The price for a trip on the Seoul subway starts at about $1. Compared to, for example, the London underground, which starts at about $2.00 (at the time of writing this question) or even Berlin S-Bahn which is about $3.40, this is incredibly cheap. One would think there is a compromise on quality for such a low price, but there really isn’t, especially considering:
- Extreme cleanliness (and I do mean utterly extremely clean) for the trains, seats, stations, handrails - everything.
- Superb reliability & speed
- Free Wi-Fi !!?
- Onboard TV screens
- Impeccably maintained stations & trains. Everything seems brand new and super modern.
I have even heard that there are heated seats and footrests (but I didn't notice since I visited in summer)
All of these are arguably better than some underground trains elsewhere which I found less than clean. I haven’t been to London but I have seen videos and pictures, it doesn't look as clean as Korea?
How are they doing this?