With the fruitful three full days in South Korea going from north to south of the country, my holiday is almost done in the early morning of the fourth day. After an early check-out from my hotel, it’s time to head back to Seoul Station to catch the AREX Express Train to Incheon Airport. While I could have gotten the the cheaper and more frequent AREX All Stop Train instead, I decided to just buy my my AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul ticket on KLOOK again which only costed me KRW 6,400 (~S$6.19), for better comfort to get to Incheon Airport.
Walking through the ticket hall of Seoul Station.
Following the blue path to the AREX station.
The entrance to the Airport Railroad & City Airport Terminal.
Heading down to the AREX Express Train concourse.
The escalator leads down to an exit on the ground level first.
Continuing down the second escalator.
The concourse of the AREX Express Train is just before the third escalator down to the AREX All-Stop Train.
Once the voucher has been accepted, the machine leads to the departure timing screen. Definitely getting the next departure at 7.30am.
A ₩500 deposit is needed to get the single journey ticket.
The set of tickets that will be dispensed by the machine.
My paper reserved seat ticket for the AREX Express Train.
The single journey ticket for using the ticket barriers.
If you are flying with an eligible South Korean airline, you can proceed on to the next stage of the City Airport Terminal facilities.
Full check-in facilities are available at the City Airport Terminal. Get your boarding pass, throw your bag in, and see your bag at your arrival airport carousel. This service is available up to 3 hours before your flight departure, provided there are AREX Express Train running ie. not night time.
The next amazing step, is to pre-clear immigration at the City Airport Terminal.
There is also an Express Train Lounge if you’re early for the AREX Express Train.
As my AREX Express Train was departing soon, I just headed straight to the ticket gates.
Tapping my single journey ticket onto the ticket gate.
Waiting for the lift down to the AREX Express Train platforms.
The car numbers are pasted on the platform screen door where the lift door opens.
Heading to board at Car 3.
The platform is rather slim here.
The interior of the AREX Express Train from the door area.
My seat was the first in the row, which unfortunately means less legroom.
Luggage racks are available by the side of the train doors.
The empty interior of the AREX Express Train shot in reverse.
The information screen on board the AREX Express Train.
I considered sitting in the solo seat by the gangway, but decided against it with the weaker air-conditioning.
The seat map of Car 3 on the AREX Express Train.
The legroom of my front seat.
The positive side of things is that I get a power socket to use for the train journey.
The view of the information screen from my seat.
Departing from Seoul Station shortly.
It was still raining throughout the train journey.
Crossing over the Han River.
I picked up a complimentary bottle of water from the AREX stewardess as she made her rounds.
Passing by the Baegseoggyo Bridge.
Heading to the toilet to freshen up before the flight procedures.
The builder plate of Hyundai Rotem in the AREX Express Train 1000 series EMU.
Crossing the Yeongjong Bridge.
Some land reclamation taking place.
After 43 minutes, the AREX Express Train arrived at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 station.
The vibrant roof architecture at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 station.
Heading up the escalator to exit from the platform.
Goodbye too, AREX Express Train and AREX All-Stop Train.
Heading out of the ticket gates.
Tapping my single journey ticket onto the ticket gate to exit the paid area.
For the less mobile, the AREX Express Train provides electric carts to send you closer to the terminal building instead of walking the long path.
Single journey tickets can be refunded at the refund machine, though there was a queue of people. However, I kept my card as a souvenir.
Heading up the travellator. Hmm, this has a bit of the Kualanamu Railink feel to it.
Yup, definitely seeing where Medan got their idea from now.
Following the signs for Vietnam Airlines, I took the travellator branch to check-in counters A-F on the right.
Hmm. Not something that I was expecting in Incheon Airport.
Crossing over the bus driveway on the travellator linkway.
At the end of the linkway, it is an escalator ride up to the departure hall to begin my journey back to Singapore.
Overall, another pleasant ride on the AREX Express Train with reserved seating, on-board washrooms and baggage racks, which makes the airport transfer easier and more comfortable. The cheap fare I got off KLOOK was definitely a bonus to make me not think twice about getting the AREX Express Train instead of the AREX All-Stop Train. While there is a long 40-minute frequency, when referring to the timetables when planning the trip, it’s still quite alright for the journey heading to Incheon Airport as you can just count off the time that you need to be at the airport and plan a certain AREX Express Train departure time, thus minimising the waiting time at Seoul Station.