Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service | Easy Money Exchange at the Airport
This is the quickest and easiest way to exchange currency at the best rate; all you have to do is make a reservation and pick up your money at the airport!
Exchanging currencies is an essential part of traveling internationally but can be a bit of a hassle. There are so many things to consider: where to get the best rates, how much to exchange, and more. That's why Creatrip has partnered with 'ooddy', an official currency exchange service company, to provide the fastest way to exchange currency at the best rate!
Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service
*Temporarily Closed During May; Reservations Still Available From June*
What is the Creatrip Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service?
The Creatrip Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service is a service meant to provide fast and easy currency exchange at the cheapest rate at the airport by taking the convenience of exchanging currency at the airport and making it available at a cheaper price. Since Creatrip is not an official currency exchange business, we've partnered up with 'ooddy', a currency exchange service company that has an official license and is recognized by the Korean government.
How does it work?
Basically, you can make a reservation ahead of time to exchange money at the airport and simply pick up the agreed amount on a fixed date (at least 26 hours (KST) in advance). Here's how it works:
- First, you can check the Creatrip Airport Exchange Rate Calculator (at the top of this page) to compare rates and see how much you can save through Creatrip's service.
- Then, make a reservation and let us know the time and date of the exchange (within operating hours), and how much you would like to exchange.
- Lastly, prepare the agreed amount in your local currency and meet with a representative at Incheon Airport (near the Airport Railroad Ticket Gate) to pick up the promised amount.
Make the most of your Korea trip by saving time and money on unnecessary fees through the Creatrip Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service!
*The amount shown on the calculator and the amount available for in-person exchange are rounded to the nearest value of 1000 KRW on a 100 KRW basis to avoid the use of coins and for a smooth exchange process (i.e. 4,700 KRW will round up to 5,000 KRW).
Period of Reservation: At least 26 hours (KST) in advance / Up to 14 days in advance
Operating Hours: Wed-Sun 12:00-20:00 (Not available Mondays & Tuesdays)
Pickup Location: After making a reservation, you will receive a voucher with the exact location details via email (near the Airport Railroad Ticket Gate in Terminals 1 & 2).
When you arrive at the appointed pickup location, you can exchange currency right away with a representative wearing a Creatrip cap and flag! You will receive a voucher with details regarding pickup via email after making a reservation.
Why We Recommend It
It is the fastest and cheapest way to exchange currency at the airport.
You can check the rates yourself! Before making a reservation, you can compare rates and find out exactly how much you'll be saving in your local currency (not KRW) at a glance using the Creatrip Airport Exchange Rate Calculator at the top of this blog or by clicking here.
This service provides the best rates at the airport. It's about 50% cheaper than the general airport exchange fees!
Start your trip right away! If you exchange currency at the airport, it's quick and cheap and you can start your trip right away. You can make payments right away using KRW and top up any transportation or prepaid cards, then start your trip straight away without having to travel elsewhere to exchange currency.
Don't worry! You won't have to pay the entire amount you plan to exchange in advance. Just pay a deposit of 10,000 KRW when making a reservation and you'll get the full deposit back when exchanging the full amount (even if there are flight delays!).
Safety guaranteed! This airport currency exchange service is provided through 'ooddy', a company that is certified by the Korean government and the Korea Tourism Organization. All KRW is provided by KB Kookmin Bank, Korea's #1 bank, so there's no need to worry about counterfeits!
Wi-Fi is free at the airport. If you can't find the location, add the SNS ID on the voucher and contact 'ooddy' via Wi-Fi for a quick response!
|Factors||Private Local/Korean Currency Exchange||Local/Korean Airport Currency Exchange (Banks)||Creatrip Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service|
Price (Currency Exchange Fee)
|Good Rates||Bad Rates||Good Rates|
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Local currency exchange services may have good exchange rates, but there are fees you need to pay for transportation and it could be a hassle to get there. Not to mention the extra time it takes!
|Getting currency exchanged at airport banks is definitely the fastest and most convenient, but it is by far the most expensive. You'd be losing money!||Not only is it fast and conveniently available at the airport, but you'll also be able to exchange money at a significantly better rate than the airport banks. Only available through Creatrip!|
Things To Keep In Mind
If you haven't received your voucher by email after making a reservation, please check your spam box. If you still don't have an email voucher, please contact Creatrip.
If you contact 'ooddy' (contact info available on the voucher) once you arrive in Korea using the free airport Wi-Fi, the currency exchange process will be much faster and smoother.
If you arrive more than an hour late for your reserved pick-up time, please contact 'ooddy' at the SNS ID on the voucher. (If you don't have USIM/E-SIM, please use the free airport Wi-Fi!)
The minimum amount required to make a reservation is $200 (USD).
Old US Dollars cannot be exchanged. Please prepare your cash in new US Dollars.
This airport currency exchange reservation service is provided by 'ooddy', a company that Creatrip has a partnership deal with.
This service is available at Incheon International Airport. We do not currently provide services to other airports.
