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City of Peace, Suncheon photography course

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Barrier-Free Tour through naturally beautiful Jeju

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Korean Wave Drama Course-Pohang

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Busan activity course

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K-Healing & Beauty Tour In Donghae

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Finding Korean Beauty [Jongno - Jung-gu] Course

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The heart of the Korean wave [Gangnam]

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Experience tour with clean nature in

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A trip to [Yongin, Suwon] full of things to see and do

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A travel to [Icheon] filled with the energy of nature

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Top places you want to revisit in Korea [Jeonju]

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Security tour location DMZ Peace Tour

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“[Gangneung] emotional trip”, where you can feel the flavour of Gangneung

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Visit [The Blue House], the hub of Korea and take a lap around Seoul!

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Photo taking course in the outskirts of Seoul

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Best 6 spring visitor destinations in Korea

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Youth Culture Tour Course

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Shopping sightseeing course in the city center

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K-POP Mania Course

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Bring past and present together, The Time Machine Course

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HongDae All-in-one Course

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Winter Family Course

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Hallyu TV Drama Course in Gangwon

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Andong Traditional Traveling

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Jeju Family Travel Course

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Jeonju History Exploration Course

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Information on festivals held in Seoul

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Destinations for One-day trip

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Top 6 tourist attractions in Geoje and Tongyeong

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Daegu Modern History Tour Course.

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DMZ & Korean History Course

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KOREA TOUR CARD Stores

The card can be purchased at about 289 stores

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Korea’s public transportation system is well-known for being convenient, inexpensive and clean. The KOREA TOUR CARD is a transit card for international tourists. Use it to pay for different types of public transport and enjoy a wide range of benefits offered by some 160 tourist attractions, performance venues, restaurants, shops, and many others in South Korea!

Going to visit Busan, Yeosu, Tongyeong, or other southern coastal areas? Use KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast. Some 200 benefits offered by existing KOREA TOUR CARD affiliates and by special attractions of the Namhaean coast are waiting for you.

How to purchase KOREA TOUR CARD

  • KOREA TOUR CARDs are available in airports, major convenience store branches, vending machines in subways, banks, etc. at KRW 4,000. (Money for transportation should be added separately)
  • For more information on KOREA TOUR CARD online reservation, visit the website.

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Mobile KOREA TOUR CARD

Mobile KOREA TOUR CARD is the mobile app version of the KOREA TOUR CARD. With the NFC function of your mobile phone, users can use it to pay not only for public transportation (subway, bus, taxi, etc.) but also for purchases at Starbucks, McDonalds, and convenience stores. Don’t miss out the benefits for cultural events and tourist destinations provided to you on the KOREA TOUR CARD.

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  • Just run the App on boarding!
  • Charge and refund with your credit/debit card
  • Check balance anywhere, anytime!

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Precautions Before use, check your wireless connection and make sure NFC is enabled. Enable the app and use the card when the screen is turned on. Works only on mobile phones with Android OS 5.0.1 or above and NFC function. The credit card/debit card supports VISA / Master / JCB / Amex / Union Pay only.

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– KOREA TOUR CARD can be topped up at the following locations. – Please noted that the card price(4,000KRW) is not refundable. – Inquiry: Korea Travel Hotline 1330 – KOREA TOUR CARD’s maximum balance cannot be more than 500,000 KRW.

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Korea’s public transportation system is well-known for being convenient, inexpensive and clean. The KOREA TOUR CARD is a transit card for international tourists. Use it to pay for different types of public transport and enjoy a wide range of benefits offered by some 180 tourist attractions, performance venues, restaurants, shops, and many others in South Korea!

Going to visit Busan, Yeosu, Tongyeong, or other southern coastal areas? Use KOREA TOUR CARD Namhaean Coast. Some 220 benefits offered by existing KOREA TOUR CARD affiliates and by special attractions of the Namhaean coast are waiting for you.

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How to purchase KOREA TOUR CARD

KOREA TOUR CARDs are available in airports, major convenience store branches, vending machines in subways, banks, etc. at KRW 4,000. (Money for transportation should be added separately)

For more information on KOREA TOUR CARD online reservation, visit the website.

Mobile KOREA TOUR CARD

Mobile KOREA TOUR CARD is the mobile app version of the KOREA TOUR CARD. With the NFC function of your mobile phone, users can use it to pay not only for public transportation (subway, bus, taxi, etc.) but also for purchases at Starbucks, McDonalds, and convenience stores. Don’t miss out the benefits for cultural events and tourist destinations provided to you on the KOREA TOUR CARD.

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Just run the App on boarding!

Charge and refund with your credit/debit card

Check balance anywhere, anytime!

Precautions

Before use, check your wireless connection and make sure NFC is enabled.

Enable the app and use the card when the screen is turned on.

Works only on mobile phones with Android OS 5.0.1 or above and NFC function.

The credit card/debit card supports VISA / Master / JCB / Amex / Union Pay only.

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Where to Purchase

7-ELEVEN

Where to Top Up and Refund

KOREA TOUR CARD can be topped up at the following locations.

Please noted that the card price(4,000KRW) is not refundable.

Inquiry: 1330 Korea Travel Hotline

KOREA TOUR CARD’s maximum balance cannot be more than 500,000 KRW.

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Transportation Card / Travel Pass

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This is an all-in-one prepaid transportation card you can use not only for transportation fares such as bus, subway, and taxi but also for certain retail purchases such as convenience stores, fast food places and cosmetics store. When you use public transportation, and especially when you make a transfer, this card applies discount benefits, making it especially useful to tourists. - After purchasing a card, you can charge the card up to KRW 500,000 with cash, credit card, or a bank account transfer.

  • After purchasing a card, you can charge the card up to KRW 500,000 with cash, credit card, or a bank account transfer.
  • T-money card has a discount benefit that applies when you board any Seoul, Gyeonggi, or Incheon bus within 30 minutes after boarding a subway; you can transfer up to 4 times in one journey.
  • You can transfer money in between T-money cards (less than KRW 20,000); the cost of the card itself is non-refundable.

Convenience stores (GS25, CU, Ministop, 7-Eleven, etc.) Customer Safety Office in Subway Station (Line 1-4) or I Center (Line 5-8), SKT, KT, LGU+ agents (Mobile T-Money USIM only), online T-Money Shop

Convenience store GS25, 7-Eleven, some vendors (refund amount less than 20,000 won / GS25.20,000 won) Convenience store CU, Ministop, E-Mart 24 (refund amount less than 30,000 won) T-money service center in subway station (refund amount is less than 50,000 won) Bank ATM / Shinhan, Woori, Hana, Kookmin, etc. (Refund amount less than 500,000 won) Mobile / SKT, KT, LGU+ (refund amount less than 500,000 won) Visit T-money Town at Seoul Station (refund amount is less than 500,000 won)

엠패스 (M Pass)

This is a transportation daily pass which enables the users to ride the public transportation such as Seoul metropolitan subway and Jeju buses up to 20 times a day. Your passport and a deposit of KRW 5,000 is required upon purchase. After you exceed its number of days of use, you can continue to use the card as a T-money card.

  • 1-Day Pass: KRW 15,000 / 2-Day Pass: KRW 23,000 / 3-Day Pass: KRW 30,500 / 5-Day Pass: KRW 47,500 / 7-Day Pass: KRW 64,500 (includes a deposit of KRW 5,000, which is refunded after a deduction of KRW 500 when you return the card)
  • The first day of use will be calculated as the first day you use the card until the midnight of the day.
  • This card cannot be used on Airport Railroad Express, Shinbundang Line, Red Bus (R), and ITX.

T-money Town at Seoul Station (9 AM–6 PM): Only Weekdays

코리아투어카드 (Korea Tour Card)

3. Korea Tour Card

기This is a transportation-tourism card exclusively for foreign nationals that includes discounts and/or benefits from 170 different brands in total related to tourism, shopping, K-wave (hallyu), performances, etc. in addition to basic transportation card features.

  • Price: KRW 4,000 / This card should be charged and used like a T-money card

CU, 7-Eleven, gs25, emart24, Jeju Int'l Airport, AIR SEOUL, Woori Bank (Incheon Int'l Airport, Gimpo Int'l Aiport), Seoul Metro, Shinhan Bank (Incheon Int'l Airport, Hongik University Branch, Myeong-dong Branch, Gimpo Int'l Airport), Global Tax Free (Doota, Head Branch of Olive Young at Myeong-dong); for convenience stores and emart, please check the Korea Tour Card website.

Major convenience store chains (varies according to each branch), T-money Centers in subway stations (only amounts below KRW 50,000 can be refunded) Woori Bank (Gimpo), Incheon Currency Exchange Counter’s T-money Town (Below KRW 30,000–500,000) *Price of the card itself (KRW 4,000) is non-refundable

디스커버 서울패스 (Discover Seoul Pass)

4. Discover Seoul Pass

This tourist pass card is exclusively for foreign nationals. It gives you free entry or discount benefits at certain tourist spots in Seoul for a set period of time and can also be used as a transportation card. It can also be used on the airport railroad (1 time only) and for Seoul Public Bike (Ttareungi).

  • 24-Hour Pass: KRW 50,000 / 48-Hour Pass: KRW 70,000 / 72-Hour Pass: KRW 90,000won ※Mobile passes cannot be used as transportation cards.

Choose between card and mobile pass → Pass type → Pickup → Payment (Credit Card, PayPal, Alipay, etc.) After you purchase the card online, pick up your card from Incheon Int'l Airport Terminal 1 or 2, Gimpo Int'l Airport, or Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center. Where to Buy: Discover Seoul Pass, WAUG, KLOOK, Konest, Hanchao, KKDAY, HaB Korea, GMarket Global, CTrip, Tripadvisor, Subway Korea App, etc.

Download Discover Seoul Pass App / Mobile version cannot be used as T-money card

Available for purchase at Incheon Int'l Airport and designated sellers within Seoul: 4 currency exchange counters (Hana Bank) in the Arrivals Hall at Incheon Int'l Airport, Hana Bank in B1F at Incheon Int'l Airport, 3 CU convenience stores in the Arrivals Hall at Incheon Int'l Airport Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, KEB Hana Bank (Hongik University Station branch), Gwanghwamun and DDP City Tour Bus ticket office, Hongik University and Dongdaemun Tourist Information Offices, Seocho Tourist Information Center, Mapo Tourist Information Center, Myeong-dong Premium Lounge, L7 Hotel (Myeong-dong, Gangnam, Hongdae branches), Skypark Myeongdong (I, II & III), Central, Dongdaemun, and Kingstown (Dongdaemun branch) Millennium Hilton Hotel, THE PLAZA Seoul Hotel, Fraser Place Namdaemun, Central Hotel, Koreana Hotel, SM Artium, Courtyard Marriott Namdaemun, Tmark, Center Mark Hotel, etc.

코레일 패스 (Korail Pass)

5. Korail Pass

This is a railroad pass for foreign nationals. It gives you unlimited use of KTX Standard Room Seats or Saemaeul-ho Standard Room Seats or any lower seat types (2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day, and 5-Day passes available).

  • Normal Prices (For adults aged 28 or older) Select 2 days (2 days out of 10 days): KRW 121,000 /3 days in a row: KRW 138,000 Select 4 days (2 days out of 10 days):KRW 193,000 /5 days in a row: KRW 210,000
  • Saver (2–5 persons) Prices (For adults aged 28 or older)
  • Select 2 days: KRW 111,000 / 3 days in a row: KRW 128,000 Select 4 days: KRW 183,000 / 5 days in a row: KRW 200,000
  • Accepted Cards: VISA, MASTER, AMEX, JCB, DINERS/China UnionPay cards (Only accepted for offline purchases)
  • You can immediately start using the card after you reserve a KR pass and print its E-ticket on the Korail English website

Korail Pass Reservation Page on Korail Home Page KORAIL Travel Center – Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, Suwon Station, Yeongdeungpo Station, Cheongnyangni Station, etc

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More than just a Transit Card

This special card is not just for public transportation. It’s your access to a wide array of benefits across approximately 180 tourist attractions, performance venues, restaurants, shops, and much more. It’s your ticket to the best that Korea has to offer.

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If you’re exploring the beautiful southern coastal areas like Busan, Yeosu, or Tongyeong, this unique travel card’s Namhaean Coast Edition is your perfect partner. Enjoy over 220 exclusive benefits and unique experiences from affiliated locations and special coastal attractions.

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Ready to start your journey? This unique travel card is available at airports, major convenience stores, subway vending machines, banks, and more for just KRW 4,000 (additional transportation costs to be loaded separately).

Travel Smart and Hassle-Free with the Mobile Version

For a more digital savvy experience, try the mobile version. This app-version allows you to pay for transportation and make purchases at Starbucks, McDonald’s, convenience stores, and more using just your phone’s NFC function. It also provides exclusive benefits for cultural events and popular tourist destinations.

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Your travel card is your passport to a world of savings. Enjoy admission discounts, free coupons, gifts, and more at various affiliate establishments. Make sure to check the website regularly as the list of participating establishments and benefits change frequently.

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Remember, this card is a prepaid card. To refund any unused balance, simply visit any major convenience store branch nationwide, a Tmoney service center at a subway station, or Tmoney Town. Recharge your card easily at convenience stores or subway stations, with a maximum limit of KRW 500,000 and payments accepted only in Korean Won.

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Mobile KOREA TOUR CARD is the mobile app version of the KOREA TOUR CARD. With the NFC function of your mobile phone, users can use it to pay not only for public transportation(subway, bus, taxi, etc.) but also for purchases at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and convenience stores. Don't miss out the benefits for cultural events and tourist destinations provided to you on the KOREA TOUR CARD.

「モバイルコリアツアーカード」は外国人専用Tmoneyである「コリアツアーカード」のアプリです。 携帯電話のNFC機能を利用し、韓国全域の地下鉄・空港バス・市内バス・タクシーなどの交通機関だけでなく、コンビニ・スターバックス・マクドナルドなどでも決済可能であり、ショッピング、文化、観光など様々な専用の特典もお楽しみいただけます。

  • The card functions as both credit card and debit card, and it can be recharged / refunded.
  • The card can be purchased, and its balance can be checked anytime, anywhere.
  • As long as you can remember your ID/PW, you need not worry about losing your card.
  • クレジット又はデビットカードでチャージ・払い戻しが可能
  • いつでもどこでも購入・残高照会が可能
  • ID/ PWがあれば、紛失のおそれがない
  • Just run the app on boarding!
  • Charge and refund with your credit/debit card
  • Check balance anywhere, anytime!

Precautions

  • Before use, check your wireless connection and make sure NFC is enabled.
  • Enable the app and use the card when the screen is turned on.
  • Works only on mobile phones with Android OS 5.0.1 or above and NFC function.
  • The credit card/debit card supports VISA / Master /JCB / Amex / Union Pay only.
  • During the promotion period (~ February 28, 2019), download/member registration/card issuance fee is free.
  • For further detailed information, call the tourist translation service (1330) or check our website at koreatourcard.kr.
  • ご使用の前に、通信(接続)状態とNFC機能がオンなっているかをご確認ください。
  • 必ずアプリを起動し、画面が表示された状態でご使用ください。
  • アンドロイドOS5.0.1以上、NFC対応の携帯電話のみご使用いただけます。
  • クレジット又はデビットカードは、VISA/Master/JCB/Amex/Union Payのみ対応します。
  • プロモーション期間(〜2019年2月28日)の間にダウンロード・会員登録・カード発行費用が無料となっています。
  • 詳しくは、観光通訳案内電話(1330)にお電話もしくは公式ホームページ(koreatourcard.kr)でご確認いただけます。

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  • Get a Mobile Discover Seoul Pass and enjoy admission to the best attractions in Seoul! Book a 24-hour pass starting at only $39 here .
  • Thinking about booking a SIM card in Korea, an AREX train ticket, shuttle to Everland, and a hanbok rental voucher? Simply book this Go Cit y Seoul All-Inclusive Card and enjoy all these perks as well as admission to the likes of Lotte World, N Seoul Tower, Aqua Planet 63, and more.
  • For a comfortable stay in Incheon Airport Terminal 2 as you await your flight back home, make sure to book a Matina Gold Lounge Pass here .

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Must-Have Travel & Transportation Cards in Seoul

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From stunning traditional palaces, modern landmarks, and breathtaking sceneries, to transportation, tours, and SIM cards, there’s just a lot you need to consider to book a trip to South Korea. To simplify your planning, we have below the most popular travel and tourist cards in Seoul that will not only give you access to transportation and attractions, but also save you some money!

1. Mobile Discover Seoul Pass

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Let’s start with the most popular travel card in Korea: the Discover Seoul Pass. This is an all-in-one pass that will not only let you uncover the best attractions in Seoul, but also score you discounts to a wide variety of venues and activity centers. By getting this pass, you can enjoy free admission to over 65 attractions, including the following:

  • Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)
  • Deoksu Palace
  • Korean Folk Village
  • Seodaemun Prison History Hall
  • Leeum Museum of Art
  • MUSEUM KIMCHIKAN
  • N Seoul Tower
  • Alive Museum
  • COEX Aquarium
  • Colorpool Museum

You’ll also get a one-way AREX (Airport Railroad Express) ticket that you can use to go to Seoul from Incheon Airport, among many other perks.

The mobile version of the Discover Seoul Pass is available on for 24, 48, & 72 hours and starts at less than $40!

2. Korea Travel Card

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If you’re planning to get T-Money so you can travel in Seoul like locals do, you’d better off getting the Korea Travel Card. This is a prepaid transportation pass that you can use to pay for your subway, bus, and cab fares. It can also be used to pay for your purchases in convenience stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and cafes — perfect if you don’t have a debit/credit card and you’ll visit stores that don’t accept cash anymore (cashless stores). Here are some of the places where you can use this prepaid card:

  • Trains & subway lines in Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon, Daejeon, and more
  • Buses nationwide
  • Hanaro Mart
  • Coffee Bean
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Angel-in-us
  • Shops in attractions like Lotte World & Everland

What’s more, the Korea Travel Card has a dedicated mobile app so you can easily check the balance of your card and even add credits on it.

The Korea Travel Card only costs around $3.85 and you can easily add money to it at the subway station ticketing machine or at the convenience store.

3. Go City® Seoul All-Inclusive Pass

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Now if you want to get the most out of your money, the Go City Seoul All-Inclusive Pass is your best bet! This tourist card not only comes with admission to the best attractions in the Korean capital, but you also get transportation perks and even an 14-day SIM card. Check out all the activities and services you can enjoy by purchasing a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5-day Go City® Seoul All-Inclusive Pass:

  • 14-day Korean SIM Card
  • 63 Art Observatory Deck & Aqua Planet 63 Combo Ticket
  • Coconut Box and Love Museum
  • Cookin’ Nanta Musical Comedy Show
  • Dark Side of Seoul: Ghostlore and Urban Legends Walking Tour
  • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour from Seoul
  • Dynamic Maze
  • Everland Shuttle Bus (Round-Trip from Seoul)
  • Han River Cruise (Afternoon or Sunset Cruise)
  • Hop-on Hop-off: 1-Day Yellow Balloon City Tour Bus
  • Ikseon Boutique Retro Outfit Rental
  • Incheon Airport Express Train (One Way)
  • K-Pop Hollywood Tour
  • Korea Folk Village
  • Lotte World and Folk Museum (All-In-One Theme Park Combo Ticket)
  • Nami Island Ferry Ticket (Round-Trip)
  • Nami Island Shuttle Bus (Round-Trip)
  • Ring-making Class (Hongdae branch)
  • Ring-making Class (Myeongdong branch)
  • School Uniform Rental near Everland
  • School Uniform Rental near Lotte World
  • Seoul Land Combo Pass (Seoul Land, Seoul Zoo & 1-Way Cable Car Ride)
  • Seoul Pub Crawl (Hongdae)
  • Seoul Pub Crawl (Itaewon)
  • The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walking Tour
  • Traditional Korean Costume/Hanbok Rental (Changdeok Palace)
  • Traditional Korean Costume/Hanbok Rental (Gyeongbok Palace)

The Go City All-Inclusive Card in Seoul regularly starts at $65, but you can book all options on WAUG below with up to 12% discount!

4. Go City® Seoul Explorer Pass

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Not planning to visit all the attractions in Seoul but only a few? If you think the Go City® Seoul All-Inclusive Pass or Mobile Discover Seoul Pass is a lot for your trip, you can opt to get the Go City® Seoul Explorer Pass. This is a tourist pass in South Korea that lets you pick 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 tours and attractions in Seoul that you can visit within a 60-day period. (To compare, the All-Inclusive Pass gives you access to all available attractions for 1-5 days). The partner attractions that you can choose from are almost similar to the All-Inclusive Pass, so you can use the Explorer option to enter N Seoul, Lotte World, Korean Folk Village, Colorpool Museum, and a lot more!

