Present base rate increase/rate system change plan to city council
It has been 19 years since the reorganization of the Seoul bus system in July 2004.
In line with this year’s public transport fare hike, the city of Seoul is promoting the introduction of a distance-based ticketing system for buses. This is the first attempt in 19 years since the reorganization of Seoul’s bus system in July 2004 by setting an additional price when the journey distance is more than 10 km, just like the subway. Meanwhile, buses only pay the basic fare regardless of the distance travelled.
According to the City Council on the 8th, the Seoul Metropolitan Government presented the ‘Seoul Public Transportation Fare Adjustment Plan’ to the City Council on the 6th.
In the hearing plan, the city proposed a plan to change the fare system from the current flat rate system to a distance based system along with an increase in the base bus fare.
Currently, in Seoul, you only have to pay the basic fare if you use the bus once. In July 2004, with the reorganization of the Seoul bus system and the implementation of the integrated transfer discount system in the metropolitan area, the integrated distance proportional system was introduced, where additional fares are added according to the distance traveled only when transferring between the subway and a bus in the metropolitan area.
In future, when the system is applied, a bus fare of 150 won will be added for every 5 km between 10 and 30 km, and 150 won will be added for distances greater than 10 km. Even if you travel from Gangnam through the city center to the Gangbuk area by city bus only, an additional fee is expected.
For wide area buses, an additional ticket price of 150 won is charged for every 5 km between 30 and 60 km, and an additional 150 won is charged for distances over 60 km.
For late night buses, 140 won is charged for every 5 km between 30 and 60 km, and an additional 150 won is charged after 60 km.
However, the town bus maintains a flat fare system.
Reporter Lee Beom-soo