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Seoul has revamped itself over the past few decades. Today, the city is ripe with culture, activities, and tourism. The lively nightlife combined with the family-friendly attractions make this a premier spot to vacation. However, if you are not sure about the best time to visit Seoul, it is all about finding the right temperatures for you and your travel companions. Ideally, you want to venture over to this area of Korea from March – May or September – November. Temperatures around this time are quite mild. If you are coming to Seoul for winter activities, book your flights for December – February, but note that the average temperature is around the freezing mark and rarely bumps above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


Seoul flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares to Seoul found recently by users on momondo
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XiamenAir
XiamenAir
LAX
29 Nov
Los Angeles airport
44h 00m
2 Stops
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
XiamenAir
ICN
06 Dec
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
21h 05m
2 Stops
LAX
Los Angeles airport
489 USD
XiamenAir
XiamenAir
LAX
22 Sep
Los Angeles airport
20h 40m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
XiamenAir
ICN
04 Nov
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
21h 05m
2 Stops
LAX
Los Angeles airport
498 USD
XiamenAir
XiamenAir
LAX
16 Oct
Los Angeles airport
42h 50m
2 Stops
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
XiamenAir
ICN
28 Oct
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
21h 05m
2 Stops
LAX
Los Angeles airport
498 USD
Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines
SFO
11 Sep
San Francisco airport
23h 25m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Hong Kong Airlines
ICN
18 Sep
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
19h 45m
1 Stop
SFO
San Francisco airport
500 USD
Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines
LAX
03 Dec
Los Angeles airport
24h 40m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Hong Kong Airlines
ICN
10 Dec
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
19h 05m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
505 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
HNL
07 Sep
Honolulu airport
30h 15m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
China Eastern
ICN
14 Sep
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
14h 45m
1 Stop
HNL
Honolulu airport
510 USD
Jin Air
Jin Air
HNL
27 Jul
Honolulu airport
9h 35m
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Jin Air
ICN
21 Aug
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
9h 05m
HNL
Honolulu airport
555 USD
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
HNL
21 Aug
Honolulu airport
10h 00m
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Hawaiian Airlines
ICN
30 Aug
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
9h 15m
HNL
Honolulu airport
663 USD
Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines
SEA
20 Aug
Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport
11h 35m
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Asiana Airlines
ICN
26 Sep
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
10h 20m
SEA
Seattle/Tacoma Intl airport
870 USD
Delta
Delta
SJC
04 Nov
San Jose airport
16h 50m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Delta
ICN
18 Nov
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
19h 57m
1 Stop
SJC
San Jose airport
888 USD
XiamenAir
XiamenAir
LAX
22 Sep
Los Angeles airport
20h 40m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
XiamenAir
ICN
04 Nov
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
21h 05m
2 Stops
LAX
Los Angeles airport
498 USD
Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines
SFO
11 Sep
San Francisco airport
23h 25m
1 Stop
ICN
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
Hong Kong Airlines
ICN
18 Sep
Seoul Incheon Intl airport
19h 45m
1 Stop
SFO
San Francisco airport
500 USD

Which airlines fly to Seoul?

Direct flights from the US include American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jin Air, Korean Air, and Asiana Airlines. Other airlines without direct flights include All Nippon Airways, KLM Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and many more. If you are looking for cheap flights into Seoul, stick to Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and you might snag a few deals from KLM too. However, cheaper flights include multiple stops and layovers, which you may want to take into consideration.


How to get from the airport to Seoul city center?

Below you will find all the airports in Seoul along with the distance from the city center
Seoul Gimpo Intl
10 mi from city center
Seoul Incheon Intl
30 mi from city center

Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN)

Incheon International Airport is the largest in South Korea and the premier airport for U.S. residents entering the country. It primarily serves the capital area and is extremely busy. Luckily, that means you have multiple options for reaching the city center.

Airport Railroad Express

The AREX operates two main lines including the Express Train from the airport into Seoul Station, and the All Stop Train. The latter halts at 12 stations on the way to city center and takes around 58 minutes. The Express Train operates every 40 minutes, while the All Stop Train comes in every 6 – 7 minutes. The Express Train costs approximately 8000 KRW with a discounted rate of 6,900 KRW for children. The All Stop Train is your cheapest option, averaging a fare of 4,150 KRW per person.

Bus

Airport buses run from the airport into the city center and other areas of Seoul. Booths are outside the passenger terminals on the first floor, and you can purchase tickets from the Airport Bus Ticket Booth by gates 4 and 9. Your particular bus stop is written on the ticket, and you can choose between the Deluxe and Standard Bus.

Taxi

Taxis in Seoul include medium, large, and luxury vehicles. The fare is a flat rate applied to the section between Incheon Airport and your destination within the city. There are no additional charges and the flat rate applies regardless of the number of passengers that share a ride. Based on the destination and type of taxi, the rates vary between 55,000 KRW – 80,000 KRW for luxury or large taxis, to 750,00 KRW – 110,000 KRW for medium and large respectively.

