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Bus

 

Seoul’s public bus system is a well-developed, cheap, and convenient form of transportation. All buses are color coded: blue buses connect different districts of the city along main route, green buses connect subway stations and main blue bus routes with residential areas, smaller green maeul (local) buses travel shorter routes within a single district or neighborhood, yellow buses travel in a circulation route in the city center, and red buses connect the city with surrounding areas. However, due to the lack of English signs and information at bus stops, Seoul’s buses can be more difficult to use for first time travelers to Korea. Major stops are usually announced in English and Korean.
Smartphone and tablet users can download apps for navigating the bus system in English or Korean, such as SeoulBus.

 

Fare

 

Bus Fare
Bus Adult Youth (13-18) Children (6-12)
Blue, Green 1,300 won 1,300 won 450 won
Maeul (local) 1,000 won 550 won 300 won
Yellow 1,200 won 1,200 won 350 won
Red 2,400 won 2,400 won 1,200 won

 

※Tmoney card users receive a 100 won discount.

※Up to four transfers between buses and between bus and subways are free for Tmoney users. To transfer, make sure you scan the Tmoney card at the reader by the bus’ front or rear doors when exiting. Transfer must take place within 30 minutes (1 hour for travel between 9pm and 7am) and 10km of disembarking.

 

Intercity Travel

 

Korea Train Express (KTX)

The KTX is Korea’s high-speed rail system that connects Seoul to the southern regions of the peninsula. Traveling up to 300km/hr, travel from Seoul to Busan takes just 2 hours and 18 minutes. Tickets can be purchased up to 60 days in advance of your travel date at any train station, large post office, travel agency, and the official KTX website (here).

 

Korea Train Express (KTX)

 

 

Fare

 

KTX Fare
Line Route Mon / Thurs Fri / Sun & Holidays
Gyeongbu Seoul (Seoul Station) ? Busan 43,000 ~ 53,700 won 46,500 ~ 57,700 won
Honam Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Gwangju 36,900 won 39,700 won
Honam Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Mokpo 41,600 won 44,700 won
Gyeongjeon Seoul (Seoul Station) / Masan 48,600 won 52,300 won
Jeolla Seoul (Yongsan Station) / Yeosu Expo 42,800 won 46,000 won

 

 

Express Buses

Express buses connect Seoul with the rest of Korea and are convenient to get to destinations that are not connected by rail. There are two major intercity bus terminals in Korea: Express Bus Terminal, and DongSeoul Bus Terminal. The Express Bus terminal is divided into two terminals, Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Terminal and Honam Terminal, and connects Seoul with the southern and eastern regions of Korea respectively. The DongSeoul Bus Terminal connects Seoul with the north-eastern regions of Korea. The Express Bus Terminal is located at the Express Bus Terminal Subway Station (lines 3,7, and 9). The DongSeoul Bus Terminal is located at Gangbyeon Subway Station (line 2). Times vary by route, but most buses run from 6am to 2am.

 

 

Fare and Route

Tickets cost anywhere from 3,000~35,000 won depending on the destination. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on the date of travel. When purchasing your ticket, you may choose from the more spacious premium buses with 3 seats per row, or a regular bus with 4 seats per row.

> Routes from the Express Bus Terminal

 

 

Major destinations from Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Terminal

 

Major destinations from Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Terminal
Metropolitan Cities Busan, Ulsan, Daegu, Daejeon
Gyeonggi Province Icheon, Anseong, Pyeongtaek
Gwangwon Province Sokcho, Gangneung, Samcheok
Chungcheong Province Gonju, Cheonan, Cheongju
Gyeongsang Jinju, Gyeongju, Pohang

 

Major destinations from Honam Terminal

 

Major destinations from Honam Terminal
North Jeolla Province Jeonju, Namwon, Sunchang
South Jeolla Province Gwangju, Mokpo, Yeosu
North Chungcheong Province Chungju, Cheongju
South Chungcheong Province Yuseong, Nonsan, Cheongyang
Gangwon Province Chuncheon, Cheolweon, Pocheon
North Gyeongsang Province Andong, Yeongju, Yecheon

 

Major destinations from DongSeoul Bus Terminal

 

Major destinations from DongSeoul Bus Terminal
Gyeonggi Province Icheon, Yeoju, Pyeongtaek
Gwangwon Province Sokcho, Gangneung, Samcheok
Chungcheong Province Gonju, Cheonan, Cheongju
Gyeongsang Province Jinju, Gyeongju, Pohang
Jeolla Province Gunsan, Suncheon, Jindo

 

Riding the Bus

Once you have purchased your ticket, proceed to the boarding gate number on your ticket. Large luggage can be stored underneath the bus. For longer trips, buses will stop at rest areas along the highway for about 10 minutes.

