Last Updated on June 19, 2023
You might have heard the song ‘Gangnam-Style’ by Psy. Gangnam is famous for its skyscrapers, lots of shopping malls, COEX, Lotte World, Bongeunsa(temple), nightlife and so much more. There are endless things to do in Gangnam. Let’s find out how you can travel from Incheon Airport to Gangnam station.
Travel Tips about Gangnam
- Luggage Storage
If you happen to arrive before the designated check-in time at the hotel, you have the option of utilizing either the luggage storage service or lockers available at the nearby subway station. This post provides information about the location, pricing, and instructions on how to use it.
- Discover Seoul Pass Card
Discover Seoul Pass offers one free airport bus ride (Incheon Airport ↔ Seoul) or one board ticket of AREX (Airport Express Train). Using the pass, you can visit Seoul’s representative tourist attractions for free and enjoy various discount benefits. Learn more about Discover Seoul Pass here!
- Things To Do
Gangnam covers a diverse range of activities such as shopping for fashion and cosmetics, delicious foods, and visiting popular attractions like COEX, Lotte World, and Garosugil. Check the best places to visit in Gangnam.
- What to Eat
Here you can check the best restaurants in Gangnam and the best Vegan Restaurants in Gangnam.
- What to Buy
You will encounter tons of shops in Myeongdong. Before arriving, check the list of the 10 top things to buy in Korea and must-buy items at Olive Young when it comes to Korean beauty.
- Where to Stay
If you are looking for accommodations, check the best 10 hotels near COEX, Gangnam.
How far is Incheon Airport to Gangnam?
Incheon Airport is located 65 km away from Gangnam district. It takes approximately 60 minutes to drive. To make this journey, you can take a train(AREX), airport bus, taxi, or car. Let’s see the details of 4 ways how to get to Gangnam from Incheon International Airport (ICN).
4 ways from the Incheon Airport to Gangnam
The easiest way to get to Gangnam from Incheon Airport is the airport bus if you don’t mind traffic. It will take you to the Seoul city center directly and totally stairs-free. The bus is a one-stop deal and you can also view the streets of Seoul while going to Gangnam. If you choose the train, you need to transfer. Let’s dive into more details including the fare and timetable!
|Airport Bus||17,000 KRW||1hr 20min||Buy T-money Card|
|AREX + Subway||4,750 KRW||1hr 30min||Buy Ticket|
|Taxi||70,000 – 100,000 KRW||1hr 20min||Reverse Here|
There are four ways to get to Gangnam from Incheon Airport.
Airport Bus (The Limousine City Bus)
The airport bus is the best way to get to Gangnam from Incheon airport. It takes approximately 60-80minutes but as always, the time depends on the traffic.
6009 Bus Route
From ICN Terminal 2
- Sinsa station – 3 stops
- Sinnonhyeon station – 5 stops
- Gangnam station – 6 stops
- Yangjae station – 9 stops
Time & Fare
The first bus from Incheon Airport Terminal 1 operates at 05:40 am and the last bus is at 11:06 pm. How good the bus interval is 15 -20 minutes! Although the fare, 17,000KRW is relatively expensive compared to the train (AREX), it takes you to Gangnam directly without transfer!
Bus Ticket Office
Purchase the bus ticket before you get on the bus. You can find ticket offices and vending machines inside and outside as in the below photos.
Where to get the bus 6009
To get the bus 6009, use exit 4 of the arrival hall and find platform 4A at the Incheon Airport Terminal 1.
If you land at Terminal 2, go downstairs and find platform 15.
Don’t worry if your flight is late. There’re two late-night airport buses bound for Seoul; N6001 bound for Seoul station and N6000 bound for the Gangnam. The fare of the late-night bus to Seoul is 9,000KRW for adults and 7,500KRW for children.
- From Incheon Airport (ICN) to Seoul,
N6001 to Seoul station runs from 00:15 to 04:40, and N6000 is bound for the Gangnam Express Bus Terminal from 23:50 to 04:10.
- From Seoul to the Airport,
Bus N6001 leaves Seoul station from 22:50 to 3:20, and N6000 leaves the Gangnam Express Bus Terminal from 22:30 to 2:50.
