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SNU offers shuttle bus services operating on campus circulation routes and a school commuting route from Bongchun-dong and Shillim-dong for SNU members' convenience. Shuttle buses are operated during the acdemic semester as well as during vacation (shortened hours). Detailed schedules of the bus operating hours are announced at the beginning of each semester and vacation period on the SNU Portal website. You can find detailed information regarding this service at:

http://www.useoul.edu/about/ab0501_2.jsp.

Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, so traffic can become easily jammed in many areas. To reduce the hectic traffic problem, the city has developed and installed a convenient public transportation system. Fare can be paid by in cash or with a public transportation card which can be purchased at any convenience store. SNU members can use their SNU ID Card as a transportation card by adding a check card function on it. Please find more information of transportation information around SNU at
: http://www.useoul.edu/about/ab0502.jsp

01Subway

For most foreigners, using Metro will be the most efficient and safest way to travel around town, as the map is easy to understand and each station is clearly announced in the train. The subway operation hours are from 5:30 a.m. to around midnight. The estimated travel time between subway stations is about 2 to 3 minutes. The schedule can vary depending on the line, so it is recommended you to make note of the schedule in advance. More detailed information of Seoul Metro is available at http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr.

Subway Fare
CATEGORY TRANSPORTATION CARD (KRW) ONE-TIME TRANSIT CARD(KRW)
ADULTS 900 1,000
ADOLESCENTS 720 1,000
CHILDREN 450 500

ONE-TIME TRANSPORTATION CARD

One-time use transportation card which is only usable for taking the subway can be purchased at automated ticket machines at each subway station. When purchasing the one-time use transportation card, a deposit of 500KRW is paid along with the fare. After getting off the subway, the 500KRW deposit can be refunded from "Deposit Refund" machines located at each subway station.

02Buses

In the beginning, it may be a challenge for you to use a bus as its routes seem more complex when compared to Metro, but you will find it convenient once you get used to the routes. The range of bus routes differs from its color and shape.

Bus Fare
  TRANSPORTATION CARD (KRW) ONE-TIME TRANSIT CARD(KRW)
ADULTS ADOLESCENTS CHILDREN ADULTS ADOLESCENTS CHILDREN

BLUE
These buses connect suburban areas to downtown Seoul
1,000 1,000 450 900 720 450

GREEN
Green bus is operated by private companies; these branch buses connect residential areas, subway
lines and bus terminals.
1,000 1,000 450 900 720 450

YELLOW
The yellow buses circles downtown Seoul and make short stops at major tourist, shopping and
business areas around the center of the city.
800 800 350 700 560 350

RED
Red buses or express buses are the quickest of the group for wide area line since they make fewer stops.
1,800 1,800 1,200 1,700 1,360 1,200

MAEUL
Smaller community buses are with shorter routes that often include residential areas.
700 550 300 600 480 300

More Seoul Bus information can be found at http://topis.seoul.go.kr/eng/popup/busroute.jsp.

03Taxi

Regular taxis are usually silver, white, or orange and have a light cap that reads "Taxi". When the light cap is on, it means the taxi is available. If the light cap is off, it means the taxi is occupied. Fares start from 2,400KRW for the first 2km and 100KRW is charged for every 144m. (Generally it costs around 3,000KRW from SNU station/Shillim station to SNU.) From midnight to 4 a.m., there is an additional charge of 20% of Basic fare. Purchasing is available via transportation card if the taxi has "카드" sign on the top.
There are taxi so called "Mobeum" taxi which is black with a yellow cap written "모범". These taxis offer high quality service to the passengers, but the fare is almost twice as high (counting starts from 4,500KRW) compare to regular taxis.

CALL TAXI SERVICE 1588-3382/ 1588-0082/ 1588-2382

Source of the information

GUIDE BOOK

Seoul Global Center Foreigner Guide Book 『Living in Seoul 2011

01Express Buses

Using an express bus is an easy option to take for travelling around regional cities in short distances since the fare is relatively cheap and the routes are more diverse than other means of transportation.

TERMINALS
IN SEOUL

Dong Seoul, Sang Bong, Nambu and Seoul Terminal. Tickets are available at the ticket counter of the bus terminals; however, it is recommended to reserve a ticket if you are planning to travel during the major holidays or long weekends. Reservations can be made through www.kobus.co.kr or www.easyticket.co.kr (Korean only).

02Trains

Three types of trains exist in Korea KTX, Samaeul and Mugunghwa. KTX is the most recent type of train which has
the fastest speed and comfortable seats. Although the fare is rather expensive when compared with the other types of trains, for long distance travel using KTX will be a convenient and comfortable way to travel. Samaeul trains are the next fastest way to travel. This train stops at all major cities and can be easily distinguished by their blue, green and yellow color. Mugunghwa trains, named after the national flower of Korea, are the slowest of the group. Although the general speed and quality of the train is not fancy as KTX or Samaeul, Mugunghwa trains are still widely used since they make many stops not serviced by KTX or Samaeul trains. Reservation of a train ticket is available at http://www.korail.com.

