[How to] Korail & Kobus website tutorial Part 2

10314_10152272610410898_1494131508_n Train is a great way to travel around in Korea. It saves time and its comfortable. However, there’s another mode of transport that lots of locals love to use and its the intercity buses. Larger cities would at least have a bus terminal, and sometimes more than 1.

It is equally easy to use, and it is comfortable as well, on top of that, most of these bus fares are cheaper, which saves you lots of transportation costs too. However, one of the annoying thing about travelling by buses is that the schedules are not as readily available as the train schedules. Which explains the follow few posts about the various bus websites and how to use them.

 

I have not booked any bus tickets from them before but the buses usually (i mean most of the time no, but I do encounter them being sold out before once) do not get sold out so you can go grab tickets at the bus terminals when you need it. Popular bus routes (e.g. Gangneung to Seoul) have constant departures throughout the day and the intervals are short, so missing 1 bus would not be as bad as missing a bus that has a 3 hours interval. I’ll start off with Kobus website which has a English platform. (http://www.kobus.co.kr/)

kobus 1 So of course, english platforms are easier to use, but sometimes the information might be limited. To see information in English, click on the “English” button at the top right hand corner of the page and you will be lead to the next page. kobus 2 kobus 3 kobus 4 To check the schedules, click on the “Schedule Service Information”. You just need to place in your starting point and ending point, the date and the time and they would generate out the information for you. They will provide you with the time, grade of bus, the bus company, the number of seats left, price, and travelling duration. This are prices for express buses, which means, should you not mind a little longer travelling time, you can get the non-express buses which are slightly cheaper. But they will make stops at some other terminals to pick up and drop off passengers before reaching your destinations. As this list is for express buses only, you will not be able to find non-express buses schedules on this page. However, you can use another website for that and it will be in the next post. kobus 5 One problem I faced with this website would be the names of the terminals, especially if the city has more than 1 terminals. Like Daegu, they list all the terminals here and each terminals serve different areas. However, they do not specific the name of the terminals in the system, which makes it hard to know terminal to get to, it is especially daunting if that is going to be your starting point. The korean version of the site actually tells you which one is it, but for those who don’t know how to read korean, you can refer to this list, not all the bus terminals are in this list because some of them, I have no idea where are they so I doubt we would ever use them:

  • Gangneung [200] – Gangneung Bus Terminal
  • Gyeongju [815] – Gyeongju Bus Terminal
  • Goyang Hwajeong [115] – Hwajeong Bus Terminal
  • Goheung [540] – Goheung Bus Terminal
  • Gwangmyeong [125] – at Gwangmyeong KTX Station
  • Gwangmyeong [126] – at Gwangmyeong Chulsan station
  • Gwangyang [520] – Gwangyang Bus Terminal
  • Gwangju [500] – Gwangju Bus Terminal (U-Square)
  • Gunsan [610] – Gunan Express Bus Terminal
  • Geumsan [330] – Geumsan Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Gimje [620] – Gimje Express Bus Terminal
  • Gimhae [735] – Gimhae Passenger Terminal
  • Gimhae Jangyu [736] – Jangyu Bus Terminal
  • Naju [530] – Naju Bus Terminal
  • Namwon [625] – Namwon Express Bus Terminal
  • Nokdong [545] – Nokdong Bus Terminal
  • Nonsan [370] – Nonsan Express Bus Terminal
  • Damyang [582] – Damyang Bus Terminal
  • Daejeon [300] – Daejeon Bus Terminal
  • Daejeon [305] Daejeon Cheongsa Bus Terminal
  • Dong Gwangyang [525] – East Gwangyang Bus Terminal
  • Daegu [801] – Daegu Hanjin Bus Terminal
  • Daegu [802] – Daegu Dongyang Bus Terminal
  • Daegu [803] Daegu Kumho Bus Terminal
  • Daegu [804] – Daegu Jungang Bus Terminal
  • Daegu [805] – West Daegu Bus Terminal
  • Dong Seoul [031] – Dong Seoul Bus Terminal
  • Donghae [210] – Donghae Bus Terminal
  • Masan [705] – Masan Bus Terminal
  • Mokpo [505] – Mokpo Bus Terminal
  • Beolgyo [555] – Beolgyo Bus Terminal
  • Boseong [554] – Boseong Bus Terminal
  • Busan [700] – Busan Central Bus Terminal
  • Busan [703] – Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Samcheok [220] – Samcheok Express Bus Terminal
  • Sangbong [040] – Seoul Sangbong Bus Terminal
  • Sangju [825] – Sangju Bus Terminal
  • Seo Suwon [109] – West Suwon Bus Terminal
  • Seoul Gyeongbu [010] – Seoul Express Bus Terminal
  • Seonsan [812] – Seonsan Service stop (towards Yeoju)
  • Seonsan [813] – Seonsan Service stop (towards Masan)
  • Sokcho [230] ] Sokcho Bus Terminal
  • Suwon [110] – Suwon Bus Terminal
  • Suncheon [515] – Suncheon Bus Terminal
  • Cheonan Asan station [343] – Cheonan Terminal
  • Asan Seobu [341] – Asan West Terminal
  • Asan Onyang [340] – Asan (Onyang) Express Bus Terminal
  • Yangyang [270] – Yangyang Express Bus Terminal
  • Yeosu [510] – Yeosu Bus Terminal
  • Yeoju [140] – Yeoju Terminal
  • Yeocheon [509] – Yeocheon Bus Terminal
  • Yeonmudae [380] – Yeonmudae Kumho Express Bus Terminal
  • Yeongsanpo [565] – Yeongsanpo Bus Terminal
  • Yeongam [570] – Yeongam Passenger Car Terminal
  • Yeongcheon [845] – Yeongcheon Bus Terminal
  • Osan [127] – Osan Bus Terminal
  • Yongin [150] – Yongin Bus Terminal
  • Ulsan [715] – Ulsan Express Bus Terminal
  • Wonju [240] – Wonju Bus Terminal
  • Yooseong [360] – Daejeon Yooseong Bus Terminal
  • Uijeongbu [170] – Uijeongbu Bus Terminal
  • Iksan [615] – Iksan Express Bus Terminal
  • Incheon [100] – Incheon Bus Terminal
  • Jangseong [583] – Jangseong Bus Terminal
  • Jangheung [580] – Jangheung Bus Terminal
  • Jeongju [602] – Jeonju Bus Terminal
  • Jeonchon [850] – Jeonchon Bus Terminal
  • Jeongeup [630] – Jeongeup Bus Terminal
  • Jecheon [450] – Jecheon Bus Terminal
  • Jinju [722] – Jinju Express Bus Terminal
  • Changwon [710] – Changwon Bus Terminal
  • Cheongju [400] – Cheongju Bus Terminal
  • Chuncheon [250] – Chuncheon Bus Terminal
  • Tongyeong [730] – Tongyeong Bus Terminal
  • Pyeongtaek [180] – Pyeongtaek Express Bus Terminal
  • Pohang [830] – Pohang Bus Terminal
  • Hampyeong [581] – Hampyeong Bus Terminal
  • Haenam [595] – Haenam Bus Terminal
  • Hwanggan [440] – Hwanggan Bus Terminal

Some terminals are not inside this list as this website does not allow bookings for them. Some terminals I notice are Andong, Seoul Honam Terminal, Seoul Nambu Terminal, Hoenggye Terminal and so on… However, there are some other websites which serves these terminals. Just to make things easier, here are a few main cities and their bus terminals: Seoul – Seoul Express Bus Terminal, Seoul Central City Bus Terminal (sometimes also know as Seoul kumho), Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, Nambu Bus Terminal, Sangbong Bus Terminal Busan – Busan Sasang Bus Terminal, Busan Central Bus Terminal Daegu – Daegu Hanjin Bus Terminal, Daegu Dongyang Bus Terminal, Daegu Kumho Bus Terminal, Daegu Jungang Bus Terminal, West Daegu Bus Terminal Gwangju – Gwanju Bus Terminal (U-Square) kobus 6 You can find the address and contact details of the terminals under “Terminal Information”. You can also find out which city has a Bus Terminal for easy planning too. KTO (www.visitkorea.or.kr) also have a page with the different bus terminals in Korea: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/ena/TR/korea_terminal.jsp Booking of tickets are not as easy as korail, as the english platform doesn’t allow us to book tickets. You can only buy tickets through the korean platform and you would need to have a Korean Resident Registration number. However, tickets can be purchased very easily over the counter at bus terminals, and popular routes have many trips a day and intervals are very constant, so you do not have to worry about it. Non-popular routes are even better because you hardly find yourself on a full coach. Unless you are travelling during Seolla, Chuseok or other bigger festivals in Korea, there’s no need to fear that you will not be able to get a ticket.

The following 2 – 3 posts/websites (still thinking if I should consolidate all of them together) will be harder to use because there isn’t a english platform like Korail and Kobus. Nonetheless, it will be very a useful tool if you know how to use it. Hopefully I can do them up before this year ends. Bye for now!

 

To see how to use Korail website, https://flockwithme.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/how-to-korail-kobus-website-tutorial-part-1/

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