By Bus from Busan
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: Busan (Pusan) 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. If, after reading the information provided on each terminal, you are not certain which is best for your destination, contact the KTO Call Center at 051-1330.
Busan Central Bus Terminal shares the same building as the Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal. However, the ticket counters are separate. Address: 133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan. Directions: (Subway) At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), after passing the subway gate, you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal. Telephone 051-508-9955 (press zero (0) for staff). Website in Korean only.
Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal is in the Busan Bus Terminal Complex. Ticket counters for the two line are separate, however. Address: 133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan. Directions: At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), turn right after passing the subway gate and you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal. Telephone: 051-508-9966 (press zero (0) for staff). Website is in Korean only.
Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal Address: 533 Gwaebeop-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan. Directions: Sasang Station (Busan Subway Line No.1) Exit 1.Telephone: 051-322-8301~3 (for personal assistance, press # key). Website is in Korean only.
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Last Updated on 2017-02-01
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