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Incheon Airport to Hongdae (Hongik Univ.) 4 Ways Fare, Timetable, Distance

Hongdae is one of the must-visit places in Seoul. This area near Hongik University is well known for contemporary art, entertainment, indie music, culture, numerous gourmet places, beautiful dessert cafes, pubs, and unique accessories & fashion stores, all of which will make your trip more fun! Let’s dive into the best way from Incheon airport to Hongdae.

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Travel Tips about Hongdae

  • 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!
  • Hongdae Station
    Hongik University Station, popularly known as Hongdae Station or Hongdae, is a significant subway station situated in an energetic neighborhood. With multiple exits and expansive areas, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This guide aims to provide you with valuable insights about this exciting and vibrant district, ensuring you make the most of your visit and thoroughly enjoy all that it has to offer
  • Things To Do
    Hongik University district covers a diverse range of activities such as shopping for fashion and cosmetics, delicious foods, live music performances, karaoke, and nightlife. Check the best things to do in Hongdae.
  • What to Eat
    Here you can check the best restaurants in Hongdae and the best Vegan Restaurants in Hongdae.
  • What to Buy
    You will encounter tons of shops in Hongdae. 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 budget hotels & guesthouses in Hongdae.

How far is Incheon Airport to Hongdae?

Incheon International Airport has located 55 km away from the Hongik University area (Hongdae Station). It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive in case of no traffics. To get to this hottest area in Seoul, you can take a train(AREX), airport bus, taxi, or rent a car. Let’s see the details of 4 ways how to get Hongdae from Incheon International Airport (ICN).

4 ways from Incheon Airport to Hongdae

The best way to get to Hongik University Station from Incheon Airport is the AREX, the fastest and cheapest. It will take you to the Seoul city center directly. If you don’t mind traffic and want totally stairs-free, a direct airport bus is also a good option. Let’s dive into more details including the fare and timetable!

Airport Bus17,000 KRW1hrBuy T-money Card
AREX4,050 KRW1hrBuy Ticket
Taxi60,000 – 100,000 KRW50minReverse Here

There are three ways to get to Hongdae from Incheon Airport by public transportation.

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Easiest Way From Incheon Airport to Hongdae

AREX (Airport Railroad)

AREX Hongik Univ. station

AREX is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Hongdae from Incheon International Airport (ICN) or Gimpo Airport (GMP). The best part of taking this train is that you don’t need to worry about traffic jams and the fare is also very affordable.

How to get AREX in ICN
AREX sign in ICN

Easily you could find Airport Railroad (AREX) sign in Incheon Airport. To get to Hongdae, go downstairs and buy a ticket first at the ticket office or vending machines looks like below:

Incheon airport arex travel office
AREX Travel Center on B1 floor in ICN
incheon airport AREX ticket vending machine
AREX Ticket Kiosks on B1 floor in ICN

AREX Route Map

AREX Route Map
Airport Railroad Map

There’re two types of trains; Express and All-stop train. However, the Express train operates only between Incheon Airport to Seoul station. So, if your destination is Hongdae, get an All-stop train.


AREX Fare ICN to Hongdae

All-stop train takes 49minuets from Incheon Airport Terminal 1 to Hongik Univ. station and costs 4,050KRW. From Incheon Airport Terminal 2, the train takes 58minutes and costs 4,650KRW.

AREX Timetable

AREX Timetable Summary
AREX timetable

If your flight schedule is early morning, you are curious what time is the first train. The first departure time from Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 is at 05:15am and last time is 10:40pm. From Seoul station, the first time is 06:10am. and the last time is 10:50pm.

For whole timetable for the AREX, CLICK!

You can get a discount ticket for AREX in a few travel sites and this is the cheapest one I found.

SIM Wifi Comparison and pick up at Incheon airport
Compare SIM & Pick up at Incheon Airport
things to do in Incheon airport
Things to do at Incheon Airport

Airport Bus (The Limousine City Bus)

airport bus 6002 from Incheon to Hongdae in Seoul
Airport Bus From Incheon Airport to Hongdae

There’s an airport bus from Incheon Airport to Hongdae (Hongik University) station, the bus number is 6002. It will take you to Hongik University Station directly. If you want to avoid stairs with your luggage (of course, there’re esculrators and elevators in the train station) and meet Korea landscape as soon as possible, I recommend this airport bus! 🙂 However, it is relatively expensive compared to the train (AREX) and will sometimes get caught up in Seoul traffic.

Incheon Airport Exit

When you go outside from the arrival hall of Incheon Airport, you will see lots of buses bound for almost everywhere in South Korea. To make the journey to Seoul city centers such as Hongdae, Sinchon, and Jongno, take the Limousine City Bus 6002 at the platform, 5B or 11B on the 1st floor.

Bus Ticket Office & Fare

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. The ticket fare is 17,000KRW.

Incheon airport bus ticket office
Incheon Airport Bus Ticket Office

Here you can search your destination to find the RIGHT AIRPORT BUS! 

Incheon airport bus vending machine
Incheon Airport Bus Ticket Kiosk

6002 Airport Bus Fare & Routes

Bus 6002 Route From Incheon Airport to Hongdae

Airport Bus 6002 Timetable

The first bus from Incheon Airport Terminal 1 operates at 05:30am and the last bus is at 11:30pm. How good the bus interval is 15 minutes! Check the whole schedule below:

Incheon to Hongdae airport bus timetable
6002 Bus Timetable

Airport Bus Platform

Incheon Airport Bus Platform

To take the 6002 Airport bus, go out to exit 6 and wait in line on platform 5B. The pink marks are the ticket boxes.

seoul airport bus platform
Incheon Airport Bus Platform & Ticket Machine

Late-Night Bus

There’re two late-night airport buses bound for Seoul; N6001 bound for Seoul station and N6000 bound for the Gangnam area. The fare of late-night bus to Seoul is 9,000KRW for adult and 7,500KRW for child.

Seoul Late-Night Airport Bus
  • 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.

N6001 Bus Timetale

Incheon Airport Terminal 1Seoul Station
Leave 00:15, 01: 05, 02:00, 02:55, 03:45, 04:40Arrive 01:25, 02:15, 03:10, 04:05, 04:55, 05:50

N6000 Bus Timetale

Incheon Airport Terminal 1Gangnam Express Terminal
Leave 23:50, 12:40, 01:30, 02:30, 03:20, 04:10Arrive 01:00, 01:50, 02:40, 03:40, 04:30, 05:20


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;

Taxi Fare from Incheon Airport to Hongdae

If you take a regular taxi from the airport to Hongdae, the fare is around KRW 65,000 to 85,000, and it takes about 50 to 70 minutes. (The fare and time can vary because of traffic.)

Taxi Stand in Incheon Airport

Incheon Airport Terminal 1 Taxi Stand

At platform 4C across the airport bus stops, you can get an international taxi from Terminal 1.

Incheon Airport Terminal 2 Taxi Stand

For International Taxi, you can go to platform 1C at Terminal 2.

Jumbo Taxi

If your group is bigger than three people, I recommend you check out this affordable private airport taxi service. The fare 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.


Taxi route from ICN to Hongdae
Taxi route from ICN to Hongdae

You can drive from Incheon Airport to Hongdae. It’s 55km distance and takes approximately 50-70minutes 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.

We checked the route and public transportation to get to Hongdae from Incheon Airport.  You can pick one of the ways to take depending on your experience and taste. I hope you can arrive at the destination easily and without and complications.

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.

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.

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 Hongdae, check out the Luggage storage in Hongdae station, to make your trip light and easy.

Have a wonderful trip! We also welcome your comments and feedback on the best routes in the comments as well!

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