Whether having a two-hour layover or a 24-hour wait at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the long wait doesn’t have to be boring. South Korea’s tourism industry offers travelers a variety of options on what to do and how to maximize their short visit. In fact, the hardest part may be choosing which package would be most ideal to check out.
Two Hours of Free Time
If you have two hours to spare, you can either stay at the airport for a self-tour program or go to the transfer tour desk to avail of the free Incheon Airport Korea Transit Tour. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the airport’s free facilities like the shower room or make your own free souvenir at the Traditional Culture Experience Hall.
If you prefer to go out of the airport, the first program option features a one-hour free tour from the airport to the Yonggungsa Temple, then back to the airport. The tour schedule is every 8 to 9 a.m., 12 noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
The second program option features a one-hour free tour at the Oseong Observatory and Motorboat Training Center. The tour schedule is every 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
The third program option features a one-hour free tour at the Incheon Grand Bridge, the Incheon City Museum or the Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation and the Heungryunsa Temple. The tour schedule is every 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Three to Four Hours of Free Time
If you have three hours of free time from 3 to 6 p.m., you can try the Incheon Culture Tour where you visit the Shingi Market and the Incheon Dohobu government building.
If staying at the airport between three to four hours, you can take advantage of the Asia in Incheon City Tour where you visit the Incheon Grand Bridge, Wolmi Park, the Open Port and Shinpo Market. The tour schedule is every 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Alternatively, if you’re the more adventurous type, you can check out the self-tour program around the Maglev Train.
Five Hours or More of Free Time
If you have five hours or more of free time before your next flight, you have even more options to enjoy Seoul. The offeerings are still free, but some attractions may require around $3 entrance fee. A decent lunch costing $7 and a travel insurance of $3 still makes it a very practical trip way to explore Seoul.
The Highlight of Seoul City Tour allows you to visit the Cheonggye Stream, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong Street and Jogyesa Temple. The tour schedule is every 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.
The Seoul Culture Tour allows you to visit Dongdaemun and either the Changdeok Palace or the Gyeongbok Palace. The tour schedule is every 1 to 6 p.m.
Take note that all the tour programs and their schedules are subject to change any time.