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South Korea

Date of opening15 Aug 1974
Network length326.5 km (202.92 mi)
Stations302 (260*)
Lines9        Line history
Stations per line33.56
Avg. station distance1,114 m (0.69 mi)
Avg. line length36.28 km (22.55 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 4 Nov 2012
Only metro section.
System typeMetro, known as Subway
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)6.9 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)21,100 (13,100)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.54 EUR (as of 2009); smartcard
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doorsLines 2 and 9, planned for all lines by 2010
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Official map
Source: zip/jpg, © 2010

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

In addition to the different subway systems in Seoul, make sure to take a look at the Incheon subway, the Incheon Airport Maglev, and the automated LRT systems in the adjacent cities of Ujeongbu (a VAL line) and Yongin (identical to the Vancouver SkyTrain).

Metro Museum

railway museum Gyeonggi Railroad Museum. The museum, as the name suggests, is about artifacts and vehicles from the over 100 years of railroad history in Korea from steam engines to high-speed trains. It was founded by Korail. The museum also exhibits subway and commuter trains. Indoors 2,900, outdoors 1,900 square meters. Since 1997.
Address: 142 Cheoldobangmulgwan-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do. At Uiwang (Line 1) metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): April to October: 09:00-18:00. November to February: 09:00-17:00. Admission closes 1 hour earlier. Admission: 2000 won. Features: Gift store, lecture room, nursing room.
Reference:, (official website).,

Other Rail Transport in Seoul

Line 9

Metro City Hopping

Seoul is part of the Seoul cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Seoul    Lines 1, 7, Suin, or Airport Rail (metro)    Incheon      27 km
  Seoul    Line 1 (metro)    Uijeongbu      20 km
  Seoul    Seoul's Bundang Line (metro)    Yongin      42 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Japanese-Korean family
Members: Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Fukuoka, Gwangju, Incheon, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Seoul, Tokyo, Yokohama,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Majority are run by Japan Railways Group, other trains mostly derived from those.

Express Services

Line 9 has local and express service. There are three tracks to make the express line a real "express".

Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Korail / unknown designerca.

Circle Lines

Shared circle - Line 2 - 48.8 km - 43 stations - round trip 84 minutes - opened 1978 - completed 1984.
Terminal loop - Line 6 - 6 stations - unidirectional.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Some trains have buzzing noises (completely different than Paris) that sound like "le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le" until the doors close. Some just have a conductor standing outside and the conductor closes the doors when nobody in in the way. Next-station announcements in Korean and English.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

2001: My Sassy Girl, the action starts on a subway train.
2001: Take Care of My Cat
2002: Oasis
2003: Oldboy
2003: Tube, thriller set largely on a subway.

Handpicked Resources Official website Seoul Metro (lines 1-4) Official website Metro9 Official website SMRT (lines 5-8)

Generic Links for Seoul Subway

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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