 

 

Intercity Train Express (ITX)

The ITX is a high-speed train that connects Seoul with Chuncheon Station to the east in Gwangwon Province. The ITX trains have attendants on board that sell snacks and drinks.

 

 

Fare

Tickets can be purchased on the official website (here) up to 30 days prior to the travel date or from ticketing machines at the station. Tickets (departing from Yongsan Station) are 3,000 won to Cheongnyangni; 6,900 won to Gapyeong (Nami Island); and 9,800 won to Chuncheon.


 

K-Travel Bus

K트래블버스

To celebrate "Visit Korea Year 2016-2018," the K-Travel Bus program was started to provide foreign tourists with an easy and affordable way to travel from Seoul to Korea's provinces. Each tour lasts for 2 days and there are seven regional routes, Daegu, Gangwon Province, South Jeolla Province, North Gyeongsang Province, Southeast Region, and 2016's Cities of Tourism, Jechon and Muju. The cost of each tour includes transportation, accommodation, and a bilingual guide. Travel Korea with the K-Travel Bus and see Korea in a convenient and affordable way.
 

 
Route Course Fare
Daegu Seomun Market, Modern
Streets Tour, Yangnyeongsi
Herb Medicine Museum
$169 USD
Gangwon Province Woljeongsa Temple,
Bongpyeongjang Trad-
itional Market, Alpensia Ski Resort Ski Jump Tower, 
Jeongdongjin, Olympic
Promotional Center
$160 USD
South Jeolla Province
(Southwestern Part)
Salt Gallery, Salt Farming
Experience, Yudalsan
Mountain, Youth Street,
Yeongam F1 Race Track,
Image Theme Park
$175 USD
North Gyeongsang Province Sosuseowon Confucian
Academy, Seonbichon
Village, Buseoksa
Temple, Makgeolli 
Experience, Hoeryongpo
Village, Zipline (optional)
$145 USD
Southeast Region Sancheong Oriental
Medicine Theme Park, 
Gimhae Gaya Theme Park, Haeundae Beach, Onggi
Village
$165 USD
2016's Cities of Tourism
(Muju-Jechon)
Uirimji Reservoir, Herbal
Medicine Expo Park,
Cheongpung Cultural
Heritage Complex,
Deogyusan Mountain
Gondola Ride, Meoru Wine Cave, National Taekwondo Center (Taekwondowon)
$160 USD
South Jeolla Province
(Eastern Part)
Damyang Juknokwon
Bamboo Garden, Yeosu
Expo Park, Suncheon Bay
Wetland Reserve, Yeosu
Maritime Cable Car
$175 USD
Official K-Travel Bus Website

 
Intercity Train Express (ITX)

 

The ITX is a high-speed train that connects Seoul with Chuncheon Station to the east in Gwangwon Province. The ITX trains have attendants on board that sell snacks and drinks.

 

 

Fare

Tickets can be purchased on the official website (here) up to 30 days prior to the travel date or from ticketing machines at the station. Tickets (departing from Yongsan Station) are 3,000 won to Cheongnyangni; 6,900 won to Gapyeong (Nami Island); and 9,800 won to Chuncheon.

 

 

Travel Pass

 

TMoney

The TMoney card is a standard transit card that can be used on any public bus, subway, taxis, and even many convenient stores. After charging your card with the desired amount, funds are deducted as the card is used. TMoney cards offer a 100 won fare discount for buses and subways, and transfer discounts between buses and subways. To receive the transfer discount, scan your card when getting on and off the bus. (Note: You must scan your card when getting off the bus at your last transfer.) The transfer discount is only valid for 30 minutes between transfers.

