How to ride the AREX Express Train
How to get from Seoul Station to Incheon Internation Airport and vice versa!
Getting to and from the airport can be pretty stressful, especially when you're hauling luggage around and tired from the long flights. There are several ways to get to downtown Seoul from the airport, but the fastest, most convenient way is to take the AREX Express Train, which is a direct train that takes you straight to Seoul Station. It is relatively affordable compared to the other fast methods of transportation and you're guaranteed a seat, unlike the all-stop train. This blog is a brief introduction to the AREX Express Train, so if you're interested, read on!
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Stops: Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 & 2, Seoul Station
Duration: 43 - 53 minutes
9,500 KRW 7,350 KRW on Creatrip
The AREX Airport Express takes you directly to Seoul Station from either terminal at Incheon International Airport. It does not stop at popular Seoul subway stations like Hongdae Univ. Station or Myeongdong Station, however, it is still faster to get to these areas by taking the AREX to Seoul Station and going from there.
AREX Airport Express Timetable
Updated on June 26, 2022
Incheon International Airport -> Seoul Station
|ICN Terminal 2|
ICN Terminal 1
Seoul Station -> Incheon International Airport
|ICN Terminal 1|
|ICN Terminal 2|
Incheon Airport Line (all-stop)
Stops: Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 -> Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 -> Airport Cargo Office Station -> Unseo Station -> Yeongjong Station -> Cheongna International City Station -> Gunam Station -> Kyeyang Station -> Gimpo Airport Station -> Magok Naru Station -> Digital Media City Station -> Hongik Univ. Station -> Gongdeok Station -> Seoul Station
Duration: 59 minutes to 66 minutes
Ticket fare: 4,750 KRW for adults, 2,200 KRW for children
You can also take the all-stop Airport Line to Seoul. This takes you to popular train stations like Hongik Univ. Station. The problem with taking this is that this line is often taken by locals getting to and from Seoul so it is most likely going to be crowded. If you're looking for a smooth, comfortable ride, you're better off booking an AREX ticket.
There are trains every 5-15 minutes.
How to Take the AREX from Seoul Station
If your hotel or accommodation is not located in Seoul Station, don't fret because all you have to do is make your way to Seoul Station and transfer onto the Airport Express Line!
Once you get off your subway train, look up and around for directions to transfer onto the Airport Express Line.
You will need to tag your transportation card again in order to get onto the Airport Express Line.
Head up the escalators.
Follow the signs.
Seoul Station is very large, so you may get lost. However, there will be directions everywhere including lines on the floor, so stay calm and follow the arrows.
Head deep into the station and you'll see the entrance to the Airport Railroad
Head down the escalators.
And you'll get to the gates!
AREX ticket example
If you book online, you will get a ticket with a QR code, boarding time, arrival location, etc. You will scan this QR code on the scanner at the gates to get access to the AREX Express Train platforms.
*If you get your AREX tickets online, like on Creatrip, you will need to use the reservation code provided by Creatrip to book your tickets on the official AREX website. On the website, head over to the reservations tab, input your reservation code, choose your train boarding time, and then you'll get your AREX ticket(QR code).
On the AREX Express Train
The AREX Express Train is superior in various ways. Other than having comfortable seats guaranteed, there is free WIFI for everyone to use, toilets, and even compartments for your luggage.
Start off and end your trip by being overwhelmed by traveling into the city in a crowded train. You can sit back and relax and plan out your trip or just take a break from your tiring travel day.
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