I must say not owning a car and not being able to go where you want when you want was definitely an adjustment when moving overseas. Not only is it more challenging to get places, as you have to walk to a bus or subway station, wait, often make some transfers to other buses or subway lines, but also you are limited by time. Public transit usually ends around midnight, which means you have to either go home before then, or pay a taxi to take you home, which luckily is not too expensive here in Korea.
However the benefits to not owning a car in a big city far outweigh the inconveniences. Not having to pay or worry about parking, which is extremely hard to find and is expensive in Korea, is one example. Another is never having to be stuck in miserable rush hour traffic. If the bus I am on is stuck in traffic I can get off at almost any stop and still be walking distance to a subway station. Lastly, I don't have to worry about the extra costs and maintenance of owning a car.
|Arrows pointing where to transfer|
|Screens tell you the station name, which side to exit, which |
lines you can transfer to and even the next few stops
There are times I still wish I had a car, mostly to travel to other cities, but thanks to Korea's efficient public transit, I am satisfied without one.