Wherever you go, riding a taxi will always be a different experience, especially if you are in Seoul, South Korea. The taxi drivers here are known for being speed racers, so prepare yourself for an exhilarating experience. In addition, you should also know more about how not to get ripped off by unscrupulous and untrustworthy taxi drivers in Seoul. Keep in mind these tips when you are in the city and ride the taxis here like a pro.
Use T-money. All of the taxis here come with the same sensors found in buses and subways. Here, you can use T-money as your payment method. Since you do not have to use cash, you no longer have to worry about making a mistake and paying the driver with something a lot bigger than what your actual fare is. T-money is extremely convenient as well, and it makes carrying money around a lot safer.
Know when the rush hour is. In Gangnam station, the rush hour takes place at 11:30 PM to 2:30 AM, during Fridays and Saturdays. In Hongdae Station, you can expect the rush hour to happen in between 12:00AM to 3AM, also during Fridays and Saturdays. If you can, avoid the Seolleung Station during Fridays, especially at around 11PM to 12:30AM. Rainy days mean traffic is extremely worse.
If you are a tourist in Seoul, you can forget about memorizing addresses. What you should keep in mind instead are the landmarks near your destination. Of course, you can always tell the driver where you are headed, but it is highly unlikely that he will be able to get what you are saying. So, give him an idea on where you really are headed such as nearby corporate buildings, large and prominent hotels, or major intersections. All taxi drivers in Seoul know these places, so giving him these details will help you get to where you need to be in as little time as possible, while also trimming your fare.