All about Incheon Airport

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Incheon Airport is the most important and biggest airport in Korea. Many international tourists arrive and depart from this airport.

This airport not only functions as a hub airport connecting between Korea and other international destinations.

It also connects Seoul with other Korean cities.

Today I would like to give you all the life hacking information about Incheon Airport.

Make your trip to Incheon Airport easy!

Korea Incheon Airport :1. Incheon Airport Terminal Shuttle Bus

Incheon Airport Terminal Shuttle Bus
Terminal 1→Terminal 2Terminal 2Terminal 1
Incheon Airport 1 Terminal 3F
Exit 7 and 8
Incheon Airport 2 Terminal 3F
Exit 4 and 4
Shuttle bus departure time

In January 2018, the second terminal of Incheon Airport in South Korea was officially opened. 

There is a distance between the first and second terminal, so you need to take a shuttle from one terminal to the other. The most important thing is to confirm the terminal on the ticket first to avoid any chaos. If you don't take the free shuttle bus from Incheon Airport, you can take the airport subway and get to the first and second terminals of Incheon Airport.

Korea Incheon Airport:2. Incheon Airport First Terminal

Incheon Airport in South Korea is mainly divided into six areas. Many airlines fly in and out of Incheon Airport. Often, I am afraid that there will be too many people in the line for the customs. What if I am about to miss the flight because I got caught by an inspection. What should I do?

Number of on-site departures at Incheon Airport, South Korea

Incheon Airport site congestion level | Click here!

From the above link, you can see the number of gates in the first terminal and second terminal of Incheon Airport in South Korea. The blue means not crowded, the green is less crowded, the yellow is slightly crowded, the orange is crowded, and the red is extremely crowded. 

When you at Incheon Airport, you may wish to take a look at this link before you choose the entrance. You can save more time for your shopping at the Incheon Duty-Free Shop more easily.

Self Check-in and baggage counter at terminal 1 of Incheon Airport, South Korea

Everyone should always check-in before they get their boarding passes at Incheon Airport. Because there are too many people, you often have to wait a long time to check-in. In fact, everyone can check-in quickly and conveniently by using the self-check machines. Find your airline and scan your passport.

You can also check-in your luggage easy and fast by using the automatic check-in machine at Incheon Airport. The process can be completed quickly by scanning the passport. 

There will be airport staff nearby, so don't worry about figuring out how to use the machine. However, the machine depends on the airline.

The free charging dock at terminal 1 in Incheon Airport, South Korea

At Incheon Airport, you can charge your electronic products such as mobile phones, laptops, etc. 

You can use your own USB chargers. You can go to the 1st to 4th floor of the terminal 1 building. Check out the  2nd to 3rd floors of Terminal 2.

Incheon Airport’s terminal 1 net cafe, photocopying

Internet cafes in the east and west wings of the 2nd floor of Incheon Airport (general area). Also, the internet cafe is located near gate 111 and 124 on the 3rd floor of terminal 1. You can use the internet, and get photocopying, etc. 

Business hours

2nd Floor: 08:00 to 20:00 

3rd Floor: 06:00 to 22:00

Incheon Airport's first terminal steaming sauna

The steaming sauna inside Incheon Airport is located (the first floor of the underground building / SPA ON AIR) in terminal 1.

If your flight departure time is approaching, or your waiting time is too long, spend your time at the steaming sauna in Incheon Airport.

Incheon Airport SPA ON AIR
Taking a bath for 3 hours₩7,000
Taking a bath for 4 hours
12 hours₩22,000
Baggage Storage₩6,000(per piece)

The first flight shower room in Incheon Airport

The Incheon Airport shower room is located in the middle of the 4th floor of the terminal 1 building, or on the east and west sides of the 4th floor of the duty-free zone. This facility can be used at the airport at night. 

Transfer guests are free to use this facility, but the ones who depart from Incheon Airport needs to pay the usage fee.

Terminal 1 medical center in Incheon Airport

The medical center and pharmacy are Located on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Building. These facilities are located right by the 3rd floor waiting area and Free Zone. Check the specific location for emergency uses.

First Class Lounge

On the east and west sides of the 4th floor of the Free Zone, you can find people who are looking for a place to rest overnight at Incheon Airport. 

There are many large couches where can lie down and rest comfortably. However, you have to expect a lot of people at all times.

Incheon Airport Terminal 1 Post Office

If you are afraid that your luggage is overweight before boarding your flight, you can send the extra baggage back home at the post office in Incheon Airport.

 Located in the middle of the second floor of the general area of the terminal 1 building, the post office operates during the regular business hours. If you want to go, please pay attention to the working hours.

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The terminal 1 laundry mat Incheon Airport

Clean Up Air, located on the first floor of Incheon Airport, provides quick cleaning services for clothes.

The service takes a while and is only open until 20:00 at the latest.

The first terminal ice rink in Incheon Airport

If you are traveling with your family, check out the ICE FOREST on the first floor of Incheon Airport Terminal 1. Kids would love this ice link! This facility opens from 10:00am to 20:00pm during winter. You can enjoy ice skating after paying the etrance and rental fee.

