By Bus from Seoul
Types of bus service: Fast and reliable bus services operate on expressways throughout the country, connecting almost all major (and minor) points. At bus terminals, there are generally two types of buses: Express (고속, Gosok) and Intercity (시외, Sioe) buses. Each bus will show either Gosok or Sioe plus the destination (city). Bus terminals with the word ‘Jonghap’(종합) provide both types of buses while others will have will have either Gosok and Sioe buses.
Express (Gosok) buses run on expressways and usually go directly to the destination city. They do stop at a rest area along the way. Gosok buses stop at a rest area but seldom make a stop-over in a city other than its destination. There are two kinds of express buses: regular express (일반) buses and deluxe express (우등) buses. The latter offers a higher standard of service; there are spacious seats and other facilities such as mobile phones and VCR’s.
Intercity (Sioe) buses are either regular ( 일반 Ilban), which makes a number of stops along the way, or straight (직행 Jikaeng), which agoes straight to the destination city. The sign on the front of the non-stop buses reads Mujeongcha (무정차) or ‘Jikaeng’ (직행). Sioe buses are generally the same - no class distinction. However, seats on late-night buses are usually wider. They also cost a little more.
Fares/Schedules are provided by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) at 02-729-9498 or the KTO Call Center 02-1330.
Tickets: There is no integrated ticketing system in Korea. Tickets are purchased at the individual line's ticket counters. The gate is usually shown on the ticket.
Bus Terminals: Seoul has a number of bus terminals all providing service to different parts of the country, so check to make sure you are going to the terminal that provides service to your destination. Check with KTO to find out which is the best terminal for you. Some terminals also have information in English on their website. Most terminals are in downtown locations with restaurants, etc. inside bigger terminals and around all terminals.
Central City Bus Terminal, also known as Honam Terminal is located next to the Express Bus Terminal Station on Lines 3 (stop 339) Exit 2 and 7(stop 734) Exit 3. It offers the Honamseon Line (Jeolla-do), and the Namhaeseon Line (southern coastal area)and serves buses to North and South Jeolla Provinces (Jeollabukdo and Jeollanamdo). Take the underground passage that leads to Seoul Express Bus Terminal and follow the Gyeongbuseon Line signs which are posted everywhere. Note that Line No.3 offers an easier route to the terminal than Line No.7. Tel: 02-6282-0600/0114. Address: 19-4 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. Website is for the whole Central City Complex and is in Korean only.
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is adjacent to Gangbyeon Subway Station on Line 2 (stop 214) Exit 4 and provides service to points East of Seoul (such as Gangwon, Gyunggi-do, Gangwon-do, Jeolla-do). Tel: 02-446-8000. Address: 546-1 Guui-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Website is in Korean only.
Express Bus Terminal located at the Express Bus Terminal Station on Lines 3 and 7 (stops 339 and 734) Exits 1 and 2 is also known as Gangnam Terminal and Gyeongbu-Yeongdong Terminal. Note that Line No.3 offers an easier route to the terminal than Line No.7. Take the underground passage that leads to Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Follow the Gyeongbuseon Line signs which are posted everywhere. The largest of all the bus terminals, Express Bus Terminal serves pretty much the entire country, but most services head east (including Busan, Daegu and Daejeon). Lines to Jeolla, however, use the Central City/Honam Terminal right next door. Tel: 02-535-4151. Address: 19-4 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. Website has informaiton in English.
Nambu Bus Terminal at Nambu Bus Terminal Station on Line3 (Stop 341, Exit 5) serves places in the middle and Western parts of Korea such as Gyeonggi, South Chungcheong, Jeolla and Gyeongang provinces). Tel: 02-521-8550. Address: 1446-1 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. Website is in Korean only.
Sangbon Bus Terminal at Sangbon Subway Station Line 7 (top 720) Exit 2 provides service to Cheongju, Daejeon, Jeonju and Gwangju. Tel: 02-435-2129. Address; 83-1 Sangbong-dong, Jungnang-gu, Seoul. Sangbong Bus Terminal is accross from E-mart.
Sinchon Bus Terminal via Sinchon Station on Line2 (stop 240) Exit 7 has buses going to Ganghwa Island. Note: That's Sinchon station (stop 240), not Sincheon (stop 217), which is also on Line 2 but on the other side of the city!
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Last Updated on 2011-05-12
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