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Transportation Guide (Buses)

Lenuel Morales

Transportation in Korea has become one of the world’s most modern and environmentally conscious transit systems. The country is woven together by extensive networks of railways, highways, bus routes, ferry services, and air routes, making every corner of its luscious landscape available for exploring.

Korea continues to develop its modern infrastructure throughout the country with complex subway systems and express railways that interconnect large cities and suburbs to villages and resorts on the outskirts of the country. Though bills and coins are more than acceptable to use, the transportation system is connected electronically via T-Money Transit cards, which makes using different modes of transportation as quick and painless as a swipe of a card. Korean public transportation leaves no stone unturned for travelers, daily commuters, and tourists.


There are a number of intra-city and inter-city buses in Korea, all with a specific system to make for organized travel. Seoul has a color coded system to help commuters make their way more efficiently. The intra-city buses, which are the buses within your local area, will be approximately 500won (less than 50 cents). Using an inter-city bus that connects the suburbs to a larger city costs only 1800won. Depending on how far you travel on a single bus, there can be an additional fee of a few hundred won. The most convenient way to use the bus system, or any travel system for that matter, is to purchase the aforementioned T-Money Transit Card. You can easily ride any Seoul bus by simply swiping at the pay-box as you get on. These cards can be refilled at many different convenient stores and at any ticketing booth in subway stations. 

• Express Buses - Express buses run on expressways and may stop at a rest area but seldom make a stopover in a city other than the set destination. Different fares apply for regular/standard and luxury buses. Luxury buses offer additional comfort with wider seats. Late-night buses are also available at a slightly higher rate.

Express Bus Terminals:

► Seoul Express Bus Terminal, 194, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 신반포로 194)

► Central City Express Bus Terminal, 176, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 신반포로 176)

► Yuseong Geumho Express Bus Terminal, 54, Jangdae-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 유성구 장대로 54)

► Ulsan Express Bus Terminal, 288, Samsan-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan (울산광역시 남구 삼산로 288)

Express Bus Ticket Reservations and Schedules: Kobus Website


• Intercity Buses - Intercity buses usually make stopovers in smaller cities while on the way from one region to another region. Direct route/non-stop intercity bus runs directly from one region to its destination without any stopover.

Intercity Bus Terminals:

► Seoul Nambu Terminal, 292, Hyoryeong-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 효령로 292)

► Sangbong Terminal, 117, Sangbong-ro, Jungnang-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중랑구 상봉로 117)

► Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, 201, Sasang-ro, Sasang-gu, Busan (부산광역시 사상구 사상로 201)

► Busan Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal, 2238, Jungang-daero, Geumjeong-gu, Busan (부산 금정구 중앙대로 2238)

► Daegu Bukbu Intercity Bus Terminal, 295, Seodaegu-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 서구 서대구로 295)

► Daejeon Yuseong Intercity Bus Terminal, 95-4, Guam-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 유성구 구암동 95-4)

► Daejeon Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, 346, Yudeungcheondong-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 중구 유등천동로 346)

► Dunsan Intercity Bus Stop, 189, Cheongsa-ro,Seo-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 서구 청사로 189)

► Ganghwa Passenger Vehicle Terminal, 43, Jungang-ro, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon (인천광역시 강화군 강화읍 중앙로 43)

► Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal, 133, Hwahap-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan (울산광역시 남구 화합로 133)

Intercity Bus Ticket Reservations and Schedules: BUS TAGO Website, Intercity Bus Integrated Online Ticket Reservation System


Jonghap Express Bus Terminals

*Both express bus and intercity bus options are available

► Dong Seoul Jonghap Bus Terminal, 50, Gangbyeonyeok-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 광진구 강변역로 50)

► U-Square, 904, Mujin-daero, Seo-gu, Gwangju (광주광역시 서구 무진대로 904)

► Daejeon Bokhap Terminal, 30, Dongseo-daero 1695beon-gil, Dong-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 동구 동서대로1695번길 30)

► Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal, 2238, Jungang-daero, Geumjeong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 금정구 중앙대로 2238)

► Incheon Jonghap Bus Terminal, 35, Yeonnam-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 미추홀구 연남로 35)

*For Jonghap Express Bus reservations and schedules visit the respective terminal's website.

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