funkystar
4 years ago1,000+ Views
Taking express buses in Korea can be a rather stressful experience as I found out last weekend so here's a quick guide to help you out. Firstly, of course, you should decide your departure location and your destination. For this article, we'll assume that your departure is 고속터미널 (Gosok Terminal), the express bus terminal in Seoul. There are other terminals in Seoul but this is the main one. I'll make another card with the bus codes for popular destinations so be sure to check back (HERE) tomorrow. Express buses are called as such because they run on the expressways. They will normally stop at a rest stop once during the journey but will rarely stop in a city other than the destination city unless there is some kind of problem or emergency. The buses are split into two categories; 일반 (regular) and 우등 (luxury) buses. The regular buses are normally approximately 10,000won cheaper than the luxury buses but do not run as frequently. Bus tickets can be bought in person at the station or online. If you buy them online, you'll be needing either a Korean bank card (enabled for online use) or a Korean friend's card! There are two different websites but continuing the assumption that you'll be leaving from the Express Terminal in Seoul, you can use this website: https://www.hticket.co.kr/index_sp.html There doesn't seem to be an English option so if you don't read Korean, please check this card (http://www.vingle.net/posts/469188) for a quick explanation of the Korean. After searching, the next screen will show you the timetable for that route for a few hours either side of the time you specified. Again, if you don't read Korean and would like a quick explanation of the screen, you can check the sample here (http://www.vingle.net/posts/469188). It is particularly important that you check the remaining seats, if the number starts getting low prior to your departure date you should perhaps consider reserving your seats or going to the station and buying the tickets in advance. I hope this is helpful, if you have any questions,
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@spudsomma I'm ever so glad you found the card helpful. The bus service is fantastic and it's really worth taking some trips out of Seoul if you get the chance. There's so much more to see! If you ever need any help, just shout!
I've always held off travelling outside of Seoul because the transport system just looked way too complicated and I didn't want to deal with the hassle (also, I'd never really visited Seoul for long enough to make an out-of-city trip possible) but maybe next time I'll give it a go..
This is very helpful, especially since I know I will need someone who can read Korean to help me buy a ticket! I would like to see something of Korea other than Seoul and I've heard their bus service is excellent. I look forward to seeing the rest of your cards on the express buses, @funkystar25!
this is so useful, if only we had cards like this for every city!!
@spudsomma hmmm, I think the Seoul bus terminal is quite a bit nicer than that. My friend came late to the station last weekend and we ended missing our bus and had to wait three hours until the next bus - it wasn't actually that bad!
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