5. Incheon International Airport (T2) Matina Lounge Pass

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Last but not least, we recommend getting an airport lounge pass that you can use at Incheon Airport. If the idea of relaxing at the airport after a long and tiring trip excites you, then you need get this pass if your flight departs from Terminal 2. With this pass, you not only get access to a comfortable place for resting, you can also enjoy delicious hot meals, treats, and unlimited wine! Book a Matina Lounge Pass below for only $23 — discounted from the regular price of $37!

How to Book a Transportation & Tourist Card in Korea on WAUG

WAUG, short for “Where are u going?”, is the leading activity booking app from South Korea. If it’s your first time to book, download the app below and get an instant discount coupon that you can use on your first booking!

  • Log in or sign up for an account here .
  • Select the pass that you’d like to book.
  • Choose the date, option, and quantity.
  • Check out using your card.
  • Receive your voucher on the WAUG app or via email.

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By: Author Kris

Posted on Last updated: January 23, 2024

If you’re looking for the best Korea SIM card for tourists, we can help.

We’ve compiled a list of all the Korea travel SIM cards that can be pre-ordered and picked up at the airport.

In some Asian countries, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia to name just a few, it’s also possible to have the SIM mailed to your home or to collect it at the airport of departure.

We used a Korea data SIM card from KT Olleh ourselves and we can honestly say that it was a big advantage. 

Not only to use excellent navigational apps such as Naver apps, Google Maps is pretty useless in South Korea, we also loaded a lot of other Korean apps on our phone.  Thanks to these apps we could eat where the locals eat, translate Korean texts and it also became much easier to interact with Koreans. 

I’ve listed some of the apps we used further down in this article.

We cover all the important details about the various Korean Sim card for foreigners, as well as all the aspects that you need to keep in mind when you’re making your selection.

Read on to find the best Korea prepaid SIM card for you.

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In a hurry? Our picks for the best Korean SIM cards

If you are short on time or you don’t want to read the complete post, these are our top choices: 

  • The KT Olleh card offered by Klook  is the best for all stays of 30 days or less where a data connection is all you need.  The SIM comes with unlimited data and has no fair usage policy.
  • For longer than 30 stays,  the SIM from KT Olleh  is the best option. It can be used for up to 90 days.
  • If you want to make voice calls during your Korea trip you have 2 options. You can pre-order the KT Olleh Voice & text SIM from Klook and top-up this card with credits for voice calls. An alternative is the KT Olleh voice & text SIM from Trazy which comes preloaded with enough credits for 42 minutes of calling.

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Why buy a Korea prepaid SIM card

It’s easy to travel independently around Korea, especially if you can use your smartphone as your travel companion.

We used our data connection a lot in South Korea, the country has several very useful apps for tourists.

Here are the apps that we used the most during our road trip in South Korea: 

  • XE currency provides real-time conversion rates between the South Korean Won and your home currency.  
  • Kakao Metro guides you through Seoul’s spaghetti-like metro network.  The app also works in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon.
  • Kakao T , this app enables you to call and pay for a taxi similar to Uber.  You can also use it to rent an electric bike. 
  • Mangoplate , information on nearby restaurants including reviews
  • Papago , fast and accurate translation of South Korean to 13 languages including English,  French, German, Japanese and Chinese.  It works offline and the quality of the translations beats those of Google Translate.
  • Emergency Ready, an app provided by the Ministry of Interior and Safety. The app contains information about shelters, police and fire stations.  The government will share updates in case of natural disasters such as typhoons. ( Google Play – Apple Store )
  • Visit Korea , an app provided by the Korea Tourism Organization.  It contains opening hours, prices and lots of other useful information about the many sights of the country.  To get the app, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “KTO Mobile apps”
  • If you go to Lotte World or Everland you can use the apps of those theme parks to check the waiting times at the attractions.

Roaming costs are insane and Korea prepaid SIM cards are relatively cheap.  This makes it a good investment, even if you won’t be using your data connection on a daily basis.

South Korea has the world’s best 4G network so it would be a shame not to use it when you visit the country.

Larger cities such as Seoul also count numerous WiFi hotspots.  We tested these with mixed results.  Our experience with these WiFi hotspots is described below.

Free WiFi Attractions Seoul Skypark

Free WiFi in Korea

You can find over 500,000 public WiFi hotspots in Seoul alone. With this number, you would think that a data connection is a superfluous luxury but it is not.

First of all, it is a hassle to register your phone over and over again at each new hotspot that you come across.  If it would stop there it wouldn’t be such a big thing.

Some registration forms are in Korean only though, making the task extra tedious. And then, to make things worse, after you have finally deciphered the form, you’re sometimes met with the notice that they only accept Korean phone numbers.

We went through this process a few times only to decide that the low cost of a local tourist SIM card, or a pocket WiFi rental , is not worth all the effort registering your phone at each hotspot hoping that it will work. 

There’re free WiFi hotspots you can use, certainly those in hotels and restaurants, but you shouldn’t be blindsided by these huge numbers. 

Despite a large number of hotspots WiFi is certainly not omnipresent. There are places, such as train and metro stations, where WiFi would come in handy but where there are no hotspots. (some stations have hotspots but not all)

Since a local SIM card is not that expensive at all, it is highly recommended to get one. Just like at home, you can use your cell phone in Korea for all kinds of things, from calling taxis, finding your way on public transport, to finding good restaurants.

Here is an overview of  free WiFi hotspots in South Korea

South Korea SIM cards – The top choices

KT Olleh and SK Telecom offer Korea travel SIMs. 

On top of that, a bunch of other providers have their own travel SIM’s that also work in South Korea and that can be picked up abroad.

Further down in this article we list all the SIM cards that we could find along with all the information you need such as the included data plan and the fair usage policy.

In this section, we share our top choices.  These are the best data-only SIM’s and the best SIM that support voice calls and text messages.

For short stays

This KT Olleh card offered by Klook is the best for all stays of 30 days or less where a data connection is all you need. 

The SIM comes with unlimited data and nothing is mentioned about a fair usage policy. There may be none but even if there is one you are safe to assume that the first 3GB of data each day will be at 4G/LTE speeds. 3 GB is more than enough for normal use.

If your plans change and you need to extend your rental you can do so online.

Check prices and availability: KT Olleh Tourist SIM

For longer stays

Most SIM cards have a maximum duration of 30 days.  If you want to stay in Korea for longer than 30 days you will either need to buy multiple SIMs, something that not all providers allow, or extend your rental. The easiest option is to go for this SIM from KT Olleh which can be used for up to 90 days.

There are options for data-lite and data-heavy users.  The data-lite plan has 300MB of fast data per month, the other plan offers 10GB of 4G/LTE data.  Once the treshold is reached both plans offer unlimited data at 3 Mbps speed.

Voice-calls and texts are also possible but require that you top-up your SIM.

Check prices and availability: KT Olleh long-term SIM

For voice calls

All the SIM cards we cover in this article will allow calls with Skype or other similar tools but in some instances, it is still better to make a traditional phone call.  

To do so you will need to buy one of the KT Olleh SIMs that support voice+text.

Note that some of them only allow domestic calls. SIM cards that you top up will typically allow international calls, other SIMS that support voice calls will typically only support domestic calling.

These are the KT rates for international calls .

These SIMs can be pre-ordered through Klook and Trazy. 

When pre-ordered through Klook you will need to top-up your SIM yourself.

The SIMs pre-ordered through Trazy will have a starting balance of KRW 11,000, enough for about 42 minutes of domestic calling. You can add more credits if necessary.

Both options are similar in price. KRW 11,000 is about 7 USD at the time of writing and the preloaded SIM is also 7 USD more expensive than the other one. So you do not financially benefit by choosing the preloaded option, it is just a matter of convenience. You can start calling right away and you don’t have to worry about the top-up process.

At Klook you have to select the package option “data + domestic call and texts (extra topup)”.

In addition to voice calls the SIMs also offer unlimited data.  Trazy stipulates 3GB of data at high speed per day + unlimited data at 5Mbps.  Klook doesn’t mention a fair usage policy.  Assuming it is the same we can safely state that this is more than sufficient for most users.

Check prices and availability:

KT Olleh voice + text SIM Klook

KT Olleh voice + text SIM Trazy

KT Olleh SIM South Korea

Pocket WiFi or Data SIM Korea – what is best

Both are perfect options to stay connected.  

During our past journeys, we used both. 

A WiFi device might be somewhat easier because all you need to do is turn it on and connect to the broadcasted WiFi signal. It is, of course, an extra device to drag along.

Below are some pros and cons of each.

Pocket WiFi for Korea

The main reason to opt for a pocket WiFi device would be that you don’t need to switch SIMs and you don’t need to change any settings on your phone.  You just need to make sure that your data connection is disabled to avoid any nasty data roaming fees. 

This is great if you’re not really tech-savvy and another advantage is that friends, family, work relations and anybody else who has your phone number will be able to reach you as if you were home.

If you want people to be able to reach you at all times then this is probably the best option.

Another advantage is that you can share the internet connection. Some devices support just 3 simultaneous connections, others as much as 10. Some smartphones have a hotspot function that does the same but in our experience, this function drains the phone’s battery pretty quickly.

The principal disadvantage of a pocket WiFi device is that it is one extra device that you need to carry around and that you will need to charge on a daily basis if you use it frequently.

Check prices and availability: Pocket WIFI device

or read our detailed post about the best pocket WiFi rental for Korea.

Prepaid SIM card in Korea

The moment that you install the local tourist SIM in your phone people will no longer be able to reach you on your home carrier’s number.  This may be a blessing, it’s time for a vacation after all. 

If you don’t mind cutting the ties with the home front for the duration of your holiday then a SIM card is by far still the most convenient option if you’re traveling solo or if you will not be sharing the connection with anyone else.

Everybody will still be able to contact you on Skype, as well as other similar tools such as Google Hangouts, or if you prefer you can opt for a SIM which supports voice+data. 

If you opt for such a SIM you will get a local phone number which you could share with relatives at home.

Below is an overview of the different South Korean tourist SIM cards. We included all the important details to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

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Network providers in South Korea

South Korea has the fastest 4G network in the world.  Regardless of which network you use,  you will surf at speeds that you probably can only dream of at home.

The three mobile operators in South Korea are LG U+, SK Telecom, and KT.  They all have an excellent coverage of the country. LG U+ is the winner with a coverage of 99,5% but both other operators also achieve a coverage of at least 95%.

The average download speed is a whopping 40 Mbps, SK Telecom even achieves 65 Mbps.  Upload speeds are lightning-fast as well. 

You will enjoy at least 10 Mbps with peaks to 15 Mbps with the networks of SK Telecom and LG U+.

All these figures just to show that you don’t need to worry too much about the operator when you choose your SIM card.

What you need to know and check before buying a Korean travel SIM

When you rent a Korean Pocket WiFi device you can be sure that it works. Before you buy a travel SIM you better check a few things to avoid some nasty surprises.

Here’s a checklist of the things to check before placing your order.

What you need to know before buying a SIM card for South Korea

Make sure to check these 3 things about your phone. 

Googling “technical specs X” where you replace X with the model of your phone should tell you everything you need to know.

Which size of SIM card do you need

Over the years the size of SIM cards has decreased.  Old models had the standard SIM, newer phones use the Micro-SIM and the Nano-SIM.

Almost all Korean travel SIM’s are so-called multi-size SIM’s which means they can be adapted to the required size.

You can’t do anything wrong with these multi-size SIMs but if the operator only offers Nano SIMs (like some do) you better check in advance if this is the right size for your phone.

To check what kind of SIM you need you can open your phone or you can check the technical specifications.

Is your phone unlocked?

Locked phones will not work in South Korea, they come with software that prevents them from being used on another network. 

If your phone is locked you might be able to unlock it by calling your phone carrier. 

Locking phones is not common in Europe but many US, Canadian and Japanese carriers lock phones that are bought through them.

Does your phone or pocket WiFi device works in Korea

If your phone is not compatible with the country’s network it will not work.

These are the network frequencies used by SK Telecom and KT Olleh, the two providers which offer tourist SIM cards in South Korea:

  • 4G LTE Bands: Band 1(2100MHz), Band 3(1800MHz), Band 5(850MHz), Band 8(900MHz)
  • 3G Bands: HSDPA 2100MHz/HSDPA+

Make sure to check if your phone supports these frequencies.  The technical specs of your phone will show the supported frequencies or you could  check this page for your telephone .

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What to check before buying a South Korean SIM Card

There are of course important differences between the different SIM cards. Here we indicate what to look for when choosing your Korean SIM card.

Data or Data + Voice

Data-only SIM cards are by far the most common flavor among the tourist SIM cards. 

For most visitors, this type of SIM will be all they need. You can’t make any voice calls, and you cannot send text messages either, but you can still call and text using Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, and other similar apps. 

If you do need a local phone number you will need to choose a Data+Voice SIM.

All prepaid SIM cards can be used for a certain number of days.  This period starts when you activate the SIM. In some cases this period can be extended, it is not guaranteed so be sure to check whether extensions are possible when you order your SIM.  

If extensios are not possible you could see if it is possible to buy 2 cards. However, not all providers allow multiple cards to be purchased by the same person.

In any case, the maximum rental period is 90 days. For longer periods a residence card will be required.

Data allowance

Many SIM cards offer unlimited data but the fair usage policy (FUP) varies wildly among the different options.  A fair usage policy means that the speed will be throttled after a certain amount of data is used in a certain period of time, usually over the course of a day.

Some providers will cap the speed after 2 or 3 GB is used in one day.  This is, in our experience, relatively generous.  3GB is the equivalent of browsing the internet for 36 hours, streaming 600 songs, or watching 6 hours of standard definition video.

Others only allow 500 MB of high-speed data per day.  This is sufficient if you will only occasionally connect to the internet but you will quickly reach the limits of this subscription if you stream audio, video or often check your social media canals.

Once you reach the data limit the speed is reduced to either 3G or 2G.  A speed that may be workable to check some basic webpages but frustrating low if you’re used to 4G.

Sometimes the cards can be topped up to increase the FUP but this is an exception rather than the rule.

In our below overview you can see all the details about the fair usage policy and if the card can be topped-up we also mention this.

Seoul Incheron Terminal 1 KT SIM Pick-up counter

Some SIM cards are shipped (for free) but most SIMs need to be collected at the airport. 

  • Make sure to write down or print out the details of the pick-up location as well as the opening hours. (you will not be able to access the internet until after you’ve picked-up your SIM)
  • In some cases, the order page or the confirmation mail includes a small map that shows where to pick up your SIM.  As you will not have internet until after you have collected your SIM it is a good idea to print this map or you could store it locally on your phone.  
  • Not all collection points are open 24/7.  Make sure to check if the location will be open at the time you arrive and bear in mind that you will need to pass migration. It’s also best to provide a little margin in case your flight ends up being delayed.
  • Gimpo Airport: Arrivals hall, Exit 1
  • Busan Gimhae: Arrival hall, Exit 3
  • Busan Harbor: Passengers terminal, 2nd floor of the arrivals hall, Exit 4

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Korea SIM card with airport pick-up

Preorder your korea sim card online.

Here’s an overview of the different prepaid Korean SIM cards you can preorder online. The overview is organized by provider. 

For each, we list the most important details, if you need more information you can click on the associated links.

The advantage of ordering your Korean SIM card in advance

If you have just come from a long-haul flight, you are probably drowsy and not in the best shape to make a decision about which SIM you need. 

For this reason, we advise you to pre-order your South Korea SIM card online and have it sent to your home address or ready for pick-up at the airport.

Another advantage of ordering online is that you can take all the time you need to compare the different options. 

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Korea SIM cards with pick-up at Seoul and/or Busan airport

Kt olleh (data or data + international calls & texts).

KT, short for Korea Telecom, is South Korea’s largest telephone company. Olleh is the brand name used for cellular broadband services. 

You can choose a data-only SIM or a prepaid SIM card that also supports outgoing voice calls and text messages.  

SIM cards from KT can be pre-ordered online from:

  • GetYourGuide : data-only SIM, incoming calls and text messages are supported. The SIM can be topped up to make voice calls. 
  • Klook : data-only SIM or prepaid SIM that supports voice+text
  • Trazy : data-only SIM with top-up possibilities or preloaded SIM (The prepaid SIM comes with a starting balance of KRW 11,000, enough for 42 minutes of domestic calls)
  • KKDay : short-term data-only SIM (Incoming calls and text messages are supported. The SIM can be topped up to make voice calls. ) or long-term preloaded SIM that supports calls

All SIMs, including the data-only SIMs, support incoming calls and text messages.  These are always free. Only the single-day card that can be ordered through Trazy does not come with a local Korean number.

All SIM cards can be recharged and extended online .  You have to do this before they expire.

  • Size: Multi-size SIM cards (Normal, Nano and Micro).  The SIM can be adapted to work in any mobile phone.
  • Network: KT Olleh
  • Duration: 1 day (only available on Trazy), 5 days, 10 days or 30 days
  • Not all websites offer all pick-up options.
  • Make sure to check the opening hours of the pick-up locations, most are not open 24/7.
  • When you order with Klook you can choose between  Seoul Incheon airport  terminal 1 & 2
  • GetYourGuide offers Incheon, Busan, and Gimpo airport + 2 downtown Seoul locations. (Hongdae & Myeong-dong)
  • At Trazy you can select to pick up the SIM at Incheon, Gimpo, or Busan airport. They also have pick-up locations at the Hongik University Subway station and the Myeongdong Subway station.
  • Activation: The SIM card will be activated at the counter.  If, for some reason, the SIM would not work a refund will be arranged.  Data-only SIM’s can be activated at a later date if you prefer. If you want to activate your prepaid SIM on a later date you will need to inform the staff at the moment of pick-up.
  • Topping Up: Is only required if you want to make voice-calls or send text messages.

GetYourGuide: Data-only SIM ( top-up for voice calls possible )

  • 5 days: KRW 35,700
  • 10 days: KRW 47,590
  • 20 days: KRW 74.787
  • 30 days: KRW 90,079

Check prices and availability: SIM Getyourguide

Klook: Data-only SIM ( top-up for voice calls possible )

  • 5 days: KRW 24,400
  • 10 days: KRW 34,700
  • 20 days: KRW 60.500
  • 30 days: KRW 64,400

Check prices and availability: Data only SIM Klook

Pay attention to select the correct service type when you order

  Trazy: data-only SIM

At the time of writing there’s an ongoing promo. The first price is the promo price, the second is the regular price.

  • 1 day: KRW 5,900 – KRW 6,600
  • 5 days: KRW 24,800 – KRW 27,500
  • 10 days: KRW 33,000 – KRW 38,500
  • 20 days: KRW 54.450 – KRW 60,500
  • 30 days: KRW 62,000 – KRW 71,500

Check prices and availability: SIM voice Korea Trazy

Trazy SIM Including 11,000 KRW for voice calls

  • 1 day: KRW 5,900 – KRW 6,600 (data-only, no voice calls supported)
  • 5 days: KRW 35,800 – KRW 38,500
  • 10 days: KRW 44,000 – KRW 49,500
  • 20 days: KRW 64.450 – KRW 71,500
  • 30 days: KRW 73,000 – KRW 82,500

Check prices and availability: Data + domestic calls and texts Klook

KT Olleh (data + unlimited domestic calls & texts)

This SIM is interesting if you won’t be making international phone calls. The calling rate of this SIM card is cheaper.

You are able to receive an unlimited number of international and domestic phone calls and text messages and you can call for 100 minutes to domestic numbers.  You’re also able to send 100 domestic text messages.

The data plan is unlimited.  There is a fair usage policy.  Your speed will be throttled to 400Kbps after you’ve used 10Gb of data.

The SIM card can be extended once for a maximum of 30 days.  The price to extend the duration of the SIM is KRW 3,000/day.  

  • Size: Multi-size SIM cards (Normal, Nano, and Micro).  You get a Nano SIM card with an adapter to the Micro and Normal format.
  • Duration: 5 days, 7 days,10 days, 15 days, or 30 days
  • Pick-up:  The SIM card can be collected at Seoul Incheon airport terminal 1. Make your way to the CU convenience store on the 1st level between arrival gates D & E.  The card can be picked up 24/7. 
  • Activation: Somebody is available on-site from 12 PM to 6 PM to help with the activation.   You can also register and activate the card yourself .
  • Topping Up: Topping up is not possible.
  • 5 days: KRW 24,500 – KRW 29,900
  • 7 days: KRW 29,900 – KRW 33,490
  • 10 days: KRW 34,200 – KRW 39,900
  • 15 days: KRW 43,200 – KRW 50,490
  • 30 days: KRW 63,100 – KRW 73,900

Check prices and availability: KT Olleh data + domestic calls

KT Olleh (longer stays )

This SIM card can be used for stays from 30 to 90 days.  It comes in 4 flavors.  3 variants have an initial duration of 30 days and can be extended twice for another 30 days. Maximum two extensions are possible, up to 90 days, unless you have a Residence Card. 

