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Public Transportation

Operational status of intra-city and Maeul buses

Company, bus and operating lines

  • Intra-city bus : No. of Companies 66, No. of vehicles 7,485, No. of Bus Lines 361
  • Shuttle bus : No. of Companies 131, No. of vehicles 1,470, No. of Bus Lines 237

Bus Stops 

  • Roadside stops : 5,712 stops ( 1,489 bus stop shelters, 351 BIT)
  • Main road stops : 326 stops (763 bus stop shelters, 324 BIT)

Bus Starting Points

  • 10 publicly managed points, 56 self-managed points, 30 (including business offices) rented points

Bus fares (2012. 2. 25 ~ )

Blue & Green Bus

Blue & Green Bus

  • Adult : Card 1,200(won), Cash 1,300(won)
  • Youth : Card 720(won), Cash 1,000(won)
  • Child : Card 450(won), Cash 450(won)
ellow Bus

Yellow Bus

  • Adult : Card 1,100(won), Cash 1,200(won)
  • Youth : Card 560(won), Cash 800(won)
  • Child : Card 350(won), Cash 350(won)
Red Bus

Red Bus

  • Adult : Card 2,350(won), Cash 2,400(won)
  • Youth : Card 1,360(won), Cash 1,800(won)
  • Child : Card 1,200(won), Cash 1,200(won)
Maeul Bus

Maeul Bus

  • Adult : Card 900(won), Cash 1,000(won)
  • Youth : Card 480(won), Cash 550(won)
  • Child : Card 300(won), Cash 300(won)

Bus Line System

Seoul Metro buses are categorized into 5 different types, each with its own operational characteristics.

  • Blue Line : Connects regions in suburbs, downtown areas, sub-centers.
    Secures rapidity and punctuality. / Blue
  • Green Line : Transfers between Blue Bus and Subway.
    Covers transportation needs within the region and secures accessibility. / Green
  • Yellow Line : Lanes between downtown and sub-center areas.
    Covers business and shopping needs within the region. / Yellow
  • Red Line : Connects metropolitan areas to downtown areas.
    Absorbs demand for car use in influx and efflux of city borders. / Red
  • Maeul Bus : Auxiliary service of Green Bus service.
    Connects to close bus stops and subway stations. / Green
Blue Line No. 101 Serial No.1 main road bus which runs between Northeastern Seoul and downtown
Green Line No. 1012 Serial No.12 branch line bus which runs bettween Northeastern Seoul and downtown
Red Line No. 9112 Serial No.12 wide area bus which runs between Euijeongbu and downtown Seoul
Yellow Line No. 41 SEoul No.1 city circulating bus which runs within Gangnam district

Intra-city buses are marked with a 2~4 digit number according to their departure and destination points.


Map of Seoul City Station Regions

Map of Seoul City Station Regions

Semi-Public Bus System

What is the semi-public bus system?
  • The semi-public bus system – the nation’s first operating system – was introduced by Seoul in July 2004 under the project to reform the city bus system. It is a dual system combining private operation with public management by the municipal government or public enterprises.
  • The semi-public bus system takes its core as amplification of infrastructures, such as reformation of the bus route system, connection with information technology, the total transfer discount plan, vehicles, the bus stops and bus lanes.
  • Revenue generated under the semi-public bus system is being controlled together, and the total cost (annual updating of standard cost by the citizens’ bus policy committee)-income shortfall is covered by the city’s budget.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the semi-public bus system?
  • Since the adoption of the new system, citizens’ benefits have increased due to reduced competition between bus companies, improved treatment of employees, and the newly introduced evaluation and incentive systems.
  • Traffic accidents have decreased by 49% since 2004 (1,944 accidents in 2004 → 988 accidents in 2013), and citizens’ satisfaction has improved by 32% (59.2 points in 2006 → 78.1 points in 2013). KRW 2 trillion and 994.8 billion of discounts have been given to the citizens for bus transfer.
  • These great results have been spread to Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, and Incheon, the main cities in Korea, and the system has been well received by overseas critics, receiving the Metropolis Award and UITP recognition as well as serving as a role model for public transportation systems in many other countries including Taiwan and Indonesia.
  • Recently, on the 10th anniversary of the quasi-public operation system, the Seoul metropolitan government is finding a new alternative through active communication with citizens in order to make an upgrade into a more effective and reasonable system.
Financial Support for Maeul (village) Buses

Unlike the intra-city bus service, Maeul bus companies are private enterprises. However, Maeul buses are being run with the support of the city government because they constitute one of the core means of public transportation in Seoul.

  • Seoul government is currently supporting loss-makers in order to protect underprivileged citizens’
    right to use public transport, and plans to invest 14 billion won (2013 basis) in the Maeulbus companies in order to guarantee running times using BMS  and budget is being allocated for the provision of incentives, etc. according to the result of evaluation of services.