Seoul

Here are the departure time schedule for the Incheon Airport to Seoul express trains as provided by Klook:

Incheon Airport to Seoul Train Schedule: Departure Times from Terminal 1

  • 5:23am

  • 5:58am

  • 6:38am

  • 7:28am

  • 8:08am

  • 8:48am

  • 9:28am

  • 10:08am

  • 10:48am

  • 11:28am

  • 12:08pm

  • 12:48pm

  • 1:28pm

  • 2:08pm

  • 2:48pm

  • 3:28pm

  • 4:08pm

  • 4:48pm

  • 5:28pm

  • 6:08pm

  • 6:48pm

  • 7:28pm

  • 8:08pm

  • 8:48pm

  • 9:48pm

  • 10:48pm

Incheon Airport to Seoul Train Schedule: Departure Times from Terminal 2

  • 5:15am

  • 5:50am

  • 6:30am

  • 7:20am

  • 8am

  • 8:40am

  • 9:20am

  • 10am

  • 10:40am

  • 11am

  • 11:20am

  • 12pm

  • 12:40pm

  • 1:20pm

  • 2pm

  • 2:40pm

  • 3:20pm

  • 4pm

  • 4:40pm

  • 5:20pm

  • 6pm

  • 6:40pm

  • 7:20pm

  • 8pm

  • 8:40pm

  • 9:40pm

  • 10:40pm

To view the expected arrival times of the airport express trains to Incheon International Airport and/or Seoul Station, click here.

Boarding areas for the Incheon Airport Express trains are located at the following:

  1. Incheon International Airport Terminal 1: B1 Transportation Center

  2. Incheon International Airport Terminal 2: B1 Transportation Center

  3. Seoul Station: B2 of Seoul Station


TIPS!

  • Don’t forget! If you’re planning to take the AREX trains when you go from Incheon to Seoul and vise-versa, you must make the booking twice!

  • Passengers are required to pay a ticket deposit of ₩500 (₱24 or $0.45) at any of the redemption locations. This deposit can be refunded at the refund machine located near the turnstiles upon exit.

  • If your final destination is a metro station aside from Seoul Station, there is a surcharge of the normal metro fee between Seoul Station and you final stop. Extra charge of at least ₩1,350 (₱65 or $1.2) applies.

  • Incheon Airport express trains run at an interval of 25-40 minutes.

  • During off peak season, Incheon airport express train frequencies may be low. Please check the timetable in advance and have your schedule well arranged.

  • You will receive a confirmation email and voucher from Klook instantly after booking your Incheon Airport Express train tickets.


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If you’d like to learn more about other modes of transportation aside from the airport express train, read our handy guide here: Incheon to Seoul: Your Bus, Cab, & Train Options

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