The extensions can be done online, a manual with the steps to do so will be provided together with your SIM.

The fourth SIM is valid for 90 days out of the box.

Let’s have a look at the different options in detail:

30-day data-lite SIM – KRW 36,400 (Normal price KRW 45,100)

This SIM card offers:

  • Unlimited domestic calls and text messages
  • All incoming calls are free
  • 300 MB of high-speed 4G/LTE data.  Once this has been consumed you will get unlimited data at a limited speed of 3Mbps.
  • Extend this SIM for another 30 days at KRW 36,400 (2 extensions MAX)

30-day data-heavy SIM – KRW 58,800 (Normal price KRW 67,300)

  • 10 GB of high-speed 4G/LTE data.  Once this has been consumed you will get unlimited data at a limited speed of 3Mbps.

30-day data-max SIM with limited calls – KRW 43,500 (Normal price KRW 48,400)

  • 100 minutes of local calls, additional calls cost 1.98 won/sec
  • 100 local text messages, additional messages cost 22 won/message
  • 15 GB of high-speed 4G/LTE data.  Once 15GB has been consumed your speed is throttled to 3Mbps until the end of your contract.
  • The SIM cannot be topped-up. When additional costs are incurred these will shorten the duration of your contract.
  • Extend this SIM for another 30 days at KRW 39,600 (2 extensions MAX)

90-day Prepaid SIM card – KRW 39,900 – KRW 74,900 (Normal price KRW 62,800 – KRW 112,800 )

  • This is a prepaid SIM card. You can choose from a prepaid balance of KRW 50,000 or KRW 100,000 to start. The card can be topped up during your 90-day period.
  • The balance is used towards messages, calls, and data
  • Data: 20.84 won/MB
  • Calls: domestic 1.98 won/sec ( Rates for international calls can be found here .)
  • SMS: 22 won/message
  • The possibility to make international calls

The following details apply to all 4 plans:

  • Size: Multi-size SIM cards (Normal, Nano, and Micro).
  • Duration: 30 days, 60 days, 90 days 
  • Pick-up:  The SIM card can be collected at the KT Office near Hongik University Station or the Myeongdong Subway station.   Pay close attention to the opening hours of the pick-up locations.
  • Activation: The SIM card will be activated instantly.
  • Topping Up: Only the 90-day SIM card can be topped up.

KKDay Short-Term SIM

This SIM card can be used for a duration of 1 day, 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, or 30 days. The 1-day variant does not have a Korean Phone Number, all other options can also be used to make calls. You will need to top-up the card if you plan on doing so.

The duration of the card can be extended up to 90 days.

  • 1 day: KRW 5,972
  • 5 days: KRW 25,317
  • 10 days: KRW 35,314
  • 20 days: KRW 58,425
  • 30 days: KRW 65,696

Check prices and availability: KKDay short-term SIM

KKDay Long-Term SIM

This SIM card can be used for 30 days. The duration can be extended twice, up to 90 days.

It comes with a credit of 11,000 KRW that can be used for outgoing calls and messages. You can reload the card in increments of 11,000 KRW.

  • 30 days: KRW 45,441

Check prices and availability: KKDay long-term SIM

Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

Korea SIM cards with pick-up at Jeju airport

Unfortunately, there are no SIMs available for pick-up at Jeju. If you will be in Seoul before you go to Jeje you can use one of the above SIM cards. If not, have a look at the next section to see if there’s a SIM that can be shipped internationally to your home address.

Another alternative would be an E-SIM if your phone supports this.

SK Telecom is the country’s largest wireless operator.  They have a roaming desk at Jeju international airport where you can collect your SIM card. The cards can be pre-ordered at Klook and Trazy.

The SIM cards support incoming calls and text messages but you cannot make voice calls or send text messages.  All incoming calls and texts, both domestic and international, are free.  

  • Size: Multi-size SIM cards (Normal, Nano and Micro).  The SIM can be adapted to fit in any mobile phone.
  • Network: SK Telecom
  • Duration: 1 day, 3 days (only on Klook), 5 days, 10 days, 20 days (only on Klook) or 30 days (only on Klook)
  • Pick-up:  The SIM card can be collected at Jeju international airport, at the SKT Roaming desk on the 1st floor in the arrivals hall, open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • Activation: To activate the SIM, install it in your phone and restart your phone.  We advise doing this at the counter. If the activation would not work you can arrange a full refund.  It is also possible to activate the card at a later date.
  • Topping Up & Extending: This is not possible.
  • Fair usage policy: If you use more than 1GB in 24 hours your speed will be capped to 3G ( 400 Kbps) for the remainder of the day.

Trazy: 

  • 1 day: KRW 6,600
  • 5 days: KRW 27,500
  • 10 days: KRW 38,500

Check prices and availability: Trazy Korea Jeju SIM card

Klook: 

  • 1 day KRW 5,800
  • 3 days KRW 15,900
  • 5 days KRW 24,700
  • 10 days KRW 33,700
  • 20 days KRW 54,000
  • 30 days KRW 62,600

Check prices and availability: Jeju SIM Card Klook

Hanbok picture Palace South Korea

Prepaid SIM cards for Korea with pick-up abroad (via Klook)

Here are a few extra options for those who live in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, China, or India.

The following providers offer SIM cards that are either shipped to your home or that can be collected at your airport of departure.

These SIM cards are sometimes cheaper than the local SIM cards.  A disadvantage is that nobody can assist you with the activation or the settings on your phone.  In the unlikely event that you would encounter problems, you will need to rely on phone or e-mail support.

Use an eSIM to stay connected in Korea

It will require a modern phone, but if your phone supports it, an eSIM might be one of the easiest, most hassle-free ways, to stay connected in Korea.

Phones that support eSIMS typically allow to have multiple network connections at once. This means that there’s no need to switch SIM cards. You can leave your physical SIM in your phone and all you need to do is scan the QR code to connect to the other network. From that point on you can switch back and forward between your 2 SIMs using your phone’s menu.

To take it one step further. Some phones support to have 2 active networks. You could keep your own SIM for voice calls and only use the Korean eSIM for data. This would be the best of both worlds. Your friends and family can still reach you on your familiar phone number while you avoid nasty roaming fees when browsing the internet in Korea.

eSIM from Airalo

Airalo eSIMs are available for a duration of 10 or 30 days and come with unlimited data packages.

These are data-only contracts so voice calls are not supported.

  • Size: eSIM card.
  • Network: LG U+ (LTE)
  • Duration: 10 or 30 days
  • Pick-up: You will find all the information in the e-mail or the app.
  • Activation: You can activate the eSIM when you want to start using it. You will need a WiFi connection to activate it.
  • Topping Up: Not possible. You have unlimited data with a fair usage policy. After using 3GB of data at LTE speeds your speed will be limited to 5mbps.

Use our exclusive WAPITI10OFF promo code to get an additional 10% off your Airalo eSIM.

Check prices and availability: Airalo eSIM Korea

eSIM from Frewie

You can choose from a duration of 14 or 30 days and data packages of 15 GB or 30 GB. Once your data threshold is reached your speed will be downgraded to 128 kbps. If you want to continue surfing at high speed you can top-up your SIM.

  • Size: eSIM card. You will receive a QR in the mail to activate your SIM
  • Network: KT Olleh & SK Telecom
  • Duration: 14 or 30 days
  • Pick-up: the QR code to install the SIM on your phone will be mailed to you after your order. The QR code remains valid for 45 days from the moment that you ordered it.
  • Activation: The SIM card will be activated at the moment that you scan the QR code. You will need a WiFi connection to activate it.
  • Topping Up: Is possible.

Check prices and availability: Frewie eSIM Korea

Buying a SIM card in Korea

Your options are limited if you’re already in South Korea when you’re reading this but it is still possible to get a local SIM. 

You will either need to head back to an airport or you can visit the KT center near Hongik University Station in Seoul.

At the airport

It’s a bit unfortunate, but unless you’re still in Seoul, the only way to buy a SIM is to go back to the airport. You can buy your SIM there but in most cases, pre-ordering using one of the links above will be cheaper.

To be honest, we were surprised by how few options there are to get a SIM card as a foreigner.  Except for the airports the only place you can go to is the KT Center in downtown Seoul near the Hongik University Station.

The office is about a 3 minutes walk from the subway station (take exit 5).  It’s open daily from 9 AM until 6 PM.

This is the address: Link Korea, 2F, Floren B/D, 176-8 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

You can head to the office and buy your SIM card on the spot or you can pre-order it online which will grant you a small discount.

KT Olleh long-term SIM

LINK Korea SIM setup instructions

Activating your Korea Sim

We have always used KT SIMs when we were in Korea and never had any problems activating them. The last time we used this Prepaid SIM from Link Korea (see picture above).

It’s usually sufficient to insert the SIM in your phone and restart it. You may need to wait a while or restart the phone a second time if it doesn’t work the first time. If you don’t want to restart your phone you can enable/disable airplane mode a number of times.

We also have our own mobile WiFi hotspot and could use the SIM with the hotspot. The correct settings to use the SIM in a hotspot can be found here .

Our package always contained a small ejector tool to open the SIM slot of our phones along with instructions on how to set up the SIM card. Below are images of the instructions for both Apple and Android.

Link korea activation instructions SIM card android

We have always used one of the KT Olleh SIMs in Korea and it turned out to be invaluable. We used Naver maps during our road trip as well as many other local apps.  The connection was always stable and very fast.

Previously, when there were no tourist SIM cards, we managed to discover a country without them, but since the introduction of these SIMs it has become much easier to discover off-the-beaten-path locations. 

It helps to travel deeper and get a better, less touristy experience of South Korea.

All information is accurate at the time of writing (March 2023).

We will regularly update this article but if you notice any changes we would appreciate it if you let us know so we can update our post.

Enjoy South Korea!

Korea Information Note

How to use Tmoney card in South Korea Public transportation

Learn how to purchase, use, and top up Tmoney, a widely used payment method for public transportation in Korea. With Tmoney, you can not only pay for your commute, but also make purchases at convenience stores, supermarkets, and more. Find out where to buy Tmoney, how to top it up, and how to use it with our step-by-step guide.

This is tmoney

1. What is the Tmoney and Tour card?

The Korea Tour Card, an exclusive card just for foreign tourists, allows you to use public transportation more conveniently, including the subway, bus and taxi. This card provides discount benefits for a variety of tourist spots, including shopping centers, restaurants, and theaters. Don’t miss out on this must-have item for your trip in Korea.

2. Tmoney card user guide

Korea tour card is a pre-paid transit card that offers various benefits for foreign tourists. Check the special benefits for tourists at  www.koreatourcard.kr

Tmoney can be used on public transportation(bus, subway, taxi, airport express bus, express bus) and Tmoney affiliated stores.

Available at major convenience stores and subway station.

3. How to top-up/refund the Korea Tour card(Include Tmoney)

Present your card and cash(in Korean won) for top-up in Tmoney sales locations. You can top-up the card in the unit of KRW 1,000, in the range of KRW 1,000 to KRW 90,000. The amount of money deposited in Tmoney may not exceed KRW 500,000.

Present your Tmoney card and inform the staff how much you want to refund in Tmoney card sales Top-up locations. The refund will be given to you in cash in Korean won along with card.

– Refund does not include the cost of card.

– The service fee of KRW 500 will be charged.

– Partial refund is not possible. Only entire refund allowed.

4 Where to top-up/refund the Korea Tour Card (Tmoney)

4.1 convenience stores.

– GS25, 7-Eleven, MINISTOP, Story Way, Emart 24

4.2 Subway stations(Top-up Only)

– Top-up machine including One-time ticket issuer, Tmoney vending machine, portable reload machine.

– Information Center

Tmoney Town(Seoul Stn Exit #10, Seoul City Tower 1F)

5. How to use the Korea Tour Card (Tmoney)

Place your card in front of sensor for a moment(sensing takes about 0.5 second).

5.1 Discount

If you use public transportation with your Tmoney card, you can get a discount of KRW 100 or more for each ride.

– Children or youth card users can enjoy the discounted fare if they register their card with their date of birth in convenience stores, by presenting their Tmoney and ID Card (i.e. passport, certificates of alien registration).

– Adults using children or youth cards will be subject to a fine worth 30 times that of the base fare.

5.2 Transfer discount

Tmoney card holders can enjoy up to four discounts a day, if they transfer within a transfer time limit of 30 minutes (up to 1hour from 9pm to 7am next day).

– The discount is applicable to transfer from subway to bus & vice versa, and between one bus to another. (excluding buses running along the same route)

 6. Conclusion

Tmoney is one of the most commonly used payment methods for public transportation in Korea. It is very easy to purchase and use Tmoney. You can buy it at various places such as convenience stores, subway stations, and bus stops, and it can be easily topped up.

Using Tmoney allows you to make payments at various places , not just for public transportation. When using Tmoney, make sure to check your balance and top up when necessary. If you lose or have your Tmoney stolen, you should report it on the Tmoney website.

Tmoney is a very useful payment method for living in Korea. We encourage you to actively use Tmoney to enjoy a convenient life.

7. FAQ’s

Q: What are some things to be careful of when using Tmoney?

A: Make sure to check your balance when using Tmoney. If your balance is low, you will need to top up.

Q : What should you do if you lose or have your Tmoney stolen?

A: You should report the loss or theft of your Tmoney on the Tmoney website.

Q: Can you only use cash to top up Tmoney?

A: You can use a credit card or debit card to top up Tmoney through a mobile app.

Q: Where can you use Tmoney?

A: You can use Tmoney at various places such as public transportation , convenience stores, supermarkets, and cafes

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Korea’s T-Money Card: The Ultimate Guide 2024

Want to know where to buy a T-Money Card in Korea? Unfamiliar with how to use it and what the main advantages of it are? Not sure about how to pay for transportation tickets, what the fares will be, and whether you’ll have the right change? This ultimate guide to the T-Money Card, the best Korean transportation card, will solve all your problems.

Find out where to buy a T-Money Card at Incheon Airport and other locations in Korea, learn how to top-up your card in Korea and where to top-up, and also discover the many benefits of using a T-Money Card. This in-depth article will answer all your T-Money queries quickly and easily.

This comprehensive guide is updated regularly to bring you the latest information about changes and additional ways to use the T-Money Card. There are also lots of my own tips about how to use the T-Money Card, where it can be used, and lots of really useful travel advice for visiting Korea.

For those who prefer to watch a video version of this article, please watch it here:

Korea’s T-Money Card: The Ultimate Guide 2024

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Table of Contents

What Is The T-Money Card

The T-Money Card is the essential Korean transportation card

The T-Money Card is a prepaid transportation card that can be used to pay for public transportation in cities across Korea, including buses and subways. It provides cash-free travel around Korean cities, and takes the hassle out of to get around Korea and buying tickets for each journey.

When you use the T-Money Card, you pay less for subway and bus fares. It literally pays for itself.

The T-Money Card can be used to pay for a range of items and services, including taxi charges, items in convenience stores, entrance fees for attractions, vending machines, and food and beverages in restaurants. Anywhere you see the T-Money logo (above), you can pay with T-Money Card.

Why Do I Need A T-Money Card In Korea?

Korea is fast becoming a cash-free society and in recent years Korea’s buses have moved away from accepting cash payments. Almost a quarter of all buses in Seoul are now cash-free and you can’t pay with cash at all on Daejeon’s buses. This will likely be the norm everywhere in Korea very soon.

Even when you can buy tickets in cash, it’s inconvenient making sure you have the right cash available (no change is given on buses). Queueing up to buy a ticket at a crowded subway station is a real hassle when you could just touch-and-go straight through the barriers with a T-Money Card.

The biggest reason is the two rates to travel in Korea’s subways and buses – one for cash and one for transportation cards like the T-Money Card. The rate for the T-Money Card is lower, meaning you’ll save money when you travel with a T-Money Card, as you can see in the table below:

*Bus fares in Seoul rose to ₩1,500 from August 2023. However, it hasn’t been confirmed whether cash and T-Money costs will be the same now or not.

Quick Summary

Here’s a summary of the T-Money Card and why you should get one when you travel to Korea.

Planning to visit Korea? These travel essentials will help you plan your trip, get the best deals, and save you time and money before and during your Korean adventure.

Visas & K-ETA: Some travellers to Korea need a Tourist Visa , but most can travel with a Korean Electronic Travel Authorisation (K-ETA). Currently 22 Countries don’t need either one.

How To Stay Connected : Pre-order a Korean Sim Card or a WiFi Router to collect on-arrival at Incheon Airport (desks open 24-hours). Alternatively, download a Korean eSIM for you travels.

Where To Stay : For Seoul, I recommend Myeongdong (convenient), Hongdae (cool culture) or Gangnam (shopping). For Busan, Haeundae (Beach) or Seomyeon (Downtown).

Incheon Airport To Seoul : Take the Airport Express (AREX) to Seoul Station or a Limo Bus across Seoul. Book an Incheon Airport Private Transfer and relax to or from the airport.

Korean Tour Operators : Tour companies that have a big presence in Korea include Klook , Trazy , Viator , and Get Your Guide . These sites offer discounted entry tickets for top attractions.

Seoul City Passes : Visit Seoul’s top attractions for free with a Discover Seoul Pass or Go City Seoul Pass . These passes are great for families and couples visiting Seoul – you can save lots.

How To Get Around : For public transport, grab a T-Money Card . Save money on Korea’s high speed trains with a Korea Rail Pass . To see more of Korea, there are many rental car options from Klook , EconomyBookings , and RentalCars .

Travel Money : Use money exchanges near Myeongdong and Hongdae subway stations for the best exchange rates. Order a Wise Card or WOWPASS to pay by card across Korea.

Flights To Korea : I use flight comparison sites such as Expedia and Skyscanner to find the best flights to Korea from any country. Air Asia is a good option for budget flights from Asia.

Travel Insurance : It is important to insure your trips to protect yourself against the unexpected. World Nomad is a specialized travel insurance provider with options for different coverage for travellers from around the world. You can also purchase cover when you are already travelling.

How To Learn Korean : The language course from 90 Day Korean or Korean Class 101 both have well-structured lessons and lots of useful resources to help you learn Korean.

Where To Buy A T-Money Card

Sign showing where to buy t-money cards at Incheon Airport

T-Money Cards are available in many places in Korea, including at Incheon Airport, in convenience stores, and in public transportation stations. This section of the T-Money Guide will show you where to buy a T-Money Card in each of these different locations and extra services that include T-Money.

Buy T-Money At The Incheon Airport, Seoul

The most convenient place for most travellers to get a T-Money Card is at Incheon Airport in the Transit Centre (Floor B1) of Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. There are vending machines that sell the Korea Tour Card , which is the tourist-friendly version of the T-Money Card that comes with extra benefits.

Follow the directions to the ‘ Airport Railroad ‘ in either terminal and it will lead you to the B1 Transit Centre. The T-Money Card vending machines will be well signposted and located next to the All-Stop subway train, which is the subway to central Seoul that you can pay for with T-Money.

Please note : If you arrive at Incheon Airport Terminal 1, the Transit Centre is the only place you can buy a T-Money Card (Korea Tour Card). The CU convenience stores in Terminal 1 don’t sell T-Money Cards. In Terminal 2, you can buy T-Money Cards from GS25 and 7/11 convenience stores.

T-Money Transportation Cards At Incheon Airport B1

How to buy T-Money card At Incheon Airport Transit Centre:

It’s easy to buy a T-Money Card from the Transit Centre. Head to the All-Stop train station where the T-Money Card vending machines are located. You must have cash (KRW) to purchase at the vending machines, as well as cash to top-up the balance afterwards.

Here are the 4 steps required to buy a T-Money Card from the vending machine:

1: Insert Cash

The cost of the Korea Travel Card (hereafter called T-Money Card) is ₩4,000. Insert cash into the machine. Change is available.

Inserting money to buy a T-Money Card

2: Press The Number

Like a normal vending machine, press the number of the card you want to buy. Don’t select a number which is empty.

Selecting a number on a keypad

3: Press The Green Button

To confirm your purchase, press the green button at the bottom of the keypad.

Green button to confirm transaction

4: Collect Your T-Money Card

The vending machine will collect your T-Money Card and dispense it to you.

