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“Pretty Good Value”

AREX (Airport Railroad Express)
Ranked #1 of 3 Transportation in Incheon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

I've taken the airport railroad instead of the airport buses for quite some time now because it's cheaper and faster if you want to get to the center of the city, or back to the airport.

My only gripe is that it is a bit slow compared to, let's say Hong Kong's Airport Express or Shanghai's Maglev (although that one doesn't really go anywhere useful). Also, there are no designated spaces for luggage, so you have to deal with your luggage rolling around unless you keep a hold of it the entire time.

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Frankly I would rather take the Airport Limo Bus going forward (unless you are travelling very light) as it is too much hassle to take the AREX. We tried simply because of the downtown check-in privilege for Asiana Airlines passengers (Korean Air also included) and in case we experience any traffic jam taking the Airport Limo.

Left hotel 3.5hrs in advance. Took a cab to Seoul Station from Myeongdong. At Seoul station, had to lug our baggage up the ramp to take the lift down to basement level. There wasn't any clear signage indicating where to go so we really went with our instincts. The lifts took forever to come (only 2 serving this busy station) and there wasn't any dedicated lifts to the AREX.

Down at the basement level, it was quite confusing as we aren’t sure where to buy the AREX tickets and perform check-in. When we saw the check-in area we quickly head over but were stopped by the customer officers telling us that we have to purchase the AREX tickets first. After completing this, we head to the check-in counters only to be refused check-in as we were late by 20mins (due to our flight being brought forward by 10mins without any notification + the waiting for lifts + having to buy the AREX tickets first).

The downtown check-in sticks strictly to the 3hrs advance check-in (to ensure your checked in baggage gets on your flight on time) hence unless you leave for Seoul station 4 hours prior to your flight else you will face something we did. After we reach Incheon airport, we had to navigate a long way and go up the escalators before we finally reach Asiana check-in counters. Ended up we were late than early for check-in (left with 1hr 30mins before flight departure).

I had thought that taking the AREX will be smooth but turns out I was so wrong - it was a nightmare. Would prefer the airport limo bus as its really much more convenient compared to this so called faster direct to airport train which isn't any faster due to the hassle one has to go through.

3  Thank tripbuggy
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Really good system. Got the slower cheaper train using my T card one way, it is cheaper but stops at every stop. On the way back I got the fast train and was worth paying the extra money. Good, efficient service.

2  Thank MysticManc
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Gimpo is domestic airport including Japan and China directions. From ICN(international airport), you can get normal speed train to Gimpo then you need to transfer high speed train to the down town or you can also take regular speed train which stops every stops on the way to down town. The express train stops a few station, which is major correspondence. the final stop is Gangnam area, Shin Nonhyun station. it takes 1 and half hours from ICN to Gangnam but if you go to central area it takes 1 hour or less. compare to airport bus limo, it takes more time but OK to travel with this airport link as a traveler. Since you can buy T money card(public transport card, provides discount every time) and use this card from the airport which gives you a discount while you are in Korea. as you know, I recommend this train who travel light.

3  Thank Hirakawa_Eki
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I subscribe data roaming to use but some area subway have no mobile signal. But detect wifi signal all the time at train cabin. I should buy prepaid wifi is better than mobile data. Learn lesson

Thank Tin M
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