Guide and Fares For Using the Taxis in South Korea [Transportation Tipย ๐Ÿ’ก]

Guide and Fares For Using the Taxis in South Korea [Transportation Tipย ๐Ÿ’ก]


Guide to Using Taxis in South Korea

Taxis in Seoul offer an affordable and convenient mode of transportation. They are readily available, and you can easily hail them on the streets or locate taxi stands near popular tourist destinations. All taxis are equipped with meters, but the rates vary depending on the type of taxi, distance traveled, and the time of day.

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Regular Taxi

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Source from “Visit Seoul Net”

These are the most common and budget-friendly taxis in Seoul. You can easily flag them down in most neighborhoods. While most regular taxis are orange, you’ll also find them in white, gray, and other colors.

Deluxe Taxi

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Source from “Visit Seoul Net”

Deluxe taxis have a higher initial fare and charge more for both distance traveled and idle time compared to regular taxis. However, they don’t have late-night surcharges. Deluxe taxis are typically larger, more luxurious vehicles known for their safe service. They are black with gold stripes and are often stationed at major hotels and tourist hotspots.

Jumbo Taxi

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Source from “Visit Seoul Net”

Jumbo taxis can accommodate up to 8 passengers and have the same fare as deluxe taxis.

International Taxi

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Source from “Visit Seoul Net”

These taxis are specifically designed for foreign tourists. The drivers are proficient in English, Chinese, or Japanese, and the language they speak is indicated on the side of the vehicle. International taxis can be reserved in advance or flagged down on the street. They are either black or orange and have “International” written on the door. While slightly more expensive than regular taxis, you can also charter them for a fixed rate for trips lasting 3 hours or more. They provide services such as airport pickup.


It’s important to distinguish between Jumbo taxis, which are legally authorized for passenger transportation, and call vans, which are intended for transporting both passengers and cargo and charge significantly higher fares. Although they may look similar, call vans will be labeled with “VAN” or “CALL VAN” and do not use a taximeter, whereas all Jumbo taxis will be marked with “JUMBO.”

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South Korea Taxi Fare (Seoul)

Regular, Delux & Jumbo Taxi Fare

FareRegular (KRW)Deluxe/Jumbo (KRW)
Base fare4,800/1.6 km7,000/3 km
Distance charge100/131 m200/151 m
Idle charge100/30 s200/36 s
Late-night surcharge22:00 – 23:00 / 02:00 – 04:00 (KST): 120/131m

23:00 – 02:00 (KST): 140/131m
22:00 – 04:00 (KST): 240/151m

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