T-money card being dispensed

Once the T-Money Card has been dispensed, don’t forget to collect any change from the vending machine. To top-up, take it to the ticket machines outside the All-Stop terminal. Full details about how to top-up will be included in the section ‘ How To Top-Up A T-Money Card ‘

Need Cash For T-Money?

One issue with T-Money is that it can only be topped-up using cash (KRW). Unfortunately, airport money exchanges typically give bad exchange rates. You can get better rates by taking the Airport Express non-stop train into Seoul and changing money in Myeongdong or Hongdae, or by ordering a Korean sim card from Klook with a T-Money Card with a preloaded balance of 5,000 KRW or 10,000 KRW.

Where to Buy A T-Money Card In Korea

I recommend buying a T-Money Card at the Incheon Airport Transit Centre. However, if you’re not arriving in Korea at Incheon Airport, want to get a card with a cuter design, or want to save money by combining T-Money with other services, here are 6 other places where you can buy T-Money Cards.

T-Money Card from Ticket Machine At Subway Station

Buy T-Money At A Subway Station In Korea

Subway stations in Korea sell the basic version of the T-Money Card, which comes with no balance. You can usually top-up from the same machine that dispenses them.

Price : ₩2,500

T-Money Card a Korean Convenience Store

Buy T-Money At A Convenience Store In Korea

Korean convenience stores, including GS25 and 7/11, sell T-Money Cards with their own designs. These come with no balance but can be topped up straight after purchase with cash.

Price : ₩3,000

T-Money Vending Machine At Airport Express Station

Buy T-Money On The Airport Express

It is possible to buy a T-Money card inside the subway stations along the Airport Express all-stop train between Incheon Airport and other parts of Seoul. You can even personalise this card and add your own picture to the card.

Price : From ₩6,000

Klook Logo

Buy T-Money From Klook

Klook offers a combined Korean sim card and T-Money package that comes with a T-Money Card with Klook’s own cute design. You save money on both the T-Money Card and sim card with this combined package.

Price : From ₩32,500

WOWPASS With T-Money Functions

Get T-Money With The WOWPASS

The WOWPASS is a travel money card that allows you to pay for goods and services like a local. It includes T-Money functions and the WOWPASS Airport Package comes with ₩10,000 T-Money balance included.

Price : From ₩5,000

T-Money Card With Discover Seoul Pass

Get T-Money With The Discover Seoul Pass

The Discover Seoul Pass is a city-pass that offers free entry to dozens of premium attractions in Seoul. It also includes T-Money functions to allow you to travel on public transport without having to buy a separate T-Money Card.

Price : From ₩50,000

You can also buy T-Money cards from stationery stores like ArtBox. ArtBox is a popular place to buy souvenirs and cute stationery. They also have their own line of T-Money Cards with ever-changing fun designs for you to collect. There is no T-Money balance and the cards cost more.

How Much Does The T-Money Card Cost?

The price of the T-Money Card is ₩2,500 for the standard T-Money Card that is sold at public transportation stations in Korea. This does not include any credit and you will need to add funds to the card before you can use it. The cost of the Korea Travel Card at Incheon Airport is ₩4,000 .

T-Money Cards from other locations, such as convenience stores and stationery stores, which include special artworks, typically cost more money. The cost of T-Money can be free when it is included in another service, such as the WOWPASS or Discover Seoul Pass.

Where Can You Buy Special T-Money Designs?

If you want to buy a T-Money Card with an interesting design, there are several options in Korea. The stationery store ARTBOX offers some cute designs with their own characters, as do convenience stores. These cards have the same functions as a regular T-Money Card and work the same way.

Please note: T-Money Cards with unique designs are a bit more expensive – around ₩5,000 to ₩6,000 per card. The base cost of a T-Money Card is ₩2,500. These can make nice gifts or souvenirs and as the T-Money Card doesn’t expire, you can use them every time you visit Korea.

BTS-Themed T-Money Cards

BTS ARMY members may want to get a special souvenir of their time in Korea and can do so with a BTS-themed T-Money Card. These special edition BTS T-Money Cards work the same as regular T-Money Cards, but come with 7 different designs, one for each member of the hit group, BTS.

These aren’t widely available, and new versions replace older versions frequently. If you want to buy a BTS-themed T-Money Card, you can find them in some convenience stores or in K-Pop merchandise stores in areas such as Gangnam, Hongdae, or in the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Where Can You Use T-Money In Korea?

Bus Stop And Traffic In Seoul

The T-Money Card is primarily a transportation card that can be used to pay for bus and subway journeys in most Korean cities . However, it also functions as a payment card that can be used to make small purchases in certain Korean shops, cafes, restaurants, and attractions.

If you bought the Korea Tour Card from the Incheon Airport Transit Centre, you will be eligible for discounts at tourist attractions, shops, entertainment, restaurants, and other locations. For example, you get 30% off entry fees at N Seoul Tower and 20% off entry fees at COEX Aquarium.

Here are the places you can use the T-Money Card in Korea:

Korean blue bus

It’s really simple to use T-Money on Korea’s buses. Touch the T-Money Card to the card reader when you enter the bus to start your journey, then touch it again when you exit the bus. In most city buses in Korea you enter at the front of the bus and get off in the middle. There will be a T-Money Card reader in both locations.

Most bus journeys cost the same price, however, if your bus travels more than 10km, you will be charged an extra fee. If you don’t tap-off when you leave the bus, you may be charged this fee.

Using Korea Tour Card on Seoul Subway

On The Subway

The T-Money Card is accepted on all subway systems in Korea, including in Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, and Gwangju, Touch the T-Money Card when you enter the security gates at the start of your journey, then touch again to exit. If you run out of credit, there are machines inside the gates to top-up (but you’ll need cash).

Like bus journeys, most short journeys on the subway will be the same fee. If you travel a long way on the subway, or make many transfers, the fee can be higher.

Transfer discounts : When you transfer between subway or bus rides within 30 minutes, you’ll get a discount on your next ride as long as you tapped-off when on your previous journey. Also, if you accidentally enter the wrong subway gate, you can leave within 10 minutes for free on some lines.

People waiting to use a Kakao Taxi

You can use a T-Money Card to pay for taxis in Korea . It’s quick, easy, and allows you to avoid using a credit card or having the right change. As long as the taxi driver has the T-Money logo displayed, you can pass your T-Money Card to the driver who will touch it to the card reader and complete the payment.

You can call taxis directly to you using the Kakao Taxi app, which is available on Android and iPhone and can be used in English, Korean, and Chinese. My guide to using Kakao Taxi will show you how to order and pay for a taxi in Korea.

Shops in Seoul

For Shopping

The T-Money Card is really useful when you want to buy small items, such as a bottle of water, coffee, or some snacks. When you see the T-Money logo, you can use the card to pay for goods and services. You can use T-Money to pay for purchases in convenience stores (CU, GS25, Emart 24, 7/11).

You can use the T-Money Card in Korea’s supermarkets and chain stores, including Home Plus (supermarket) Emart (supermarket) Face Shop (cosmetics) Innisfree (cosmetics) Tony Moly (cosmetics) and others.

Using the T-Money Card for shopping : As the T-Money Card needs to be topped-up in cash (KRW), using it for shopping isn’t really that convenient. Instead, I recommend getting a WOWPASS in Korea, or bringing a travel money card like the Wise Travel Card or Revolut Travel Card .

Starbucks Coffee

Food and beverage outlets also accept the T-Money Card, including Starbucks, McDonald’s, Angel-in-Us Coffee, Ediya Coffee, Gong Cha Tea, and Paris Baguette and more.

It’s best to check for the T-Money logo before trying to pay with your T-Money Card or asking if T-Money is accepted. Again, using the T-Money Card is possible for this, but usually not the most convenient way to pay.

Baseball glove

At Attractions

You can use T-Money to pay for entry fees for major attractions, including theme parks and sports stadiums, as well as other locations like pay-phones and vending machines.

Here are some of the locations you can use T-Money: vending machines, public pay-phones, Everland theme park, sports stadiums (including Wyverns Baseball Club), and at festivals (to pay for food and drinks).

Where Can’t You Use T-Money In Korea?

You can’t use T-Money to pay for intercity train tickets, including the KTX – Korea’s high speed train network. You also can’t enter intercity buses and pay with T-Money like you can when entering a regular city bus. However, you can use T-Money to buy intercity bus tickets and board with those.

Generally, the T-Money Card is accepted in major cities across Korea, especially destinations popular with tourists. If T-Money isn’t accepted, there will be other options available, such as using Cashbee or paying with cash.

How To Top-Up A T-Money Card

T-Money Card ticket and vending machine

The T-Money Card can be recharged (reloaded) at subway stations and convenience stores throughout Korea. Vending machines at subway stations are the easiest locations to recharge a T-Money Card and will also allow you to check your balance before or after the top-up

You can only top-up the T-Money Card with cash . Credit cards aren’t accepted for top-ups.

These machines can be found in each major city in Korea where you can use T-Money. They are available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. These T-Money recharging machines only accept cash and the T-Money Card can’t be reloaded with a credit card.

This is how to top-up a T-Money Card using a ticket machine in subway stations in Korea. The T-Money card can only be topped-up using cash and can’t be topped up using credit or debit cards or money transfers. This method works for other transportation cards in Korea, too.

1: Go to a ticket machine in a subway station

Go to a ticket vending or transportation card at a subway station. These machines are usually close to the entrance barriers to the subway inside the station.

T-Money Card Charging Machines

2: Select ‘Recharge Transportation Card’

Change the language of the ticket recharge machine as desired, then select ‘Recharging the Transit Card’ or a similar option to begin to top-up your T-Money Card.

T-Money Ticket Vending & Card Reload Machine

3: Select the value to top-up

Select the amount of money that you wish to add to your existing T-Money balance. The screen should show you what balance the T-Money Card already has. New T-Money Cards usually have no balance. You can recharge the T-Money Card with as little as 1,000 Korean won.

Selecting T-Money Recharge Amount

4: Confirm the value to top-up

Once you’ve selected the desired amount you wish to top-up the T-Money Card with in Korean won, confirm the top-up value by pressing ‘confirm’ on the screen.. You should select the amount that you have available in cash as you can’t top-up the T-Money Card in any other way.

Confirming T-Money Recharge Amount

5: Insert cash

To top-up a T-Money card, enter cash into the ticket vending machine up to the value you wish to top-up. Insert each bank note separately. Please note : only KRW can be used to top-up a T-Money Card.

Paying Korean Won For T-Money Card Charging

6: Place your t-Money Card on the card reader

After inserting cash to top-up your T-Money Card, place your T-Money Card on the card recharge plate, which is usually located below the main screen of the recharging machine. Make sure the card is placed flat on the reader.

Card Charge With T-Money Card

7: Wait for the T-Money Card to be recharged

The T-Money Card will be recharged once the recharging machine recognised the T-Money Card placed on the card recharge plate. Wait for the recharge to complete, which should take about 5 to 10 seconds in total.

T-Money Card Charging

8: Take your T-Money Card and start using it

Once the T-Money Card has been topped-up, take the card from the card recharge plate and you can use it to travel on the subway, on buses, and in other places. Tap to start your journey, and tap again when you finish.

Korea Tour Card T-Money Card Subway

Besides subway stations, you can also recharge a T-Money Card at a convenience store. The same rule about only charging with cash applies. You can’t recharge a T-Money Card with a credit or debit card. Here’s how to top-up the T-Money Card at convenience stores in Korea:

1: Go To A Convenience Store

Go to any major convenience store in Seoul or other towns and cities across Korea, including CU, GS25, Emart 24, and 7/11.

T-Money Card at a GS25 Convenience Store

2: Ask To Top-Up T-Money

Show your T-Money Card to the cashier and ask to top-up the balance. Use Papago to translate into Korean if you’re not sure what to say.

Giving a T-Money card to a cashier

3: Give the amount of cash to top-up to the cashier

You can only use cash to top-up T-Money balances, so make sure you have cash available to pay with. Give it to the cashier.

Paying cash to top-up a T-Money Card

4: Place your T-Money Card On the Card Reader

Place your T-Money Card on the electronic card reader and wait for confirmation from the cashier that the balance has been updated.

T-Money card being recharged at a convenience store

There is a T-Money office at Seoul Station where you can ask for advice, purchase & reload the card, and get your remaining balance refunded when you leave Korea. T-Money Headquarters Address: 1st Floor. T-money Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5-Ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.

How Much Money Should I Add To A T-Money Card?

How much money to add to a T-Money Card depends on how you intend to use it. If you will use your T-Money Card mostly for transportation , I recommend adding ₩10,000 per day. This should cover all subway / bus travel costs within a city like Seoul, which cost ₩1,400 /₩1,500 per journey.

If you plan to use your T-Money Card to pay for small purchases , such as snacks, bottled water, and coffee, then add ₩20,000 per day, which includes transportation costs. A coffee in Seoul costs between ₩2,000 – ₩5,000, water is ₩1,000, and snacks from ₩1,000 – ₩5,000.

When you first top-up a T-Money Card, add ₩50,000 for the starting balance. This balance should last most travellers for a week if they use their T-Money Card just for bus and subway rides. You can check your balance during your travels and top-up when the balance gets low (under₩ 5,000).

Can You Recharge A T-Money Card With A Credit Card?

It is not possible to recharge a T-Money Card with a credit or debit card. Only cash can be used to top-up the T-Money Card. There are restrictions that only allow cash top-ups. The app version of T-Money can be topped-up by card payments or online transfers, but not physical T-Money Cards.

How To Your Check T-Money Card Balance

There are a number of ways to check your balance. When you use the T-Money Card on the subway or a bus, the electronic card reader will show you the fee for the ride and the remaining balance. This is the most common way to check your balance.

You can also check your card balance at subway ticket machines and T-Money recharge stations. When you recharge your card, it will show your balance before you add credit. This is a good way to check your balance, even if you don’t intend to recharge the T-Money Card right then.

Using T-Money Mobile App To Check Your Balance

The T-Money mobile app is an online-only version of T-Money that doesn’t come with a card. Instead, you can use your phone’s NFC function to use your T-Money balance. You can also use your phone’s NFC function to scan a physical T-Money Card and check the balance when logged into the app.

However, I don’t recommend using the T-Money mobile app to check your T-Money balance. There have been reports by travellers in Korea that the app sometimes accidentally wipes the T-Money Card, making it useless. I can’t confirm this myself, but it is much easier to check your balance elsewhere.

How To Refund A T-Money Card Balance

Piggy bank

You can refund the existing balance of your T-Money Card at major convenience stores and subway stations across Korea, as well as at the T-Money headquarters in Seoul. These are the locations you can top-up a T-Money Card. Refunds will be paid in cash and partial refunds aren’t possible.

There’s a ₩500 fee to refund a T-Money balance, which is deducted from the existing balance. The cost of the T-Money Card won’t be refunded, but you can keep the T-Money Card after the balance is refunded. The T-Money Card doesn’t expire, so you can use it if you visit Korea again.

The T-Money Card doesn’t expire. Keep it for future trips or give it to a friend who is visiting later.

Tip : The credit balance on the T-Money Card will stay active for 5 years from the date of the last top-up. If you plan to visit Korea again in the next 5 years and have a small balance left, it might be best to keep the balance on your T-Money Card so you don’t need to top-up the card when you return.

Alternative Korean Transportation Cards & 1 bonus

Cashbee transit card CU Store Korea

There are several alternative transportation cards to T-Money, including the Cashbee Card (pictured above), Namane Card, which uses Rail+, and varieties of the T-Money Card that offer slightly different benefits from the original T-Money Card. Here’s a summary of those cards and what they offer:

Cashbee Transportation Card

Cashbee Card

The Cashbee Card by Lotte can be purchased and used in most of the same locations as T-Money. You can purchase a Cashbee Card at convenience stores and subway stations across Korea. The CU chain of convenience stores only offers the Cashbee Card, not T-Money.

The Cashbee card can be used to pay for journeys on buses and subway across Korea. Tap the card when you enter the bus or subway, then tap again when you finish your journey. Transfer discounts should also be applied. Cashbee can be used in Lotte shops, including Lotte Department Store and Lotte Cinema.

Where to buy : Convenience stores, subway

Namane Card Seoul Station

Namane Card

The Namane Card by KB Bank uses the Rail+ transportation card system by Korail, Korea’s national train service. One big advantage the Namane Card has over T-Money and Cashbee is you can use it to pay for train services, including Korea’s high-speed KTX trains.

The other big difference with the Namane Card is that you can personalise your card by uploading pictures of yourself or other designs you upload using the Namane app. The Namane Card is available from locations across Korea , including inside major train stations, department stores, stationery stores, and book shops.

Price : ₩7,000

Where to buy : Convenience stores, subway, Namane machines, online from Klook

Korea Tour Card And Box

Korea Tour Card

The Korea Tour Card was designed for tourists travelling to Korea and provides not only with the standard T-Money functions, but also offers lots of discounts . This is the version of T-Money that’s available at Incheon Airport.

Price : ₩4,000

Buy : Incheon Airport

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Discover Seoul Pass

The Discover Seoul Pass is a city-pass that offers free entry to more than 50 premium attractions in Seoul. It also includes T-Money functions to allow you to travel on public transport without having to buy one. Discover Seoul Pass comes in flavours of 24, 48, and 72 hours validity, and only starts counting down starting when you use it for the first free benefit.

Price : from ₩50,000

Buy : Online from Klook

Creatrip X Bellygom Transportation Card

The Creatrip X Bellygom transportation card is a colourful travel card from Creatrip, which really stands out thanks to its bright pink picture of Bellygom, a popular Korean character that’s big on YouTube. With the ‘Decoration Card’ feature, you can make your own special transportation card, too. This makes it a lovely souvenir of your trip.

Please note : this card is a version of Cashbee and can be used and charged in all the same locations as Cashbee can.

Creatrip X Bellygom Transportation Card

This card comes with ₩5,000 loaded, which means you don’t need to worry about charging it at the airport (which should be done in cash). Simply collect the card at Incheon Airport (either terminal) or Gimpo Airport and then take the all-stop train straight into Seoul with it. It’s really convenient.

You can use the Creatrip X Bellygom transportation card to pay for public transportation across Korea, as well as in franchises such as Paris Baguette, Baskin Robbins, Angel In Us, and Lotte Mart.

Price : Around ₩10,200 (includes ₩5,000 balance)

Buy : Online from Creatrip .

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If taking public transport is not your style of travelling, consider driving in South Korea . You’ll get to see things outside of the bigger cities, and also added convenient of not following rigid timetables. Check out our guide on driving in Korea for foreigners!

Tip: The Discover Seoul Pass includes a free Airport Express journey from Incheon Airport to Seoul. This can be useful to get yourself into the city before you top-up the T-Money balance on the card. Find out more tips and ways to use the pass in my list of Discover Seoul Pass itineraries .

Is The T-Money Card Worth Buying?

So, if you’ve read all this and you’re still not sure if you should get a T-Money Card or not, here is a simple summary to show why you might want to get one. This is based on my personal experience of using a T-Money Card, as well as opinions shared from members of my Korea Travel Group .

For travellers who want to pay for transportation across Korea’s bus and subway networks, the T-Money Card will be perfect and an essential purchase. However, if you’re looking for a way to pay for goods, services, and attractions in Korea, then the T-Money Card isn’t really what you’re looking for.

Instead of the T-Money Card to pay for things in Korea, I recommend getting a WOWPASS or Wise Travel Money Card . These are both more convenient and allow you pay in Korea using your card’s balance, which can be topped up in foreign currency (WOWPASS) or by bank transfer (Wise).

Learn more : Check out my guide to using Wise in Korea to learn how to get a Wise card, who is eligible, how to activate the Wise card, and all the ways it can save on your travel money expenses.

The T-Money Card is really useful and I can’t imagine travelling in Korea without one. I’d recommend buying one when you arrive in Korea. If you want to know more about T-Money and its alternatives, you can find lots of useful information in my complete South Korea travel guide .

Tips For Using T-Money In Korea

Here are a few quick tips to help you use the T-Money Card more effectively when in Korea:

1: Check the remaining balance as you travel so that you don’t run out by accident.

2: Don’t top-up too much. I’d recommend adding ₩50,000 starting balance and then ₩20,000 – ₩30,000 each time after that. Maybe less if you don’t plan to travel much.

3: Buy one as soon as you arrive. Get a Korea Tour Card at Incheon Airport.

4: Make use of the T-Money Card when you are shopping in convenience stores. You’ll end up with a lot less change.

5 : Store the T-Money Card away from other cards that can be used to pay by touch as card readers can be confused by multiple cards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Finally, here are a few FAQs about using the T-Money card in Korea, in case the above information didn’t cover enough for you. If you have any other questions you’d like to ask, feel free to leave a comment.

