Seoul Airport Rail Link Begins Operations

Travellers arriving at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport now have another convenient option of commuting to Seoul. On Tuesday, operations began on the AREX rail link connecting the airport and downtown Seoul, with an express service making the 61-kilometer journey in 43 minutes and a commuter service stopping at 8 stations enroute. 

 

Express Line

Departing every 30 minutes from 0530 hrs to 2200 hrs, the express trains are targeted at air travellers with 272 seats in a 2-2 layout and facilities including luggage racks and LCD displays showing flight and weather information as well as local and international news. Tickets cost KRW 13,300 (USD 11.67) and travellers will also be able to enjoy the convenience of in-town check-in at Seoul Station, with the service currently available for Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Jeju Air.

 

Commuter Line

A parallel commuter service operates the same route in 53 minutes and operates from 0520 hrs to 0000 hrs. Utilizing trains configured with subway-style bench seating, the service makes stops at Hongik University, Digital Media City, Gimpo Airport, Gyeyang, Geomam, Unseo and Incheon International Airport Cargo Terminal, with Gongdeok station scheduled to open at the end of next year. Fares cost KRW 3,700 (USD 3.25) and passengers will also be able to utilize their T-money transportation cards.

 

The AREX will bolster Incheon International Airport’s status as a key international hub in northeast Asia. Existing connection opportunities with the KTX high-speed rail service at Seoul Station (with plans to extend it on the airport line by 2012) will provide travellers greater access to other parts of the country. For more information, visit www.arex.or.kr.

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