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Korea’s representative Incheon International Airport (ICN) boasts some of the world’s best services and facilities, a feat globally recognized by ranking 1st place in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) rankings for twelve consecutive years. The airport offers a variety of services that target transit passengers on layovers. Let’s find out what special services are available for passengers stopping over in Incheon!

How to Get the Most Out of Layover Tours
at Incheon International Airport

Korea’s representative Incheon International Airport (ICN) boasts some of the world’s best services and facilities, a feat globally recognized by placing 1st in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ)] rankings for twelve consecutive years. The airport offers a variety of services that target transit passengers on layovers. Let’s find out what special services are available for passengers stopping over in Incheon.

Layover Tour Programs:
A Brief but Fun-packed Way to Enjoy Korea

The airport has several layover tour programs for transit passengers interested in experiencing Korea’s charm during their brief stays. What is especially popular is the Seoul city tour program, whose route includes Gwangmyeong Cave (a gold mine-turned cultural space), Seoul’s gorgeous royal palaces, Bukchon Hanok Village, and traditional markets. 

One of Korea’s representative cave attractions, Gwangmyeong Cave is a cultural and artistic venue for people, which had previously been used as a mine for gold, silver, zinc, and other minerals from 1912 until its closure in 1972. The cave consists of a wide array of entertainment venues, that include a large concert area, special exhibition spaces, an aquarium, a botanical garden, and a light tunnel. What’s more, the wine cellar & restaurant, which takes advantage of the cave’s steady indoor temperature throughout the year, offers a uniquely intense experience. A daily tour program is available at 3 p.m. and lasts about three hours.

There are also a variety of Seoul city tour programs covering the city’s major attractions, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (where visitors can appreciate Korea’s profound history and elegant ancient buildings), Bukchon Hanok Village (a niche in the bustling city of Seoul packed with gorgeous Korean traditional houses), and the N Seoul Tower (where visitors can enjoy the entire city vista). Tour participants can experience these attractions quickly, following well-defined schedules. Seoul city tours are available four times daily at 08:00/09:00/10:00/13:00, each taking about five hours (including the time required to move from location to location). Tours inclusive of palace visits require additional entrance fees. Except for those fees, everything about your transit tour is absolutely free!

Apart from these tours, there is also a program suitable for K-pop fans. On this tour, you can visit the set of the popular K-pop TV show “Music Bank,” making your brief stopover at ICN an incredible experience!

Affordable One-Night-Two-Days Stopover Packages

There are also budget tour packages for passengers stopping over in Korea for more than a day.
Paradise City, a resort complex located near Incheon airport, offers a special stay package called “Stopover in Paradise.” Costing KRW 200,000-290,000 for two people, this reasonably priced package is also inclusive of free ICN lounge vouchers and the Korea Tour Card. Package users can enjoy a swimming pool and a casino at the resort, which opened this April and features brand new facilities and luxurious décor. One more thing: you will be given a Lucky Betting Coupon (worth KRW 70,000) and a free meal voucher. So, don’t miss out!

There is another value package known as “Stop & Joy in Seoul” offered by Asiana Airlines, one of Korea’s leading airlines. The package includes one night at the Tmark Hotel Myeongdong (located in downtown Seoul), a round-trip airport limousine bus ticket to and from ICN, a free pass to the Matina Lounge at ICN, a KRW 10,000 gift card that can be used at a duty free shop at ICN, and an additional 1,000 miles for Asiana club members. At a price of USD 75 per person, it’s a real bargain!


There is yet another amazing package called “Discover Incheon Stopover” offered by Hana Tour, one of Korea’s representative travel agencies. The benefits include an overnight stay at a hotel, a round-trip limousine ticket to and from ICN, Incheon City Tour 1 Day Pass, a free pass to the Matina Lounge at ICN, and a shopping voucher. At a price of USD 59-99, this is an incredible bargain. Not only that, you can also choose to stay at either the Central Park Hotel, Ramada Incheon Hotel, or at Gyeongwonjae, a gorgeous traditional hanok (traditional Korean house) inn. Plus, a variety of tour options are available, such as a hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) experience program and a yacht tour, making your trip all the more exciting.

Enjoying Your Time at ICN in a Free but Fun Way

Are those tour programs out of reach for you because your layover is too short? Don’t worry! You can still have fun at ICN by taking advantage of its awesome facilities. For one thing, the airport offers lounges and bars to provide much needed rest—and even a free shower room! As for families, there are several kid’s zones, and for layover passengers on a business trip, there are Internet zones that are open around the clock. Moreover, you can spend time at the Korean Traditional Culture Center (which operates a wide range of experience programs) and at Korea House (a traditional craftwork exhibition hall). But that’s not all: you can still enjoy a parade that featuresing gorgeous traditional Korean clothing and numerous other performances. So, don’t miss out on all that ICN has to offer!

The Freedom to Design Your Own Trip
with Airport Railroad Express (AREX)

An AREX train will take you from the airport to downtown Seoul in 50-60 minutes, so if your stopover lasts more than six hours, you can design your own day trip to Seoul. In particular, with “Ttareungy,” Seoul City’s public bike rental service, you can conveniently explore every nook and cranny of the city. Ttareungy rental spots are located near most of the city’s subway stations. There are also smartphone apps available with instructions in English, Chinese, and Japanese, making bike rentals and returns a breeze even for foreign visitors! Besides, the rental fee is only KRW 1,000 (with a minimum of two rental hours), making things easy for budget travelers. 
Since the final stop for AREX is Seoul Station, you can set out on a train trip directly from the station. If you take the DMZ Peace Train that departs from Seoul, you can easily look around the DMZ area and its associated attractions, one of the most popular destinations among foreign visitors to Korea. For example, at Dora Observatory, where South Korean soldiers keep watch, you can look across the border into North Korea, and also enter an underground infiltration tunnel built by North Korea. As the tour involves visits to restricted areas, you are required to carry a passport or other types of ID; in addition, taking photos is not allowed in the underground tunnel and other restricted areas.
* This page was last updated on January 31, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here!
                            
                        

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