Incheon Airport terminal 1 luggage storage service

On the east and west side of the 3rd and 4th floor of Incheon Airport, you can find the luggage storage service. You can either check in your bag for a few "hours" or even "days." The basic charge is ₩ 6,000 per 6 hours.

The cost increases depending on the size and quantity of your bag as well.

Incheon Airport Maglev Train

The Incheon Maglev train is a very new facility, and you can use it for free. For those who want to see the beautiful scenery of Incheon, take a free maglev train from Incheon Airport to the beach.

Korea Incheon Airport3. Incheon Airport Terminal 2

The second terminal of Incheon Airport is slightly smaller than the first. You must double check your gate before you head to the terminal. Korean Air, Delta, Air France, and KLM are the major airlines departing from this terminal.

Incheon Airport Terminal 2 Railway

Since the opening of the second terminal of Incheon Airport, the Incheon Airport railway has been extended to Terminal 2.

Incheon Airport Express AREX train Schedule

Airport Express First Train
Departs from Incheon Airport Terminal 2
Departs from Seoul Station06:10

Incheon Airport Express AREX last train schedule

Incheon Airport to Seoul City
Departs from Incheon Airport Terminal 2Arrive at Seoul Station

Seoul City to Incheon Airport
Departs from Seoul Station
Arrive at Incheon Airport Terminal 2

South Korea Incheon Airport Railway First Bus

First Shuttle Bus
Departs from Incheon Airport Terminal 2
Departs from Seoul Station

South Korea Incheon Airport Railway Last bus

Incheon Airport to Seoul City
Incheon Terminal 2 First stopIncheon Terminal 1Gimpo AirportHongdaeSeoul Station
Last Stop

Remarks: There is a shuttle bus departing from Incheon 2 at 23:50, but the last station is Digital Technology City and does not stop at Hongdae and Seoul station.

Seoul City to Incheon Airport
Seoul Station
First stop
Gimpo Airport
Incheon Terminal 1
Incheon Terminal 2
Last Stop

Remarks: There is a shuttle bus departing from Seoul Station at 00:00, but the last station is Gimpo Airport and does not stop at Incheon Airport.

Incheon Airport Terminal 2 flight self-registration

Near the D and E counters of Terminal 2, you can find self check-in machines.

However, the availability of self check-in machines vary.

South Korea Incheon Airport Terminal 2 Robot

Incheon Airport's terminal 2 has many cleaning and guiding robots. 

This is also a new facility that promotes the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. You may want to check them out when you are in terminal 2.

Incheon Airport Terminal 2 Pharmacy

 Although the second terminal of Incheon Airport is new, it does not have a medical support facility other than pharmacy.

This terminal does not have many departing flights, but you can find pharmacies on the east side of the third floor and the third floor of the tax-free zone on the third floor.

Incheon Airport Terminal 2 Resting Area

Incheon Airport terminal 2 also has a resting area, which is located on the east and west side of the 4th floor in the duty-free zone.

South Korea Incheon Airport Second Terminal Children's Playground

If you have a child, you may wish to go to the 268, 254, 257, 231, 242, 246 gates on the third floor of the Duty-Free Zone. 

The above is the introduction of terminal 1 and 2 of Incheon Airport.

Korea Incheon Airport:4. Seoul Station Early Check-in

Do you not want to bring your luggage all the way down to Incheon Airport on the day of your departure? Therefore, some airlines open an ealry check-in service at Seoul Station. The baggage can be checked in at Seoul Station, and the location is right next to the AREX.

Airlines providing early check-in at Seoul Station
Korean Air, Asiana Airline, Jeju Airlines, Southern China Airline, Dewey Airlines, Esta Airlines
(Some flights, joint check-in might not be applicable. Please inquire the airlines by directly about the details.)

In addition, next to the Check-in counter, you can get your immigration checked. After completing the check-in at Seoul Station, go directly to the immigration and customs.

  • Yellow: check-in counter 
  • Blue: Immigration 
  • Red: AREX

Take the AREX direct train to Incheon Airport 

You can check-in at Seoul Station in advance

This is how you should do an early check-in:

 Buy an AREX direct car ticket 


Go through the immigration procedures

 Take the AREX direct train and leave to the airport

After arriving at Incheon Airport, you don't need to go to the airline counter if you completed an early check-in. You can go directly to the boarding gate.

This passage is for those who have completed their early check-in at Seoul Station. You don't need to go through the same exit passage with others. You cdon't have to wait in a long foreigner line to go through the immigration. 

You also don't have to get examined at the customs office. You can go directly to the exit.

The lines for automatic customs clearance gets short very quickly. I would highly recommend you to do an early-check in if you are pressing with time before the departure.

The above post contained information regarding the life hacking information regarding Incheon Airport in South Korea. Did you find it useful? 

Use this guide as a reference, and you will definitely make the most out of your time spent at Incheon Airport. I will see you again in my next post. Bye!