Airfare to Seoul, South Korea
Despite its reputation as a sprawling, smoggy, industrial city, Seoul has been making strides to improve its appearance. For those spending some time in the city, do not miss the five palaces, especially the Gyeongbokgung, with two on-ground museums. Also visit Mount Inwang to observe rituals at various shrines, and the deemed ‘national treasure’ Namdaemun.
Airfare to Seoul will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Fukuoka, Japan. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus, ferry and/or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jeju Air and Cebu Pacific Air fly to Seoul. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Korean Air is the national airline. However, Asiana Airlines, Northwest Airlines and other airlines also stop in Seoul.
The most expensive air tickets to Seoul are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Fukuoka, Japan and traveling overland to Seoul via train, ferry, bus or another flight
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Seoul, check out BootsnAll’s Seoul Travel Guide.