Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Seoul Public Transportation

Seoul has the best public transportation of any city I've ever visited. Its trains, subway, and buses are all clean, fast, and go everywhere. This is the station nearest my apartment. Despite being cleaner than any station in New York City its relatively drab by Seoul standards.

One of the greatest things about subway platforms in Seoul is that many of them have small convenience stores on them. Great to grab a drink or paper while waiting for the train.

The subway cars are new, and larger than cars I'm used to back in the US. Many of them are also color coded. This is a car on the #4/blue line, so the floor is correspondingly blue. Like subways in any city people spend their time reading/listening to music/people watching. Unlike most subways though the Seoul system has wireless TV signals running throughout and great cell coverage.

Me playing doodle jump, lucky to have a seat in a relatively empty car.

A Seoul bus, not many seats and maniac drivers, but a great alternative to taking the subway.


  1. You're very much right--Seoul has awesome public transportation. And it is constantly being improved.

    However, I will quibble with the statement that a bus is a great alternative to the subway. Sometimes, a bus is the only way to go, but if i have a choice (with a few exceptions) I'd rather take a longer subway ride than ride a bus.

    Most buses that I have to ride a crowded, usually SRO, and driven in a stop-and-go manner that seems designed less to make time than to make passengers uncomfortable and irritated.

    But maybe that's just me.

  2. The blue line! I agree that you were so lucky to have a seat on it :)

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