When planning a trip to regional cities, airplanes and trains are good options but an express bus is also an excellent hassle freeway to travel around the country. There are four bus terminals in Seoul: Dong Seoul, Sang Bong,Nambu and Seoul Terminal. You do not have tomake reservations in advance to get tickets and since there is an abundance of buses for each route, a little wait will get you comfortably seated on the next bus. Express buses come in two types: ilban and udeung. While udeung buses cost a little more, they are more comfortable with a row of single seats to the left and double seats on the right. This provides much more leg room for those long rides.
You need to prepare and research a few things before making your way to one of the four bus terminals. It is imperative that you find out which terminal offers routes to the destination of your choice. For example, not all terminals will offer routes to Mokpo, Jeollanamdo.
The best way to search bus schedules and make reservations is through www.kobus.co.kr [K, E] or www.easyticket.co.kr [K].
Although reservations are not necessary, many commuters take trips to their hometowns on major holidays or long weekends.
It is good to make reservations in advance to avoid waiting in a crowded terminal.
To make reservations by phone, call the Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu Line) at 1588-6900 [K] or the Express Bus Terminal (Honam Line) at 1544-5551 [K] between 9:00 and 16:30. You may cancel reservations up to two days prior to the departure date, and all last minute cancellations will result in a penalty.