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Getting to Seoul from Daegu

Outside the Daegu Express Bus Terminal (across the street of Dongdaegu Station/metro stop)

Getting from Seoul to Daegu is what every new Daegu expat wants to know.  Sometimes, there’s only so much you can do in Daegu.

Taking the Express Bus to Seoul from Daegu (cheaper)

I’m  a big fan of taking the public bus to get a more local perspective. In Korea the express bus is not only a culturally nice way to travel, but comfortable, reliable, cheap and fast. (It’s actually faster than the slow Mungunghwa train!) The bus plays satellite television and it makes a pit stop at a rest station, where you can get out, stretch your legs and buy some snacks. There are no bathrooms on the bus, so if you have a small bladder, you may want to rethink. But there is also luggage storage available overhead and in the underneath cab of the bus. The seating won’t be as spacious as a train, but this difference isn’t much.

You can try to book your ticket that day but know if it’s full, you may have to catch the next one. Thus, I try to purchase my tickets in advance. Traveling by Express Bus in general and want schedules and routes? Check out Korea’s Tourism site hereKobus.co.kr has a schedule of bus times but unless you have a Korean charge card, you’ll have to go down to Dongdaegu station (it’s got its own metro stop) to purchase the ticket yourself. Your bus companies will be either Kumho, Dongyang, Jungang, Choneil, or Samhwa.

Seoul Station has 2 express bus stations you can enter into– Seoul or Dong Seoul. The Seoul bus enters into the Express Bus Terminal which is the larger and busier brother of Dong Seoul. This terminal has its own Express Bus Terminal subway stop (Line 7, Brown Line) which is approx. a 5-8 minute walk downstairs to the subway.

Dong Seoul station is a little smaller and the subway is also a 5 minute walk, however you may need to ask for directions to re-orient yourself. The Gangbyeon subway station (Line 2, Green Line) is housed in a different building across the street of Dong Seoul station.

I have gone to both stations. Cost of a OW ticket is approx. 15,500 W for General and approx 17,000 for Excellent and will take 3 hrs and 40min. There is no on-board bathroom in the bus but the bus driver will make one rest stop 1/3 way from Seoul. This is the cheapest way to get to Seoul and equally as comfortable as the train. It also takes the same amount of time as the Mungunghwa (slow train) but not as fast as the KTX.


Leaving Daegu



You will probably do a 10 minute fast food/bathroom stop at a rest stop like this


The bus drivers tend to be pretty punctual in their schedules so never waste time

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Taking the  KTX train from Daegu to Seoul (pricier but speedier)

Taking the train Mungunghwa to KTX will cost you anywhere from 20,000W to 50,000W one way (16,000W for standing on the Mungunghwa–4 hours+ ride). The cheaper and slower Mungunghwa doesn’t ensure speed over the bus. In fact, its slower and more expensive. But riding the KTX to Seoul will enure speed in a little over 2 hours. If you’re traveling with a group then you’re in luck– buying a set of 4 tickets brings you a  50% discount. Buying a package of 4 is actually cheaper than buying 3 single tickets. Again, unless you have a Korea credit card, you will not be able to make reservations but must go the station in person. Seats are comfortable and you will depart from Dongdaegu Station to arrive into Seoul Station.
Korail website: http://www.korail.com/ (English site avail)

Dongdaegu station in Daegu– All trains can be caught
from this station as well as, Daegu Station.

Me and my family on the train to/from Seoul.

Seoul Station (view from inside the cafeteria); in actuality, its size is impressive–
it looks like a luxury mall and has some stores in it too (i.e. Lotte Mart, Smoothie King, etc…)


The street in front of Seoul Station- equally impressive.

Is there Luggage storage in Seoul Train Station & Subway?

Both stations have their own subway stop and offer lockers to store luggage in, but it doesn’t always guarantee an empty locker. There are other passengers who have the same idea as you. When you arrive, look for a locker with a key hanging from it. If there are no visible keys and they are all taken, that signals that lockers are full. In Seoul, your secondary bet is to go downstairs to the subway lockers of which there are a few.


