Buses and the subway are a convenient way to travel around Seoul and in neighboring Busan. So remember to get your T-Money travel card!
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The T-money card is credited with money and the fare is subsequently deducted from it. The T-money card cost 2,500 won. When the value is low or insufficient, all you have to do is top up the value (or recharge the card) in amounts ranging from 1,000 won to 90,000 won.
There are a couple of variations of the T-Money (besides the normal one). There is the M-Pass, which is essentially a day(s) pass offering up to 20 rides a day for the duration of the pass (e.g. 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day and 7-day). It is valid for the designated time period, and expires at midnight on the last day of validity. In addition, the M-Pass also comes with the T-Money function so it can be used on buses, taxis, and at select convenience stores as long as there is a usable T-Money balance. Once all of the allotted (20) subway rides have been used up, it can still be used as a T-money card.
To get the most of your T-money card, do get the Seoul City Pass Plus (3,000 won) which is basically a T-Money Card with discount benefits. For just 500 won more (than the normal T-Money), it comes with a set of discount coupons of about 60+ participating stores such as restaurants, attractions, eyeglass shops, beauty stores etc…), not to mention discounts as well (e.g. 5% discount at any the Seoul City Tour Bus routes!).
Of course, sometimes if you are traveling in a group of 2 or more, taking a cab might be more economical since basic fare within 10 km is about 1,050 won, regardless of the number of stations.