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KOREA TOUR CARD, Tmoney and Cashbee are transportation cards that can be used on public buses and subways in several different metropolitan cities and locations throughout the nation. With this transportation card, travelers can save the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and enjoy discounts on rides during transfers from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway or vice versa (within a transfer time limit).
 
Tmoney card can be divided into a basic Tmoney card, integrated cards, foreigner exclusive cards, customized card, and mobile Tmoney. Tmoney cards can be used as a transportation card as well as a method of payment at affiliated stores. KOREA TOUR CARD is equipped with Tmoney functions and offers discount benefits on shopping, attractions, performances, and hallyu related contents. Cashbee card also functions as a transportation card and a method of payment at affiliated shopping centers and convenience stores.

KOREA TOUR CARD

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【 Photo: KOREA TOUR CARD (Credit: Visit Korea Committee) 】

KOREA TOUR CARD is a useful transportation and travel card exclusive to international tourists. The card provides convenient access to public transportation anywhere in Korea. KOREA TOUR CARD also provides discount benefits at popular attractions such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Everland, and Lotte World. The card is also downloadable via mobile app of the same name, allowing convenient access to all the benefits of the KOREA TOUR CARD without the hassle of carrying a physical card in your wallet.

Price

4,000 won (card is not loaded upon purchase)
* Cash only

Retail locations

• Card vending machines at major Seoul subway stations from Line 1 to 4 and at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 Station, Gimpo International Airport Station, and Seoul Station on Airport Railroad Line
• Convenience stores: 7-eleven, CU, GS25, emart24 (card may not be available in all stores)
• In-flight purchase: Jeju Airlines (40 international flights stopping at Incheon or Busan) / Air Seoul (12 flights bound or Incheon)
• Affiliated banks within airports: Shinhan Bank (Incheon International Airport branch, exchange booths near Boarding Gate C in Terminal 1 & Gate A in Terminal 2, Gimpo International Airport, Jeju International Airport, Gimhae Airport) / Woori Bank exchange booths (Incheon International Airport near Exit Gates 4 & 9 in Terminal 1 & and Exit Gate 5 in Terminal 2, Gimpo International Airport)
• Other locations: Shinhan Bank (Myeong-dong Station Branch, Myeong-dong Branch, Hongik Univ. Branch), Woori Bank Myeong-dong Banking Center, Hotel Information Center (Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, near Exit Gates 7 & 11 on 1F)

Reload & refund locations

Convenience stores and Tmoney service desks at subway stations (Seoul Subway Lines 1-8, Incheon Subway Lines 1-2) and at Woori Bank currency exchange booths at the Arrival Gate within Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport.

* Cards can also be reloaded using the card reloading devices inside subway stations.

* Upon refund, travelers can receive the remaining balance loaded in the card with a service charge of 500 won; card purchase payment will not be refunded. Cardholders are advised to load their card in small amounts as refund process for over 50,000 won can be complicated and time-consuming.

KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast

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【 Photo: KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast (Credit: Visit Korea Committee ) 】

The KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast comes with special privileges that are unique to the Namhaean (southern coast) regions of Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do, and Jeollanam-do. KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast cardholders will not only be eligible for 170 various benefits of a regular KOREA TOUR CARD, but will also be rewarded with over 30 exclusive special benefits only available in the southern coast regions.

Website

www.koreatourcard.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Tmoney & Cashbee Cards

Price

From 2,500 won

Areas of use

Areas of use
Region
Subway
  • Seoul & Gyeonggi-do (Lines 1-9, Airport Railroad, Shinbundang Line, Uijeongbu LRT, Suin Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Jungang Line, Bundang Line, Yongin EverLine, Ui LRT)
  • Incheon (Lines 1-2)
  • Daejeon (Line 1)
  • Daegu (Lines 1-3)
  • Busan (Lines 1-4, Busan-Gimhae Light Rail, Donghaenambu Line)
  • Gwangju (Line 1)
Bus
  • Seoul & Gyeonggi-do (All areas)
  • Incheon, Daejeon, Daegu, Ulsan, Gwangju, Busan, Sejong
  • Gangwon-do (Chuncheon, Wonju, Gangnueng, Hoengseong)
  • Chungcheongbuk-do (Chungju, Yeongdong, Cheongju, Okcheon, Danyang, Jecheon, Jincheon, Goesan, Boeun, Eumseong, Jeungpyeong)
  • Chungcheongnam-do (Cheonan, Asan, Hongseong, Gongju, Nonsan, Cheongyang, Boryeong, Yeongi, Yesan, Geumsan, Buyeo, Taean, Seosan, Seocheon, Dangjin, Gyeryong)
  • Gyeongsangbuk-do (Pohang, Yeongju, Mungyeong, Sangju, Andong, Gumi, Gyeongju, Gimcheon, Uljin, Uiseong, Gyeongsan, Yecheon, Ulleung, Chilgok, Yeongcheon, Cheongdo, Seongju, Goryeong)
  • Gyeongsangnam-do (Tongyeong, Geoje, Changwon, Yangsan, Haman, Miryang, Sacheon, Sancheong, Hadong, Changnyeong, Hamyang, Jinju, Goseong, Geochang, Namhae, Hapcheon, Gimhae, Uiryeong)
  • Jeollabuk-do (Gunsan, Wanju, Sunchang, Jeonju, Gimje, Imsil, Iksan, Jinan, Gochang, Jeongeup, Buan, Namwon, Muju, Jangsu)
  • Jeollanam-do (Yeosu, Mokpo, Gwangyang, Naju, Hwasun, Haenam, Jangseong, Muan, Hampyeong, Damyang, Gurye, Gangjin, Goheung, Boseong, Yeongam, Suncheon, Gokseong, Jangheung, Yeonggwang)
  • Jeju-do (All areas)
  • * Cashbee card is not accepted in certain regions of Gyeongsangnam-do (Hadong, Hapcheon, Hamyang, Geochang, Changnyeong, Goseong, Sancheong, Namhae).

