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Ho(s)tel tips in Seoul / Incheon Korea for September 2024

Old 01-30-24, 02:12 AM
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Ho(s)tel tips in Seoul / Incheon Korea for September 2024

Hello people,
long time, no posts!

We are going to visit South-Korea this year in September / October for four weeks.

We are flying in and out of Seoul / Incheon airport.
What we normally do when flying to and from the same airport is that we try and book accomodation for the first day(s) and the last day
that does transportation from the airport to the accommodation and then also ask them to keep our bikeboxes for our return.
And preferably English / French / German / Spanish spoken as well, since our Korean is horrid, certainly not good enough for a phonecall out of the blue.

So far we have been able to find accommodation that would provide these services in all cases.
Many times with the help of the online community.

So, our question is: does anyone here know of a nice hotel or hostel that would provide these services in the (close?) vicinity of the airport.

And, if you have any tips, let us know!

Much thanks in advance!

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I can't help you with a positive recommendation but here's a negative one. Don't bother trying the Seoul YMCA. They booted me out their door faster than Kim Jong Un.
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Originally Posted by jurjan
Hello people,
long time, no posts!

We are going to visit South-Korea this year in September / October for four weeks.

We are flying in and out of Seoul / Incheon airport.
What we normally do when flying to and from the same airport is that we try and book accomodation for the first day(s) and the last day
that does transportation from the airport to the accommodation and then also ask them to keep our bikeboxes for our return.
And preferably English / French / German / Spanish spoken as well, since our Korean is horrid, certainly not good enough for a phonecall out of the blue.

So far we have been able to find accommodation that would provide these services in all cases.
Many times with the help of the online community.

So, our question is: does anyone here know of a nice hotel or hostel that would provide these services in the (close?) vicinity of the airport.

And, if you have any tips, let us know!

Much thanks in advance!

Jurjan
On my first tour of the ROK, my hotel in Seoul did keep my smaller folding bike box for when I returned two weeks late, but it's in Seoul, not close to Incheon at all. You probably know this, but Incheon airport is actually on Incheon island off the coast. It's actually not physically close to Seoul. The trip into Seoul via the AREX train takes about 45 minutes. Only folding bikes allowed, though.

On my second tour of the ROK, I was able to verify that Busan's Gimhae airport has a packing shop on the second floor of the departure terminal that sells all manner of boxes including bike boxes. The attendant spoke English. If you can, fly in to Seoul, fly out of Busan. Better yet, ferry out of Busan to Japan! 🗾

Search for my thread "Tour-de-Korea 2023".

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Hello Ron,
thanks for your answer

We had already found your 'Tour de Korea 2023' thread, very handy!

Unfortunately we only have four weeks, so a trip to Japan is not in the books for this year.
Do you happen to remember the name of your hotel in Seoul?

And, do you expect it to be possible to get a taxi/van from the airport? Or do they only have smaller taxi's. that cannot take two full bikes in boxes plus luggage?

Thanks in advance for yuor time!

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Originally Posted by jurjan
Hello Ron,
thanks for your answer

We had already found your 'Tour de Korea 2023' thread, very handy!

Unfortunately we only have four weeks, so a trip to Japan is not in the books for this year.
Do you happen to remember the name of your hotel in Seoul?

And, do you expect it to be possible to get a taxi/van from the airport? Or do they only have smaller taxi's. that cannot take two full bikes in boxes plus luggage?

Thanks in advance for yuor time!

Jurjan
On my first tour, I stayed at Grid Inn in Seoul both in the way in and out. Good place and I would stay there again.

In my second tour, I stayed at a good hostel, but I would not recommend it for people with anything but small or folding bikes. The place of tiny and whereas I was able to bring my bike into the room where else, here it was out of the question due to small size. The place is mentioned in my thread Tour-de-Korea 2023.

I don't know about the taxi or bus situation from the airport as on both tours I went with a folding bike and rode the AREX train in.

One option is to ride from the airport to the pier on Incheon island where you can take a ferry onto Incheon mainland. Incheon mainland is very industrial and hectic so you may not want to do that.
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My first night in Seoul, I stayed at the TMark Hotel in Myeongdong and they were very accommodating. I left some luggage there while I rode to Busan and back and the hotel didnít charge me. I did have a room booked for my return trip however.

