Seoul is a city of history and tradition that is also buzzing with contemporary pleasures, cutting-edge technology and awash in a neon buzz. Book a Seoul flight to experience the lively capital of South Korea.
Seoul’s summers can be uncomfortably hot and humid and its winters bitingly cold. The rainy season here starts to drench the city between July and August. This leaves spring and fall as the obvious choice as the most pleasant times of year to visit.
Having said that, Seoul’s peak seasons actually lies between June and August. This means that during the best months to visit (spring and fall) the price of flights to Seoul actually drop – which is good news for those in the know!
Times to avoid booking your flight are during the celebrations for Korean New Year (February) and Korean Thanksgiving (August). Both these holidays are centered on the family and trigger a mass migration out of the city as people head back to their hometowns. The resulting traffic and public transport chaos make these tough times to visit – and many shops and restaurants will close.
Seoul’s low season is in the winter months between December and February. During this time the temperature hovers around freezing and snow is likely to cover the city streets. Of course, this means that cheap flights to Seoul are readily available, which is great for those who are intending to take advantage of South Korea’s winter sports.
A little bit of flexibility can go a long way to drop the cost of your flights to Seoul. Here are some of the ways that Orbitz helps you to search for your flight flexibly.
Optimal flight times from different Us airports are:
Two airports serve the city of Seoul: Gimpo Airport and Incheon International Airport.
Gimpo Airport is located just 30 minutes from downtown and handles mainly domestic flights (with the exceptions of a few international flights to Beijing, Tokyo and Shanghai).
Incheon International Airport is the main gateway to Seoul and South Korea. One of the largest and busiest airports in the world, Incheon is located at Yeongjong Island, about 32 miles from the city.
The Incheon International Airport Railroad (AREX) connects the airport to Gimpo, Seoul Station and to other parts of the city. In addition, there are also airport shuttle buses and limousines available for onward travel.
Carriers offering direct flights from US airports to Seoul include:
Taxis are your best bet for travelling across the city. Regular taxis are easy for short trips – and are actually little more than the bus if you’re in a small group. Deluxe taxis (mobeom) are black with a yellow stripe and cost a little more.
Subways are fast and cheap as well, running from very early in the morning to midnight.
Seoul’s major landmarks include the sumptuous five Grand Palaces. These are located in the districts of Jongnu-go and Jung-go. Changdeokgung Palace, or the East Palace, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Ancient temples have survived the relentless modernization of the city. The Bongeun Temple, a Buddhist temple in the old rural areas of the city, is one of the most popular.
Of the many stunning examples of modern architecture that will catch your eye, the Olympic Park, Lotte World and the World Trade Center of Korea are of particular note.
Seoul is a shopper’s paradise and the COEX Mall, a large shopping center and entertainment complex located in Gangnam-gu, is just one among many delights that await.
Very few taxi drivers will speak English, but there are easy-to-use interpretations services that help you communicate. Basically, you speak to an interpreter via your phone and they pass on your requests in Korean to the driver.
Like many popular destinations in Asia, Seoul can be very hot and humid in the summers and cold in the winters. Rainy season starts in July and extends through August, thereby making the spring and fall the most pleasant times of year.
For travelers headed to Seoul, the summer months between June and August make up the busiest season, as well as Korean New Year in February and Korean Thanksgiving in August. Both holidays follow the lunar calendar, so exact dates will shift from year to year. Since these holidays place heavy emphasis on family, a mass migration out of the city occurs as almost everyone in Seoul heads back to his or her hometown during these dates. Anticipate for all modes of transportation to be extremely crowded. Also, many shops and restaurants close for Korean New Year, making the holiday not particularly tourist-friendly.
The shoulder seasons of spring and fall—March through May and October through November, respectively—are widely considered to be the best times to visit Seoul. Hotels and plane tickets are typically cheaper, and the weather is more temperate.
Low season consists of the winter months between December and February, with average daily temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s. For those who love snow, winter is a great time to visit Seoul, not only because of the lower prices, but also because there are a ton of winter activities for children and adults in and around the city. If you enjoy sledding, skiing, or ice fishing, Seoul in the winter makes for a very out-of-the-ordinary vacation spot.
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