Train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport

Transiting from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport is often required for those who arrive in Korea on international flights and take a domestic flights to their next destination such as Jeju or Busan. Do not worry. There is a train connecting Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport. Here is how.

How to Take Train from Incheon International Airport to Gimpo Airport?

First of all, after you have cleared the immigration check point and collected your baggages, you will get into the ARRIVAL HALL of Incheon Airport at LEVEL 1. To catch a train to Gimpo Airport, you need to go to the Airport Railroad Station at LEVEL B1.
Arrival Hall at LEVEL 1 of Incheon Airport but Airport Railroad Station is at LEVEL B1
STEP 1: GO FROM LEVEL 1 ARRIVAL HALL TO LEVEL B1 AIRPORT RAILROAD STATION.

If you have a lot of baggages with you and you are using the airport trolley, it is best to use the lift / elevator to go from Level 1 Arrival Hall to Level B1 Airport Railroad Station to catch the train to Gimpo Airport. The lifts / elevator looks like this. You wont miss them.

Lift at LEVEL 1 Arrival Hall of Incheon Airport. Take this lift to go to LEVEL B1 Airport Railroad Station
Sign board at the lift showing that Airport Railroad station is located at LEVEL B1 of Incheon Airport.
Once you have arrived at the LEVEL B1 of Incheon Airport, walk towards the Airport Railroad station. If you are tired by now, you can always use the walkalator. Just stand, and the walkalator will do the walking for you.

Walkalator at LEVEL B1 of Incheon Airport towards Airport Railroad station to take train to Gimpo Airport
The walking direction is clearly shown on the overhead signboard along the walkway. Do not forget to look up. If you look down to the floor, you can also see walking direction towards to Airport Railroad Station on the tile. 

Signboard showing the direction of Airport Railroad Station at LEVEL B1 of Inchoen Aiport.

Walking direction to the Airport Railroad Station on the tile. Follow the direction to go to the airport train station.

STEP 2: TAKE THE ALL-STOP-TRAIN FROM INCHEON AIRPORT TO GIMPO AIRPORT

Before long, you will arrive at the Airport Railroad Station. There are TWO TYPES OF TRAIN HERE:

  1. ALL-STOP-TRAIN: Take this train to Gimpo Airport
  2. Airport Express (AREX) Train: DO NOT take this train. It does not stop at Gimpo airport. AREX is a non-stop train from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station in downtown Seoul.
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Airport Railroad Map for Train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport. (CLICK TO SEE LARGE MAP)
It is IMPORTANT to take note that there are two train lines at Airport Railroad Station. One is the "ALL-STOP-TRAIN" service that will stop at all stations (including Gimpo Airport Station) along its way to Seoul Station. The other one is the Airport Express (AREX) Train that goes direct from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station in downtown Seoul. Gimpo Airport is station number 7 from Incheon Airport for ALL-STOP-Train. On the way, you will pass through the following train stations: Unseo, Yeongjong, Cheongna International City, Geoman and Gyeyang before arriving at Gimpo Airport. After that, the train will continue to Digital Media City, Hongik University, Gongdeok and finally Seoul Station.
On the other hand, AREX train does NOT stop at Gimpo Airport. Therefore, you should take the the ALL-STOP-TRAIN to go to Gimpo Airport. You should not take AREX train because it will go straight to Seoul Station in downtown without stopping at Gimpo Airport.
Fortunately, Incheon Airport authority make it very easy to differentiate between these two train services at the Airport Railway Station. The All Stop Train to Gimpo is on the left when you arrive at the Airport Railway Station and its signboard has blue background. On the right hand side is Airport Express (AREX) station and its signboard has orange background. The signboards look like below.

Blue signboard at entrance to All-Stop-Train Station - Buy the train ticket to Gimpo Airport here.

Orange signboard at entrance to Airport Express (AREX) Train Station - AIRPORT EXPRESS train DOES NOT STOP AT GIMPO AIRPORT
Once you are at the entrance to All-Stop-Train station, you can BUY YOUR TICKET at the Automatic Ticket Machine or Customer Information Center.

Train ticket fare for All-Stop-Train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport

The one way ticket for All-Stop-Train from Incheon International Airport to Gimpo Airport is 3,750Won for Adult. Infant and toddlers from 0 to 5 years old and elderly people above 65 years old can travel for free. There are 50% discount for children aged between 6 years old and 13 years old. Furthermore, 20% discount is avaiable for youth aged 13 to 18 years old.