 

Where to Buy

TMoney cards can be purchased and charged at most convenience stores, subway stations, and tourist information centers. Cards can be purchased for 3,000 won and charged with any amount. TMoney cards have no expiration date and any unused balance will remain on your card until used. If you wish to receive a refund for balances less than 20,000 won at convenience stores for a small fee. For balances greater than 20,000 won, refunds must be made at the TMoney headquarters (1st fl. TMoney Town, Seoul City Tower Building, Namdaemun-ro 5-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul). The price of the card cannot be refunded.

 

TMoney Mpass

The TMoney Mpass is a transit card specifically designed for international visitors that require the use of public transportation multiple times a day. The card can be used up to 20 times a day for most subways and public buses. Just like regular TMoney cards, the Mpass can also be charged with additional funds to use at convenience stores, taxis, and more.

 

Where to Buy

The TMoney Mpass can be purchased at the tourist information centers located in front of exit 5 and 10 on the 1st floor of Incheon Int’l Airport, the Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center, and the Gangnam Tourist Information Center. There are additional benefits for buyers at the place of purchase (excluding purchases at the Gangnam Tourist Center location). The Mpass is good for one-month from the date of purchase, and will only be activated upon use. The card expires at midnight of the last day.

 

TMoney
Card Type 1 Day Pass 2 Day Pass 3 Day Pass 5 Day Pass 7 Day Pass
Price 10,000 won 18,000 won 25,500 won 42,500 won 59,500 won

 

TMoney

Discount & Benefits
The Mpass can also be used to receive discounts at the following locations: Seoul Museum of Art (Free), N Seoul Tower (10%), Chongdong Theater (10%), Lotte World (10%), “Sagye” Drama Exhibition (20%), Performance “Sachoom” (20%), and select restaurants in Myeong-dong.

 

Seoul Citypass Plus

The Seoul Citypass Plus is similar to a Tmoney card but comes with more functionality. The card itself costs 3,000 won. Once the card is purchased, funds can be deposited to use for public transportation, public pay phones, and convenience stores. It even comes with a packet of coupons that can be used at major attractions.

 

Where to Buy

The Seoul Citypass Plus can be purchased at most convenience stores, subway stations, and tourist information centers.

> Tourist Information Center locations

 

Discount & Benefits

The Seoul Citypass can be used to receive discounts at the following locations: Seoul City Tour Bus Nighttime course (20%), Seoul Museum of Art (Free), Chongdong Theater (10%), Nanta (10%), Hangang River Cruise (10%), 63 City Observatory (10%), N Seoul Tower (10%), and select restaurants and stores.



 

Tour Bus Parking Guide


To better accommodate the growing number of tour buses, the city of Seoul is working continually to provide parking spaces in the heart of Seoul. The following lists are locations where tour buses can park in Seoul. The lists have been divided into parking garages/attached parking lots, off-street parking facilities, street parking spaces (tour buses only), street parking time limits, and temporary parking.

 

Parking Garages/Attached Parking Lots

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Gyeongbokgung
Palace
1-91 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu

First 2 hrs: 4,000
won (500 won every 15 min. thereafter)

 

2

Donghwa Duty Free Shop

Gwanghwamun
Building,
211 Sejong-ro,

Jongno-gu

Free

 

3

National Museum
of Contemporary
Art

165 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu

3,000 won per hour

 

4

Lotte Department
Store
1 Sogong-dong,
Jung-gu

First 30 min: 3,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

5

JW Mariott
Dongdaemun
289-3 Jongno 6ga, Jongno-gu

5,000 won per hour

15 large

buses, 15

medium

buses

6

Jau Center 201-6 Jangchung-
dong 2ga, Jung-gu

1,500 won per
10 min.

 

7

Hyatt Hotel 747-7 Hannam-
dong, Yongsan-gu

First 30 min: 3,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

8

War Memorial of
Korea
8 Yongsan-dong
1ga, Yongsan-gu

First 30 min free.
Up to 2 hrs 10,000 won (1,000 won
every 10 min.
thereafter)

 

9

National Museum
of Korea
168-6 Yongsan-
dong 6ga,
Yongsan-gu

 

First 30 min free.
Up to 2 hrs 4,000
won (1,000 won
every 30 min.
thereafter)

 

10

Seodaemun
Independence Park
101 Hyunjeo-dong, Seodaemun-gu

900 won per 10
min.

