If you have traveled to South East Asia before you are aware by now that the airports from the city are very far, destinations such as: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok and many others the drive from the airport to the city can be long and tedious but it’s part of the traveling process and learning something new everyday. Thats when public transportation becomes a problem for some as they are wondering the following: “How am I going to get there”? By bus? By taxi? By uber? By Train? Luckily public transportation in Asia it’s one of a kind and they are so many great methods to get around the city and from the airport, that there’s nothing to worry about. Take it from me, at first I was against public transportation because I was afraid I would get lost and would end up somewhere else due to the language barrier but now that I have traveled all around the world I have gained the confidence to get around town and my love for public transportation has developed because of the convenience and how cheap it is.
On Today’s installment I will be walking you through the limo shuttle bus system from Seoul Incheon International Airport to the City of Seoul. It was my first time in South Korea and prior to heading there I did some extensive research on how to get to my hotel upon arrival. Another useful information for you travelers is to research your hotel under “How to get here?” As they will guide you exactly how to get there either by bus, train or taxi and if you decide on a taxi they will give you an estimated price on how much it would be. Remember that cost is subject to change due to traffic and other factors so take that into consideration.
Seoul Incheon International Airport Limo Bus system
Upon my arrival to South Korea I went ahead to the information desk at the airport in the arrivals hall and told the representative that I needed to go to the Sheraton Seoul D Cube by using the Limo Bus. She wrote down on a piece of paper the stop that I needed to wait at and the estimated time of arrival for my bus. The cost on the way to Seoul by bus was 15,000KRW which is equivalent to $13USD. Make sure you have your cash ready to go as well. Within the terminal you will find the numbers above each exit so keep an eye on those. My exit was 13A which was where my shuttle bus was coming t0 get me and on the sign posted below, you will see the several stops where the limo bus will be taking you at.
Once the shuttle bus arrives you will be greeted by the drivers and a few ground staff personnel to help you with your bags. The ground crew on charge of the luggage will give you a ticket receipt for your bag and will also place the code on your bag – Each passenger will have a receipt with a different code to ensure that nobody takes your bag by mistake. So keep the code secure at all times as that will be collected upon arrival to your final destination and will be your claim ticket for your luggage.
When entering the shuttle bus you will be able to seat anywhere you would like – The bus is comfortable and has air conditioning. The driver greets the passengers and enforces you to wear your seatbelt, so make sure you wear your seatbelt at all times for your own safety. You will also have wifi, TV and magazines to read throughout the journey. I was very pleased with this system and it will be what I will be using from now when arriving in South Korea.
Shuttle limo bus view
If you happen to have any big backpacks, duffel bags or anything else for that matter – You will be required to put your belongings on the section below as thats to keep the isles clear, for your safety and the safety of the rest of the passengers. The driver will enforce that rule prior to leaving so make sure you follow the rules.
The drive from Seoul Incheon to the Sheraton Seoul D Cube took about 40 minutes and the traffic was very smooth though I had an arrival of 3 o’clock. I took a little snooze throughout the drive as well and I was the last passengers to be dropped off.
Now that I have covered the way out from Incheon International Airport – I will also be sharing the return to the airport from the City and which bus I took. Similar experience and mechanics as the above but slightly different on a few things. After moving from the Sheraton Seoul D Cube, I moved to the W Seoul Walkerhill, the stop for the shuttle bus was right in front of my hotel so it was very convenient – This time I took the Korean Air Shuttle (KAL Limousine bus) that would be taking me straight to the airport. The cost this time was 16,000KRW which is equivalent to $14USD so not much of a different price wise from my first ride.
Prior to making the journey from the City to the airport – The driver made several stops to pick up a few passengers. If you happen to be around the city and needing a ride to the airport you will find several KAL Limousine stops so you can wait there and the shuttle will arrive. Keep an eye on the time zones that way you don’t wait there for hours “hoping” it will arrive. You will also notice it says to: Incheon airport and Gimpo Airport, there is a different shuttle for each airport so make sure you board the correct bus.
City KAL Limousine shuttle bus stop.
Shortly after the last stop – We were on our way to the airport. Again, the seatbelt rule is enforced so make sure to buckle up. This bus was slightly different but much more comfortable than the other one. Bigger seats and free waters were ready for the passengers, you could get up and grab them from the cooler, something that the other didn’t have or provide.
KAL Limousine Bus overview
The driver to the airport was great and safe. Took us about 45 minutes to arrive and we were dropped off on the terminal. Keep in mind the shuttle bus won’t drop you off on the section in which your airline is operating check in at. You are required to find that on your own, its not hard though as they are a handful of information desk open that will guide you on the right direction once arriving into the terminal.
In my opinion, thins the best way to get from the airport to the city and from the city to the airport. Economical, safe and comfortable.
Have you taken this service before? if so, how was your experience?