Negotiate with Taxis and Save Money for Seoul Satellite Cities

Source: Kyeongin.com

Source: Kyeongin.com

Source: Kyeongin.com

 

Seoul has a number of satellite cities such as Bundang, Anyang, Ilsan, Incheon, Uijeongbu, Suwon, Seongnam, Yongin, and more. And if you’re looking for a one-day trips, Seoul’s satellite cities have a number reasons to visit:

• Bundang has great a very developed dining and cafe scene as well as Yuldong Park, which also happens to have bungee jumping.
• Suwon has fantastic hiking courses, historical fortresses, and a museum dedicated to poo.
• Incheon has the number 1 ranked airport in the world, Korea’s most famous Chinatown, and the largest building in Korea.
• Yongin has lake fishing, a Korean drama set open for visit and Everland, Korea’s most beloved amusement park.

These cities are easily accessible by bus and subway. But if you’ve got kids, you’re in a rush, or just plain ol’ lazy, you might consider taking a taxi to these outer suburbs for comfort and for speed. If you do, make sure you negotiate with the taxi drivers to save money. Since leaving Seoul can make a taxi driver a good amount of money, they will often be more than willing to leave Seoul. So much that they will even let customers negotiate a flat rate, rather than going by meter.

Here’s a few tips on how to negotiate:

• Ask the cab driver before you get in to see if they will go to your destination (many will, some will not).
• Quote your price. Generally, taxi drivers won’t negotiate anything under 30,000 won.
• Make sure you have cash. Most negotiations are for cash payments (although some will take card, ask beforehand).
• Weekend nights might be difficult to negotiate as they are the busiest nights and are already quite lucrative for drivers.

If you’re visiting these satellite cities, what do you plan to do? Leave us a comment so we can write about what you’re doing!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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