Seoul Station’s locker system is a bit tricky and confusing. The computer screen is all in
Korean and certain lockers alternate as drop-off/delivery services!

…which is good to know there’s that kind of service available in a subway station!

Getting to Seoul from Daegu… how do you do it?

Related Reads on Transportation:

Life in Korea: getting around rural Korea by bus

Life in Korea: taking a train to all parts Korea

15 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Good day! I’m currently here in daegu and will go to go to seoul this Aug 5th. Last night, Insaw Daegu station, I just wanted to know if its different in Dongdaegu station? Thanks!

  2. KW says:

    Hi there — do you know if there are luggage lockers at the Daegu train station? Will be stopping in Daegu for a day trip between Busan and Seoul, but will have all our stuff with us.

  3. AREX says:

    Hi there, Good writing about going to Dondaegu. Here is more tips for you. If you are planing to visit Korea and travel to out of cities like Dondaegu, I strongly recommend to purchase ‘Korail pass’. As you already know, there are some ways to go to the Dongdaegu. But KTX is the fastest and convenient way. KTX is high fast train connected to out of city places like Dongdaegu, Busan, Singyeongju etc. So for traveling to out of city, ‘Korail pass’ will be so reasonable. If you are interested in this pass, please visit this homepage, ‘http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfKrPassAbout.do’ and you can get more information and reservation too. You need your passport and credit card for booking and you can check your type of pass by yourself. Thanks.

  4. Trisha says:

    I’m so happy I stumbled upon this page. I will be moving to Daegu with my daughter this summer. I vacationed in Korea two summers ago, but never made it to Daegu. Looking forward to navigating my way around with this helpful information☺

  5. Anika says:

    Great information as always~ Thanks GRRRL Traveler! 🙂

  6. Dave says:

    love the information here and hope to read more. It’s very helpful. I’ll be moving to Daegu to teach English so this would come in handy.

  7. Jean says:

    Thank you so much for posting this with pictures!! My sister and I are travelling to Korea in the Fall and we do not speak the language nor can we read Korean! Do you know if we can bring our luggage on the train with us? Do you have any other travel tips for a 1st time visitor to Korea? We will stay in Taegu for 2 days and then go to Seoul for 4 days. Do you have any suggestions for things to see and do?
    Thank you again for sharing! The pictures are so helpful!

    • @Jean: My pleasure- Pictures help! I think its frustrating to not be able to see things so that you know how to prepare for them in advance. Yes, you can bring your luggage on the train. But you’ll either have to store them above your seat (a size equivalent to luggage storage in a small jet airplane carrier like Delta) or near the door of your car.Space is limited with this option & you will be far from your bags.Wouldn’t bring many big bags.

      Seeing as you’re in both places for such a short time, I’d definitely recommend the city bus tours. They give an overall tour to highlights of the city at a very inexpensive cost– cheaper than a taxi too. I’m reluctant to sell Daegu unless you want to do day trips from it– i’d probably choose someplace like Busan, where there’s more to do. Also, I have a blog on places to see in Seoul but it doesn’t include the main shopping spot– Dongdamneun– some people love this. Hope you have fun & any further questions, feel free to ask!

    • @Jean: BTW– I just thought of some additional travel things. The public transportation in Korea is pretty good all the way around and it is easy and comfortable getting around Korea. Korail offers tourist K-passes which covers unlimited KTX travel for a set price which is actually good if you plan to zip around to a lot of places. Also, my tip for first timers– If some of your sightseeing sights or hotels websites have addresses written in Hangul (Korean characters), print them out or have your concierge or a friend write them down for you. Many taxis DONT speak English — unless you’re going to a major site, there’s a possibility they may not know where know where a location is or the english translation (this is normal- & it’s kinda funny to watch the extent they go to find the place, tho you may have to suffer a bit of the additional cost). They DO READ hangul, so presenting them an address in it, will make it easier for both of you. Good Luck!

  8. Raymond Hahn says:

    When I take the bus I find that I always have to go to the bathroom (there is no in-bus toilet) either before or after the bus makes it pit stop. If you have a sensitive bladder take the train!

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