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Incheon Airport is a large place and can be daunting the first time you step off the plane or when you head back after your year in Korea. Here is a short look at the airport which will be your first stop when you enter Korea.

What, no English?

The biggest problem you'll face when you arrive is the lack of English. That's why we come here after all, to spread the gospel of English as a Second Language. You may feel daunted by being unable to communicate, but don't be. Take a deep breath and dive rie a number of ways to get around the language barrier and avoidess on your way to your new job.
 You could learn a little Korean before you come. That can always be helpful, if you have the time. The drawback is that once you start speaking in Korean, the natives assume you are fluent and start to talk at a million words a second. Unless you've had the time to really study, we'd stick with saying Anyoung-ha-sa-yo, and try speaking in English or using another means of communication.
 Make your school (or recruiter) give you notes in Korean for things that you're going to need when you get off the plane. Locating the right bus is of course the most important, but a couple more doesn't hurt such as where is the bathroom and where can you change money. Sure, you can wander around the huge terminal looking for things, but it doesn't hurt to have them to save you from endless walking.
 If your computer doesn't understand Korean, get them to send the phrases as picture files and simply print them out and cut them into card sizes that you can whip out when necessary.
 There are also information booths located around the airport and generally the staff at these speak English well. They can be very helpful in getting you on your way, but don't count on them one hundred percent (Especially if you're going to a small city.).
 You probably also had at least three taxi drivers offer you a ride since you arrived. Well, you can also get them to show you where things are. They might be slightly peezed that you didn't ride with them, but that's life.


So, you've made the long flight from your home country and arrived at Incheon Airport, which is the main airport for international travel in Korea. You make it through the long walk to customs, hopefully get your bags ok and step through the exit gates into the main terminal. Now you have to get to the city you'll be living in. Easy right? Well, the problem is that most of the people you encounter don't speak English, so unless you studied a little you might be at a loss to communicate. Here are some tips of getting to your new school for the first time.
The best way, of course, is for someone from your school (or possibly your recruiter) to pick you up. Some schools will do this but not many. You can always try to get this included in your contract and depending on how far away the city is the school might comply.
If your school picking you up isn't an option, make sure that they give you a note (pictures are better) stating the name of where you are going. The name of the city is usually enough, although it doesn't hurt to have instructions of the best way to get there quickly.
Avoid taxies, even if you're headed to Seoul. It's a long taxi ride and you could be looking at fifty dollars or more. Of course if you came with a wad of cash then you might enjoy the comfort of a taxi.
Most take the bus. Right outside are express buses headed to every major city in Korea. You have to buy a ticket, so look for the booth. Make sure you know the name of your city. If it is a small city, an express bus might not go there. You should find out which major city you'll be connecting from and go from there. Buses in Korea are relatively fast, clean and some even have TV for the passengers (though the program will no doubt be in Korean). They're also relatively cheap, although the Express bus is generally the most expensive of the type in Korea.
You can also take the train. It's a little harder to find, but the big round building attached to the main terminal is where it is located. You have to get to the second floor and access the footpath leading to the train station. Korea has some of the fastest trains in the world, but you'll have to go into Seoul and change trains. Again, the train doesn't go everywhere so make sure you know where to get off to make connections.
For a first timer, We recommend the bus. It's right there when you get through customs. The drivers are generally friendly and helpful (even though chances are they don't speak English). You can always experiment with other ways to get places once you are settled and not stressed or exhausted from a long flight.

Incheon Town Square

If you need to spend the night near the airport, this is the closest place that has hotels. They are more expensive then most places you'll find in Korea (running about twice the price or more), but after a long flight or waiting for your early morning return flight, it might be nice to relax and get some sleep. They also provide free shuttle bus service to and from the airport and usually have at least one staff at the desk who speaks English well (or at least enough to do their  job). Incheon town is full of restaurants, connivence stores and bars, so it's a great place to hang out while your trying to figure out what to do next or to just get your bearings before a long trip to your new city.