Types of ticket for All-Stop-Train at Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport

For tourists who just use this train to transit from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport, the most suitable type of ticket is the SINGLE JOURNEY CARD which can be purchased from the automatic ticket machine. Note that there is a 500Won deposit for buying this single journey card which will be refunded to you upon returning this card to the automatic ticket machine when you reach Gimpo Airport. This deposit is an environmental friendly measure meant to encourage one time train passengers to return their card for reuse.

After you have bought your All-stop-train ticket, you can proceed to the auto-gate to get into the All-stop-train station. You can see Gimpo Airport as one of the destination on the overhead signboard. Proceed to the train platform to wait for the arrival of next train. You can see Gimpo Airport on the signboard of the train platform as well, as shown in the photo below.

Go through the automatic ticket gate to get to the train platform of All-Stop-Train to Gimpo Airport.
Train platform at Incheon Airport for All-Stop-Train to Gimpo Airport. 

How long is the transfer time from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport? 

Well, the travelling time for All-Stop-Train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport is about 21 minutes. If you are transferring from Inchoen Airport to Gimpo Airport, you should set aside sufficient time, taking into consideration the time to clear border check / immigration, baggage collection, and check-in time at Gimpo Airport etc. However, if you only consider train travelling time alone (including walking to/from the station), 45 minutes to 1 hour should be enough.

Schedule of All-Stop-Train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport

There is a train departing from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport every 6 to 10 minutes. As for the schedule of the train, the all-stop-train service from Incheon Airport starts 5.23am early in the morning. The last train that departs from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport at 11:42pm before mid-night according to the schedule of the train service.  

Train Schedule from Gimpo Airport to Incheon Airport

For the reverse direction, that is, if you are taking train from Gimpo Airport to Incheon Airport, you can also use the same All-stop-train service. The first train departs from Gimpo Airport to Incheon Airport at 5.42am early in the morning. According to the schedule of the train from Gimpo Airport, the last train from Gimpo Airport to Incheon Airport will departs near mid-night at 11:59pm.

STEP 3: ARRIVING AT GIMPO AIRPORT 

After a train ride of about 21 minutes from Incheon Airport, you will arrive at Gimpo International Station. Get off the train, do not forget your baggages and leave them behind. From the train platform at the station, walk towards Gimpo Airport following the signage. You will go through the escalator as shown the photos below. Note that in South Korea, the etiquette when using the escalator is to stand on the right hand side to give way to those who would like to walk up the escalator on the left, as shown in the photo below.
After you left the train station through the autogate, remember to surrender your SINGLE JOURNEY CARD to get your refund of KRW500 deposit. There is a automatic ticket machine at the exit for this purpose.

Arriving at Gimpo International Airport Station using the All-Stop-Train. Use the escalator to go up to Gimpo Airport departure hall. 
As you continue to walk towards Gimpo Airport, there will be a point where you have to decide to turn left or turn right. If you are going to take an international flight at Gimpo Airport, turn right at the junction when you see the signboard in the photo below. On the other hand, turn left if you are going to take a domestic flight at Gimpo Airport.
Choose which way to go: Turn left for domestic terminal, turn right for international terminal
Since most people who take the train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport are taking domestic flights to local destinations in South Korea such as Busan and Jeju Island, we will show you the direction to domestic departure in the remainder of this guide.

After you turn left to the direction of domestic departure terminal at Gimpo Airport, you will come to the escalator to go up to the check-in and departure level of Gimpo Airport.


Escalator towards the domestic departure at Gimpo Airport. 
Finally, you have arrived at the Gimpo Airport domestic terminal! From here, you should go to the 2nd Floor for Check-in before going to 3rd floor for domestic flight departure to your next destination.

At Gimpo Airport Domestic Terminal, go to 2nd Floor for flight check-in and then 3rd floor for flight departure.

Getting to Gimpo Airport from Incheon Airport

That's it. A simple guide for you to take train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport. Taking train for this journey is easy and reliable. The only important thing that you have to remember is to take the All-Stop-Train, not the Airport Express (AREX) train from Incheon Airport. This is because only the All-stop train will stop at Gimpo Airport. Airport Express (AREX) train will go straight to Seoul Station without stopping at Gimpo Airport. For any reason, if you prefer not to take the train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport (also known as Kimpo Airport), you can also take the airport shuttle bus from Incheon Aiport to Gimpo Airport. Read the guide here.

43 comments:

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    1. Hello Maxima,
      You are welcome. Wish you a pleasant trip ahead.

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    2. do you know if they accept credit cards to pay for the one way ticket or do I need to exchange my money?

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    3. You need exchange money, the total cost ist 4350 Korean money

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  2. Hi, do I need to purchase the tickets online?

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    1. Hi,
      No, you just need to buy the ticket at the ticket counter or ticket vending machine when you arrive at the airport railroad station at Incheon Airport.