Where can I use the T-Money Card?

The T-Money Card can be used on public transportation in Korea, including for subway and bus journeys. Furthermore, the T-Money Card can be used to make purchases in convenience stores, cafes, shops, at vending machines, and in a range of attractions.

Can I use a T-Money Card on the subway?

The T-Money Card can be used on the subway in several cities in Korea, including Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, and Incheon.

Can I use a T-Money Card to pay for taxis?

The T-Money Card can be used to pay for taxis where the T-Money logo is displayed. Be sure to check the card has the correct balance remaining to cover the taxi fare before using a taxi.

What happens if I run out of credit when using the T-Money Card?

If you run out of money on your T-Money Card when using the subway, you can top-up at a payment machine inside the subway stations before you enter or exit the station. When travelling on buses, you won’t be able to use the T-Money Card on the bus if there isn’t enough credit available. You will need to top-up your T-Money balance before boarding a bus.

Can I use the T-Money Card outside of Seoul?

The T-Money Card can be used across Korea, not just in Seoul. It can be used for public transportation in all major cities, as well as on Jeju Island. The T-Money Card can also be used for purchases in convenience stores, shops, cafes, restaurants, and attractions where the T-Money logo is displayed.

How much does the T-Money Card cost?

The base cost of the T-Money Card is 2,500 Korean won. This doesn’t include credit, which must be purchased separately. The cost of the card is non-refundable, but outstanding balances on the card can be refunded. T-Money Cards with unique designs cost more and the Korea Tour Card, which is available at Incheon Airport, costs ₩4,000.

Can I pay for the T-Money Card with a credit card?

You can purchase the original T-Money Card with a credit card, but you won’t be able to add credit or reload the T-Money Card with a credit card. Only cash is accepted for T-Money Card recharging.

Does the T-Money Card expire?

The T-Money Card doesn’t expire and can be used on multiple trips to Korea. However, credit balances on the card will expire after 5 years after the date of the last top-up or usage if not used. Once used, the 5 year period will be extended.

Which cities can you use the T-Money Card in?

You can use the T-Money card to ride the subway in Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province, Incheon, Daejeon, Daegu, Busan, and Gwangju. You can also use the T-Money card on bus networks across Korea, including all major cities. The T-Money can also be used for intercity buses. However, unlike city buses, it is necessary to buy tickets for these buses before you ride.

Where can you buy a T-Money Card at Incheon Airport?

You can buy the T-Money Card from multiple locations at terminals 1 and 2 of Incheon Airport. There is a transportation centre on Basement 1 level of Terminal 1 that sells T-Money Cards (Korea Tour Cards) in a vending machine. You can also buy T-Money Cards at Incheon Airport from convenience stores, such as 7-11 and GS25. The CU convenience store chain in Terminal 1 doesn’t sell T-Money Cards, only Cashbee Cards, which are similar.

Where can I create a personalised T-Money Card?

You can create your own T-Money Card with your own photos on the card at certain subway and train stations in Seoul. These include Seoul Station, Hongik University Subway Station, and Digital Media City Subway Station. Upload photos from your phone or take a photo in front of the machine. Once you’ve chosen your design, the card will be printed and will be ready to use once you’ve topped it up. You can top-up the personalised T-Money Card at nearby top-up machines at Seoul Station or subway stations across Seoul.

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21 thoughts on “Korea’s T-Money Card: The Ultimate Guide 2024”

Quick question… For the Korean T-Card, is there ability to get a transaction history (or Ride History) of where I tapped my card?

For example, my Los Angeles Tap Card for my and kids use for Buses and Trains, I register the TAP Card… If I need to know Ride History, I can go the TAP card website and obtain “Ride History.”

I’ve not actually tried it, but you might be able to see the history if you use the T-Money app with the mobile version of the card.

I had a look on the T-Money site (which is very basic), but couldn’t see any details about it. I guess just try it and see is the best answer I can give, sorry. I use the card function myself but never see the history of it.

Great article. Plan on trip starting at Incheon Airport Apr 2023. Can both myself and my wife use the same card at the same time. ie. we get on and off a bus together. Like scan twice or will we each need a separate card? Thanks-Mark.

Hi, thanks for reading. You will need a separate card for each person travelling. On some buses you can ask to charge for two people, but that won’t work on the subway, so it’ll be easier to get one each.

Thanks for the info. Will get two cards, myself and wife. If people were traveling as a family, such as with children, using a “Family Card” of some type would be much easier. Thanks again. -Mark.

It would be much easier, yeah, I hope they consider it in the future.

Hi! I really appreciate the detailed information you’ve included about T-money!

I have some questions. I’m a foreigner and I’ll be teaching English soon. I’m already in South Korea (I arrived beginning of March).

I didn’t manage to get a T-money card at the airport as I had to quickly be picked up. I’m aware that I can purchase one at a convenience store near me.

As I have just arrived, there are things I don’t have yet, such as: 1) My ARC (Alien Registration Card) 2) Korean bank card – I have my home debit bank card (Mastercard). I also have cash in ₩ on me. 3) Korean SIM plan

Will any of this affect me buying and topping up my T-money card?

Thank you in advance!

Hi, welcome to Korea. None of those things will stop you getting a T-Money card or topping it up. However, if you’re going to sign up for a Korean bank card, you can ask to have the ‘pay-on’ feature in your bank card so it will work just like a T-Money card. Therefore, you won’t need to get a T-Money card once you have your bank account. People here don’t really use T-Money cards when they can use their bank cards.

Hi, thank you for this article. I just got a T-Money card from a Korean store here in India. It’s the BTS PROOF edition T-Money card. Sitting in India, I was wondering how I could recharge it right away? I am visiting Korea next month. 🙂

Hi, thanks for reading. You can recharge the T-Money card as soon as you arrive in Korea at the airport. Either recharge it at the travel centre at Incheon Airport, or go to any convenience store and ask them to add credit to it. You can only top up with cash, so you’ll need some Korean won to do that. Have a good trip.

Thanks for the info… We’re a family of 4(2 adults & 2 teens), do we need to purchase 4 T-Money cards?

Hi, yes, each person will need a T-Money card.

A detailed guide of someone who has done his research/has a lot of experience with the card. Well done!

Thanks very much 🙂

Hi there! I have Cashbee cards from a previous trip, I can’t remember why I picked those over T-money cards last time around but suppose if I did it’s because they were fairly equivalent. Do you know if that’s still the case? No reason for me to leave them at home and get T-money cards, right?

Cashbee does work, yeah, but it’s not as widely used outside of the major cities. As per their own website “Transportation : Bus, Subway, Taxi (Some buses at Jeonnam, Jeonbuk, Gyeongbuk, and Gyengnam Will be available later on.)” Those are all large provinces in Korea and if you plan to travel to more places in Korea, T-Money might be a better option as it works in those places (as far as I know). The only place I’ve had a problem with T-Money is Sokcho, so maybe bring both just in case.

Hi! Thank you so much for the info. For the T-money vending machines in the airport, do they open 24 hours? My flight arrives at 2AM-ish, and I wonder if I can still get the t-money 😀 Thank you

Yes, they should be open 24 hours. I haven’t actually checked in the early hours of the morning, but I don’t see any reason for them to turn them off. If the machines aren’t available, you can always try at a convenience store instead.

Thanks a lot!

Is it still 2,500 Korean won, (Feb 2024) if you know?

I believe the base card is still 2,500 KRW, but the cost depends on where you buy it. Most places at Incheon Airport charge a bit more because they offer T-Money cards with their own designs, but usually no more than 3,000 or 4,000 KRW. If you get a WOWPASS , which is only 5,000 KRW, you get a T-Money card included with that.

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While traveling to South Korea is an exciting experience, it’s also important to share the experience with family and friends back home. Even though Korea is a heavily wired country, with various stations and cafes offering free Wi-Fi, it isn’t always a guarantee that you’ll have internet with you.

That’s why I’d recommend getting a Korean sim card – while living in Korea, I used a prepaid sim card for 3 years . Having a local SIM card means you’ll always have fast and reliable internet without needing a hotspot to stay online.

Korean SIM cards.

  • 🇰🇷 South Korea SIM Card Basics
  • 🧐 Types of Korean SIM Cards
  • 📲 Major Telecom Providers in Korea
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  • 📝 Data Plans and Packages
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🇰🇷 South Korea SIM Card Basics

In South Korea, several mobile operators offer both prepaid and postpaid SIM cards with a range of data and calling plans that can be quite customized. Before selecting a plan, remember to check if your phone is unlocked and compatible with Korean networks .

To check, try using a SIM card from another network and see if it works. If you have an iPhone, you can also look in your settings by searching “Carrier Lock” to see if there are any restrictions. If there aren’t any, your phone is unlocked. If your phone is locked, please visit a mobile phone store to have it unlocked.

Make sure that your phone can support LTE data that operates on bands 3, 8, and 26 . If your phone doesn’t have this feature, it should at least connect at 3G speeds using the WCDMA 2100 MHz frequency. If you’re not tech-literate and want support, try consulting Will My Phone Work to see if your phone works in Korea.

Popular networks like KT Olleh, SK Telecom, and LG Plus offer plenty of plans for those planning to stay in Korea long-term. However, short-term prepaid options exist for foreigners who plan to stay in Korea for less than a month, and you can buy a SIM card in advance or at the airport. 

For 3 years, I used an Olleh sim card that I refilled with 2 gigabytes of data per month for around $20USD. Foreigners coming for shorter trips, like a week or less, may opt to try an eSIM, a digital SIM card that offers more flexibility. But before you purchase an eSIM, check if your device is compatible with it using the GSMGarena site.

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🧐 Types of Korean SIM Cards

Aside from needing online access to update people back home, some of you may also need the internet for work. The beauty about Korea is that it has plenty of free Wi-Fi from stations, cafés, and other public areas, but if you’re always on the go and you need a stable connection, then consider the following options below:

  • Prepaid SIM Cards

These hassle-free chips let you access mobile data and communication services during your stay. While many providers offer decent plans for travelers, some prepaid services might have reduced access to certain services (so read carefully before committing to a plan). 

Also, there are plenty of convenient ways to top up your prepaid SIM, such as visiting a top-up site, downloading their app, or finding a physical store. Most expats recommend Chingu Mobile for short-term stays because it provides decent service across the country. If you’re looking for exceptional long-term support, try Woori Mobile .

The best thing about signing up for either service is that you don’t have to provide an Alien Registration Card number, though if you want to keep using the service, you can connect it later once you have your ARC card.

Note that before buying a SIM, you have to check your phone specifications to determine what kind of SIM card it needs (Standard, Micro, or Nano-SIM). All you have to do is open your SIM slot to note your type. 

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You can also try using an eSIM. These are digital versions of prepaid SIM cards that are becoming increasingly popular among expats in South Korea. Since they are digital, you do not need to physically insert a card into your device.

Instead, it requires you to download a profile to your phone, and you’ll be connected instantly, much like with an online bank account in Korea. Another advantage of using an eSIM is that some providers have coverage in multiple cities.

If you think an eSIM is exactly what you need, check out the prices offered on sites like Nomad , Airhub , and eSIM Korea . If you want to explore other options, WHIZ , Frewie , and Klook also have eSIM cards for cheaper rates.

  • Korean Phone Carrier SIMs

Another way to enjoy seamless long-term service is to register with a main local telecom company, such as LG U+, SK, and KT. Their postpaid plans might offer better value in terms of pricing and features than constantly charging a prepaid SIM.

However, remember that these options require you to sign up for a contract or provide additional documentation, such as your passport, a local address, and an Alien Registration Card. Also note that you may have to provide an advance payment of ₩200,000 (~$150USD) .

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📲 Major Telecom Providers in Korea

SK Telecom is one of the leading telecommunications providers in South Korea, well-known for being the fastest in terms of download speed for 5G networks internationally. It’s also referred to as the best Korean Telco, which means it’s the most expensive mobile operator for postpaid plans in the country.

The cheapest 5GX Plan with unlimited data costs ₩89,000 (~$65USD) per month, but the cheapest plan without unlimited data (₩69,000 or ~$50USD) already provides a generous amount of data (100GB) before speeds get restricted. You can also enjoy a budget 5G plan for ₩60,000 (~$45USD), which lets people enjoy 37-99 gigabytes of high-speed data.

For foreigners who commit to a year-long stay teaching in Korea (via the EPIK program ), SK Telecom also partnered with Kimchi Mobile to help ease costs for private academy teachers affiliated with Korvia , who actually helped me find my placement in Korea in 2016.

You can enjoy unlimited data, calls, and text messages for a year—by availing of this 12-month mobile plan, you also enjoy discounted rates throughout the year. However, it's important to note that if you terminate the contract prematurely, the discounted amount will need to be repaid . 

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KT Olleh, another popular choice by locals and my network of choice, delivers top-notch high-speed internet and comprehensive mobile services across the country. They offer a variety of SIM cards tailored to various needs, including options created for tourists.

Among these, the 4G Prepaid SIM Card from Klook stands out as an exceptional choice for people staying up to 30 days. This specific card gives you unlimited data without any limits on use, ensuring that you can remain connected during your visit.

Moreover, if your stay extends up to 90 days or longer, KT Olleh also has appropriate SIM card options to accommodate longer visits in Korea.

Last but not least is LG U+, known for being the third-largest wireless carrier in South Korea. Despite the cybersecurity issues that hit the company early in 2023, LG U+ is still a trusted mobile carrier because they come up with plenty of options travelers can choose from, and fans of BTS can enjoy a range of prices if they purchase or reserve a product on the LG U+ website .

The only downside is that if you choose to buy a “data-only” eSIM from LG U+, you may be given a 012 area code instead of the usual 010. This may cause you problems if you try using this for queue number ticketing or reservations.  

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💳 Purchasing a SIM Card in Korea

Incheon airport.

As soon as you touch down at Incheon Airport , there are plenty of stations where you can get a SIM card. You can buy one quickly and directly from SK, KT, and LG U+ stands near exits 10-11 of Terminal 1 or Exits 4-5 of Terminal 2 .

Note that the lines can be long and it may take awhile before your number gets called, so to avoid the hassle, try purchasing from trusted third-party sites like Trazy , Klook , and Get Your Guide and you can either have the SIM cards delivered to your home or claimed at the booth as soon as you exit customs.

Through these channels, you can also get a free T-Money card , a handy reusable card that lets you navigate the Seoul metro with ease, and which you can top up at any convenience store. 

In Seoul, there are plenty of options for purchasing a SIM card. Every station you exit, there’s always a handy major telecom provider’s store nearby (and you can find them by searching for “텔레콤” ( tellekom ) in your preferred mobile map app . Make sure you have your passport and Alien Registration Card (if you have one) in order to register.

Outside Seoul

In far-flung parts of South Korea, like Busan, Daegu, or Gangneung, the process of purchasing a SIM card is similar to that in Seoul, with telecom stores located throughout the city.

Remember to carry your passport for identification, and consider choosing an unlimited data SIM card for convenience and value. Doing so takes away the need to stop by convenience stores or any Wi-Fi hub to top up your SIM.

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🤳 Activation and Registration Process

To activate and register a Korean SIM card, you must follow some important steps to ensure a smooth process. First, make sure you have your Alien Registration Card and passport ready. The only time an ARC isn’t needed is if you’re applying for a short-term stay plan (fewer than 30 days).

Other plans also let you register for long-term plans, provided that you have enough documentation to prove that you will acquire an ARC later (e.g., Proof of Visa, student or work documents).

Before purchasing a Korean SIM card, choose a plan that suits you. There are different options, including KT’s prepaid plans . These plans offer benefits like no subscription fees, basic rates, and no contracts. The cost of any calls and texts comes from your chosen prepaid amount. 

After the store has verified your supporting documents, you can now activate your SIM card. Activation is typically done at the place of purchase, but some providers also allow online activation by submitting your SIM information and passport image— make sure to follow their step-by-step guide to avoid any activation issues.

Once your SIM card is activated, you’ll receive a Korean phone number. Remember to share your new number with friends, family, and colleagues so they can easily contact you, especially if you’re in-country for a few weeks.

Keep in mind that each service provider might have slightly different procedures for activation and registration. I recommend you research and inquire about these processes beforehand to ensure a seamless experience.

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📝 Data Plans and Packages

When choosing a Korean SIM card, it’s important to think about the different data plans and packages. These will help you with your communication and work needs in the country. There are many choices that match different things you might need, like calls, SMS, and data packages.

Sometimes there are helpful promos that offer mobile fee discounts for foreigners , but these may have limited benefits and may be a little inconvenient, especially if you’re using more internet due to work or other reasons (like mobile gaming or constantly connecting with family back home).

If having a lot of data is important to you but you’re only planning to stay for a short period of time, you can still find prepaid SIM cards that give you short-term access to large or unlimited data, or you can just get the “data-only” plans.

For instance, plenty of unlimited data SIM cards offer great value for short-term travelers under $50USD per month, like KT’s 30-day plan or SK’s Chingu Mobile’s Unlimited Data Plan .

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🤔 Comparing Online Platforms

When looking for a Korean SIM card, Klook is a top platform to consider. They offer the KT Olleh card, which provides unlimited data for stays of 30 days or less. There is also no fair usage policy, making it an attractive option if you rely heavily on internet access.

The Klook website is user-friendly, allowing you to easily browse and compare South Korean SIM card options. However, remember to read customer reviews and be aware of potential affiliate links on their site if it sounds too positive of a review.

Another platform worth checking out is Trazy . They offer SIM cards with competitive pricing and package options. When browsing Trazy, you can find detailed descriptions that outline the coverage, data limits, and network providers. Remember to read the website's information and customer reviews to ensure you're making an informed decision.

Amazon is a well-known online marketplace where you can find various Korean SIM card options, almost all of which can be shipped to any country. While shopping on Amazon , look for reputable brands like LG U+, SK, and KT. Be cautious of third-party sellers and read product reviews to verify the authenticity and quality of the SIM cards. 

Jeju Island

If you plan to only visit Jeju Island, purchasing a SIM card locally may be the most convenient choice, especially on a last-minute trip. You can find Korean SIM cards at airport kiosks, convenience stores, or even at more general electronics stores.

Do some research to find the best option for your needs before arriving at Jeju Island, as the selection may be limited during lower tourism seasons. Check product descriptions and consult with store staff for recommendations.

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✅ eSIM and Alternative Options

When traveling to South Korea, an eSIM is easier to use than traditional physical SIM cards. If compatible with your phone, eSIMs are great for travelers who want a hassle-free way to stay connected during their trip. 

Airalo is a popular option for eSIMs, offering reliable connectivity for your trip to South Korea. To use this service, all you have to do is download the Airalo app , choose your destination and preferred package, and they will send you a QR code that activates your eSIM.

For Korea, it only offers LG U+ eSIMs with unlimited data for 10 days ($32USD) or for 30 days ($62USD). But if you want to explore other options, you should also consider their Discover+ eSIM plans, though they do not provide unlimited data. 

Frewie is another option travelers trust to get eSIMs for South Korea. Frewie offers a wide range of eSIM data plans for various durations and capacities. It also provides a comprehensive guide to eSIM-compatible devices and an installation guide for Android and iOS users.

The installation process is slightly different from Airalo's, but it’s the best option if you’re looking for a cheaper option. 

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✈️ Roaming and Travel SIM Cards

There is also another option that lets you utilize roaming services from your home carrier.

Roaming costs can be quite expensive, as you might end up paying high charges for calls, texts, and data usage, which is why I highly recommend that you get a local SIM card to avoid any unexpected expenses.

Depending on the plan, you can get a South Korean number (which is a requirement for signing up for banks, websites, and apps like maps, transportation, and food/item delivery services) and typically unlimited data or a set amount of data at 4G/5G speeds.

Another option is to consider getting a Prepaid International SIM Card by TravelSim , which lets you keep your existing SIM card and stay up to date with your socials. All you have to do is top up your eSIM through your online TravelSim account.

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🚌 Pocket Wi-Fi and Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

For those traveling with family or friends, you can also try using a Wi-Fi egg, which is a portable device that lets you connect to the Internet on the go and provides unlimited data in most cases. 

Major companies like SKT, KT, and LG U+ offer Wi-Fi eggs with various plans that can save you a bundle if you don’t need to have a local phone number. You can also consult third-party services like Klook, Trazy , PocketWiFi Korea , and WiFi Egg Korea if you want cheaper options.

This eliminates the need to purchase a local SIM card, and you can trust that you will stay connected at all times. While relying on public WiFi has advantages, you should keep in mind that connection quality and speed can be inconsistent. Moreover, you may need to constantly register for sites to use certain hotspots, which can be mentally exhausting.

