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Downtown Seoul VIP Flight Check In for Anyone

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After our morning jaunt to Bukchon Hanok Village it was time to check out of the Park Hyatt Seoul and get ourselves to the airport. We’d had good success taking the inexpensive KAL Deluxe Limousine (bus) which dropped off across the street from the hotel, so we planned to take it back.

I looked up bus times on the KAL website and prepared to lug our bags across the intersection. The website also indicated tickets could be bought at the hotel front desk, so as we were checking out, we used it as an excuse to get rid of our remaining won. The staff had thoughtfully taken our bags down the elevator in advance, but we panicked when we saw them stowing them into the back of the hotel van. We kept saying “bus” and they can’t motioning us into the van. Visions of a $200+ ride out to the airport were dancing in my head.

Our driver very patiently put up with our questions and then dropped us off at the COEX Mall City Terminal where we could not only catch a bus directly to the airport, but also check in for our flight and leave our bags.

COEX City Terminal Seoul Korean Airlines Check In

There was an empty immigration office right next to the bus waiting area, so we were able to fast track that process as well!

COEX City Terminal Seoul Immigration

COEX City Terminal Seoul Bus Waiting Room

When we arrived at the airport bus passengers could use the same line as the crew. The only delay was finding where to go, but once in the line, we were through security within 10 minutes.

The KCAT bus line is completely different from KAL, though the same price of KRW 16,000 (roughly $16) and departs from the Convention Center in Gangnam near Samseong Station (Subway Line 2). A similar service is offered at the Seoul Station allowing train passengers to check in at the KORAIL Airport Railroad Seoul Station & Terminal (KARST).

What I liked best about the whole thing was not just the speed, convenience, and affordability, it was everyone can have a VIP airport experience regardless of what class they’re flying. There was no queue in any of the check in lines so everyone was getting friendly personal service, and the same applied for immigration. An automatic “Fast Track.” 🙂 I highly recommend this option for anyone staying in Seoul.

More posts from the trip:

Checking In and Air France Lounge at IAD
Korean Airlines First Class IAD-ICN
Hyatt Regency Incheon: Great Service, Hard Beds
Accidentally Seeing Seoul Like a Native
Tight Quarters at the Park Hyatt Seoul
Worth a Hike — Bukchon Hanok Village

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