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Transportation in Korea

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Buses

There are city buses, distance buses, and express buses. To use distance buses and express buses, you will need to buy tickets in advance. Check the time of departure and the destination before getting on a bus.

Using City Buses

  • Use a transportation card or pay cash when you ride a bus.
  • You can buy a transportation card at subway stations or stores around bus stops. Traffic cards can be recharged in cash amounts in units of KRW 1,000, ranging from KRW 1,000 to KRW 50,000.

    At present, credit cards can also serve the function of a deferred payment transportation card.

  • AH Fares are discounted if you use the transportation card. A discounted transfer fare will apply when you transfer to a bus or the subway.

Fares and Characteristics of Urban Buses

Phone numbers of major bus terminals in Korea A list of phone numbers of bus terminals in Seoul and other Korean cities.
Type Transportation Card Cash
General bus 1,200 won1,300 won
Wide area bus 2,300 won2,400 won
Town bus 1,100 won1,200 won

The table above reflects fares in Seoul; fares may vary by region. Please refer to the traffic information websites of your local city and borough office.

Distance Buses and Express Buses

How to Use the Bus

  • You can board the buses listed below at bus terminals to visit cities in other regions.
  • Intercity buses will stop at several cities on a route and will involve a longer travel time than express buses.
  • Express buses have a single destination, and consist of Economy, Excellent, and Premium Gold classes. The Excellent express bus is comfortable with extra wide spaces between seats. The Premium Gold express bus has large seating areas and tables, and TV monitors are equipped for all the seats so passengers can enjoy various contents including TV shows and movies. Prices for the Premium Gold are the highest and the Economy the lowest.

City Bus Terminals

To use inter-city buses or express buses, passengers should visit local bus terminals. For information about bus schedules and reserving a bus ticket, please visit the KOBUS website (www.kobus.co.kr) or the inter-city bus information and reservation service (www.busterminal.or.kr).

Phone numbers of major bus terminals in Korea : A list of phone numbers of bus terminals in Seoul and other Korean cities.
Seoul Express Bus Terminal Gyeongbu Line 1688-4700West Daegu Express Bus Terminal 1666-2600
East Seoul Bus Terminal 1688-5979Ulsan Express Bus Terminal 052-268-1556
Central City Terminal Honam Line 02-6282-0114Gangneung Express Bus Terminal 033-641-3184
Sangbong Intercity Bus Terminal 02-323-5885Sokcho Express Bus Terminal 033-631-3181
Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal 02-521-8550Chuncheon Express Bus Terminal 033-256-1571
Suwon Bus Terminal 1688-5455Cheongju Express Bus Terminal 043-238-8880
Incheon Bus Terminal 032-430-7114Mokpo Bus Terminal 1544-6886
Ansan Bus Terminal 1666-1837Jeonju Express Bus Terminal 063-277-1572
Uijeongbu Bus Terminal 1688-0314Gwangju Bus Terminal 062-360-8114
Daejeon Bus Terminal 1577-2259Yeosu Intercity Bus Terminal 1666-6977
Cheonan Bus Terminal 041-551-4933Busan Bus Terminal 1577-9956
East Daegu Express Bus Terminal 1588-6900Masan Intercity Bus Terminal 1688-3110
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