03Flights

INCHEON
INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT

Out of over 1700 airports located across the world, Incheon International Airport has been rated as the best airport for its airport services by the Airports Council International for six consecutive years. Approximately 80 airlines offer flights that depart from Incheon Airport and connect to major cities of each country. As various airport limousines depart from downtown to ruler areas, you can conveniently get to the airport. For more information visit the Incheon International Airport website http://www.airport.kr.

GIMPO AIRPORT

Gimpo Airport is the base of all domestic flights with daily flights to major cities in Korea and Japan. Two major airlines, Korean Air (KAL) and Asiana Airlines, as well as several smaller airlines, serve domestic flight routes at the Gimpo Airport. Visit http://gimpo.airport.co.kr for flight and terminal information.

When considering domestic flights or train rides, it is important to check the calendar for national holidays. The two major holidays in Korea are Chuseok in September and the Lunar New Year in February when people often make their way to their ancestral hometowns for family gatherings. They are the equivalent to the hectic transportation situation that exist overseas around Christmas or Thanksgiving. Therefore, if you travel during these holidays, it is necessary for you to make plan ahead and book your tickets early.

04Rental Cars
MOST CAR RENTAL COMPANIES OFFER RENTALS TO FOREIGNERS WITH IF THE PERSON MEETS THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS.
  • ADrivers must be over 21 years of age
  • BMust have more than 1 year of driving experience
  • CMust be a holder of a valid driver's license (Korean or International)
  • DFor international driver's license holders, one must poses a valid passport
CAR RENTAL COMPANY WITH ENGLISH WEBSITES.
Kumho rent-a-car (1588-1230)

Source of the information

GUIDE BOOK

Seoul Global Center Foreigner Guide Book 『Living in Seoul 2011

01Driver's License

INTERNATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

Korea recognizes international licenses from other nations under agreement of the Geneva and Vienna Conventions. International license is valid for one year (re-issuance is only available when you retuen to your country) and you must convert it to a Korean license upon expiration.

EXCHANGING A FOREIGN LICENSE INTO A KOREAN LICENSE

Foreign residents in Korea can exchange their driver's license into a Korean one if they submit required documents including the confirmation by the embassy to verify the authenticity of the license. If the license is valid, it can be exchanged for a Korean license after passing aptitude test or aptitude test and simple written test. You can apply for the exchange of your driver's license at any of the 26 National Driver's License Test Centers or Seoul Global Center

3RD FLOOR, PRESS CENTER. TEL. 02-1688-0120

ACQUIRING A NEW LICENSE

International members can acquire a driver's license. To do so, you need to pass the written and driving tests (practical examination) at any of the 26 National Driver's License Test Centers. Taking the exam in a foreign language is possible, but it is recommended you to know some traffic expressions in Korean for the practical test and actual driving. For further information, visit http://www.dla.go.kr (Driver's License Examination Office) The closest Test Center from Seoul National University is the Gangnam National Driver's LicenseTest Center, located in near Samsung Station, subway line no. 2 (Green Line), exit no. 1.

Driving in Seoul is pretty tough as there are always many cars, buses, and taxis on the roads. We strongly advised you to be aware of safety matters before driving and always exercise extra caution and be conscious of pedestrains and other vehicles while driving.

02Owning a Vehicle

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

It is important to register your vehicle upon purchase at the jurisdictional district office. The vehicle manufacturer, dealer, etc., are required by law to register vehicles at the purchaser's request. Driving a brand new vehicle without registration can result in a jail sentence of up to 2 years or a fine of up to 5,000,000KRW. Detailed information of vehicle registration can be found on http://global.seoul.go.kr.

ISSUING A PARKING TAG AT SNU

Professors, staff and students who are in the doctoral program or attend a master's program conducted in the evening can apply for a parking tag to save their parking fee.

PARKING FEE 10,000KRW MONTHLY
APPLICATION PROCEDURE APPLICATION CAN BE MADE THROUGH YOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICE. ONCE THE APPLICATION IS APPROVED BY THE DIVISION OF PROPERTY AND FACILITY MANAGEMENT, THE TAG WILL BE SENT TO THE RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENT OFFICES AND ISSUED TO THE APPLICANT.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
  • AParking Tag Application Form Download
  • BVehicle registered under applicant's name
  • C1 copy of the Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • DVehicle registered under a relative's name
  • EVehicle Registration Certificate
  • FDocuments proving family relationship
03Registering Two-wheeled Vehicles at SNU

SNU members who wish to use two-wheeled vehicles need to fill out an application and submit it to the the Division of Property & Facilities Management on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building (Building 60).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
  • ATwo-wheeled Vehicle Registration Application
  • BWritten oath
04Disposal

Vehicles can be disposed of at any auto junkyard. It is not a difficult process and should not cost you to get this done. In fact, the junkyard will pay you for the metal parts.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
  • ACertificate of vehicle registration
  • BA copy of the vehicle's original registration issued within the last three days
  • CA certificate of ownership with the owner's seal impression