Car Rentals

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Popular routes to Seoul

Most frequently searched flights to Seoul along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
New York to Seoul
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14h 20m
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556 USD
Los Angeles to Seoul
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12h 50m
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488 USD
San Francisco to Seoul
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12h 10m
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500 USD
Washington to Seoul
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14h 25m
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534 USD
Seattle to Seoul
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11h 35m
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534 USD
Atlanta to Seoul
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14h 22m
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787 USD
Dallas to Seoul
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729 USD
Chicago to Seoul
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14h 00m
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538 USD
Boston to Seoul
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22h 15m
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723 USD
Orlando to Seoul
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18h 00m
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831 USD
Honolulu to Seoul
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9h 35m
Cheapest price
510 USD
Singapore to Seoul
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6h 25m
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342 USD
Shanghai to Seoul
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1h 45m
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260 USD
Detroit to Seoul
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13h 27m
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863 USD
Hong Kong to Seoul
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3h 15m
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152 USD
Minneapolis to Seoul
Fastest flight time
12h 39m
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732 USD
Houston to Seoul
Fastest flight time
16h 16m
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628 USD
San Diego to Seoul
Fastest flight time
16h 10m
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726 USD
Denver to Seoul
Fastest flight time
15h 21m
Cheapest price
691 USD
Amsterdam to Seoul
Fastest flight time
10h 20m
Cheapest price
537 USD
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How to get around in Seoul?

Subway

The subway in Seoul is by far the most effective way to travel. You skip the city traffic and get around quickly. Cash fare for the subway is 1,350 KRW per adult and 450 KRW per child. Lines 1 – 9 take you to most attractions and even outside of Seoul into Gyeonggi.

Bus

The bus operates throughout the city center. To make it easier, the buses are color-coded. The main line bus is blue and you also have the green line operating in the city. The yellow buses operate in a circle around city center, while the green ones visit suburbs and local villages. For express trips, you want to take the red bus. Each type of bus has a different fare, ranging from 1,000 KRW to 2,400 KRW per adult and 300 KRW to 1,200 KRW per child.

Taxi

Taxis are available throughout city center and are the best option for getting to areas outside of the public transportation routes. Also, they accept T-money cards just like other public transportation units. Standard taxis are silver, white, and orange, and offer the best fares. If traveling with a large group, opt for the jumbo taxi, which is usually a minivan. Fares for a taxi are negotiable, but you should negotiate and mutually agree with the driver before getting in for a ride.

Ferries

Take the ferry over to Jeju Island while you are in Seoul, which is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. There are two main ferries: the Seastar Cruise and Santa Luchino. The travel time is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes. The Santa Luchino operates daily except on the first and third Monday of the month. The Seastar Cruise does not operate on Monday or Saturday. Ferries come with rooms and operate like a cruise ship. A standard room costs 30,000 KRW per adult and 14,950 KRW per child.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Seoul?

U.S. nationals can enter and stay in the Republic of Korea (ROK) for tourism purposes for up to 90 days without a visa, as long as they have a valid passport. For other foreign nationals, please check the Republic of Korea Visa Portal website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Seoul

Things to do and places of interest in Seoul

Seoul is a vibrant city that has new and ancient attractions blending perfectly with one another. There are several historic sites and hidden gems speckled throughout the city. Whether you prefer something more modern or you want to go on a kaleidoscopic sightseeing adventure, consider these top items for your list:

  • The shopping in Seoul is exciting! The best shopping district for your money is the Dongdaemun Market where you can find almost anything. Also, you have the local shopping mecca known as Myeong-dong, which is home to street stalls, vendors, and boutique shops. For a more traditional Korean shopping trip, go to the market of Insa-dong, where you also can pick up some great local food.
  • See the skyline from the North Seoul Tower, which is ideal by night because the city lights up with bright colors.
  • The historic sights of Seoul are not to be missed. Take the Seoul City Wall, which was once a fortress and is now a scenic walk for exploring the city. You also have the amazing Cheonggyecheon, which is a stream running through Downtown Seoul and enhanced with LED lights. Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is the first royal palace established during the Joseon dynasty.

Tips and tricks for visiting Seoul

As a first-time visitor to Seoul, your goal may be to save some money, but you also want to get the most out of your visit.

Get a T-money Card

The T-money cards are used on public transportation throughout Korea. They provide you with discounted fares and cost 2,500 KRW per card to purchase initially. Then, you can fill them with as much as you would like and use the card on all forms of transportation, including the airport express trains, metro subway, and buses.

Embrace the subway

You and the subway will become best friends in Seoul because it is by far the easiest way to get around. To make sure you are on the right track, use the Seoul Metro app on your phone.

Be strategic about hotel bookings

Get a hotel or hostel room near the Line 1 and Line 4 for the subway. This puts you within a short walk to the subway and from there onward, your options are endless.

Stand tall and be strong

Koreans are always in a hurry, and they have no qualms about pushing their way through large crowds. Therefore, be prepared to get pushed into doorways, pushed around on the subway, and even at local shopping markets. Do not be offended when someone pushes you out of the way without an apology; it is just a way of life in Seoul.