The displayed airfares for round-trip Seoul flights are for reference purposes only. The fares for flight tickets to Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport (GMP) or Incheon International Airport (ICN) are based on record and are non-warranted and subject to change. The Seoul airfare comprises fuel surcharges, our service fee and taxes levied by airlines/airports/regulators
Seoul, South Korea: Overview
Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul welcomed a record 11.25 million of international visitors in 2018, according to the Global Destination Cities Index 2019 by Mastercard.
Seoul made its way into the list of Asia’s most liveable cities in 2015. Ranked as an alpha world city, Seoul was the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles.
Airports in Seoul
Seoul’s history stretches back over two thousand years, when it was founded in 18 BC by the people of Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. The Seoul Capital Area is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
1. Incheon International Airport (Primary) Location:
The airport is west of Incheon’s city center, on an artificially created piece of land between Yeongjong and Yongyu Islands. The two islands were originally separated by shallow sea.
Air Busan, Air Incheon, Air Seoul, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, and T’way Air
Focus City For:
China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways
Interesting Facts: The airport has been rated the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International every year. It is also rated as the world’s cleanest airport and the world’s best international transit airport by Skytrax.
2. Gimpo International Airport (Secondary) Location:
The airport is located in the far western end of Seoul, some 15 km (9 mi) west of the Central District of Seoul.
Asiana Airlines, Korean Air
Gimpo played a major role during the Korean War, and the USAF designated the airfield as Kimpo Air Base or K-14.
Airlines Operating Nonstop Flights to Seoul from US Cities
| Departure City (Airport) in USA || Arrival Airport in Seoul || Travel Time || Carrier |
| Los Angeles (LAX) || ICN || 12 Hours 50 Minutes || Asiana Airlines, Korean Air |
| San Francisco (SFO) || ICN || 12 Hours 15 Minutes || |
United Airlines, Korean Air
| New York (JFK) || ICN || 14 Hours 20 Minutes || Asiana Airlines, Korean Air |
| Atlanta (ATL) || ICN || 14 Hours 50 Minutes || Korean Air |
| Seattle (SEA) || ICN || 11 Hours 25 Minutes || Asiana Airlines, Korean Air |
Best Time to Visit Seoul
The best times to visit Seoul are from March to May (spring) and from September to November (autumn). Prevailing mild weather condition (Mid-70s temperature, 20-70 mm precipitation) makes your trip comfortable. Moreover, the city is less crowded, and flight and hotel rates are affordable. However, to avoid inflated airfares, book your discount flights to Seoul in advance. Being a bit flexible regarding your vacation timing, and boarding or de-boarding airport and of course, the airlines, you can find cheap flights to Seoul South Korea.
Summer times prevail from June to August when the temperature floats in 80s-85s °F range. The temperature starts plummeting from September and reaches its lowest in January and February. The bottom temperature could be as low as mid-30s°F. Hence, adjusting to the temperature would not be a tough deal. If you are from Chicago, you will find Seoul warmer during the month. It’s November or December of Colorado.
Seoul witnesses heavy downpour in July and August that is, in the hottest months. The National Climatic Data Center estimates the rainfall to be in 320mm-350mm range. Extreme rain and temperature combine to elevate the humidity level. However, that doesn’t deter the family vacationers from coming to Seoul. The credit goes to the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (July) and Seoul Fringe Festival (August). As this is the time when kids are out of schools on summer vacation, the price of flights to Seoul is bound to increase. Consider booking your tickets three to four months in advance to avoid inflated last minute flights to Seoul.
Top Attractions in Seoul
After Tokyo, Seoul is the second largest urban agglomeration on the earth, and it’s the economic, political and cultural hub of the country. Here is a brief list of top attractions in Seoul.
1. Historical Monuments in Seoul
The conflict between South Korea and North Korea is something that always forms the breaking news. Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to unveil the history of the conflict and the bone of contention, that is, the territorial land that separates the two. There are shops and galleries on Insadong Antique Street from where you can collect timeless souvenirs. Also, add Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, and Hwaseong Fortress to your things to do list in Seoul.
Seoul is home to technology-driven museums where ambiance and exhibits engage and connect with the visitors vividly. Top museums that grab the most visitors are the National Palace Museum of Korea, The National Museum of Korea, Pulmuone Kimchi Museum, Ewha Womans University Natural, CheongGyeCheon Museum, and Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Seoul.
3. Natural Wonders in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea is a unique combination of nature sensitive urbanization. Some of the best natural wonders include Seoraksan National Park, Jiri Mountain (1,915 meters), Suncheon Bay, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, Taebak Mountains, Manjanggul Cave, and Udo Island.