Lastly, you should be vigilant about using public channels because these may pose cybersecurity issues. To mitigate these risks, use a Virtual Private Network, turn off sharing, avoid “fishy-looking” websites, and use two-factor authentication where appropriate.

Pocket wi-fi with battery charger on brown wood table.

📞 International Calling and Local Calls

Before traveling to South Korea, you may want to check international calling rates provided by your local carrier. Keep in mind that the rates for international calls can vary depending on the SIM card you choose.

It’s important to understand your phone company’s charges for international calls, texts, and data before you travel. This way, you can avoid any surprises on your bill.

🌐 Network Coverage and Internet Connection

When you’re in South Korea, you can expect top-notch network coverage and Internet speed. Whether you have chosen SK, KT, or LG U+, or affiliate or separate networks, note that having a Korean SIM card grants you access to their strong 4G LTE coverage, which blankets almost the entire nation.

This means that you will definitely have a taste of the super-fast internet speeds the country is famous for without constantly needing to try to connect to public Wi-Fi. You can smoothly browse the web, watch videos, and use social media without any trouble.

This fantastic connectivity also makes your overall experience of the country better, especially if you spend a lot of time on buses or trains.

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🙋 Frequently Asked Questions

To purchase a prepaid Korean SIM card, you can visit an authorized retailer or choose an option online. Websites like Korea SIM offer convenient options for ordering a SIM card before your trip, and they will provide you with detailed instructions on how to activate and use the card upon arrival in South Korea.

Major Korean telecom providers, such as SK Telecom, KT Olleh, and LG U+, offer 4G unlimited data plans for prepaid SIM cards. Be sure to compare the plans available from different providers, as features, coverage, and price may vary.

Prices for KT Olleh and SK Telecom SIM cards vary depending on the plan, duration, and data allowance. Typically, prices range from $20USD to $60USD or more for prepaid SIM cards. It's important to compare the plans and choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.

You can buy a SIM card at various locations in South Korea, including airports, authorized retailers, and online websites. Incheon International Airport has SIM card stands near exits 10-11 of Terminal 1 or exits 4-5 of Terminal 22, making it convenient for travelers to purchase a SIM card upon arrival.

Yes, there are SIM cards specifically designed for tourists in Korea. These cards usually offer affordable options for data, text, and voice services, catering to travelers' needs. Providers like Klook or Trazy offer SIM cards tailored for tourists, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay in Korea.

Most Korean SIM cards include a local phone number, allowing you to make and receive calls within South Korea. Be sure to check the details of your selected SIM card to verify whether a phone number is included, and familiarize yourself with any associated charges for voice services. Moreover, if you plan to use your phone to register for any kind of South Korean service, make sure that your phone number prefix is 010 to avoid any hassles.

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  • 3X Earn 3 points per $1 on Air Travel and Other Hotel Purchases, at Restaurants, Supermarkets, Gas and EV Charging Stations.
  • 1X Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

What we love: Its annual hotel benefit could offer terrific value even if you only make a few trips per year. Spend $500 on a single hotel booking through CitiTravel.com each calendar year and you’ll instantly get a $100 benefit— enough to offset the annual fee all on its own. Alternatives:   The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card may offer more value for both frequent travelers and everyday spenders, thanks mostly to its high point redemption value. And while its hotel perk is only worth up to $50 in annual statement credits toward hotel stays through Chase Travel, you’ll only need to spend $50 to earn it (versus $500 with the Strata Premier).

  • It earns rewards in several key everyday spending categories, so it should be easy to earn travel points even if you don’t actually spend a ton on travel.
  • It stacks exceptionally well with no-annual-fee Citi rewards cards, giving you a chance to maximize your rewards in nearly every major spending category.
  • You’ll only earn the annual hotel benefit if you book a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) through CitiTravel.com. That’s pretty inflexible.
  • Bankrate estimates that Citi rewards carry a lower average redemption value (around 1.6 cents per point) than several competing programs (some of which offer 2 cents per point or more in value).
  • Earn 10 points per $1 spent on Hotels, Car Rentals, and Attractions booked on CitiTravel.com.
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on Air Travel and Other Hotel Purchases, at Restaurants, Supermarkets, Gas and EV Charging Stations.
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • $100 Annual Hotel Benefit: Once per calendar year, enjoy $100 off a single hotel stay of $500 or more (excluding taxes and fees) when booked through CitiTravel.com. Benefit applied instantly at time of booking.
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases

Best for food and travel

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American Express® Gold Card

Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X). Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.

  • 4X Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
  • 4X Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • 3X Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.

What we love: This premium card offers one of the best rewards rates you can get with a single card on both dining and U.S. supermarket purchases, plus stellar travel rewards value via its list of Amex transfer partners. It has a pricey annual fee, but traveling foodies might find the additional yearly credits on eligible dining, Uber and hotel purchases (through American Express Travel) valuable enough to nearly offset the $250 annual fee . Learn more: Why expert Matt Bundrick loves the Amex Gold Alternative: For a higher annual fee, the Amex Platinum and the Chase Sapphire Reserve are smart picks if you’re itching for more than dining rewards since both offer better travel perks , rewards and protections. But the Capital One SavorOne or Chase Sapphire Preferred could be a better fit if you want excellent dining and grocery rewards for a more modest annual fee.

  • Transferring points to partner airline or hotel loyalty programs, which include popular brands like Delta and Hilton, can get you more value.
  • You can earn additional rewards by enrolling in Amex Offers.
  • You'll need to use the annual credits or transfer points for travel frequently to offset the annual fee.
  • Your points are worth much less if you redeem them to cover dining purchases or any travel purchases other than airfare (they’re often worth half as much or less).
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Get a $100 experience credit with a minimum two-night stay when you book The Hotel Collection through American Express Travel. Experience credit varies by property.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.

Best for flat-rate cash rewards

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Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card

Earn a $200 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in purchases in the first 3 months

Earn unlimited 2% cash rewards on purchases

  • 2% Earn unlimited 2% cash rewards on purchases

What we love: This well-rounded card carries one of the highest flat cash rewards rates available. Since there’s no need to track categories or jump through additional hoops, it’s an especially good fit if you prefer a simple cash rewards structure. Learn more: Expert Aja McClanahan discusses if the Wells Fargo Active Cash is worth it Alternative: The Citi Double Cash® Card may be a better option if you’re looking for a long intro APR balance transfer offer. The Chase Freedom Unlimited® could also be more valuable thanks to its additional 3 percent cash back categories. 

  • Paying your monthly cellphone bill with your card earns you cellphone protection, a relatively valuable perk.
  • You can redeem your rewards as physical cash in $20 increments when you use a Wells Fargo ATM — a convenient option missing from many rewards cards.
  • Though it comes with Visa Signature® features, the Active Cash card's extra perks are otherwise limited.
  • You cannot transfer rewards to airline or hotel loyalty programs and can only redeem through Wells Fargo.
  • Select "Apply Now" to take advantage of this specific offer and learn more about product features, terms and conditions.
  • Earn a $200 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Earn unlimited 2% cash rewards on purchases.
  • 0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and qualifying balance transfers. 20.24%, 25.24%, or 29.99% Variable APR thereafter; balance transfers made within 120 days qualify for the intro rate and fee of 3% then a BT fee of up to 5%, min: $5.
  • $0 annual fee.
  • No categories to track or remember and cash rewards don't expire as long as your account remains open.
  • Find tickets to top sports and entertainment events, book travel, make dinner reservations and more with your complimentary 24/7 Visa Signature® Concierge.
  • Up to $600 of cell phone protection against damage or theft. Subject to a $25 deductible.

Best no annual fee travel card

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Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

  • Earn a bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $200 in travel

5 Miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel 1.25 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

1.25 Miles - 5 Miles

  • 1.25 Miles 1.25 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

What we love: Although you only earn 1.25X miles on purchases other than Capital One Travel hotel and rental car bookings, its intro APR offer and transfer partners make it a great option for savings-minded travelers and rewards beginners alike. Learn more: 7 reasons to get the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Card Alternative: If you prioritize a card’s rewards rate over basic travel perks and transfer partners, consider the no-annual-fee Discover it® Miles card or the Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card for a 1.5X reward rate on all purchases that can be redeemed for versatile travel purchase statement credits. 

  • You can transfer miles to airline and hotel partners — a rare perk for a no-annual-fee travel card.
  • There’s a relatively lengthy intro APR period for purchase and balance transfer— uncommon for a travel mile card.
  • If you don’t plan on transferring rewards to Capital One’s travel partners, another travel rewards card may offer better point redemption value.
  • If you usually fly within the U.S., keep in mind that Capital One’s transfer partners don’t include any major domestic airlines or hotels outside the Wyndham brand.
  • $0 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees
  • Earn unlimited 1.25X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Enjoy 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months; 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR after that; balance transfer fee applies

Best overall

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Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • Earn a one-time $200 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

8% Cash Back on Capital One Entertainment purchases 5% Cash Back on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel (terms apply) 3% Cash Back on dining, entertainment, popular streaming services and at grocery stores (excluding superstores like Walmart® and Target®) 1% Cash Back on all other purchases

  • 8% 8% Cash Back on Capital One Entertainment purchases
  • 5% 5% Cash Back on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel (terms apply)
  • 3% 3% Cash Back on dining, entertainment, popular streaming services and at grocery stores (excluding superstores like Walmart® and Target®)
  • 1% 1% Cash Back on all other purchases

Why it’s the best overall: "If I had to pick one rewards card to use for all of my spending, this would be near the top of my list. Its low cost and great rewards rate in some of my most important everyday spending categories mean it offers terrific standalone value. It’s an even better fit now that I have a Capital One travel card and can transfer rewards to it (and maybe even squeeze more value out of them)."  — Nouri Zarrugh , Senior Editor, Credit Cards What we love: This card’s terrific mix of everyday bonus categories makes it a top pick if you want a single card that earns rewards on food and fun. You’ll earn an excellent unlimited cash back rate at restaurants, grocery stores (excluding superstores like Walmart® and Target®) and even on many entertainment purchases that don’t typically earn credit card rewards — like tickets to movies, sporting events and more. Learn more: Is the Capital One SavorOne worth it? Alternative: If you don’t spend much at the grocery store or on entertainment, then the Chase Freedom Unlimited® may be a better option . You'll have plenty of chances to earn cash back in multiple bonus categories (including dining) and a fair flat rate for all other eligible purchases. 

  • It’s easily one of the most well-rounded rewards cards available thanks to its generous cash back rates and variety, accessible welcome offer and long intro APR periods.
  • It offers automatic cash back redemption — a relatively rare option that can make the rewards experience even easier.
  • Superstores and wholesale clubs like Walmart, Target, BJ’s and Sam’s Club do not count for elevated rewards rates, which may limit your potential earnings.
  • You can redeem cash rewards on Amazon.com, but there is a list of restricted items .
  • Earn unlimited 3% cash back on dining, entertainment, popular streaming services and at grocery stores (excluding superstores like Walmart® and Target®), plus 1% on all other purchases
  • Earn 10% cash back on purchases made through Uber & Uber Eats, plus complimentary Uber One membership statement credits through 11/14/2024
  • Earn 8% cash back on Capital One Entertainment purchases
  • Earn unlimited 5% cash back on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options. Terms apply
  • No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months; 19.99% - 29.99% variable APR after that; balance transfer fee applies
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • No annual fee

Best for luxury travel

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.

  • 5X Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.
  • 5X Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.

What we love: This card’s perks, protections and credits eclipse those of competing travel cards, offering thousands in value and making it easy to justify its expensive annual fee. If you take advantage of its luxury travel and shopping benefits, this can be one of the best travel cards available. Learn more: Is the Amex Platinum worth the yearly fee? Alternative: The Amex Platinum's perks may not be a great fit for some cardholders. The Chase Sapphire Reserve or Capital One Venture X may offer more practical perks at a lower cost. 

  • You could earn perhaps the most valuable welcome offer currently available when applying for the Amex Platinum through CardMatch : 150,000 points after spending $8,000 on purchases within the first six months.
  • Carries perhaps the most comprehensive lounge access, hotel privileges and travel benefits of any mainstream personal card.
  • Several annual credits and perks aren’t practical for many cardholders (like the Equinox and private jet program offers), which may make the $695 annual fee tough to offset.
  • The bonus category coverage is quite narrow, so you’ll have to lean on the extra perks for the bulk of your value.
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Hotel Credit: Get up to $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back in statement credits each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Disney+, a Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, The New York Times, Peacock, and The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment required.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With complimentary access to more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more airport lounge options than any other credit card issuer on the market. As of 03/2023.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Save on eligible delivery fees, shipping, and more with a Walmart+ membership. Use your Platinum Card® to pay for a monthly Walmart+ membership and get up to $12.95 plus applicable taxes back on one membership (excluding Plus Ups) each month.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only. Terms Apply.
  • $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit: CLEAR® Plus helps to get you to your gate faster at 50+ airports nationwide and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your Membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Card. CLEARLanes are available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues.
  • Receive either a $100 statement credit every 4 years for a Global Entry application fee or a statement credit up to $85 every 4.5 year period for TSA PreCheck® application fee for a 5-year plan only (through a TSA PreCheck® official enrollment provider), when charged to your Platinum Card®. Card Members approved for Global Entry will also receive access to TSA PreCheck at no additional cost.
  • Shop Saks with Platinum: Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases in Saks Fifth Avenue stores or at saks.com on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • Unlock access to exclusive reservations and special dining experiences with Global Dining Access by Resy when you add your Platinum Card® to your Resy profile.
  • $695 annual fee.

Best for easy-to-earn credits

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Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months – that’s $600 toward your next trip.

Earn unlimited 5X points on hotels Earn unlimited 4X points on airlines Earn unlimited 3X points on other travel and restaurants Earn 1X points on other purchases

  • 5X Earn unlimited 5X points on hotels
  • 4X Earn unlimited 4X points on airlines
  • 3X Earn unlimited 3X points on other travel and restaurants
  • 1X Earn 1X points on other purchases

What we love: Though the card carries an annual fee ($95), it should be easy to offset thanks to the $50 statement credit you can earn each year you make a $50 minimum airline purchase. Earning this should be no problem even for occasional travelers. Plus, you aren’t forced to use the credit toward future airfare or hotel bookings as you are with some competing travel cards. Alternatives: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is one of its main competitors since it also carries a $95 annual fee and earns rewards in many of the same categories. It has a leg up when it comes to redemption, though, since its points are worth 25 percent more when you use them to book Chase travel.

  • Redemption is flexible: You can use rewards for travel and cash back without worrying about point values, or you can transfer to one of the issuer’s new airline and hotel partners.
  • It carries a decent mix of practical travel perks, including lost baggage reimbursement and trip cancellation protection that can reimburse you up to $15,000 for lodging, flights, and activities if your trip is canceled for a covered reason.
  • It offers a different rewards rate for hotels, airfare and other travel, making it a bit harder to keep up with than a mid-tier card that offers a flat rewards rate on all travel purchases.
  • You can only stack travel points with the Wells Fargo Autograph℠ Card, and several of its bonus categories overlap with the Autograph Journey card’s.
  • Select “Apply Now” to take advantage of this specific offer and learn more about product features, terms and conditions.
  • Earn unlimited 5X points on hotels, 4X points on airlines, 3X points on other travel and restaurants, and 1X points on other purchases.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Book your travel with the Autograph Journey Card and enjoy Travel Accident Insurance, Lost Baggage Reimbursement, Trip Cancellation and Interruption Protection and Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver.
  • Earn a $50 annual statement credit with $50 minimum airline purchase.
  • Up to $1,000 of cell phone protection against damage or theft. Subject to a $25 deductible.

Best for affordable travel perks

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Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

10 Miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel 5 Miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

2 Miles - 10 Miles

  • 10 Miles 10 Miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
  • 5 Miles 5 Miles per dollar on flights booked through Capital One Travel

What we love: Yearly perks like $300 in annual credits for Capital One travel bookings can make the Venture X worth it for both occasional and frequent travelers who want top-tier perks at a lower cost than competing luxury cards. Learn more: Why the Capital One Venture X is great for saving on your next trip Alternative: If you don't think you'll use Venture X’s features , consider a lower-cost travel card instead. The base Venture card also earns a flat 2X miles, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred can offer higher redemption value and other bonus categories beyond travel. 

  • Since the card’s travel perks make it easy to offset the annual fee, you won’t have to worry about offsetting the card’s cost with earning enough rewards.
  • You’ll also enjoy Visa Infinite benefits (including exclusive travel concierge service) and the Capital One Travel portal’s AI-powered pricing perks for more affordable bookings.
  • It’s missing a number of the luxury benefits you’ll find on rival cards, like an annual CLEAR membership credit, complimentary hotel or airline loyalty status and other airline hotel and restaurant partner perks.
  • Its biggest drawback is perhaps Capital One’s lack of major domestic airline partners, which limits the value of your miles compared to rewards on other travel cards.
  • Receive a $300 annual credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Elevate every hotel stay from the Premier or Lifestyle Collections with a suite of cardholder benefits, like an experience credit, room upgrades, and more

Best card for everyday spending

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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Earn an extra 1.5% on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) — worth up to $300 cash back. That's 6.5% on travel purchased through Chase Travel, 4.5% on dining and drugstores, and 3% on all other purchases.

Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service 1.5% on all other purchases

  • 5% Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more
  • 3% 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service
  • 1.5% 1.5% on all other purchases

What we love: This unique card not only earns an elevated rewards rate on all purchases, but also gives you an edge over similar cards with its year-round dining and drugstore bonus categories. If you want to pick one card and stick with it, this is a great choice.   Learn more: Is the Chase Freedom Unlimited worth it? Alternatives: A 2 percent flat-rate cash back card like the Citi Double Cash® Card could be better if you’re focused on flat-rate rewards. A card designed for everyday spending, like the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card or the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express could also be more lucrative as a standalone option.

  • With solid earning rates, a decent sign-up bonus, and a strong intro APR offer, this is a great card for any rewards enthusiast.
  • You can combine this card’s rewards with other premium Chase rewards to unlock more value through travel redemptions and partners.
  • A few rival no-annual-fee cards carry a higher rewards rate on general spending.
  • The welcome offer could require more effort to earn the typical $200 value other cards can deliver.
  • Intro Offer: Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!
  • Enjoy 6.5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more; 4.5% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and 3% on all other purchases (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year).
  • After your first year or $20,000 spent, enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.
  • No minimum to redeem for cash back. You can choose to receive a statement credit or direct deposit into most U.S. checking and savings accounts. Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open!
  • Enjoy 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 20.49% - 29.24%.
  • No annual fee – You won't have to pay an annual fee for all the great features that come with your Freedom Unlimited® card
  • Keep tabs on your credit health, Chase Credit Journey helps you monitor your credit with free access to your latest score, alerts, and more.

Best for category variety

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Discover it® Cash Back

  • Intro Offer: Unlimited Cashback Match for all new cardmembers – only from Discover. Discover will automatically match all the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year! There’s no minimum spending or maximum rewards. You could turn $150 cash back into $300.

Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at different places you shop each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more, up to the quarterly maximum when you activate. Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases - automatically.

  • 5% Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at different places you shop each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more, up to the quarterly maximum when you activate.
  • 1% Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases - automatically.

What we love: Discover’s cash back calendar usually is packed with essential everyday categories, so there are plenty of opportunities to rake in cash back if you don’t mind strategizing where and when to shop each quarter. This impressive card also boasts market-low rates and fees and a valuable cash back match welcome offer at the end of the first year. Learn more: Why expert Holly Johnson loves the Discover it® Cash Back Alternative: If you’re looking to maximize your seasonal spending rewards, you may get more value from the Chase Freedom Flex℠ thanks to its rotating bonus categories plus year-round 3 percent dining and drugstore categories, which can give you more cash back to lean on if a quarterly category doesn’t align with your spending. 

  • It’s one of the best cash back cards on the market if you’re looking for minimal fees: no annual fee, foreign transaction fees, penalty APR or fee on your first late payment (up to $41 after that). You’ll also enjoy solid intro APR offers and a decent ongoing APR.
  • Its rotating bonus category variety is nearly unmatched, typically including everything from groceries to online shopping.
  • You must activate and track your bonus categories each quarter, which could make the card too high-maintenance for some applicants.
  • The card carries hardly any additional features (like travel insurance or other credits) beyond its rewards and low rates and fees.
  • It has a quarterly spending cap for bonus categories.
  • Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at different places you shop each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more, up to the quarterly maximum when you activate. Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases—automatically.
  • Redeem your rewards for cash at any time.
  • Discover could help you reduce exposure of your personal information online by helping you remove it from select people-search sites that could sell your data. It’s free, activate with the mobile app.
  • Get a 0% intro APR for 15 months on purchases. Then 18.24% to 28.24% Standard Variable Purchase APR applies, based on credit worthiness.
  • No annual fee.
  • Terms and conditions apply.

