Ever since Uber started I have been a die hard uber fan. Throughout my time in South Korea I was only able to get one uber drive and then I found out they are illegal there so I was surprised I was able to find one within downtown Seoul.
My best resource to get from point a to point b was the use of taxis and if you know me, I am not a fan of taxi drivers but I have to say my taxi experience with taxis in South Korea was pleasant and I truly enjoyed riding in them since I didn’t run into any problems or scam issues.
When you visit South Korea you will notice a variety of taxis in service so keep that in mind. Each taxi has a different starting rate so by knowing which color of taxi to take is the most helpful and the one you should strictly take so the bill turns out to be cheaper and less expensive. So down below I will share the color of taxis I saw. I’m not aware of their starting fare but the ones I took, but take this is as general information to help you on your visit to Seoul.
I am guessing each taxi has their respective district that they would rather drive to since Seoul is a pretty big city. The orange one seemed to be the most flexible one and they agreed to take me anywhere I needed to be at unlike a few others that refused to take me to my hotel several times.
Seoul Taxi information
1. Orange Taxi, regular. (The one I took all the time – most economical and their starting fare begins at 3,000KRW).
2. The Black Taxi (Considered a luxury Taxi and their starting fare begins at 5,000KRW).
3. The Silver Taxi, regular. (Didn’t take this one during my stay but they are all over town). – Soon to be Orange.
4. The White Taxi, regular. Didn’t take this one during my stay but they are all over town). – Soon to be Orange.
As I mentioned above – The orange taxi was perfect because the fair starts at a very low price and they are the most flexible drivers within the city. You can expect the same with the white and silver taxis.
Things to keep in mind with taxis in South Korea.
1. The taxi drivers are aggressive drivers but also very safe.
2. They are credit card friendly and accept all major credit cards. There’s no need to sign anything once they swipe your card.
3. They also take cash (obviously) but make sure you have a variety of small bills because in my experience some of them didn’t have change to give me when I tried giving them a big bill.
4. They don’t speak English at all – so make sure you have the address for all the locations you would like to go written in Korean. The hotel will be able to help you with that.
5. Make sure before leaving the hotel you get the “Taxi card” which means you will present that card to the taxi driver where the address of the hotel is written down. You show that to the driver so he knows where to take you.
6. Some of the drivers I had were super friendly and tried their hardest to tell me a little of the landmarks we would drive by.
Visuals vibes from my Taxi ride
Taxi meeter will be found in center console.
Signs posted the Taxi
Taxi experience bottom line
Overall I have zero complaints about taxi drivers in South Korea – They got me to my destination safe and sound. The rates and bills were economical and it was a great way to get into the city and the attractions with zero problems. If you would like more info on taxis, vans and jumbo vans you can visit the following website by clicking here.
If you have been to Seoul before and used taxi as your transportation, how was your experience?