Korea Travel: Bus Transport in Seoul
Seoul's public bus system is more difficult to use than the excellent subway, but with a little effort it is possible to enjoy riding above ground and get a grip of Seoul's urban geography.
Seoul's buses are divided into 4 color-coded categories and have the letters "Y", "B", "R", or "G" displayed on them depending on their color.
Seoul's Yellow buses are short loop buses calling at major railway stations and have the letter "Y" displayed on them.
Blue "B" buses travel long distances on major roads and bus lanes.
Red "R" buses travel out to Seoul's suburbs and satellite towns and are meant to be a rapid service.
Green "G" buses are for shorter journeys between subway stations and residential districts.
Bus stops are similarly color coded and if you want to catch a green bus, for example, you must wait at a bus stop displaying the green sign.
English signage is not widespread. Tickets can be bought on board or a travel card purchased from kiosks. Seoul Station and Yongsan Station - starting stations for the KTX express trains both connect with bus routes.
There are two major inter-city express bus terminals in Seoul: one is the Express Bus Terminal south of the Han River on subway lines 3 and 7; the other is Dong-Seoul Bus Terminal in the east of town on the north side of the Han River at Gangbyeon Station on subway Line 2.
Dong-Seoul Bus Terminal has buses for Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gyeongju, Jeonju and many other cities. Express Bus Terminal has departures for Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gyeongju, Gwangju, Mokpo, Pohang and many other places in South Korea.
There are two types of inter-city express service: regular and deluxe (Excellent).
Express Bus Terminal
19-3 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02 535 4151
Dong-Seoul Bus Terminal
546-1 Guui-dong, Seongdong-Gu, Seoul
Tel: 02 446 8000
For further information call the dedicated foreigners' helpline 1330 or visit bus.seoul.go.kr
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