Gosok (고속, Express) and Sioe (시외, Intercity) Buses
They are many ways to travel around Korea, but the most popular way to get from region to region is by buses. Both express and intercity buses have extensive networks throughout the country and prices of the tickets are considered to be very reasonable. The buses are maintained clean and have very accommodating atmosphere that offers an enjoyable ride for passengers, in addition to timely departures and arrivals.
In most cases, both the express and intercity bus terminals are located closely at the cities’ center. However, in some cities such as Seoul, the terminals are found at different locations in the city. Therefore, you are advised to double-check the boarding place of your bus before your departure. The last thing to check before booking the ticket will be looking out for bus terminals with the word jonghap, which serves both types of bus services. Here, visitors can check the times and choose which of the two is more convenient, depending on your travel itinerary.
They run on expressways and make stop at a rest area but seldom make a stop-over in a city other than its destination. Different fares apply for ilban (일반, regular or standard) buses and udeung (우등, luxury) buses. Udeung buses offer additional comfort with wider seats.
Seoul's Express Bus Terminals:
Seoul (Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Line) Express Bus Terminal
Seoul (Honam Line) Express Bus Terminal (Central City)
Seoul Express Bus Terminal Website: www.exterminal.co.kr (Korean only)
These buses are operating either on ilban (일반, regular) or jikaeng (직행, straight) routes. The difference between the two buses is a number of stop-over made, while the jikaeng bus goes straight to its destination. Non-stop buses like jikhaengs can have different sign written as mujeongcha (무정차, non-stop) on the front of the bus. Typically, sioe buses are all the same, without differentiation in classes, but seats on late-night buses are usually wider, more comfortable, and cost a little more.
- Seoul's Intercity Bus Terminals: Seoul Nambu Terminal
* Seoul Nambu Terminal Website: www.nambuterminal.com (Korean only)
* Intercity Bus Online Ticket Reservations & Bus Schedules:
- Bus Tago: www.bustago.or.kr (Korean, English)
- Nationwide Intercity Bus Integrated Ticket Reservation Information: www.busterminal.or.kr (Korean only)
- Intercity Bus Integrated Online Ticket Reservation System: txbus.t-money.co.kr (Korean only)
This page was last updated on July 14, 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.