Travel to South Korea

Flying to South Korea

Asiana Airlines ( and Korean Air ( operate flights to South Korea from across the globe, including direct services from the UK and the USA.

Major airports are: Seoul Incheon International Airport and Busan Gimhae International Airport.

Flight times:

From London - 11 hours; New York - 14 hours 30 minutes.

Departure tax:


Airport guides

Airport Code: PUS. Location: Busan Gimhae International Airport is situated 22km (13 miles) west of Busan. Money: There are banks in both terminals and bureau de change services in the International Terminal. ATMs... Read more

Airport Code: ICN. Location: Seoul Incheon International Airport is located 48km (30 miles) west of Seoul. Money: There is a selection of bureaux de change and banks in the public area and additional currency... Read more

Other airports in South Korea

Jeju International Airport

Airport Code: CJU. Location: The airport, located on the island of Jeju, is 4km (2.5 miles) from the town centre. Website: N/A. Public transport description: Buses and coaches are available to the town. Limousine buses and taxis are also available from the airport terminal.

Seoul Gimpo International Airport

Airport Code: GMP. Location: Website: Public transport description: N/A

Travel by rail

Although there have been test runs in the past, there are no passenger services at present between North and South Korea. North Korea can only accessed by train from China, with services between Beijing and Pyongyang; South Korea is not accessible overland as travel between North and South Korea is forbidden. For details of China-North Korea tours, try Koryo Tours, run by Westerners based in China (

Driving to South Korea

There are currently no routes by land to South Korea, as travel by bus or car through North Korea is prohibited.

Getting to South Korea by boat

Main ports: Busan (in the far south), Incheon (due west of Seoul) and Donghae (in the far north).

Ferry operators:

Sailings to Fukuoka (Hakata) in Japan from Busan are run by Japan Kyushu Railway (, with 4-5 departures a day, and the Camellia Line ( with one departure a day. Thr Kampu Ferry Service ( has daily departures to Shimonoseki.

There are many options to sail to China from Incheon, including Jinchon Ferry ( between Tianjin and Incheon, and Weidong Ferry ( from Incheon to Qingdao and Weihai.

Ferries to Vladivostok in Russia depart once a week with DBS Ferry (tel: +82 2 548 5502,

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.