 

 

 

Off-street Parking facilities

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Seoul Station

Seobu

122-15 Bongnae-
dong, Jung-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

16 seater and over

2

Jeokseondong

Parking Facility

150 Jeokseondong,
Jongno-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

 

3

Gwanghwamun

Citizens Square

76-14 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu

2,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(350 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

 

4

Namsan

Hanok Village

83-1 Pildong 2ga,
Jung-gu

(the general area)

3,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs
(500 won per 5 min.
thereafter)

1 large bus, 3

medium buses

5 Hannam-dong

658-46 Hannam-
dong,

Yongsan-gu

3,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs

(1,000 won per 10 min. thereafter)

 
6

Sinchon Station

(Gyeongui Line)

121-9 Daehyun-
dong,

Seodaemun-gu

6,000 won per hour for first 2 hrs

(1,000 won per
hour
thereafter)

 
7

Mapo Flood

Reservoir

36-1 Mapo-dong,
Mapo-gu

(the general area)

Medium Bus:
500 won per 5 min.

Large Bus: 700 won
per 5 min.

24 hours

 

 

Street parking spaces (tour buses only)

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Dongsulla-gil 112-10 Inui-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

2

Tapgol Park 38-1 Jongno 2ga,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

3

Sopa-ro Namsan
Park
205-107 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

4

Sopa-ro, in front of TBS 4-7 Yejang-dong,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

5

Sopa-ro Cable Cars 1-15 San,
Hoehyeon-dong
1ga, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

6

Sowol-ro Namsan Park 463 Namdaemun-
ro 5(o)-ga, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

7

Entrance to
Namdaemun
282-10 Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

8

Entrance to
Namdaemun
Market
51-4 Namchang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

9

Joongang Ilbo 84-2 Sunhwa-dong,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

10

DDP (east side) 1-1 Euljiro 7-ga,
Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

36 seater and over

11

DDP (north side) 222-3 Sindang-
dong, Jung-gu

Free

36 seater and over

12

Jangchungdan-ro San9-19, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu (the general area)

Free

16 seater and over

13

Blue House 1-7 Sejong-ro,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

Regulated

by security services

 

 

Street parking with a time limit (parking is not allowed outside of the indicated hours)

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Note

1

Itaewon-ro The intersection in front of Cheil
Worldwide and the
intersection by
Leeum Museum,
Yongsan-gu

Free

07:00~21:00

2

Changuimun-ro 15-57 Cheongun-
dong, Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

3

Changgyeonggung-ro 1 2-86 Waryong-
dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

09:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

4

Saemunan-ro 2-gil 106-9 Sinmun-ro
2ga, Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

09:00~21:00

(36 seater and over)

5

In front of the DDP

U:US building

204-92 Sindang-
dong, Jung-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~17:00

(36 seater and over)

6

Sajik-ro 20 Naeja-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

 

10:00~16:00

(36 seater and over)

 

131 Naeja-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

240 Sajik-dong,
Jongno-gu
(the general area)

Free

10:00~19:00

(36 seater and over)

7

Seongsan-ro 117-1 Seongsan-
dong, Mapo-gu

Free

09:00~20:00

8

Moraenae-ro Across the street
from Songlim
Restaurant and
Mun Yeong-hwan
OBGYN,
Seodaemun-gu

Free

09:00~20:00

Across the street
from Yang Peng
Restaurant and
Gonjiam
Restaurant,
Seodaemun-gu

Free

9

Susaek-ro 26 Susaek-ro,
Seodaemun-gu
(the general area)

Free

07:00~17:00

 

 

Temporary Parking

No.

Name

Location

Parking Rates

Notice

1

Entrance to
Itaewon
57-6 Itaewon-dong,
Yongsan-gu

Free

5 minute parking

 

 

For street parking with a time limit, a fine will be applied if a tour bus is parked outside the designated time limit.

You can confirm the location of a parking lot and how many spaces are available through the app "Seoul Parking Information." (Download the app -> open the app -> search "themes" -> tour buses -> maps -> NAVI)