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T Money Card

One of the best things about living in the Seoul Metro area is how easy it is to get around. I’ve commented on this many times before, and now it’s getting easier.

With a T-Money Card, you can put a pre-loaded amount on and go. They’re valid on all buses and subways. Some taxis also will take the card as payment for services. What makes things really convenient, is that one can pop into a 7-11 or other mini-mart and charge up your card while buying a snack.

But things are even getting easier now!

Some buses are now equipped with mobile units that can charge your cards while you’re riding the bus. That’s right! Now when you get on the bus, and see that your balance is low, you change up your card before you get off to ensure you have enough for the transfers or your next leg. It’s a great new feature of riding the mass transit system in Seoul.

For those around the world who read this, what are the most travel friendly things you’ve seen in mass transit?


Written by Steve Miller

March 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

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  1. The best thing I’ve seen on mass transit is the UPass bus passes that college and university students get here. We pay for it with our fees, and the student pass works out to be waayyy cheaper than a regular adult bus pass. $14 or so a month compared to $80-ish. It’s awesome! I’m gonna miss my bus pass when I’m done courses and my pass expires after April. 😦


    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 am

    • That’s a huge savings!


      March 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

      • Yeah, it’s great. I think we get it cause all the students at Camosun College and UVic are required to pay for the bus pass, so BC Transit must give us bulk discounts.


        March 23, 2010 at 3:30 am

  2. Got a similar thing here too…makes life REALLY easy! Some people even use their cell phone…haven’t made it THAT far into the 21st century yet…LOL..


    March 22, 2010 at 7:28 am

    • Yeah, we can use cell phones and bank cards to pay for transit. I love how they are making it easier and easier to ride.


      March 22, 2010 at 7:29 am

  3. I have to agree Seoul Metro is the easiest mass transit system I have ever been on.

    Unfortunately the only travel friendly thing I can think of about Australian public transport is some buses in Canberra come fitted with bicycle racks. Hold the applause people.


    March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    • OMG. That’s a shame. But I do have to say that the system in Arizona wasn’t much better.


      March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

  4. In New York you can get a monthly unlimited pass that let’s you ride subways and buses as much as you like during a 30 day period. The best thing, though, is that we can get it through a payroll deduction plan that comes out before taxes so you wind up paying only about 60% net out of pocket.

    You can buy Metro cards in delis and other stores, but you can only refill them at subway stations. The on-bus refill sounds like a great thing.


    March 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

    • Is the amount set or does it charge you for the previous month. Some months I ride more than others… so I’d hate to pay fee and not use it that much!


      March 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

      • For what I can remember, amount is set. At least, it is in Montreal. It’s like 60$ for the whole month, unlimited rides.

        Otherwise, you can get 3 day passes or 1 week passes with unlimited rides for that amount of time.


        March 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

  5. That seems nice!

    Where I am studying, college students have free rides all semester long. All we have to show is our ID and there is a sticker on it for each semester. But the system suck otherwise!

    In Montreal, they finally made the electronice move about 2 years ago. You can buy a card and then recharge it. It’s convenient, but we can’t recharge it in the buses yet 😉 And sometimes, you’ll enter in a metro station and the machin is broken, so you can’t recharge, unless you have cash and pay to the person working there.

    I remember in NY, system seemed pretty cool and cheap. They’ve been using electronic cards for way longer than here.


    March 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

    • That’s ok… Arizona is light years behind you in terms of both mass transit and ways to pay for it. I do like the idea of students not having to pay for it. Here in Korea, students get a discounted rate.


      March 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

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