Generally speaking, Korean hotels are accommodating with Western tourists.
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Thanks Ron and HHK25, we'll be looking into both of these options.

We already noticed the ferry, and also that there are hotels / Airbnb's in the neighbourhood of both the airport and the ferry, so maybe we will go that way.

And, to be honest, we have noticed almost all smaller hotels (perhaps because they are not bound to big chains rules?) are very accomodating, wherever we found them.

Thanks again!
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Hi there. My wife and I rode Seoul - Incheon - Busan - Goseong (east coast) - back across to Seoul, in October 2023. No luck with leaving gear at the hotel in Seoul, but we did leave a big bag with the guys at Bike Nara in Seoul. Did help that we hired some gear from them tho . If you haven't alreay got it, the Kakao app for planning and navigation is a must. We bought a data only SIM for about USD80 for 30 days which was great, even though WIFI is readily available, it made live navigation when in busy cities much easier, although the spoken instuctions are in Korean. We planned on average 80km per day, which was nice and relaxing. Carried 2 rear panniers each, about 6kg each, plus I had a bar bag with camera etc. Didn't book accomodation apart from Seoul and Busan, but had scoped out options and logged them in Kakao. Using the desktop login for Kakao is the way to go when planning. Let me know if you need any other info.

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Hi HappyAussies, thanks for your reply.

In the end, how many Km's did you ride?

Thanks!

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Ohh, and a new question: did all of you ride in South Korea with helmets?

We ourselves normally ride without (not wanting to start a pro/con about helmets here though), but that is mostly because we are Dutch and are used to biking everywhere without helmets.

It seems there was a law passd in 2018, but everybody was against it.
I'm wondering if you are stil having to wear a helmet (if so, we will).

Thanks again!
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Hi. Yes, we did. We are from Australia where helmets are compulsory in our State. Here in Sydney most drivers are out to kill you, so a helmet is essential anyway. Having had a couple of very bad accidents I would never ride without one, regardless of the local laws. We are planning Amsterdam to Budapest later this year and will always have our helmets on . You will find in South Korea that most cyclist wear helmets. Also, the South Korean drivers are "special", in that they are very unpredictable and have very little awareness of what is around them; other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. On some of the 2 lane roads where the speed limit is 70kph, we had cars and trucks rip past us at speeds that felt like they were doing double that. There are speed cameras, but they are signposted so everyone just slows down then speeds up. There are very few highway police. I came down quite hard one day out of Busan and bounced my head a bit on the road, so you know my thoughts . Of course the fabulous cyclepaths are a different thing altogether. Really relaxing riding, but again you will see almost everyone fully kitted up. Here are a couple of pics of other riders so you can see. Let me know if you need anything else.

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Hi. In total we rode 1,567.02km (can't forget the 0.2). We averaged 80km per day, so nice and relaxing. We would generally start about 8am, stop for a snack and coffee about 10am (coffee shops/cafes don't open until 10am), then lunch about 12, and into our planned destination by 3pm. Hunt and gather for breakfast and lunch the next day, dinner, rinse/repeat. I'd say we averaged about16kph, with lots of stopping to take pics and enjoy the adventure. Don't expect to go to a cafe for breakfast. We ended up getting yoghurt and bananas each afternoon for the next breakfast, and rice rolls etc for lunch so we could stop wherever. There are a lot of convenience stores, but one day we were still looking for one at 70km! My advice is to have lunch with you. Water is fine from the taps. South Koreans always buy bottled water, which is completely unnecessary as the tap water if fine. Sadly the level of plastic rubbish is very high .
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Hi HappyAussies, thanks again for your excellent replies!

Your days seem to mesh quite well with our ideas of happiness.
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Originally Posted by jurjan
Ohh, and a new question: did all of you ride in South Korea with helmets?

We ourselves normally ride without (not wanting to start a pro/con about helmets here though), but that is mostly because we are Dutch and are used to biking everywhere without helmets.

It seems there was a law passd in 2018, but everybody was against it.
I'm wondering if you are stil having to wear a helmet (if so, we will).

Thanks again!
With helmet. Of course!
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