A reservation can be made at any time on Creatrip, but the date of the in-person exchange must be made at least 26 hours in advance (KST). You can make a reservation up to 14 days in advance.
In-person currency exchange pick-up is available from Wednesday to Sunday. It is not available on Mondays or Tuesdays.
In-person currency exchange pick-up is available from 12:00 to 20:00. While you do need to select a pick-up time when making a reservation, you may exchange currency at any time within the above operating hours.
The currency exchange pick-up location is located near the Airport Railroad Ticket Gate in Terminal 1 & 2. After making a reservation, you will receive a voucher with the exact location details via email.
Cancellations can be made up to 2 days before the scheduled reservation time (KST). You cannot make changes to an existing reservation, so please cancel and rebook if you need to alter your reservation.
There is a reservation deposit fee of 10,000 KRW that must be paid beforehand. You will receive the full deposit back on-site (as a 10,000 KRW bill) separately from the amount requested in your reservation.
In the case that your flight is canceled or delayed due to a natural disaster, we will refund the 10,000 KRW deposit to you (personal reasons/situations do not apply).
For a quick and smooth currency exchange process, please prepare your local currency cash in bills of the highest denomination possible (i.e. $100 USD bills).
The exchange rate is updated twice a day, and the exchange rate displayed at the time of the reservation will be applied (applicable to both the airport exchange rate and the Creatrip exchange rate).
The amount shown on the calculator above and the amount available for in-person exchange is rounded to the nearest value of 1,000 KRW on a 100 KRW basis to avoid the use of coins and for a smooth exchange process.
Wi-Fi is free at the airport. If you can't find the location, add the SNS ID on the voucher and contact 'ooddy' via Wi-Fi for a quick response!
If your pick-up time is between 11:30 and 16:00, the representative will wait for up to 4 hours after the pickup time.
If your pick-up time is between 16:30 and 20:00, the representative will wait from the arranged pickup time until 21:00 latest.
How To Reserve
Select the date and time you would like to pick up your money.
Select the 'Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service (Deposit)' option and click next.
Enter the required information in detail and the amount you wish to exchange. The amount that you enter on this page will be the fixed amount you will receive in KRW and need to provide in USD.
Upload a clear photo of your passport and enter your name as it appears on your passport, flight number, and select which terminal you will be landing at. Then, click 'Agree' to move on to the payment stage.
Pay the full deposit (10,000 KRW) to complete your reservation. Your reservation will be automatically confirmed and you will receive a voucher with the exact locations via email.
(Sample Voucher)Please be sure to prepare the promised amount in your local currency in the highest denomination possible (i.e. $100 USD bills).
Meet a Creatrip representative at the appointed location and exchange currency with them. You will also receive your full deposit back as a 10,000 KRW bill.
Please keep in mind that if you do not show up on the appointed day without proof of a flight delay or other unpreventable circumstances, you will not receive the deposit back.
How much can I actually save through Creatrip's currency exchange service?
Private currency exchange services, most popularly in Myeongdong or Dongdaemun, do indeed have the best exchange rates, but considering the time and money it takes to get there, it's not quite as much of a steal as you'd think. Ideally, you'd want to exchange currency right away at the airport so you can start your trip immediately without having to plan a time to travel elsewhere to exchange currencies.
The problem is that exchanging currency at the airport isn't the best option either, because the banks available don't have good rates. But what if there was a way you could exchange currency quickly at the airport and at a good rate? Here's an example we've put together so you can see just how much you can save through Creatrip!
Amount Exchanged (Example)
Airport Bus: ~17,000 KRW
Subway: ~4,750 KRW
Nearly 2 Hours
|*Please keep in mind that these are not fixed rates and rates may alter slightly depending on the current exchange rate.|
As you can see above, you'd actually be able to get the best bang for your buck by using Creatrip's service, and you don't have to worry about wasting time or money finding a local currency exchange service! Myeongdong may technically have the lowest exchange rates, but with the added transportation fees and travel time, it's simply not worth it!
Taking the subway for over an hour while carrying all your luggage around is not fun, and while the airport bus is more comfortable, you can use that money to get other necessities, such as a SIM card! Don't spend your first day in Korea going back and forth from your hotel to Myeongdong just to waste time and money; opt for convenience and the best exchange rate here at Creatrip!
Why do I need to exchange cash if I can just use my card and make international transactions?
While cards are accepted at most places, many shops, such as hair salons, nail shops, etc., will actually give you a significant discount or freebies if you pay in cash! Also, there are many experiences, such as eating street food or buying souvenirs/trinkets, that can only be paid for in cash. You'll definitely need a good amount in order to take advantage of special deals and make sure you don't miss out on certain experiences!
How much money would I need to exchange for a trip to Korea?
One reason why travelers love coming to Korea, besides the amazing food, culture, and K-entertainment, is because it is quite cheap to travel in when compared to other countries! Of course, the amount that is spent differs per person, but here is a general breakdown of how much you might need to bring for your trip. Keep in mind that these are averages and the amount of spending will differ per person. This is just to give you a general idea of daily spending costs!
