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|Destination Airport||Incheon Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||ICN|
|Destination City Name||Seoul|
South Korea’s capital seemingly a mass of contradictions. Home to 12 million people, Seoul is part futuristic metropolis and part bastion of tradition. You can step out of the crowds into a tranquil Buddhist garden, shop for eye-catching fashions and cutting-edge design in a deeply conformist society and dine on traditional Korean dishes in state-of-the-art restaurants.
Seoul has sweltering summers and freezing winters, and, for this reason, many people choose to visit in late spring or early autumn when the weather is mild and many of the city’s biggest events take place, including the lotus lantern festival, marking Buddha’s birthday, in May and the city’s fireworks festival in October.
Seoul’s summers are very humid and typhoon season lasts from June to September. If you don’t mind the cold and now, winter is a good time to visit Seoul. The city is relatively quiet and there is skiing in the surrounding hills.
Planning ahead and having some flexibility are key when looking for cheap flights to Seoul. And when you book with Expedia there are several ways to ensure you find a bargain.
Most visitors arrive at Incheon Airport, but the smaller Gimpo Airport nearer the city also has international flights. Most flights from the UK require a change, so use the ‘Nearby airports’ option when searching to uncover different potential routes. The ‘Show flexible dates’ option shows the cost of flights on different days and can unlock different connections. You can filter your flight results by criteria including airline, connections, ticket type and cost using the Show options menu and buttons on the left of the search screen.
Optimal flight times from UK cities to Seoul include:
Incheon International Airport, 30 miles west of Seoul, is one of the biggest and best in the world, with dozens of awards to its name. It sits on reclaimed land near the port city of Incheon. Run with frightening efficiency the airport is clean and claims to process most passengers in less than 20 minutes (the global average is an hour). It also has a golf course, museum, spa, ice rink and an indoor garden.
Gimpo Airport, closer to Seoul, was once the city’s main airport, but now handles domestic and regional flights.
There are many routes to Seoul but the airlines that fly direct from London are:
Unsurprisingly, Incheon Airport has efficient links to Seoul. There are trains, high speed and stopping, limousine buses and taxis to the city.
Seoul itself has a world class public transport system, with an 18-line subway system and several different categories of bus. Purchase a contactless T-Money card to use them or buy tickets as you go.
Exploring on foot is a good way to see Seoul, but the streets can be very crowded and the city centre layout is confusing.
There is literally something for everyone in Seoul from theme parks to theatres.
The daddy of Seoul’s five royal palaces is Gyeongbok-gung. You will need several hours to explore the gardens and museums inside the impressive compound.
Seoul has a lot of green spaces to explore, including hiking trails inside the city. There are many parks to choose from including the 1988 Olympic Park and the Gyeongui Line linear forest park on the site of an old railway.
The National Museum of Korea takes visitors on a journey from prehistory to modern Korea. There are gardens and satellite galleries in the grounds.
Most street signs and public transport information notices are written in Korean and English, but do not expect everyone you meet to speak English, especially cab drivers. It is worth writing your local address on a slip of paper.