N6000 Bus Timetale
|Incheon Airport Terminal 1||Gangnam Express Terminal|
|Leave 23:50, 12:40, 01:30, 02:30, 03:20, 04:10||Arrive 01:00, 01:50, 02:40, 03:40, 04:30, 05:20|
N6001 Bus Timetale
|Incheon Airport Terminal 1||Seoul Station|
|Leave 00:15, 01: 05, 02:00, 02:55, 03:45, 04:40||Arrive 01:25, 02:15, 03:10, 04:05, 04:55, 05:50|
If you want to take the train to Gangnam station and Shinnonhyun station, be aware that they are different subway routes. Gangnam station is on the Seoul metro line number 2 (green line) and the Shinnonhyun station is on line number 9 (brown line) at the transfer from AREX (Airport Railroad).
Easily you could find Airport Railroad (AREX) sign at Incheon Airport. To get to Gangnam, go downstairs and buy a ticket first at the ticket office or vending machine looks like the below:
Route To Gangnam
To get to Gangnam station, you have to transfer from AREX (Airport railroad) to the subway line no. 2 at the Hongik University station.
When you take AREX, you will see there’re two types of trains; Express and All-stop train. Because the Express train operates only between Incheon Airport to Seoul station, get an All-stop train if your destination is Hongdae to transfer.
Time & Fare
It takes around 60minuets from ICN Terminal 2 to Hongik Univ. station with AREX and another 40minuetes to Gangnam station with Seoul Metro Line 2. The fastest train platform to transfer from AREX to Line2 is 5-4. The fare is 4,850KRW. Super cheap, Isn’t it ;)?
Route To Sinnonhyeon Station
To get to Sinnonhyeon station, you have to transfer from AREX (Airport railroad) to the subway line no. 9 at the Gimpo Airport station.
It takes around 44minuets from ICN Terminal 2 to Gimpo airport station with AREX and another 33minuetes to Sinnonhyeon station with Seoul Metro Line 9. The fare is 4,850KRW.
AREX trains depart every 10 – 25minuets from Incheon International Airport Terminal 2.
You can get a discount on an AREX ticket from a few travel sites and this is the cheapest one I found.
Get A Discount Ticket of AREX
If you buy Discover Seoul Pass which provides free admission to 69 and discounts to 127 attractions, including Royal Palaces, museums, and theme parks, you can use the airport railroad as well.
A taxi is the easiest way to get to your destination. If you want to book a taxi, this International Taxi Service website refers to Seoul City’s official foreign-language taxi service here; http://www.intltaxi.co.kr/
Taxi fare from Incheon Airport to Gangnam
The taxi fare from Incheon airport to the Gangnam area is around 70,000 to 100,000KRW, it takes about 70 to 90 minutes. (The fare and time can be varied by the traffic.) Though it costs more than the other options, the taxi fare in Korea is still not that high compared to other cities.
Where to Get Taxi in Incheon Airport
At platform 4C across the airport bus stops, you can get an international taxi from Terminal 1.
For International Taxi, you can go to platform 1C at Terminal 2.
If you have 3 or more people in your group, I recommend this affordable private airport taxi service. The fare of this kind of jumbo taxi is around 90,000 – 120,000KRW. The price varies on the area in Seoul. Here you can check the price of a private van to popular destinations such as Myeongdong, Hongdae, and Gangnam.
You can drive from Incheon Airport to Gangnam. It’s 65km distance and takes approximately 70-90minutes via ‘Incheon International Airprt Express’. The toll fee is 6,600KRW.
Rent A Car
If you are planning to go other cities from Seoul like Busan or Gangwondo, Car Rental is also good option. You can rent a car in Incheon Airport at the very affordable price from 60,000KRW per a day. For more details including what you need to rent a car in Korea, check this post and availability here.
Please also check the previous post, ‘How to get to Seoul from Incheon International Airport’, for more detail such as timetable, ticket price and where and how you can take the AREX, an airport bus, and a taxi at the airport.
I hope this post can help you find the way to Gangnam and Shinnonhyun station. Enjoy Gangnam, the heart of Seoul!
One more thing, if you have a lot of luggage, the best recommendation from the Incheon airport to your hotel is through luggage delivery services between ICN/GMP airport to your hotel or Airbnb. Compare luggage services in Seoul.
Delivery & other services
Busan Luggage Services (To/From Airport and Hotel)$24
Delivery & other services
Seoul City Luggage Storage Services$18
Seoul Luggage Services (To/From Airport and Hotel, Between Hotels)$18
Furthermore, if you have to carry your luggage or bags during the sightseeing, take a look at our post, “Luggage Storage Services in Seoul” to travel light. You can check all the detailed information about the subway storage near you HERE. For your luggage storage needs in Gangnam, check out the Luggage storage in Gangnam station, to make your trip light and easy.
Thank you for your reading, and don’t hesitate to comment on this post.
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