Seoul bus manners and tips. Hidden features and tips for Seoul buses that foreigners may not know. Free charging, free wifi, transit system, and more.

Hello, this is Loah Dad.

Today, after our last post on Seoul subway etiquette and tips, we’re going to talk about Seoul bus manners and tips.

The Seoul Bus is a cheap way to get anywhere in Seoul, and you can transfer to the subway or other buses within 30 minutes. It also has free Wi-Fi and sometimes USB charging!

So, to introduce you to the Seoul Bus, today, Loah’s dad took the bus by himself!

Let’s go!

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Korea blue bus

Seoul and its metropolitan area are so well connected by a spider web of bus routes that there’s virtually nowhere you can’t get to by public transportation.

In general, there are five main types of buses in Seoul.

Blue buses are the most common, and green buses are also common. Red buses are the long-distance buses that connect Seoul with other metropolitan areas such as Incheon and Gyeonggi Province. Yellow buses are less common and are used to travel shorter distances and are found in the center of Seoul.

Finally, there are village buses that run in every small neighborhood. They are usually green in color and smaller than regular Seoul buses. Occasionally, some village buses are yellow.

First, the Blue Bus is a very important route that runs horizontally, vertically, and diagonally across Seoul, such as Gangnam to Seoul Station or Myeongdong to Hongdae.

Seoul bus manners and tips

The second is the green bus.

The green bus also travels around Seoul horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, but instead of a long course like the blue bus, for example, it travels from Myeongdong to Jongno, a neighboring station.

If the blue bus is like a big stream of water, the green bus is like a small stream of water that connects the places that the big stream can’t reach.

Of course, the green buses sometimes have long routes.

The buses are similar in price and atmosphere. In fact, if you have the opportunity to ride a bus when traveling in Seoul, it is almost always green or blue.

Blue and green buses have the same fare.

The adult fare is 1,300 won, and the transportation card is 1,200 won. (About $1).

The fare for children between 14 and 19 years old is 1,000 won, or 720 won with a transportation card.

Fares for ages 7 to 13 are 450 won.

Children under 7 ride for free.

(In short, use a transportation card pass – it’s really convenient).

Seoul bus manners and tips

The third bus is the red bus.

In Korea, it’s called a wide bus.

They have a completely different atmosphere, character, and price than the green and blue ones.

It’s a very long bus that runs from the center of Seoul to Incheon, or from the center of Seoul to Gyeonggi Province.

from the center of Seoul to Incheon or from the center of Seoul to Gyeonggi Province.

Red bus fare information.

Adult fare is 2,400 won, and 2,300 won with a transportation card.

Fare for 14 to 19 year olds is KRW 1,800 and KRW 1,360 with a transportation card.

Fares for children aged 7 to 13 are KRW 1,200.

Children under 7 years old ride for free.

The fare is almost 1.8 times more expensive than other buses.

Foreigners rarely ride it, but if you’re an adventurous traveler or you’re going to one of the places I’ve listed on this site, you might have a chance to ride it.

Most have no windows, or if they do, they are very small.

Some seats are close together.

Sometimes there is a separate door for getting off and a separate door for getting on.

Sometimes there is only one door.

The fourth bus is the yellow bus.

In Korea, it’s called a circular bus.

It usually operates on a small scale at tourist spots in the center of Seoul.

You can catch it around Namsan or in Jongno.

Yellow bus fare information.

Adult fare is 1,200 won, and 1,100 won with a transportation card.

The fare for children between 14 and 19 years old is 800 won, and 560 won with a transportation card.

Fares for children between 7 and 13 years old are 350 won.

Children under 7 years old are free.

It is slightly cheaper than the blue and green buses.

The atmosphere and system inside the bus are almost the same as the blue and green buses.

The size of the bus is slightly smaller or the same as the blue and green buses.

Korea village bus

Finally, there is the village bus.

While the blue buses cover large areas of Seoul, and the green buses cover areas where the blue buses don’t go, the village buses cover small neighborhoods.

If you usually take the green bus to your district, you can take the village bus to your neighborhood.

They are smaller than regular buses, and the fare is cheaper.

Adult fare is 1,000 won, and 900 won if you use a transportation card.

The fare for 14-19 year olds is 550 won, or 480 won with a transportation card.

The fare for children between 7 and 13 is 300 won.

Children under 7 years old are free.

If you are a tourist, you should definitely buy a card with a transportation function.