Best starter rewards card

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Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • Earn a one-time $200 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening

Earn unlimited 5% cash back on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options. Terms apply Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day

  • 5% Earn unlimited 5% cash back on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options. Terms apply
  • 1.5% Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day

What we love: If you’re new to rewards and want to keep things simple, this card’s straightforward rewards program should be a terrific fit. Add in perks like an intro APR and the ability to redeem rewards automatically and this card should be a well-rounded starter option. Learn more: Why expert Nicole Dieker loves the Capital One Quicksilver Alternative: A few flat-rate rewards cards easily beat the Quicksilver due to its low rewards rate, including the Wells Fargo Active Cash (unlimited 2 percent cash rewards) and the Chase Freedom Unlimited (bonus rewards on dining and drugstore purchases as well as a flat 1.5 percent rewards rate on general purchases). 

  • The card’s welcome bonus is one of the easiest to earn with a low spend requirement.
  • You can earn rewards with minimal effort before graduating to a higher-maintenance card that offers better rewards rates.
  • Even compared to other cash back cards available with no annual fee, its perks are limited.
  • Some rival cards offer unlimited 2 percent cash back on all purchases while still charging no annual fee.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • Enjoy up to 6 months of complimentary Uber One membership statement credits through 11/14/2024
  • No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn

Best rewards value

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Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,125 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

Earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠. Earn 5x total points on flights through Chase Travel℠. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 10x Earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠.
  • 5x Earn 5x total points on flights through Chase Travel℠.
  • 3x Earn 3x points on other travel and dining.
  • 1x Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

What we love: Its travel and dining rewards are some of the most valuable we’ve found if you plan to take advantage of Chase’s card combinations, transfer partners, Ultimate Rewards redemption options. Fortunately, these rewards can go straight into your next trip rather than toward the annual fee, courtesy of first-class benefits like the $300 in annual travel credits, comprehensive travel insurance and airport perks. Learn more: Why expert Holly Johnson loves the Chase Sapphire Reserve Alternative: The Amex Platinum card provides even more annual credits and luxury privileges, including better airport lounge access. Meanwhile, the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture X may be more cost-effective and can help you earn rewards at a similar (or even higher) rate in their key categories.

  • The general travel category alone is quite comprehensive, and the first $300 you spend on these purchases is covered by annual travel credits.
  • It pairs incredibly well with other Chase rewards cards since you can pool points across multiple cards and boost your point value by 50 percent when you redeem for Chase Travel℠ bookings.
  • This card charges a steep $550 annual fee, which may be hard to upkeep if you aren’t planning to use perks other than the rewards and annual travel credits (like the Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership).
  • Its luxury travel perk roster isn’t as strong as that of some rival cards since it’s missing benefits like complimentary airline or hotel loyalty status.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,125 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Travel℠ immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Travel℠. For example, 75,000 points are worth $1125 toward travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®

Best for groceries

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Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

  • Earn a $250 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 6 months.

6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%). 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions. 3% Cash Back on transit including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more. 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations 1% Cash Back on other purchases

  • 6% 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%).
  • 6% 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions.
  • 3% 3% Cash Back on transit including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more.
  • 3% 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations
  • 1% 1% Cash Back on other purchases

What we love: Maximizing the Blue Cash Preferred could make it perhaps the most rewarding card for groceries year-round — especially if you’re a commuter or part of a family or household that spends a lot at U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations. What’s more, the annual credits and elevated rates for other everyday expenses like transit, select U.S. streaming services and U.S. gas station purchases make it a more well-rounded card. Learn more: Why expert Ted Rossman loves the Blue Cash Preferred Alternative: A flat-rate card like the Wells Fargo Active Cash Card could provide better value at superstores (like Target and Walmart) or wholesale clubs (like Costco or Sam’s Club). And if the annual fee is a deal-breaker, the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or the Bank of America® Customized Cash Rewards credit card may work for smaller budgets.

  • The card also offers unlimited 6 percent back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions — one of the best rates available in that category.
  • Few premium cards offer intro APR periods, but this card provides an intro APR on purchases and balance transfers — handy for chipping away at the cost of large expenses over time.
  • Your only redemption options are statement credits, gift cards or merchandise.
  • Purchases at wholesale clubs, superstores (like Walmart), and specialty stores (bakeries, farmers markets, etc.) are excluded from the card’s U.S. supermarket bonus category and only earn 1 percent back.
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Buy Now, Pay Later: Enjoy $0 intro plan fees when you use Plan It® to split up large purchases into monthly installments. Pay $0 intro plan fees on plans created during the first 12 months from the date of account opening. Plans created after that will have a monthly plan fee up to 1.33% of each eligible purchase amount moved into a plan based on the plan duration, the APR that would otherwise apply to the purchase, and other factors.
  • Low Intro APR: 0% on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months from the date of account opening. After that, your APR will be a variable APR of 19.24% - 29.99%. Variable APRs will not exceed 29.99%.
  • 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%).
  • 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions.
  • 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations.
  • 3% Cash Back on transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more).
  • 1% Cash Back on other purchases.
  • Cash Back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit or at Amazon.com checkout.
  • Get up to $120 in statement credits annually when you pay for an auto-renewing subscription to Equinox+ at equinoxplus.com with your Blue Cash Preferred® Card. That’s $10 in statement credits each month. Enrollment required.
  • Thinking about getting the Disney Bundle which can include Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+? Your decision made easy with $7/month back in the form of a statement credit after you spend $9.99 or more each month on an eligible subscription (subject to auto renewal) with your Blue Cash Preferred® Card. Enrollment required.

Best for gas

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Citi Custom Cash® Card

Earn $200 in cash back after you spend $1500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.

Earn 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, up to the first $500 spent, 1% cash back thereafter. Special Travel Offer: Earn an additional 4% cash back on hotels, car rentals, and attractions booked on Citi Travel℠ portal through 6/30/2025. Earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

  • 5% Earn 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, up to the first $500 spent, 1% cash back thereafter.
  • 4% Special Travel Offer: Earn an additional 4% cash back on hotels, car rentals, and attractions booked on Citi Travel℠ portal through 6/30/2025.
  • 1% Earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

What we love: This card automatically earns bonus rewards in your biggest spending category each billing cycle, with 10 eligible categories including gas. The rewards rate is one of the highest available year-round on gas purchases without requiring an annual fee, making it a remarkable partner card for frequent drivers aiming to maximize everyday rewards on fluctuating gas prices. Learn more: Is the Citi Custom Cash worth it? Alternative: For more choice and flexibility, you may prefer the Bank of America Customized Cash card or the U.S. Bank Cash+® Visa Signature® Card . These cards not only let you choose from a wide selection of bonus categories, but you also earn bonus rewards in more than one category. 

  • Since you aren't locked into year-round or quarterly bonus categories, you can enjoy more flexibility in how you earn top rewards.
  • For a no-annual fee card, it offers attractive additional perks if you receive it with World Elite Mastercard status, such as partner offers with Lyft and DoorDash.
  • It may not work well as a standalone card since you’ll only earn 1 percent back on other everyday purchases outside your top eligible spending category.
  • You’ll only earn 5 percent back on your first $500 in an eligible category each billing cycle (1 percent after that). This could hold you back if you spend heavily in one category or share the account among multiple households.
  • Earn $200 cash back after you spend $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.
  • 0% Intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15 months. After that, the variable APR will be 19.24% - 29.24%, based on your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, up to the first $500 spent, 1% cash back thereafter. Also, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases. Special Travel Offer: Earn an additional 4% cash back on hotels, car rentals, and attractions booked on Citi Travel℠ portal through 6/30/2025.
  • No rotating bonus categories to sign up for – as your spending changes each billing cycle, your earn adjusts automatically when you spend in any of the eligible categories.
  • No Annual Fee
  • Citi will only issue one Citi Custom Cash® Card account per person.

Best for everyday travel

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Wells Fargo Autograph℠ Card

  • Earn 20,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months - that's a $200 cash redemption value.

Earn unlimited 3X points on restaurants, travel, gas stations, transit, popular streaming services and phone plans. Earn 1X points on other purchases

  • 3X Earn unlimited 3X points on restaurants, travel, gas stations, transit, popular streaming services and phone plans.

What we love: Thanks to its mix of practical everyday categories, the Autograph card makes for a solid low-maintenance rewards card. Commuters, families and road-trippers can squeeze a lot of value from its gas station, dining at a restaurant, transit and other bonus categories, making it easy to earn points even if you only travel occasionally. Learn more: Is the Wells Fargo Autograph worth it? Alternative: Despite its modest annual fee ($0 intro fee for the first year, then $95), the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express could be more rewarding thanks to its best-in-class cash back rate on U.S. supermarket purchases. It also features many of the same bonus categories as the Autograph card.

  • It's a great standalone card with everyday bonus categories (like restaurants and gas) coupled with harder-to-find extras like cell phone protection plans.
  • The introductory purchase APR could be a big help if you need to chip away at the cost of a trip or other large purchases over time.
  • Unlike some of the best travel cards, the Autograph card doesn’t let you transfer points to airline and hotel loyalty programs, so the value of your rewards may be limited.
  • Frequent travelers hoping for perks like airport lounge access or credits for expedited security will likely get more value out of another card.
  • Earn unlimited 3X points on the things that really add up - like restaurants, travel, gas stations, transit, popular streaming services, and phone plans. Plus, earn 1X points on other purchases.
  • 0% intro APR for 12 months from account opening on purchases. 20.24%, 25.24%, or 29.99% variable APR thereafter.
  • Redeem your rewards points for travel, gift cards, or statement credits. Or shop at millions of online stores and redeem your rewards when you check out with PayPal.

Best for frequent travelers

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Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card

  • Receive 60,000 online bonus points - a $600 value - after you make at least $4,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.

Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases. Earn unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 2X Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases.
  • 1.5X Earn unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

What we love: With qualifying account balances, Bank of America's Preferred Rewards® program can boost your rewards rates by 25 percent to 75 percent, and infrequent flyers can use their points for cash back without losing value. Plus, the up to $100 in annual airline incidental statement credits can help make up for the annual fee if you enjoy in-flight commodities. Learn more: The Bank of America Premium Rewards Card benefits guide Alternatives: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card may be a better alternative since you’ll get many of the same travel perks and protections for the same annual fee, but it has more valuable points.

  • The annual fee is easy to offset with statement credits for airline incidentals.
  • The current welcome offer could cover the cost of a quick trip, depending on the airline.
  • You won’t get a break on interest charges if you carry a balance since it doesn’t have intro APR offers on purchases or balance transfers.
  • To get the most out of this card, you need to have eligible savings or investment accounts with Bank of America or Merrill Lynch.
  • Low $95 annual fee.
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all other purchases. No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire as long as your account remains open.
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards® member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase. That means you could earn 2.5-3.5 points on travel and dining purchases and 1.87 - 2.62 points on all other purchases, for every $1 you spend.
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill® accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center.
  • Get up to $100 in Airline Incidental Statement Credits annually and TSA PreCheck®/Global Entry Statement Credits of up to $100, every four years.
  • Travel Insurance protections to assist with trip delays, cancellations and interruptions, baggage delays and lost luggage.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • This online only offer may not be available if you leave this page or if you visit a Bank of America financial center. You can take advantage of this offer when you apply now.

Best for paying rent

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Bilt Mastercard®

Intro offer is not available for this Wells Fargo credit card.

3x points on dining 2x points on travel 1x points on other purchases Earn up to 1x points on rent payments without the transaction fee, up to 100,000 points each calendar year. When you make at least 5 posted transactions in a statement period using your Bilt Mastercard, you'll earn points on rent and qualifying net purchases.

1X Points - 3X Points

  • 3X Points 3x points on dining
  • 2X Points 2x points on travel
  • 1X Points 1x points on other purchases
  • 1X Points Earn up to 1x points on rent payments without the transaction fee, up to 100,000 points each calendar year. When you make at least 5 posted transactions in a statement period using your Bilt Mastercard, you'll earn points on rent and qualifying net purchases.

What we love: There’s simply no card like it — it’s the only card that lets you earn rewards and avoid fees when you pay rent. Plus, the card offers a long list of high-value travel partners, giving renters and aspiring homeowners tremendous rewards redemption potential toward travel, rent payments or home down payments. Alternative: A no-annual-fee cash back card with everyday categories and additional redemption options, like the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card, could be better for everyday savings. You may also earn more rewards on your utilities and other household expenses with a flat-rate card like the Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card.

  • Bilt points currently rank as some the most valuable rewards on the market based on Bankrate’s latest points and miles valuations .
  • It carries a solid set of perks for a no-annual-fee card, including travel and purchase protections and ongoing credits for Lyft.
  • If you are looking to build credit, this is one of the few cards that lets you earn rewards and build credit too.
  • Redemption options are limited, and you can’t opt for regular cash back. Your main options are redeeming to cover rent, a home down payment or travel.
  • You have to make at least five transactions with the card before rewards rates apply.
  • $0 Annual Fee.
  • Earn up to 1x points on rent payments without the transaction fee, up to 100,000 points each calendar year.
  • 2x points on travel.
  • 3x points on dining.
  • 1x points on other purchases.
  • Earn points when you make 5 transactions that post each statement period.
  • When renting at a Bilt Alliance property, you can choose to have your rent payments automatically reported by Bilt to the three major credit bureaus each month; Experian™, TransUnion™, and Equifax™.

Best for small-business owners

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American Express® Business Gold Card

Welcome Offer: Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.*

Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points on the 2 categories where your business spends the most each billing cycle from 6 eligible categories. While your top 2 categories may change, you will earn 4X points on the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these categories each calendar year (then 1X thereafter). Only the top 2 categories each billing cycle will count towards the $150,000 cap. Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com using your Business Gold Card. 1X is earned for other purchases. **

  • 4X Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points on the 2 categories where your business spends the most each billing cycle from 6 eligible categories. While your top 2 categories may change, you will earn 4X points on the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these categories each calendar year (then 1X thereafter). Only the top 2 categories each billing cycle will count towards the $150,000 cap.
  • 3X Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com using your Business Gold Card.
  • 1X 1X is earned for other purchases. **

What we love: It carries a terrific mix of bonus categories tailored to small-business owners, including everything from U.S. gas stations to computer software, so it could be a great standalone option if you’re focused on earning travel rewards more than enjoying lounge access and other luxury perks. Learn more: Why expert Holly Johnson loves the Amex Business Gold card Alternative: The Capital One Venture X Business Rewards Credit Card offers much better travel perks, including an annual travel credit and anniversary bonus points that make it more than worth it. Its flat rewards rate means it’s also a better fit if you’re looking to keep things simple. 

  • Earns bonus rewards in several key small-business spending categories, making it a versatile option as both a standalone and supplementary rewards card.
  • Offers a flexible spending limit via its Pay Over Time feature, which could help you free up cash flow or finance large business purchases.
  • You only earn 4X points on the first $150,000 you spend per year across two eligible spending categories, so you may leave rewards on the table if you have high expenses.
  • It’s missing perks like lounge access and airline or hotel elite status, which you can find on other business travel cards at a similar price level.
  • Welcome Offer: Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.*
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points on the 2 categories where your business spends the most each billing cycle from 6 eligible categories. While your top 2 categories may change, you will earn 4X points on the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these categories each calendar year (then 1X thereafter). Only the top 2 categories each billing cycle will count towards the $150,000 cap.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com using your Business Gold Card.
  • Earn up to $20 in statement credits monthly after you use the Business Gold Card for eligible U.S. purchases at FedEx, Grubhub, and Office Supply Stores. This can be an annual savings of up to $240. Enrollment required.
  • Get up to a $12.95** statement credit back each month after you pay for a monthly Walmart+ membership (subject to auto-renewal) with your Business Gold Card. **Up to $12.95 plus applicable taxes on one membership fee.
  • Your Card – Your Choice. Choose from Gold or Rose Gold.
  • *Terms Apply

Best for online shopping

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  • Get a $100 Amazon Gift Card instantly upon approval exclusively for Prime members

Earn unlimited 5% back at Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, and on Chase Travel purchases with an eligible Prime membership Earn unlimited 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and on local transit and commuting (including rideshare) Earn unlimited 1% back on all other purchases

  • 5% Earn unlimited 5% back at Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, and on Chase Travel purchases with an eligible Prime membership
  • 2% Earn unlimited 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and on local transit and commuting (including rideshare)
  • 1% Earn unlimited 1% back on all other purchases

What we love: Few cards offer such a high rewards rate on Amazon purchases, and perhaps no other card offers this year-round online shopping rate with no spending cap. The card is also surprisingly versatile for Amazon Prime members offline, raking in rewards on Chase Travel bookings and local commuting, as well as purchases at Whole Foods Market, restaurants and gas stations. Learn more: What card expert Holly Johnson loves about the Prime Visa Alternative: If you want to earn rewards on groceries and online shopping without being stuck buying from Amazon.com or Whole Foods, consider the Blue Cash Everyday card. It offers a solid rewards rate on both U.S. online retail purchases and at U.S. supermarkets, making it a more flexible but still lucrative option. 

  • The sign-up bonus is lower than other no-annual-fee rewards card bonuses, but you’ll earn it instantly on approval, with no spending requirement to worry about.
  • Unlocks exclusive pay-over-time financing on eligible Amazon purchases, giving you a chance to chip away at large expenses without stressing over interest charges (terms apply).
  • For a no-annual-fee general rewards card, Prime Visa offers significant travel benefits like no foreign transaction fees, lost luggage reimbursement and travel accident insurance.
  • It doesn’t carry a traditional intro APR, so you can’t finance non-Amazon purchases with a 0 percent APR.
  • An Amazon Prime membership runs $139 per year, so the bonus rates might be only worth it if you already are or plan to become a member.
  • Earn unlimited 5% back at Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods Market with an eligible Prime membership
  • Earn unlimited 5% back on Chase Travel purchases with an eligible Prime membership
  • Earn unlimited 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and on local transit and commuting (including rideshare)
  • Earn unlimited 1% back on all other purchases
  • No annual credit card fee
  • No more waiting. Redeem daily rewards at Amazon.com as soon as the next day

Compare Bankrate’s top rewards credit cards

The information about the My GM Rewards® Mastercard® has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.

* Bankrate’s points and miles valuations are based on an average of the issuer’s five highest-value transfer partners (if available).

A rewards credit card earns points, miles or cash back on eligible purchases you make with the card. You earn these rewards at a flat rate on all purchases or at a higher rate in specific bonus categories depending on the rewards card.

The issuer credits your account with your earnings, which you can redeem for statement credits, travel, gift cards or merchandise.

Types of rewards credit cards

Some of the most common types of rewards credit cards include cash back cards , travel rewards cards and business rewards cards. 

Cash back credit cards

Cash back cards earn back a percentage of your purchases, usually in the form of a statement credit or direct deposit to a linked checking or savings account. Depending on the card, you may earn a percentage back on all purchases ( flat-rate rewards ), in specific bonus categories ( tiered category rewards ), or in categories that change quarterly or monthly ( rotating category rewards ).

Learn more: How to choose a cash back credit card .

Travel rewards credit cards

There are two main types of travel rewards credit cards : co-branded and general-purpose. 

  • Co-branded travel cards offer unique perks and boosted rewards on purchases with specific airlines or hotel brands, typically earning points or miles unique to that brand. This makes them less flexible than general travel cards. 
  • General-purpose travel cards earn rewards that aren’t tied to a single airline or hotel brand. You can often earn more valuable rewards on a wider variety of everyday and travel purchases with these cards. Some cards even let you transfer points or miles to a partner loyalty program.

Business rewards credit cards

Business rewards cards earn cash back, points or miles on common business expenses, like office supplies, advertising services or travel. These cards sometimes carry perks like free employee cards, annual software or service credits, high spending limits and big sign-up bonuses.

Learn more: How to choose a business credit card

From our experts

Based on the most recent J.D. Power U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study , our expert Ted Rossman breaks down the data on the rewards and perks cardholders value, how issuers rank and how you should factor these trends into your credit card decision.

Weighing rewards value

A crucial part of choosing the right rewards card is understanding the value of a card’s earned rewards. Here’s a quick rundown of how reward rates and redemption values work.