Category (daily, per person)
Average Daily Cost
Average Accommodation Cost
Average Transportation Cost
Average Intercity Transportation Cost
Average Food Cost
Average Entertainment Cost
Average Total (Without Avg. Daily Cost)
78,938 KRW daily
201,989 KRW daily
523,387 KRW daily
|*Average costs sourced from Budget Your Trip.|
Using the chart above, you can get a general idea of how much money you might need to bring to exchange in Korea. It's always good to grab a bit of a wider budget than expected, in case of emergencies or if you end up doing a little more shopping than you thought you would (which is very easy to do in Korea). Overall, Korea is not necessarily considered an expensive place to travel to as transportation, local shopping, and restaurants are all quite affordable.
What do I need to get to prepare for my trip to Korea?
Here is a list of things we recommend you reserve beforehand so that you're all set when you arrive in Korea:
1. K-ETA (Korean Electronic Travel Authorization)
K-ETA is required for all foreign visitors entering South Korea. You must get your K-ETA approved by the Office of Immigration in Korea in order to board a plane headed for Korea. You can apply on the official website or apply through the Creatrip Proxy service in the link below!
2. WIFI or SIM Card
Although WIFI is quite available throughout Korea, it's best to have access to the Internet with a SIM card or portable WIFI device if you want to get around comfortably and conveniently. Public transportation will be your best friend when getting around Korea, so you're going to want to be able to look up subway routes and bus arrival times when you're on the go. It's also just way more convenient and safe to have in case of emergencies. Creatrip has tons of SIM card or WIFI options, so check them out in the link below!
3. Transportation Tickets, Services, and Transit Cards
Speaking of public transportation, you're going to need a transit card to get around the subway and on buses and taxis. With a transit card, you can just tap on and off when you get on vehicles, and top-up with cash when you need more money on your card. It's super convenient and a must-have when traveling in Korea. You can get a TMoney card at a convenience store or the newer NAMANE card, which functions as both a debit card and a transit card. It can be used virtually anywhere in Korea! Get it using the link below:
You'll also need a way to get to Seoul from Incheon Airport, which can get confusing since the airport is so big and there are so many options. The most convenient option would be to take a taxi, but that can get expensive, especially if you're traveling alone or in a small group. The fastest and simplest way to get to Seoul from Incheon Airport is by taking the airport bus or the AREX train, which is very fast and comfortable and goes directly to Seoul Station. From Seoul Station, you can easily get to another station using the subway or bus. For big groups, or if you highly prefer comfort, you can reserve an airport limousine service. To travel outside of Seoul, you can take the KTX or Express Bus. Check out more transportation options below!
What should I do in Korea?
1. Must-do Activities
There are certain things in Korea that you have to do or places that you have to visit when you're here in order to get the full experience. If it's your first time, definitely try renting a Hanbok and exploring the traditional palaces (you get in for free if you wear a Hanbok!), visiting Lotte World in a cute Korean school uniform, taking photos at a professional photo studio, getting your hair done, and of course, visiting many different cafes and restaurants. Check out all the fun activities and cultural experiences you can do in the link below!
2. Order Delivery Food
Delivery food culture in Korea is a whole 'nother experience in itself and is something you gotta try out! You can order crispy Korean fried chicken to the Han River and enjoy a wonderful picnic, or order delicious Korean shaved ice to your hotel or airbnb for a sweet treat after a day of exploring! The options are endless and getting to experience Korea's amazing delivery service is amazing. Even if you're a foreigner, you can order delivery through Creatrip, no Korean phone number or card is required! Order delivery through us here:
3. K-Beauty Experiences
You can't come to Korea and not experience the K-beauty culture here! From hair shops and makeup experiences to manicures and skin care procedures, Korea has it all, and at very affordable prices too! Get a discount on K-beauty services by making a reservation through Creatrip! Check out all the services below:
4. Go on a Day Tour
The easiest way to check out all the most popular tourist destinations and even more unknown, local spots, is through a tour! There are many tours available all over Korea, so you can explore not only Seoul, but also places like Busan, Gangneung, Jeju-do, and more! Check out all the different tours available here:
5. Go to a K-pop Concert
If you're a K-pop fan, you do not want to miss out on an opportunity to see live K-pop idol performances! There's just something different about experiencing a K-pop performance right here in Korea; plus, front-row seats are significantly cheaper in Korea than overseas. You can get tickets to the weekly showing of SBS's The Show and see what awards shows are currently available in the links below!
Where should I go?
The most popular destination would definitely be Seoul, as there is so much to see and do in South Korea's capital. Outside of Seoul though, there is just as much to enjoy! Below is a list of the most popular places to visit and links to food guides, cafe guides, shopping guides, tours, and more!
3. Jeju Island
Now you're all set for your trip to Korea!
Airport Currency Exchange Pickup Service
We hope this blog was helpful to you and you can quickly and easily get your currency exchanged at the best rates with Creatrip! If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook to stay updated on all things Korea!