It’s the most convenient.

Here’s some information about tourist cards from my last post

https://withloah.com/index.php/2023/05/24/the-pros-and-cons-of-transportation-cards-and-tourist-cards-for-traveling-in-korea-as-told-by-a-korean/

There are also Seoul city tour buses, airport buses, hospital buses, etc,

today we’re only going to talk about local buses in Seoul.

Now that you know the types of buses and their fares,

let’s look at the stop information.

Normally, bus stops are covered on top like this to protect them from rain and sun.

The top is covered, but the sides are all open.

Occasionally you’ll see a state-of-the-art stop with air conditioning or heaters, air purifiers, TVs, and cell phone charging.

But, usually an open bus stop.

Korea bus stops

As you can see, the green and blue buses are the main ones.

This is a free Wi-Fi zone. If you smoke around the stop, you will be fined.

Unfortunately, the stop information is not translated into foreign languages.

However, important tourist attractions and subway connections are marked in English.

This makes the subway more convenient for foreign tourists.

We know that tourists have a hard time getting on the bus, but the hardest part is getting off.

Me know that too.

“When my family travels abroad, we are most nervous about getting off the bus.”

Inside the bus, Korean and English services are available.

The bus announces the next station in both Korean and English.

But don’t worry if you get off the wrong bus!

South Korea has a great transit system, allowing you to transfer to a different numbered bus or subway up to five times.

Of course, there’s a small surcharge, but it’s usually between 50 and 300 won, which isn’t too much.

Now, let’s board the bus.

You touch your card on the square machine next to the driver in the front and get inside.

This bus doesn’t take cash at all.

Nowadays, more and more buses in Seoul don’t take cash like that.

Once inside after paying, the front of the bus has one row of seats with wide seats on either side,

The back of the bus, after the middle door, is flanked by two seats.

At the very back, there are 4 or 5 seats.

If you’re a big guy, I’d recommend the single seats up front on either side.

However, the seats near the door are usually reserved for the elderly.

In Korea, pregnant women and the elderly are usually seated near the door.

If you see that mark, avoid it if possible

Oh!! And the black on the right is a USB-port.

Sometimes you’ll see it on electric buses, but it’s not common.

I sat in the back of the bus, facing the front, and tried to take a picture.

The reason for the many poles ->>

Try riding the bus on weekdays from 8-10am and 5-7pm and you’ll see.

It’s different everywhere, but try to stay off the road during these times.

You’ll see tons of people traveling to and from work.

If you are a sightseeing tourist, please refrain from traveling during these hours on weekdays as much as possible hahahaha.

The toy-like red and white stripes on the top of the picture are emergency hammers that can be used to break windows and escape in case of emergency.

There are also fire extinguishers under the bus seats.

korea bus Fire extinguishers

I hope I never have to use this.

The air conditioner or heater will be activated, and you can also adjust the direction and amount of breeze.

The bell on the right should be rung before you get off, and the bus driver will stop the bus.

Ringing bells are everywhere and come in a variety of shapes.

Here’s a tip.

Every country is different,

In South Korea, the law says to never get up from your seat when the bus is moving.

However, bus drivers are allowed to drive right past a bus stop if no one gets up.

Something doesn’t add up hahaha

Here’s a tip

  1. the bus stops at the stop before the stop where you want to get off, and
  2. press the get off bell about 10 seconds after it starts again.
  3. this will make the bus driver stop at the next stop.

Usually, the bus will arrive at the next stop in about 5 minutes if there is no traffic.

Slowly get out of your seat between 3 and 4 minutes after ringing the bell, or move closer to where you want to get off.

Alternatively, you can stand at the door and get off easily.

It’s a bit unfortunate, but that’s my one tip for getting off the bus in Seoul.

Korea bus system

When you get off, you’ll need to tap your card once more on the machine by the exit door, just as you did when you boarded.

This ensures that the fare is fully settled.

You must then tap your card on the machine to be transferred to another bus or subway within 30 minutes.

((Depending on the type of card, there are some cards that do not need to be tapped. Please check this.))

That’s all there is to know about buses in Seoul.

If you have any more questions, please leave a comment.

If I know something, I’ll let you know!

Ha~~~

It’s a hot summer in Korea.

I was so sweaty when I got home after taking the photos.

I’m glad I left Loah at home and went around alone!!!

I will go to the next place with Loah!!!

See you at the next place~~!

Bye bye!

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