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  3. Good information, thank you. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  4. thanks for much for your information :)

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    1. Hello Xue Wei Tee,
      You are most welcomed. Have a pleasant trip to Korea!

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  5. Wonderful step by step guide. Thanks

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    1. Thank you. Wish you a smooth transit from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport.

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  6. good day,
    can we buy a train ticket from Incheaon to Gimpo in advance online?

    regards,
    Juldyz

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    1. Hello juju,
      No, you can buy the train ticket at the airport either using ticket vending machine or at the ticket counter. It is very convenient to buy the ticket at Incheon Airport.

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    2. very clear and detailed information
      thank you!

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  7. does the same apply for travel from Gimpo to Incheon?

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    1. Hello James,
      Yes, you can take the same train service from Gimpo Airport to Incheon Airport.

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  8. Hi, do the machines take credit cards, or do I have to exchange US dollar to Korean Won when I land at ICN>

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  10. hi.. is it possible to transfer airport from Incheon to Gimpo without visa? im going to Jeju but theres connecting flight which means Im going outside the Incheon and pass through immigration.
    how do i pass immigration and go to other airport without Seoul visa? Im going out of the airport, right? Its not possible without visa.

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    1. Hello AJ,
      Yes, you will need a Korea visa as normally because you are going outside of Incheon Airport. I suggest you check the specific visa requirement for your country into South Korea to avoid any problem going from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport.

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    1. Hello Annewungsk,
      No, you can take the All-Stop-Train from Gimpo Airport to Seoul Station. The All-Stop-Train goes to Seoul Station too. There is no need to go back to Incheon Airport to take AREX train.

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  12. Hi, is there any store, restaurant or spot to stay if we Are going to wait at the airport for more than 8 hour?

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    1. Hello Jimmie Lim,
      Yes, there are many restaurants, spa, free shower room, capsule hotel, duty free shopping and free wifi at Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport to pass your time. You can find more information here. h t t p : / / english . visitkorea . or . kr / enu / ATR / SI_EN_3_6 . jsp ? cid = 2479264

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  13. Hi, what time will you suggest for me to book my flight to jeju if I reached Incheon airport at 0600? Thanks

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    1. Hello Liang,
      Personally I will choose flight after 10:00am to be safe in case your flight is slightly delayed. If there are a lot of flight arrivals at Incheon Airport it may take 1 hour to clear immigration check point and baggage collection.

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  14. fantastic guide! thank you so much!!!

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  15. hi i'will be transferring from Inchoen Airport to Gimpo Airport. arriving at inchoen on 03:20PM. taking into consideration the time for immigration, baggage collection took around 1 to 2+ hours for that. approximately latest by 6pm i will be waiting train transfer to gimpo. if i took the last flight at 8.25pm, do i manage to rush for my flight? and does jeju air free 15kg for each passengers? can we check in the 15kg?

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    1. Hello Wei P,
      In my opinion, you have enough time to transfer from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport if your flight arrival at Incheon Airport is not delayed. Jeju Air normally provides free baggage allowance for domestic flights in Korea but you should check your ticket details to confirm.

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  16. Hello,
    can you use a T Money card for a transfer from Incheon to Gimpa airport?
    Thank you

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    1. Yes, I think you can use T Money card for all stop train from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport.

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  17. Thank you so much! this is very helpful

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  18. I saw an article about visa-free if ICN will be your layover to GMP to CJU..I'm not sure if that's true. I'm from Philippines and direct flight from Manila to Jeju is quite expensive. Sept2016..I booked my flight to Incheon. March2017 I applied for tourist visa and got denied :( so I was wondering if there is still a way to use my booked ticket since it's not refundable..I was planning to go to Jeju through Incheon to Gimpo. Do I still need visa? :(

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  19. clear directions, very informative. Thank you for sharing !

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  20. Hello! I will arrive Incheon airport at estimated time 3.35pm, and I am wondering if I should book the 6.15pm flight to Jeju from Gimpo airport. Will there be sufficient time for me to make it considering the travelling time?

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  21. Thank you very much its very clear...

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  22. Good info, thanks.

    Regarding free travel for elderly above 65 yrs, and 50% discount for children between 6-13 yrs, do we also get the tickets from ticket machine or customer info centre?

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    1. Hello David Thie,
      You can but your tickets at the ticket counter in Incheon Airport in that case.

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  23. Thank you for such useful tips!! Appreciate much on your efforts!

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  24. very informative and helpful. many thanks

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  25. This is a really great piece of useful information, clear and detailed. Thank you so much for your sharing, really appreciated your effort!

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