Retail locations

Convenience stores (GS25, CU, 7-Eleven, Ministop, Buy The Way, etc.) bearing the Tmoney or Cashbee logo in areas of use listed above.

* Tmoney card can also be purchased from ticket vending and card reload devices inside subway stations within the Seoul metropolitan area.

Reload & refund locations

All retail locations
 
* Card price and service fee of 500 won are not refundable. Travelers are advised to load their card in small amounts as the refund process for over 50,000 won can be complicated and time-consuming.

How to use

To use the card for public transportation in Seoul, you must tap your card when boarding and getting off buses or entering and exiting subway stations. Transfer discounts are also available, limited to four times a day, within a transfer time limit of 30 minutes (up to 1 hour from 21:00 to 07:00 next day). However, the transfer discount will not apply if you are transferring to the same numbered bus even if it’s within 30 minutes or re-entering the same subway station after exiting.

Bus

Upon boarding the bus, place your card on the sensor located at the front of the bus until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom. Before getting off the bus, place the transportation card on the sensor located at the rear doors of the bus until it beeps. If you do not tap your card before getting off the bus, you will not be able to benefit from the transfer discount.

Subway

Place your card on the sensor located on top of the subway turnstile until it beeps. The sensor will display the amount charged on the top and the remaining balance at the bottom. If you are transferring, the amount charge may appear as “0” (zero). Upon arriving at your destination, tap your card at the sensor on the turnstile again in order to exit.

Taxi

In a taxi with the Tmoney or Cashbee logo affixed, inform the taxi driver that you want to pay with a transportation card, tap your card on the terminal, and your taxi fare will be automatically paid from your transportation card’s balance. However, please note that this payment method will only work if there is enough balance on your card to pay the full fare.

Seoul Transportation Fare Information (Transportation Card vs. Cash)

Seoul Transportation Fare Information (Transportation Card vs. Cash)
Mode of Transportation Age group Transportation Card Cash
Subway Adults 1,250 won 1,350 won
Teenagers 720 won 1,350 won
Children 450 won 450 won
Blue Bus (mainline bus)
Green Bus (branch bus)
Adults 1,200 won 1,300 won
Teenagers 720 won 1,000 won
Children 450 won 450 won
Green Bus (village bus) Adults 900 won 1,000 won
Teenagers 480 won 550 won
Children 300 won 300 won
Yellow Bus (circulation bus) Adults 1,100 won 1,200 won
Teenagers 560 won 800 won
Children 350 won 350 won
Red Bus (rapid bus) Adults 2,300 won 2,400 won
Teenagers 1,360 won 1,800 won
Children 1,200 won 1,200 won
Night Bus Adults 2,150 won 2,250 won
Teenagers 1,360 won 1,800 won
Children 1,200 won 1,200 won

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Subway

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,250 won / Cash : 1,350 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 720 won /Cash : 1,350 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 450 won /Cash : 450 won

Blue Bus (main line bus) / Green Bus (branch bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,200 won / Cash : 1,300 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 720 won /Cash : 1,000 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 450 won /Cash : 450 won

Green Bus (village bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 900 won / Cash : 1,000 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 480 won / Cash : 550 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 300 won / Cash : 300 won

Yellow Bus (circulation bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 1,100 won / Cash : 1,200 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 560 won / Cash : 800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 350 won / Cash : 350 won

Red Bus (rapid bus)

  • Adults : Tmoney : 2,300 won / Cash : 2,400 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 1,360 won / Cash : 1,800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 1,200 won / Cash : 1,200 won

Night Bus

  • Adults : Tmoney : 2,150 won / Cash : 2,250 won
  • Teenagers : Tmoney : 1,360 won / Cash : 1,800 won
  • Children : Tmoney : 1,200 won / Cash : 1,200 won

* Children and teenagers are eligible for discounts only upon registration of their date of birth at the retail location after card purchase. (ID required. Adults who take advantage of youth discount privilege are subject to a fine of 30 times or more of the card price.)


* To use the subway with cash, purchase a single journey ticket from the ticket vending machines. The fare will depend on the final destination, in addition to a 500 won deposit. The deposit can be obtained by returning the card to a Card Refund Deposit machine after exiting at the final station.


* Distances under 10 km by subway cost the base fare, with an additional 100 won charged for each 5 km increment for travel distance 10-50 km, and 100 won additional for each 8 km increment over 50 km.

How to Use Tmoney Card Reloading Device

Websites

- Tmoney: www.tmoney.co.kr (Korean, English)
- Cashbee: www.cashbee.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Related pages

- City Buses
- Subways
- Taxi

This page was last updated on December 19, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.