  • Understanding rewards rates
  • Understanding redemption values
  • Credit card rewards are usually earned as cash back, points or miles. This means you’ll get a certain number of points/miles or a certain percentage of your purchase back per dollar spent. For example: 1 percent cash back on $100 = $1 cash back. And 1X points or miles on $100 = 100 points or miles back.
  • A card’s reward rate depends on how it earns them. Flat-rate cards typically earn 1.5 percent to 2 percent rewards. Tiered category cards earn anywhere from 2 percent to 6 percent rewards. Rotating category cards often earn 5 percent rewards on categories that change each quarter.
  • Some reward cards have spending caps, meaning the reward rate drops down to 1 percent rewards after you spend a certain amount in a select category within a timeframe. This is often up to $1,500 per quarter or up to $6,000 per year.
  • Reward redemption options differ by card, but often include cash back, travel bookings, gift cards and merchandise through the issuer portal. 
  • Travel redemptions are often the most valuable option, but require the most work. You can redeem points or miles through the issuer travel portal for airfare, hotel stays, travel experiences or rental cars. Some issuers allow you to transfer your points or miles to travel partners, which can boost your reward value even further (or reduce the value if you’re not careful).
  • Cash back redemption values are straightforward and usually worth 1 cent back per dollar spent. On the other hand, keep in mind that points or miles redeemed for cash back are usually worth less than 1 cent.
  • To find out if a rewards card is worth it for you, you’ll need to do some quick math. The easiest way to calculate the value of your rewards points is to divide the cash value of what you’re redeeming your points for by the number of points required to redeem it. (Example: $700 plane ticket / 70,000 points needed = 1 cent point value) 

To make it easier to gauge the right rewards card for the job, we’ve already crunched the numbers for you. Our up-to-date list of point and mile values gives you a sense of how much the most popular airline and hotel rewards are worth on average.

Looking for a particular type of rewards credit card?

Beginner’s guide to credit card points, pros and cons of rewards credit cards.

A rewards card can be a great way to save on purchases but there are some downsides if you’re not careful. If you're wondering whether rewards credit cards are worth it , here are a few pros and cons to keep in mind:

Rewards: You can save money by earning rewards on purchases.

Sign-up bonuses/intro APRs: You can take advantage of a generous sign-up bonus or intro APRs kickstart your rewards or help pay down purchases or a previous balance.

Perks: Many cards feature handy benefits, like travel savings and purchase protections.

Rewards caps: Some cards limit the earnable rewards, which could reduce the card’s value if your spending far exceeds the cap.

High APRs: Cards’ high APRs can cancel out any rewards you may earn.

Annual fees: Unless you maximize your reward earnings or card perks, it may be hard to outweigh the cost of some cards’ annual fees.

Once you have your card in hand, you can put it to work by maximizing its rewards . Here’s some advice from the Bankrate experts on how to put your rewards card to best use. 

Maximizing your card value

Here are some quick tips to help you squeeze out as much value as possible from your rewards card. 

Optimize your spending and redemption

Concentrate your spending on categories that earn higher rewards and track your spending to see if you’re missing out on any reward opportunities. Then, always redeem your rewards for the option that offers maximum value.

You may need to shift your credit card strategy depending on lifestyle changes. For instance, credit card rewards can help minimize inflation costs on groceries, dining and other major expenses. Or if you’re back at the office, a card that rewards gas purchases, travel or transit may fit your budget better.

Earn your sign-up bonus

Make a plan to meet the spending requirement without overspending and redeem your bonus through the optimal redemption method.

Leverage your extra benefits

Make sure you can offset your annual fee via your typical rewards spending. Better yet, do so with your card’s annual credits and perks without relying on your rewards. If you can barely cover the fee or fall short, you may want to downgrade to a no-annual-fee card . Big spenders in the same position may want to upgrade to a premium card for more valuable perks.

Double up on cards to earn more

You can rake in more rewards by pairing a card that rewards your highest spending category with a supporting flat-rate card. This cornerstone strategy ensures you earn rewards on as many purchases as possible, including those that fall outside of typical categories.

Learn more: Best credit card combinations to maximize rewards

Understand merchant category codes (MCCs)

These four-digit codes classify where purchases fall into your card’s bonus categories. Knowing your card network’s MCCs allows you to see whether you need to change your shopping habits, which card is better for which expense and how you may be able to snag unexpected rewards.

Learn more: How to earn more cash back with merchant category codes

Don’t carry a balance

Carrying a balance leads to interest charges, which will eat through any rewards you’ve earned. Set up autopay and pay that month’s statement balance in full to avoid interest.

Tips for choosing the best rewards card for you

Navigating all the rewards card options available can be difficult. Here are some tips and insights from Bankrate writer Garrett Yarbrough about his own reward card journey that can help you decide which rewards card would fit you best .

  • Figure out where you spend the most each month. Once you know your major monthly categories, you match your spending with a fitting rewards card. “My biggest expenses tend to be everyday purchases like groceries, gas and dining. I love to cook, too, so I’d probably lean on a grocery rewards card more than one with a restaurant category,” explains Yarbrough. “On paper, my spending habits meant a card with a high rewards rate at grocery stores would be helpful. But in practice, I’d likely rack up more rewards with a flat-rate card.” 
  • Look at the card's fees. APR and foreign transaction fees are worth keeping an eye on, but the annual fee is the most important. You'll need to decide whether the card’s benefits and potential rewards can help offset the yearly cost. This was less an issue for Garrett: “APRs weren’t a huge concern since I already had a low-interest card from my credit union and I avoid carrying a balance, so I focused on rewards.”
  • Consider intro APR offers or sign-up bonuses. Many rewards cards offer sign-up bonus rewards and a zero-percent introductory APR on balance transfers and/or new purchases. Short-term value isn’t everything, but these offers can give a card an edge if you prioritize earning rewards, paying off debt or the middle-ground: a shorter intro APR with rewards
  • Factor in perks that are valuable to you. Perks that come with a card can play a key role in determining its overall value, especially if the perks can help offset the annual fee. “Knowing I wanted a future-proof, flat-rate rewards card with diverse redemption options and plenty of pairing opportunities helped me quickly narrow my search to the Chase Freedom Unlimited®,” Yarbrough notes.
  • Determine how you’d like to redeem your rewards. Cash back cards are generally easiest if you want to put your rewards back into your everyday spending. If you don’t mind strategizing, you could earn more valuable points with a travel rewards card. Garrett made sure to keep this option open when choosing the Freedom Unlimited: “I can eventually boost the value of the Freedom Unlimited card’s rewards by adding the Chase Sapphire Preferred to my wallet and redeeming points for travel. Until then, the Freedom Unlimited gives me a stellar foundation on which to build my rewards strategy.”

What people are saying about rewards credit cards

Bankrate regularly dips into social media to see what big rewards card topics are getting people talking. So what’s currently on consumers' minds? 

One of the more popular, newer discussions is over the Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA), a proposed legislation that could potentially damage credit card rewards programs. The fear: if card issuers ultimately make less income on interchange fees, they’ll reduce consumer card reward opportunities to make up the difference. One Reddit user doesn’t have high hopes:

“They did push exactly this measure through a decade ago for debit cards; now the same guy is pushing the same law for credit cards. Optimistic to bet against him, I fear.”* — Reddit user

User comments from financial Youtuber ClearValue Tax’s videos on the topic hold a similar sentiment:

“Rewards is a HUGE reason I use credit cards other than to build credit. If this happens I would go down to having 1 credit card instead of managing 6 for maximum rewards.”* — ClearValue Tax video comment

A piece of legislation like the Credit Card Competition Act could cripple credit card rewards as we know them. The Capital One and Discover merger could potentially impact the CCCA as it currently stands, but we’ll know more about whether the act may change or pass later this year. 

Other than that, it’s business as usual over on other sites like the credit cards subreddit, Flyertalk and Tiktok. Users are mainly talking about the typical point-chasing topics like best rewards program and card combinations. Some things never change — if we’re lucky.  

*The quotes and citations included on this page have been verified by our editorial team and are accurate as of the posting date. Outlinked content may contain views and opinions that do not reflect the views and opinions of Bankrate.

When evaluating the best rewards cards, we consider a mix of factors, including how cards score in our proprietary card rating system and whether cards offer features that fit the priorities of a diverse group of cardholders, from earning rewards in popular categories to scoring a large sign-up bonus or high-value perks. Whenever possible, we also feature cards that are available at various credit levels and price points. 

We analyzed over 150 of the most popular cards and scored each based on its rewards rate, estimated annual earnings, welcome bonus value, APR, fees, perks and more to determine whether it belonged in this month’s roundup of the best rewards cards.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the key factors in our rewards card scoring methodology and details we considered when putting together our list of the best rewards cards.  

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Great rewards value

The primary criteria for a rewards-earning card’s rating is its rewards value. This includes the card’s average rewards rate, estimated annual rewards earnings, sign-up bonus value and reward redemption value.

To estimate a card’s average annual rewards earnings, we first calculate its average rewards rate based on how much it earns in different bonus categories and how closely its categories align with the average person’s spending habits. 

The most recent BLS data estimates average total spending in 2022 was $72,967 per consumer. We then narrow our focus to which purchases are likely to be put on a credit card and earn rewards, subtracting expenditures like housing, vehicle purchases and education. This gives us a total “chargeable” annual spend of around $22,500.  

Some of the major spending categories that contribute towards the annual spend include:

  • Groceries: $5,700
  • Dining out: $3,600
  • Entertainment: $2,400
  • Gas: $3,100
  • Apparel and services: $1,900

Using this data, we assign a weighting to each of a card’s bonus categories. For example, a card’s grocery rewards rate receives a 22 percent weighting based on how much of the average person’s budget is spent on groceries. We also estimate the redemption value of points or miles from various issuer, airline and hotel rewards programs.

This weighting and rewards valuation allows us to estimate a card’s average annual rewards earnings — how many points or miles you’d earn with a given card if your spending was about average and you used the card for all of your purchases — as well as what those points are worth. We also use point valuations to determine a card’s sign-up bonus value

With these calculations complete, we assign each card a score based on how its average rewards earnings, sign-up bonus value, rewards rate and redemption value stack up against other rewards cards.

The better these values, the higher its score will be, making it more worthy of inclusion in our list and increasing its potential ranking.

Here’s a deeper look at the factors considered as part of a rewards card’s “Value” rating:

  • Ongoing rewards value 30%
  • Sign-up bonus value 25%
  • Annual fee & average APR 20%
  • Rewards rate 15%
  • Annual bonus value 10%

Reasonable rates and fees

We also score cards based on how much it costs to keep them in your wallet or carry a balance. 

To start, each card is scored based on whether it offers an intro APR and how its ongoing APR compares to the rates available on other rewards cards. However, the latter rating only has a slight influence on the card’s score and whether the card is included in our list, since rewards card users generally try to avoid carrying a balance.

More important to both a card’s score and its inclusion in our list is how its annual fee influences its overall value. We consider a card’s annual fee in two ways — how it ranks relative to the fees you’ll find on other cards in the category and how it impacts a card’s overall rewards value. 

Cards with an annual fee will always be at a slight disadvantage in our scoring system since annual fees inherently cut into your rewards value. However, if a card offers terrific value via its ongoing rewards and perks, it can earn a high score and a spot in our list even if it carries a high annual fee. After all, the highest rewards rates and most valuable perks are often found on cards with annual fees. 

With this in mind, we rate a card based primarily on how its ongoing rewards value and ongoing perk value (such as annual credits or bonuses) stack up against those of other cards in the category when you subtract annual fees.

That said, we strive to include as many no-annual-fee options in our list as possible since many people would rather not worry about offsetting fees, even if a card carries impressive rewards and perks.

Redemption flexibility

Rewards cards may make it easy to earn a lot of points, miles or cash back, but how easy is it to use those rewards? After all, if it takes a ton of effort to redeem rewards or you can only redeem rewards in a couple of ways, a card may be more trouble than it’s worth. 

As such, we rate each card’s flexibility based on the restrictions it imposes on earning and redeeming rewards. We factor this rating into a card’s overall score and consider it when deciding on a card’s inclusion in our list. 

Flexibility factors include whether a card only allows you to earn a high rewards rate on only a small amount of spending or requires you to meet a certain earning threshold before you can redeem rewards. We also examine whether your points are worth less when you opt for some redemption options over others and whether a card gives you the flexibility to transfer rewards to travel partners.

Valuable perks

We also score each card’s set of features – its perks and benefits — against five tiers of features to provide a rating. 

We break down these tiers as follows:

  • Tier 1 includes fewer features than even standard credit cards (for example, an ultra-streamlined card that offers basic utility and next to nothing in the way of ancillary benefits). 
  • Tier 2 includes the benefits you’d expect on standard Visa or Mastercard credit cards, such as free access to your credit score, car rental insurance and $0 liability for fraudulent charges. 
  • Tier 3 includes “prime card” or better-than-average card features like cellphone insurance, lost luggage insurance, concierge services and purchase protection. 
  • Tier 4 includes luxury features such as airport lounge access, elite status with an airline or hotel and credits for expedited security screening membership programs. 
  • Tier 5 includes the sort of exemplary benefits you’ll find on top-tier luxury cards, such as high-value travel credits, cardholder memberships and other unique and valuable perks.

In evaluating the best cards, we tend to favor cards that offer at least Tier 3 benefits, unless they include other unique features that could make up for less-impressive perks.

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For Capital One products listed on this page, some of the above benefits are provided by Visa® or Mastercard® and may vary by product. See the respective Guide to Benefits for details, as terms and exclusions apply.

Frequently asked questions about rewards credit cards

Do credit card rewards expire.

Typically, credit card rewards don’t expire for the life of your account. That means your rewards won’t expire as long as you keep your account open and in good standing.

However, make sure to read your rewards program’s terms and conditions carefully since this isn’t guaranteed for all cards. 

Are credit card rewards taxable?

Generally, rewards are not considered taxable since the IRS considers the rewards to be a form of rebate on the purchase. Though uncommon, rewards may be taxable if they’re received under circumstances like bonus offers without a spending requirement. Make sure to look at the credit card’s terms to see the conditions of how you can receive and redeem bonus rewards.

What credit score do I need for a rewards card?

You typically need good to excellent credit (FICO score 670 and higher) to qualify for a competitive rewards card. Premium travel cards might require an excellent credit score (FICO score of 800 and above). You can also find rewards cards for people with fair credit , but the rewards and perks might be limited.

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As someone who travels a lot, I focus on travel rewards, mostly hotel accommodations, with no hotel brand affinity. I use an online discount travel site’s branded card, using promo codes at the point of sale. I earn the most points on travel booked through the site, and I also get a bonus on points I’ve redeemed toward past travel purchases. The points can also be used to purchase trips on the site, and points are earned on those purchases as well. I also use the Upromise.com browser extension that lets you know when you can earn an additional 5 percent cash back shopping online that goes automatically into a 529 college savings account.

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Most people focus their credit card strategy on how to earn the most points possible and then later think about what they might be able to redeem them for. I think this is backwards. I like to start by knowing what reward I’m working toward, then reverse engineer my earning strategy. I’m not just earning points — I’m earning the right points, and I know I’m going to be able to put them into use! This is much more motivating.

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I spend naturally, but use my credit cards for almost every expense. I don't look at how many rewards I have earned monthly because I like being surprised by how many I have to redeem.

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Costco Anywhere Visa Card review: A great option for Costco lovers

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Costco Anywhere Visa® Card overview

The Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi (see rates and fees ) is one of the best store credit cards on the market. If you already have a Costco membership, this card is a solid way to earn rewards across a wide range of purchases, including eligible gas, restaurants, eligible travel and at Costco — both in-store and online. Card Rating*: ⭐⭐⭐

* Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG's editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.

While plenty of cards earn transferable currencies offering rewards on groceries , wholesale clubs such as Costco are almost always left out of the rewards category.

While you typically won't find the best value from most store credit cards — as they rarely have a great rewards structure or benefits — the Costco Anywhere Visa is an exception. With a solid rewards structure that covers more than just Costco purchases, it's a viable option if you regularly shop at the wholesaler and beyond. Approved applicants typically have had a very good credit score of 740* or higher.

*The Points Guy credit ranges are derived from FICO® Score 8, which is one of many different types of credit scores. If you apply for a credit card, the lender may use a different credit score when considering your application for credit.

Unlike some store credit cards, you're earning rewards across more than just Costco purchases — the highest bonus categories on the card are actually eligible gas stations and electric vehicle (EV) charging. Factor in the long-term savings potential of Costco Travel , and this card is quite valuable for families and beginner travelers who aren't looking to add multiple points and miles cards to their wallets.

Do keep in mind that you need a Costco membership to apply for the card. If you already have one or plan on getting one, this card is essentially a no-annual-fee card . If you don't shop at Costco enough to make a yearly membership worth it, you may want to consider other card options.

Related: Is the Costco Anywhere Visa worth it?

Costco Anywhere Visa pros and cons

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Costco Anywhere Visa benefits

Aside from the perks you get from being a Costco member, the Costco Anywhere Visa does not offer cardholders with other benefits other than no foreign transaction fees.

Earning cash back on the Costco Anywhere Visa

The earning structure is where this card really stands out. You'll earn 4% cash back on eligible gas and EV charging purchases (on up to $7,000 per year; then 1%), 3% back at restaurants and on eligible travel purchases, 2% back on in-store and online Costco purchases, and 1% on everything else.

If you're maximizing gas purchases alone, that's $280 in rewards each year just for that bonus category alone. However, it's worth pointing out that you'll earn just 1% back (not 4%) on gas and EV charging purchases from superstores, supermarkets, convenience stores and warehouse clubs other than Costco or on fuel purchases that aren't for automobiles (such as jet or boat fuel).

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Costco offers two levels of consumer membership — Gold Star ($60) and Executive ($120). If you shop at Costco frequently throughout the year, combining this card with an Executive membership will earn even more rewards.

Executive members earn 2% back on the first $50,000 spent each year at Costco (up to $1,000 in additional rewards), Costco.com and Costco Travel. Those rewards are stackable with the Costco Anywhere Visa. That means you can earn up to 5% on Costco Travel and 4% on other Costco in-store and online purchases (though the 2% Executive earning does not apply to Costco gas purchases).

If you aren't shopping at Costco enough throughout the year to justify an Executive membership, the additional 2% back likely won't make it worth purchasing the higher level. But if you already shop at Costco enough to have the Executive membership, this no-annual-fee card is an excellent addition to your wallet.

Redeeming cash back on the Costco Anywhere Visa

Costco cash back is redeemed once per year in the form of a reward certificate. You'll receive your reward after your February billing statement closes. Once you have the reward certificate, you can redeem it for merchandise or cash at a Costco location. Depending on the cash back amount and which Costco you redeem at, you might receive your redeemed cash back in the form of a check or electronic transfer instead.

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This redemption method is a bit more restrictive than your typical cash-back card , but it's rare for a store card to offer rewards that can be used on anything besides merchandise. While waiting for an entire year to get your cash-back rewards can be inconvenient, you can redeem them for cash that can be used on anything you want.

Which cards compete with the Costco Anywhere Visa?

Even though you're earning a solid return across multiple categories with the Costco Anywhere Visa, that doesn't make it the right card for everyone. If you don't shop at Costco regularly, or if you are looking for a card that earns rewards you can use throughout the year, you may want to look at other options:

  • If you want more cash back on gas and groceries: The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is an excellent option. You'll earn 6% back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 spent per calendar year; then 1%) and on select U.S. streaming services ( including Disney+ ), and 3% on transit and on gas at U.S. gas stations , with a $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 (see rates and fees ). Cash Back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit or at Amazon.com checkout. For more information, read our full review of the Blue Cash Preferred .
  • If you want a simpler earning structure: Consider the Citi Double Cash® Card (see rates and fees ). With up to 2% earnings on all purchases — 1% when you make a purchase and another 1% when you pay it off — it's difficult to beat this no-annual-fee card. Plus, you can convert your cash-back rewards into fully-transferable ThankYou points with another card. For more information, read our full review of the Citi Double Cash card .
  • If you want to earn travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns 3 points per dollar on dining and 2 points per dollar on travel purchases. It has a $95 annual fee, making it a great option for anyone looking to keep their annual fees low while earning travel rewards. For more details, check out our full review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred .

For additional options, check out our full list of the best cash-back credit cards .

Read more: The 5 best Visa cards for Costco purchases

Is the Costco Anywhere Visa worth it?

If you have a Costco membership and shop at Costco regularly, the Costco Anywhere Visa Card is a worthwhile card to consider. With a solid rewards structure covering many purchases, including gas, restaurants, travel, and Costco, this card offers good value, especially for families and beginner travelers. The card offers no annual fee, and additional rewards for Executive members, making it a useful addition to your wallet if you shop at Costco regularly. Do keep in mind the restrictions around how you can redeem your cash back, though.

Bottom line

While the Costco Anywhere Visa's redemption restrictions can be frustrating, it does have a solid earning structure and rewards for Costco loyalists — and you can always use the yearly cash-back check as an unofficial travel fund for the expenses that points and miles can't cover.

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